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February Fitness Goals

February Fitness Goals

Well, here we are, welcome to February. Were you one of those people that let their fitness goals slip away just a few weeks into January? If you were you aren’t alone. That doesn’t mean all hope is lost. February is a new month. This gives you the opportunity to re-evaluate, refocus, and adjust as necessary. Let us check in with last months goals.

 

If you’re looking for lifestyle goals, they can be found here.

January I had one goal.

Stay Active While on Vacation

I will give myself a passing grade on this, but definitely not an A.

During my week in Maui (post coming soon) I had hoped to get a bunch of swimming, hiking, walking, and hopefully trying some paddleboarding. I did get TONS of walking in. More than doubled my average daily steps so that was a win. I also did a little but if hiking, not as much as I had wanted, but with the hiking, I also got to try some scrambling. Scrambling opened up a whole new world for me one that I hope to explore a little more in these coming months. I didn’t do any running or try any paddle boarding. BUT, I got a whole lot of recharge time and I most definitely needed that. I did get myself back into the gym after coming home so I there was a mark in the win column for that.

Refocus on Fitness

As much as stayed active during holidays, and I found my way back to the gym right after my holidays were over it wasn’t easy. After a week of relaxing and recharging, fitness wasn’t high on my priority list anymore. I want to continue relaxing and recharging. My HITT class I took wrapped up (keep an eye out for that post as well) and I just don’t have to motivation to get back into it as much as I did before. Maybe it is because I don’t have a beach vacation in the foreseeable future to motivate me. It doesn’t matter the reason, we will refocus on our fitness together.

January is a promising time for most people, with their newfound dedication to fitness, or whatever their goals end up being. But it is also an overwhelming time when so many people are in the gym. Now that it has started to die down you can get in there, get on the machines and the equipment that you are comfortable with and refocus on your goals without being overwhelmed.

In February I will get back on track. I will get to the gym at least 4 times a week and hit my step goal daily. It is a short month, and I can hit my goals harder for March.

What are your fitness goals for the month? Or, if you have already made them, what are your fitness goals for the year?

 

February fitness goals
February fitness goals
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January Fitness Goals

January Fitness Goals

New year, new you. Isn’t that the age-old adage? January brings a fresh group of people to the gym with a focus on their resolutions to get fit or lose some weight. People always seem to use new years as the time to set their fitness goals.  As the year goes on more and more of these people seem to drift away, until you are left with the dedicated people, most of whom have been doing this for years, with a few newbies with a fresh new dedication to their life.

I am the latter.

I have learned the key over the years to keep your resolutions and meeting your goals, fitness or otherwise. Start off small. There are not many things that are a fulfilling as hitting a goal. Just like crossing something off a list, or checking of something off the to-do list. Satisfying.

If you’re looking for lifestyle goals, they can be found here.

January I have one goal.

Stay Active While on Vacation

Lucky (for more than one reason) for me I am going to Maui. Hawaii has to be one of the most active places on this planet. Surfing. Yoga. Paddleboarding. Hiking. Swimming. I actually don’t anticipate a whole lot of problem with this one. However, vacation is one of those times where mentally, and often physically, you don’t want to do anything. You are there to relax.

My goal is to stay active and try to find new ways to do that. Maybe I give paddleboarding a try. Maybe I will find my love for swimming again. I definitely will be taking a run on the beach that everyone is always raving about. I have my eye on a few hikes and plenty of walking. I’m sure that with every word I type my husbands dream of a nice relaxing beach vacation drift further and further away.

 

January is a promising time for most people, with their newfound dedication to fitness, or whatever their goals end up being. Start with a small goal, and together in February we will grow from there. What are your fitness goals for the month? Or, if you have already made them, what are your fitness goals for the year?

JANUARY FITNESS GOALS
SET YOUR JANUARY FITNESS GOALS
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Learning to Skate

Learning to Skate

The fact that I have never really enjoyed watching a hockey game makes me a pretty bad Canadian. Add to it that I never learned how to skate makes me the worst Canadian.

I can count the number of times I went skating as a child on one hand. Most of them were part of a gym class so they were mandatory. When I took my skates off in the n10th grade I never put them back on again, and the one time I considered learning I fell down a flight of stairs and took that as a sign. My skills we always lacking, and my stopping skills were non-existent.

10 years after I hung up my skates, I was faced with a 2-year-old who desperately wanted to skate. But because he was so young, I was able to skate by – haha See what I did there – with just my shoes while he was learning. By this time last year, it became clear that I needed to learn how to skate.

Lucky for me Santa left a brand new pair of figure skates with my name on it last year. – Can you hear the eye roll? – so, off to the rink we went.

Now, I won’t say I’m a great skater, yet, but I am getting better every time. Just like Hunter who can literally skate circles around me. I can confidently go from one end of the ice to the other, and I have almost figured out how to stop properly. I took Hunters skating lessons and applied them to myself.

Here’s what worked for me:

Walk like a penguin – You’re going to look ridiculous, BUT, it helps you keep your balance while still learning how to place your feet. Put your heels together and walk exactly like a penguin would.

Keep your hands and arms out – Just like a tightrope walker uses a pole to keep their centre of gravity, use your arms to keep yours.

Keep by the boards – This will, at least at first, act like a security blanket. If you start to lose your balance you can grab on to them.

Stay near the way off – Skating is hard; Especially at first. There is nothing worse than having sore feet and legs and then realizing you have to go all the way back to the other end, of what seems like an Olympic sized, arena before you can get off.

1,2,3, glide – Take 3 quick steps and then glide. Soon you’ll be able to reduce that to 1,2 glide then 1, glide and then with enough time glide,

Make Snow – stand in one spot and push outwards with your skate, scraping the top layer off the ice. This is the basic premise for stopping. Eventually, you will be able to incorporate this into movement and stop.

WEAR A HELMET – I can not stress this enough, and I really should practice what I preach, but that ice is hard. One good fall could be disastrous.

If you have a choice, I suggest learning as a child when your body recovers fast and you don’t hurt so much. But, if like me, you are ready to learn now I hope these help. While I probably won’t ever skate as well as my avid hockey player of a son, I can at least hold my own now.

How old were you when you learned to skate?

 

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