Saturday morning we woke up at the crack of dawn, literally, it was 5am when my alarm went off. We had to get on the road early so we could pick up our friends and get to Muir Woods, about 30 minutes north of San Francisco before the crowds.
Originally the plan was to hike a 15 mile loop from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach and back after a little reorganization we decided to park a car at Stinson and then drive another car to Muir Woods so we only had to hike 7 miles. The entire morning was beautiful from start to finish. We were able to see the sun rise when we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, Redwoods, and lots of ocean views so it was well worth the early start!
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If you don’t like seeing pictures of athletes or people wearing spandex today’s post might not be for you, ha! Over the weekend Chris biked in his first century race (100 miles) to help raise money to find a cure for MS. While he peddled his heart out I follow him and the rest of the Google team around snapping pictures. The route was beautiful and I wish I would have taken more pictures of the scenery but I was too focused on looking for Google team jerseys (a very difficult task when there were hundreds of bikers). Today’s post is a long one but I wanted to document the event and give all of you an idea of what the day was like! If you want to see more pictures look up #waves2wine or @umichkuz on Instagram.
Team Google, happy to be off their bikes!
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Chris and I walk a few miles with our dog Harper every night before it gets too dark. I don’t consider it exercise because we move a little slower than I would walk on my own. It would take most people 30 minutes to walk two miles but it take us about an 45 minutes because Harper wants to take a pit stop in every yard in the neighborhood.
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My new years resolution is to stretch and do more yoga, something I typically don’t enjoy. It is just too slow paced for me, and when I am locked in a pose I have a hard time fighting the urge to vacuum and disinfect the floor.
I have been curious about Bikram yoga (hot yoga) since I moved to California. Why would anyone want to spend 90 minutes in a hot room, 106 degrees to be exact, with lots of people sweating with their legs above their heads. Sounds strange doesn’t it? I decided I shouldn’t judge it until I try it so I went to my first class yesterday. The yoga studio I go to is called Yoga Source, it is conveniently located between a diner and an ice cream parlor in Palo Alto. I only noticed because I was very tempted to skip class and get a milkshake instead.
I arrived early to the class so I could ask the receptionist if I should be worried about anything, you know, like throwing up, passing out, dying? She cracked up and told me to stay by the door and I would be fine. Once we were allowed to go into the studio I snagged a spot in the back row right by the door, I watched the other people walk in the class and noticed they were all in good shape and they had much better outfits than me, I always hate to be the worst dressed.
The 26 Bikram Poses…
We started the class with some interesting breathing exercises, and started in on our 26 poses. I have done my fair amount of yoga in the past so I was familiar with the poses. Before I knew it the class was half over and I was really enjoying it. For each pose the instructor told us how we were benefiting our internal organs, I have never had an instructor talk about the yoga process so in depth so that was interesting. After class she said we would all sleep like babies that night and she was right! I could hardly keep my eyes open last night and ended up going to bed really early. I slept like I haven’t slept in years and I am still tired today.
Overall I really loved the class and I hope to make it to a class a few times per month. It was so calming and today my body is sore, almost like I went for a really long run instead of doing yoga. I can’t believe how well I slept and now after reading more about Bikram online I am interested to see how it can benefit me internally. I had no idea that I could burn between 500 and 1,000 calories doing yoga, that would explain why I was so hungry after the class.
So now I want to know if you have ever heard of hot yoga. Have you tried it? Would you try it? Do you love it? Do you hate it? I can’t wait to see your votes and read your feedback!
|What do you think about Bikram Yoga?
|I love it! I hate it! I want to try it? I’ve never heard of it!
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September 17th, 2011 …
make a difference with your Down Dog!
My name is Anne Jelinek, you might remember me from my home gym organizing guest post a few months ago! I am personal trainer and yoga instructor here in the Bay Area and am excited to reach out to Kuzak’s Closet readers with an amazing event!
Yoga for Hope is a fundraising event put on each year by City of Hope – much like a run/walk or a cycle event – to raise money for cancer, HIV/AIDs and Diabetes research. At City of Hope, patients are offered gentle restorative Yoga classes as a complementary therapy to traditional treatments, and this program has had a profound impact on quality of life for many City of Hope patients.
In addition to researching complementary and alternative therapies, City of Hope conducts innovative, results oriented, patient focused research that examines the entire course of cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS —from diagnosis and treatment, from remission and relapse to survivorship.
There are a couple of ways that you can help change the lives of survivors in the Bay Area!
I’m asking yogis in the greater Bay Area to join Team Chrome Fit and hit the mat with me on September 17th in Union Square in San Francisco! Included in the $35 registration fee is a special presentation, a yoga class with leading Bay Area instructors and workshops throughout the afternoon – as well as great vendors and the opportunity to network with like-minded yogis.
If you can’t attend the event or don’t practice yoga – please consider making a small donation to Team Chrome Fit’s fundraising efforts. We are hoping to raise $350 for City of Hope this year!
Thanks so much to Amanda for the opportunity to reach out to you with this opportunity!
It’s the Monday after New Year’s and I bet most of you have already broken your New Year’s Resolutions. If you resolved to work out everyday or go on a crash diet, have no fear! My brother Nick is guest blogging today with some wonderful health tips to help you avoid the diet and win. Nick is a Chiropractor in Charlotte North Carolina and is a huge advocate for health and wellness. I hope you enjoy his post and please leave comments for him if you have any questions. Also, become a fan of his business on Facebook
to find out more about his practice.
When the New Year comes, it usually comes with new plans, ideas and expectations. One of the most common trends for typical America is to diet, to lose the winter weight and to get back into a healthy routine. It can be overwhelming, frustrating and difficult to implement changes when you think about all the things you want to change. That is why I want to make a few small suggestions that I feel will go a long way for each of us. First of all, diets rarely work, long term that is. Diets are usually so extreme that we can only tolerate them for a short period of time, 1-4 weeks. Most Americans then will binge or crash after their diet is over and then they find themselves once again on the road to another extreme diet plan, the cycle repeats again and again. This year I think it is time to implement small changes that over a greater length of time will produce bigger longer lasting improvements. Here are a few suggestions…
First off, start your morning EVERY day with at least one fruit, preferably an apple or banana. Fiber is key to regulating your digestive tract and aiding in removal of waste from our bodies, plus the natural sugar from these fruits give you a nice boost in the morning. If you are drinking latté’s and coffee with lots of cream and sugar then STOP. They may taste great but you are drinking your calories and I do not know about you but I enjoy eating calories much more than drinking them! Adding 1 tablespoon of sugar and cream can add up to 75 calories per 14 oz drink. Most of us that add cream and sugar do not just add one tablespoon do we? Try replacing your morning beverage with green tea or black coffee. If you cannot possibly stand black coffee then add a little skim milk, if you do not like the taste of green tea then add a little honey. Coffee and Green tea will both aid in boosting metabolism slightly which will help burn more calories throughout the day. A positive of green tea is that it contains antioxidants that help destroy free radicals (bad) in your body; free radicals if left undeterred may lead to mutations in the DNA makeup, leading to greater risks like cancer.
Secondly try to avoid high carbohydrate meals late in the evening. Eating pasta or pizza or that delicious bowl of ice cream before bed is horrible for blood sugar levels and weight gain. Just think of it this way, your body is sleeping, metabolism is lower than it is throughout the day, insulin is higher thus it will take more of this carbohydrate and store it in fat stores throughout the body, because at night there is no real need to burn it. Don’t get me wrong, eating carbohydrates is not a bad thing just try to avoid it 1-3 hours before going to bed, also you will sleep better without the late night sugar spike.
My last tip, light, sustained cardio for about 40-60 minutes, cardio is great for the heart, but sustained cardio is even better for weight loss and the heart. Short runs and sprints help burn calories and condition the lungs but sustained walking or biking provides greater benefits altogether. Sustained cardio helps boost metabolism throughout the day which means you will be burning calories even 1-2 hours after your long walk each day. Walking or biking is also better on the joints in our feet, ankles, knees, hips and low back. Unless you have been running 3-5 miles a day for a long time your body usually isn’t used to the forces involved with running and eventually force wins! (foot, ankle, knee, hip and low back pain).
Overall starting your morning right, not drinking calories, taking a long walk or bike ride each day and not loading up on carbohydrates late in the evening will help you lose weight and keep it off, creating a routine that we can all follow and not have to go crazy trying to incorporate. As I always say, give yourself a cheat day each week, you deserve it, eat what you want and drink what you want, but when that day is over, get back on track and your body will thank you for it!
-Dr. Nicholas Chappel D.C.
Chiropractor Monroe, NC
Over the weekend Chris and I headed down to Carmel to hike, shop, and relax. It was a really fun overnight trip, we are so lucky to live near such a beautiful place!
On Saturday morning we drove to Big Sur to hike at 3 different locations. The first 2 hikes were short, one lead us to this beautiful waterfall, it is the only waterfall in California that flows directly into the ocean.
The second hike took us through some beautiful redwoods and we ended up at a cove right on the beach. It was where the ships used to come to load and unload their cargo. The waves were really pretty.
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