Can you get up from the floor? Try this!

Smiling mature man kneelingDo you know if you’re fit enough for living your life independently? This may sound like a stupid question, but try the test below yourself and you might be surprised.

I found the test in a blog post written by Katy Bowman (my new favorite blog!). She’s is a Biomechanist and writes about all things related to the alignment of the body. The test is named Sit Down and Get Up and it’s used to assess your level of functional strength, flexibility and balance. You need them all to be able to go effortlessly go through your everyday life. [Read more…]

Fitness Inspiration from Roni Noone

roni-noone-graphicToday is a good time for sharing some fitness inspiration, so I created a graphic out of the Roni Noone quote that resonated the most with me in the beginning of January.

The quote is from Roni Noone’s blog post re the #wycwyc challenge:

We live messy lives and those who stop waiting for perfect are the ones who reach their goals. ~Roni Noone

It’s the *perfect* quote for all perfectionists who have a tendency to wait for circumstances to be just right before taking action. 🙂 [Read more…]

Workout plan for spring 2014 and flu #2

Not at all as cosy here, I just had to furnish the post with something!

Not at all as cosy here, I just had to furnish the post with something!

I’ve been waiting for a chance to start working out properly this spring, but so far I’ve been foiled in my pursuit.

I did one metabolic strength training session on Friday morning. I felt great, despite my glutes being a bit sore. But then I woke up on Saturday morning feeling wonky and as the day went on I had admit I was feeling feverish. [Read more…]

All-in-one salsa: fitness benefits of salsa dancing

salsaIn the three months I’ve taken salsa classes, I’ve come to the conclusion that salsa is (almost) an all-in-one form of fitness. In my opinion, everyone should dance salsa or some other Latin dance. 🙂

I’ll explain why.

Fitness benefits of salsa dancing

Like one of my classmates put it, before she started the course, she thought that we would do a little bit of dancing. That was an understatement of the century. 🙂 After the first 90 minutes of salsa I was drenched in sweat, could barely control my feet and was having FUN, FUN, FUN. [Read more…]

Exercise smarter #1: activate dormant muscles

back of a woman indicating neck painIf you routinely suffer from pains and aches and recurring overuse injuries hamper your training, dormant (weak and inactive) muscles may be the culprit.

To be able progress with your exercise, you may need to learn to reactivate your dormant muscles first.

What the heck are “dormant” muscles?

Well, for some reason some muscles tend to shut off (get inhibited) while others take over their work (overactive / dominant muscles). [Read more…]