Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kickstart Your Summer Workouts!

Sick of the gym? Enjoy the summer sun and get out of the house for your workouts! Spend more time with family and friends and try new activities (and get off the couch!)

1.       Rent paddle boards and try this fantastic sport (Joy loves this!) They offer these to rent at many places including Santa Cruz (love this place), Lake Tahoe, and more!
2.       Lotus, CA has some great White Water Rafting for all skill levels – Feel the rush as you ride the rapids! Check out this Video!
3.       Learn how to climb a rock wall! Sacramento has many options -
4.       Hiking is such a great option for those at all fitness levels. Explore a new part of the state and get some cute hiking gear! My favorite new spot to hike is Loon Lake. This remote location is bound to test your endurance as you trek over the beautiful terrain.
5.       Set up your own obstacle course in your yard! During that barbeque have your friends/family join you in setting your best time. Don’t forget the classics like a hula hoop, hopscotch, and jump ropes in this course!
   6.     Netflix has lots of workouts for you to try. Try doing a different one every day so you don’t get bored! Most are only 30 mins! Remember it only takes 30 minutes a day of exercise to stay fit and healthy. (UPDATE: As of August 1, 2012 Netflix instant is not offering the wonderful 30 minutes workouts. At least the DVDs are cheap!)
   7.       Date and a workout at the same time? Have you and your honey tried out ballroom dancing classes? Joy and her husband took classes before their wedding and wowed their guests with a routine! 

8.       Kayaking at Lake Natoma – or for the really adventurous try wind surfing lessons! All classes taught by young professionals, mostly students from CSUS.
9.       Catch a wave at Half Moon Bay with surfing lessons.   Spend the weekend at one of the quaintest beach towns in NorCal and learn to surf! How Cali!
10.   Biker? At North Star try mountain biking – be sure to wear a helmet (and maybe other pads too). 

Health Tip: Post Workout Smoothie!
Julie's Morning smoothie (In a blender):
1 banana
1 peach
1 kiwi
½ cup raspberries
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp of local bee pollen, it helps my allergies and is full of protein and antioxidants
2 tbls maca root powder, aids in mental acuity, energy and helps modulate hormones plus it adds protein
3 -4 tbl of full, fat, plain greek yogurt *Fat free and low fat yogurt is not good for you if you are trying to maintain or lose weight.   Studies now show everyone needs a percentage of “good” fat or else your body will start to store fat.
½ cup of crushed ice
It’s a great way to cool off after a fun workout, and get those antioxidants everyone needs!

Here is Joy's tasty recipe ratios!
Add whatever combo of frozen (I like it icy and they are cheaper) fruit you want (she always adds a banana), a scoop of plain yogurt for creaminess, and liquid like almond milk. Enjoy!

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