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{Friday Favourites} Magazine features, standing desks and sunrise runs

Life In LeggingsHappy (Good) Friday, friends! I have a mishmash of things I wanted to share on the blog this week, so what better way than to participate in a Friday Favourites link-up? Today I’m linking up with Heather of Life in Leggings, because that would probably be the name of my blog (actually it would be Life in Lululemon) if I didn’t have a government job.

I had two more articles published in a magazine this week!

Getting published in a print magazine with a byline was one of my goals for last year, and I was thrilled to not only write but also be featured in this article for IMPACT Magazine. My plan for 2015 was to really pick up my freelance-writing game, so I was more than happy to write these two pieces for Get Out There Magazine’s Annual Women’s Edition:

 

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The top 3 reasons why (most) women avoid the weight room

IMG_3505Ladies, put down those neoprene-covered, purple-colored dumbbells you found stacked by the yoga mats at the gym and confidently march your butt over to where the heavier weights lay. Do not fear the cold, iron barbells and dumbbells – I promise they will warm up in your hands. Do not shy away from the squat rack – it’s not as intimidating as it looks. Do not fear the sweaty, grunting, muscle-bound males that strut around you – they may look tough, but they’re not going to hurt you or judge you. In fact, they’re more likely to admire you for ditching the elliptical machines to join them in the weight room.

Judging by myriad threads about women and weight room intimidation on the popular bodybuilding.com forums, however, this may be easier said than done.

While I don’t believe we can solely blame our apparent lack of desire to lift heavy weights on the great gender divide in the weight room, I do think it plays a part, along with several other factors. (more…)

How many calories do you actually burn doing workout DVDs in comparison to running?

dvd_compareI was wondering about this recently and couldn’t find anything relevant after a quick Google search, so I busted out the ‘ol HR monitor to find out.

I compared two different workout DVDs of about roughly the same duration of time — Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones and Insanity: Plyometric Cardio Circuit — to a 48 minute run that incorporates a steep trail (of which I actually had to hike up instead of run).

While the run is pure cardio, the DVDs do incorporate some strength training moves (push-ups and squats for Insanity; super sets with 3lbs weights for Jillian) along with some interval training, so the fitness benefits are a bit different. Let’s have a look, shall we: (more…)

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