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Workout Wear January 9, 2009

Filed under: Fitness/Keep in motion,Uncategorized — beansandyoga @ 8:57 am
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When I’m out riding my bike, I don’t pay too much attention to what I have on.  But if I’m out for a run, or doing yoga, I’ve come to find that fabric is important.  The right fabrics will keep you warm as you get started, but keep you cool once your heart rate goes up.  Good fabrics will wick away perspiration.  This makes for a much more comfortable workout.  When you’re comfortable, you’re less likely to quit your workout early, or skip the next one.

Fabrics for workout wear have become so advanced and high tech that I hesitate to go into what they are made of.  What I can say is that I’ve had success with Athleta and Title 9.

The clothing I’ve purchased from both sources has lasted through hundreds of workouts, and still looks new.  It’s lightweight, comfortable and unconstraining.


Bikes: Get a Good Fit January 3, 2009

Filed under: Fitness/Keep in motion,Uncategorized — beansandyoga @ 4:55 pm
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mountain-bikeThis is a great time of year to start looking for bikes.  Fit makes a difference.  If your bike is too long, too heavy, you name it, you won’t enjoy it.  Riding a bike that doesn’t fit is a chore.  It leads to unnecessary soreness.

I have a Diamondback Topanga mountain bike.   I’ve had it at least twelve years.  It’s still in beautiful condition, although I’ve ridden it almost daily during the summer, since day one.


1. Find a bike shop you love.

2. Test ride several bikes.

3. Listen to your gut.

I went to a neighborhood bike shop, run by bicyclists who really understood the importance of having a bike that fits the rider’s size and riding preferences.  I must have taken 50 bikes for a test ride in the little cul de sac outside the store.  The sales guy didn’t flinch.  He was as into it as I was.  I could see that other customers were doing the same.

“Experts” advised me to get a “road bike.”  Logically, I understand why.  I mostly ride on pavement.  I wasn’t about to go log-jumping on mountain trails.  Nor was I aiming to race.  But just for fun I tried a mountain bike.  I loved it.  The fat tires give me a sense of security and stability.  They cushion the ride.  If I hit a bump, or a pothole, it’s not a big deal.  I have fat tires.

Sure, I lag behind other riders at times.  But that’s never mattered to me.  When I’m on the trail, I’m riding for the fresh air, the scenery, the sunshine.  Time is not an issue.  I have a route I take around a lake, and it takes me about 40 minutes – 40 minutes that I’ve dedicated to being outdoors, anyway.

The lightness of the bike, the fit, and the fat tires are what draw me back to the trail.  It’s truly been a joy to ride.  Don’t listen to what the “experts” say.  Listen to your heart.  It will guide you to the right bike.

Trek Bikes Designed for Women

Diamondback Topanga Reviews


Yoga: Tiny Steps, Big Impact December 13, 2008

Filed under: Fitness/Keep in motion,Uncategorized — beansandyoga @ 8:32 am
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yoga Saturday is yoga day for me.  I’ve been taking yoga for at least four years now.  I was surprised by how hard it was.  It seemed to take a long time before I noticed any results from it.  I don’t know why I kept going back.

My knee had been keeping me from running.  Winter had set in, I’d put my bike away.  I went through four or five instructors before I found one I liked.  For some reason, I stuck with it.

Aside from the great toning, it washes away the stress of the day, or the week.  It loosens the kinks from sitting at a computer, driving too long, working too long.  It’s one of the best workouts I’ve ever found.


Fitness can Sneak up on You December 11, 2008

Filed under: Fitness/Keep in motion,Uncategorized — beansandyoga @ 10:04 am
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Legs 121108 Great fitness routines, I’ve decided, make you forget that you’re working out.  When I was in college, daily walking a mile or more to and from classes, I was in pretty good shape.  When I started working, I missed being outdoors so much that the first thing I’d do when I got home was grab my bike.

I’m not a big fan of loud aerobics or group fitness classes, although I do take yoga.  Working out at home, in front of a DVD, has never worked for me.  Nor have treadmills or bike machines.

I need to be outdoors.  Walking, biking, roller blading, it all helps.


Good Fats, Bad Fats December 10, 2008

Avocado Food can be so complicated.  I break it down into two parts.  If it’s deep fried, don’t eat it.  Anything else is okay.

Fats I eat on a regular basis:

– Avocado
– Nuts
– Peanut Butter
– Chocolate

– Ice cream

– Butter

For more information on good fats and bad fats, see:


Beating Winter December 8, 2008

Filed under: Fitness/Keep in motion,Uncategorized — beansandyoga @ 5:00 pm
winter-walk1I’ve seen a lot of people move into winter climates, miserable because they don’t know how to dress.  The secret to winter, however, is that the more you get outside and move around, the more fun it is

Tips for Staying Warm Outdoors

1.  Wear 100 percent wool, if you can.  Wear a 100 percent cotton t-shirt underneath.  It keeps the wool from feeling scratchy and the fabric breathes.  I never go out without a wool turtleneck.  I have to have my neck covered or I freeze.  A scarf alone is not enough.

2. Bundle up! Yes, wear a full-length coat.  Wear a hat.  Wear warm gloves and boots!

3. Choose coat fabrics with care. For recreation, I wear a Columbia shell with a zip-in polar fleece lining.  The shell is wind resistant and if not waterproof, it’s close.  For work or when more formal, I wear a long wool coat.

4.  Gloves: Suede or leather makes it easier to grip a steering wheel.  I like mine with a fairly loose fit.  Otherwise, I lose circulation in my fingers.

5.  Footwear: boots should have treads, deep treads, to help keep from slipping on snow and ice.  Boots are better with a little room, too. Take care that your socks aren’t too bulky for the boot! Non-suede are much easier to care for and last a lot longer.

6. Face: yes, cover your face if it’s in the teens or below, or if it’s windy.  It makes all the difference.

Just a few minutes outdoors can boost your energy.  You don’t have to go out for a whole day, or even an hour.  Just go out for as long as you can.  It’s all too easy to stay inside but once outdoors, people seem to feel so good!  Their cheeks get rosy, they start smiling.  It’s not just fresh air, it’s Vitamin D from the sunshine.  It’s the way the world has been transformed by wintery white, and there’s nothing like warming up with a cup of hot cocoa afterward!