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Why You Should Add a Treadmill to Your Home Gym

Fitness has been a love and priority of mine for the past ten years.  During that time period, I’ve done several different routines and have gone from single to married to having young children.  My desire and love for exercise has never changed in that time, but my situation has changed and demanded adjustment.

I love home gym machines because of the huge amount of flexibility that they give you.  As a mom of young children, I don’t have the freedom to go outside for a workout all the time.  And I definitely don’t have the extra time that it takes to drive to a gym, workout and then drive home.  For me, my workouts need to be as streamlined, efficient and effective as possible.  This is why I consider a home gym a worthy investment and why I’m slowly (and constantly) building mine up.

Keep reading for reviews, benefits, and other information about a great machine to add to your home gym today!

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5 Beginner Yoga Videos under 10 minutes

Are you interested in yoga but don’t know where to start?  Or looking for a way to warm up or cool down after a workout?  Or maybe you’re taking a rest day and want do something light and easy.  Check out these 5 beginner yoga videos by Tara Stiles for some relaxing but still mildly challenging exercises:

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Riding a Bike Century at 22 Weeks Pregnant: Ride Report

Ride to Defeat ALS Century: Cycling for Two

Preparation

I got up at 4:30am as I had to drive an hour to get to the start.  I didn’t have much to do besides make coffee and get dressed as I had done most of the work the evening before.  My game plan before an event is always three basic things:

  • Go over my bike and make sure everything is in working order
  • Ride at least 10 miles to make sure everything actually works. (The ONE time I didn’t do this, I got two flats within the first 10 miles of a 100 mile ride.  It ended up delaying us by two hours, which meant the last 20 miles were in horrendous heat.  If I had just stuck to this rule, I would have gotten them on my short ride and taken care of it before the big day.)
  • Get my clothes and equipment ready.  For this ride, I needed bike shorts, jersey, 2 water bottles, a couple packs of Clif Shot Bloks for emergency food (I used these strawberry ones off of Amazon), wallet, iphone, keys, shoes, helmet, riding gloves, a jacket (in case of rain), and a change of clothes for when I was done.

    Jersey, shorts, helmet, clif shot bloks, gloves and shoes
    Jersey, shorts, helmet, clif shot bloks, gloves and shoes

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Can you Ride a Bike Century while Pregnant? 10 Important Tips

Riding a Bike Century while Pregnant:

Should you even ride a bike while Pregnant?

Out doing what I love!
Out doing what I love!

Despite what some people may think, cycling (or bike riding) is actually one of the recommended forms of exercise for pregnant women, due to its low impact attributes and cardiovascular benefits.

I’ve been cycling regularly for seven years now.  In that time I’ve done several 100-mile centuries, and even more metric centuries (100 km or 62 miles).  I did four 100-mile centuries when I was pregnant with my first child in 2012, including a double century (200 miles in one day: Seattle, WA to Portland, OR, 11.5 hours riding time).  I’m now pregnant with my third child (due November 2016) and am preparing for a century in a couple days.  This particular century is a ride to raise funds for those suffering with ALS:

I have not done a century this far along yet, and although I feel mostly prepared, I’m undecided yet whether I’ll be doing a metric century(100 km) or a 100 mile century.  

This brings me to the Top 10 Important Points that I’ve learned over the years when doing long distance endurance events or races while you are pregnant.

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