Running Group!

I’m so excited. On meetup.com I found a group that goes on dog-friendly runs! I’m going on my first run with them tonight… yay running buddies!

FitBit Questions?

fatmaninalittlesuit:

erikawastaken:

seekinglightness:

So I woke up this morning to put on my Fitbit and it said I’d already walked 34,000 steps…which is impossible.  Has anyone has problems like this before?

Can any of my fitbit wearing followers help?
fatmaninalittlesuit
, you use one, right?

I do - I have never had a problem like that! Perhaps you ran 2 marathons in your sleep? If it happens again , might be worth reporting it to fitbit and see what they say. 

The only time I’ve had anything like this happen it was holding onto yesterday’s steps (not 34,000 though). I turned it to sleep and then back and tried to re-synch and it was fixed. But, my fitbit broke a while ago and I talked to fitbit customer service to get a new one… they are very helpful! 

whitweighingin:

Tumblr can be discouraging when most before and after photos only get notes when the fitblr has hit their goal weight and looks like a Barbie. So it made me feel really great how many likes I’m getting in my Native American fitness group on Facebook. It makes me feel like I’m actually progressing. Sometimes I feel like I could be doing better with my weight loss. This really made my day. Every second I get a new like, I know likes mean nothing but it does feel good to get recognized.

(via motiveweight)

healthfitnesshumour:

Stretches For A Flexible Back

Flexibility in your back is important for many sports, including gymnastics. Increasing your flexibility can only be accomplished over time and can be a very difficult or very easy task depending on your body type. All of these stretches have many names and are found in many disciplines, and they will all help increase your flexibility. I quickly run through all these stretches and boy do they feel good on the back.

1. Pike Stretch - Sit on the floor with legs straight in front of you. Lean forward and try to touch your toes. This stretches both the hamstrings, leg muscles, and the lower back. To make this more difficult, keep your back completely straight as you lean over.

2. Standing Pike Stretch -While standing erect, bend forward at the waist and reach towards the ground. Bend forward far enough to feel a comfortable stretch in the back and legs.

3. Camel Pose - While standing or kneeling with your feet (or knees) shoulder width apart push your hips forward and lean back until you feel a stretch. This can be done with or without supporting yourself with your hands.

4. Cat Stretch - Kneel with your arms on the floor in front of you shoulder width apart. Push your spine to the ceiling and hold, then push your spine down and lift your head.

5. Advanced Cat Stretch - Do an advanced cat stretch. Start as with the cat stretch, but slowly slide your arms forward on the mat while arching your back until you get your shoulders to touch the ground.

6. Seal Stretch - Lie on your stomach with your elbows bent and hands by your sides. Slowly straighten your arms and tilt your head back.

7. Basket Stretch - While on your stomach, bend your knees and reach behind you to grab your ankles. Lift up up with your arms and feet. 

TIPS: 

  • Don’t force your back to bend too far; it could cause major damage. Start off with small back stretches and work your way up. Stay safe!

  • It’s important to remember to begin stretching slowly to ensure your muscles don’t become too sore.

  • Make a goal for how flexible you want to become. When you achieve your goal, celebrate and set a new one.

  • Don’t push it. Your back isn’t going to become flexible over night.

  • Do exercises to strengthen and stretch your stomach muscles. Your back and stomach work together, so what you do for one will effect the other.

  • Not everyone has a very flexible back, practice frequently for 15 or 30 minute sessions.

  • Decide what stretches are best for you and how often you will do them. If you always do the same stretches every day it will get boring, change it up a bit and you will be more likely to continue.

(Source)

(via me-kerry)

Lunchtime dog walk followed by a delicious grilled chicken greek salad!

Here’s to national dog day and staying on track while letting my knee heal!