Today begins the first day of the Chinese New Year. Since a little part of me is Chinese I wanted to tell you a little bit more about the year of the snake...
This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve. However, there better be no snakes in this mother fucking plane!!!! Adapted from [here]
I had my chinese new year's dinner yesterday, but if you venture out to eat chinese food today, make sure you have some dumplings for good luck! And if you see small red envelopes around...that just means someone is gifting money and wishing them fortune and prosperity!
Just like the astrological zodiac signs, the Chinese have their own zodiac and horoscope too! The Chinese actually designate each year with one of 12 animals. The Chinese calendar uses a unique counting system so that every 12 years, a new cycle begins. If you want to know which sign represents you, just look for the year of your birthday below to find it:
No it's not another Britney song. It's just HIIT!
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the best workout there! That's just my honest opinion. It is a quick, super fast and a fat cell killer! HIIT is any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. Shape Magazine gives us 8 reasons as to why you should be doing HIIT!
2. Burns more fat
3. Healthier heart
4. No equipment necessary
5. Lose weight, not muscle
6. Increases metabolism
7. Do it anywhere
I have my own HIIT method which I will share in a few. If you are just starting, make sure you are cleared by your doctor first. We don't want to see anyone falling apart or being sucked by a treadmill in the middle of the gym.
An example of a beginner HIIT workout, consists of running as fast as you can for 1 minute and then walking for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Repeat that 3-minute(ish) interval five times for a 15-minute awesome, heart pumping workout! As always, stretch out your calves, ankles, quads, and hamstrings, so you don't pull any muscles and decrease soreness.
I usually do HIIT on the treadmill, but you can do this anywhere (i.e. elliptical, bike, running outdoors). What I like the most is that you do not really need any gadgets, just a desire to challenge yourself!
Warm-up with a fast walk at 3.5 mph on the treadmill for 3 to 5 minutes. 1 minute of low intensity running (I keep it the same at 5.0mph throughout) 1 minute of high intensity (I begin at 7.0mph and increase it by 0.2 every two sets) Each interval will be FASTER I will do this for 8 rounds Cool down slowly for 5 minutes
As I progress with my work outs, I will start my high intensity running at 7.2 or 7.4. The whole point is to run as fast as you for as long as you can in a short period of time. The rest period should be brief enough to get you ready for the next one.
Hope you try it out too!
PS - HIIT in the morning is best since it will keep you pumped for the rest of the day!
All of these are great reasons for me to run. However, once I'm out there, I have to stay focused and entertained. This is why I have my trusty iPhone playlist to keep me company. Here are the songs that make me run and move!