Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Disney On Ice Show Comes to Bridgeport January 8th-11th & Hartford January 14th-18th

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TICKETS FOR DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS TREASURE TROVE  PRESENTED BY STONYFIELD YOKIDS ORGANIC YOGURT NOW ON SALE!

New Disney On Ice Show Comes to Bridgeport January 8th-11th & Hartford January 14th-18th

Hartford, CT – December 8, 2014 Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt sets the gold standard with a magical medley of Disney tales in one jam-packed ice show that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films. This skating spectacular visits Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena from January 8th-11th and Hartford’s XL Center from January 14th-18th.  Tickets are now on sale.

Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White.  Ahoy, Mateys!  Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land!  Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’  Tick-Tock!  Tick-Tock!  Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards.  Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration coming to Bridgeport and Hartford.

Tickets for Disney On Ice Presents Treasure Trove start at $15 for select performances. All seats are reserved. For Bridgeport: tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Webster Bank Arena CLICK IT or TICKET Box Office. For group rates and information, contact the Webster Bank Arena at 203-345-2300. For Hartford: tickets are available at XLcenter.com or by visiting the XL Center Box Office. For group rates and information, contact Mike Cecchinia at 860-722-0639. Restrictions and fees may apply.

To learn more about Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, go to www.DisneyOnIce.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fight Your Common Cold Naturally with Organic India

I received samples of the products mentioned below in order to facilitate this review.  As always all opinions are my own.

It’s cold season here in New England and I have been struck down with my second cold within a month! Luckily, my second cold has been a lot easier to handle with the help of some products from Organic India.

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First, I gave my self an immunity boost with Chyawanprash. A 100% organic herbal jam is packed with 36 traditional Indian herbs + vitamin C, aiding in digestion, metabolism, memory and even skin complexion. You can spread it onto toast or crackers and I even added a scoop to my morning smoothie!

Next up was the Organic India Turmeric Formula capsules. In addition to being great for digestion, healthy joints and radiant skin, turmeric is awesome for inflammation. You know, like your inflamed, throbbing, sinuses? Yes, it’s awesome for that!

Then, of course, was tea! Who doesn’t love tea when they have a cold? Organic India’s Tulsi Tea supports the immune system, relieves everyday stress, gives you increased stamina and indurance and is abundant in antioxidants. For more than 5000 years Tulsi (also known as Holy Basil) has been considered India's "Queen of Herbs" and has been revered as one of the most sacred herbs in India, infused with healing power.

Although there is no cure, of course, for the common cold.  I found a ton of relief (and none of the loopy feelings from OTC cold medicine) with these products!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Find Your Creative Spark with Creative Galaxy!

 

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My boys and I have been enjoying watching episodes of Creative Galaxy, available on Amazon Prime Instant Video.  They were immediately drawn to the show and even started dancing and singing along to the theme song during the first episode we watched!

Both of my kids, who are 3 and 5, really love art and this show  got their imaginations going.  Creative Galaxy, produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why!) serving as Creator and Executive Producer, is a make-along, create-along, interactive art adventure series for preschoolers.

Arty, the main character, travels through the Creative Galaxy on his Creative Spark rocket ship with his magical friend Epiphany.  They collect art supplies in their Idea Box and then solve problems with art!

I loved that the art projects were simple and they show real kids at the end of each episode working on their own unique projects based on the episode.  If the boys had an idea for a Creative Galaxy inspired art project, we had stuff around the house to use.  In one episode, Arty makes a mosaic heart for his moms birthday.

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They were inspired to make their own mosaic project.  So, I cut out the first letter in each of their names using cardstock.  Then, I cut a bunch of different shapes out of construction paper, scrapbook paper and tissue paper.  I also added some spare buttons into the mix.

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Then, I just sat them down with their letters and some glue and let them have at it!

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We’re going to hang them up on their bedroom doors once all of the glue dries!!

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The series helps make children and adults aware that people literally find themselves immersed in art most of the time: Parks use sculptures to add interest and to inform people; posters on walls give information and motivation; the clothes we wear are designed; music plays on the radio to keep your energy levels up; dance has meaning and tells stories. Whether we think of our world as art or not – it is!

This is just such a great show! I believe hands-on art and imaginative play is so important for little minds and this show really helps to foster that.

Once again, Creative Galaxy is available on Amazon Prime Instant Video – so it’s super easy to watch at your convenience!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Let’s Pley! - Rent LEGO® Sets

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My boys and I received our first box in the mail from Pley.com the other day and are in love!

Pley is a subscription-based company that rents out LEGO® Sets at three monthly levels depending on the size of the sets customers want to rent: small ($15/month), medium ($25/month) or large ($39/month). Each subscription has free shipping, both ways.

They have over 250 sets available, with new sets being added daily.  Each set is cleaned with an eco- and kid-friendly sterilization solution and they won’t penalize you if you lose a few pieces!

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I love this service because my boys get to build a set and play with it and when they are done, I send them back! The pieces don’t get added to our massive tub of dismembered LEGO® sets! They love it because, well, LEGO®!!!

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We received a Spiderman set this time, it arrived in a mesh bag with the original instructions included.  They also sent us referral cards, a special Pley brick separator, and a bracelet that kids can decorate with LEGO® bricks!

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My boys enjoyed building and playing this set in a “special area” (so we didn’t mix up the pieces) and even enjoyed helping me take the set apart to send back! It’s really a win-win for parents and kids.

If you would like a 15 day free trial of Pley, click here!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mohegan SunBrewFest 2014!

Last Saturday, my husband and I celebrated our 6th year of wedded bliss with our 3rd trip to Mohegan Sun’s BrewFest! We look forward to this event each year and each year it just gets better and better!

We got there early for the VIP tasting hour and made our way through the many beer vendors.  There was a great mix of local craft beer breweries and the big time brands like Guiness, Shock Top, Heineken and Yuengling who recently started distributing to Connecticut. 

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I was happy to see a large selection of hard ciders this year and not quite as many pumpkin beers. I can only take so much pumpkin. 

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After we made it about halfway through, we took a break to grab some food.  There was a great selection of awesomely-priced small bites from a variety of restaurants.  My Husband grabbed a Guiness-boiled bratwurst from The Landsdowne Irish Pub & Music House and I grabbed some chips and guac from Sol Toro Tequila Grill, both located inside Mohegan Sun - both amazing. 

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Although there was no way I could have possibly sampled all 200+ beers on hand, I had a huge variety and was very satisfied by the time I left.  A few stand-outs for me were:

Guinness Blonde which uses the 125-year-old Guinness ale yeast to brew an American style lager.  It was a unique and flavorful fusion of the two-types of beers.  I can’t wait to see what Guinness will brew up next!

Wachussett Brewing Company Green Monsta IPA was a nice, hoppy IPA that was very smooth and very drinkable. 

Goose Island Matilda - I was won over by Goose Island’s Sofie at the first SunBrewFest a few years ago and wanted to try a different, but similar beer from them.  Matilda was great! Fruity, spicy and smooth. 

Ommegang Hennepin which I may have included with my favorites last year, but I’m a sucker for a good saison.  You can’t really go wrong with coriander, orange peel and ginger and this one is one of my faves.  Ommegang also offers Game of Thrones beers, to boot!

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In addition to the beer and food there was also live music, games, giveaways and tons of photo-ops!

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A friend had asked us why we chose to go to SunBrewFest instead of a popular large beer festival that was happening a little closer to home on the same day and the answer was easy! At Mohegan Sun you never have to worry about the weather, the beer selection is great, the food selection is great – usually at beer fests you have to buy from a food truck at their normal prices.  The food at the SunBrewFest is extremely affordable. Plus, when you leave – you are at the casino! You can shop, have dinner, check out a show at the Wolf Den, gamble and stay overnight.  The possibilities are pretty much endless!

We love Mohegan Sun!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

10K Training Week 5

I received samples of agua enerviva® in order to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.

This week’s 10K Training consisted of 3 runs with 4 repetitions of running 875 yards followed by 350 yards walking.  It was a total of 2.59 miles and my best time for the week was 29:08. I’m still following Run Double’s Couch to 10K plan and I really enjoy it!

I found myself really struggling with morning runs.  I thought it might have something to do with drinking coffee before I head out.  I think it sort of dehydrates me and makes me feel kind of sluggish and crampy.  So on the days I went running in the morning I would switch out my cup of coffee for a bottle of agua enerviva®.

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agua enerviva® contains potassium and sodium electrolytes to replenish your body, as well as 100 milligrams of natural caffeine (the amount in a cup of coffee) from guarana berry extract, offering sustainable energy while quenching your thirst. It has only 25 calories per 20 oz. bottle and is available in five delicious flavors: Kiwi Strawberry, Tea and Lemonade, Pomegranate Acai, Orange Passion and Fruit Punch. It retails for $1.39 at Fairway Market and retailers throughout the New York tri-state area and nationwide. Visit http://aguaenerviva.com/store-locator to find a store near you.

My favorite flavor was the Tea and Lemonade.  I’ve been able to find it at pretty much every store! I was especially happy to see it at my favorite little locally owned bagel shop, because not only does it do the trick for my morning runs – it is also the perfect morning beverage after my monthly Ladies Night Out (if you know what I mean!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

10K Training Week 4

I received a copy of Special Forces Fitness Training for review, all opinions are my own.

I finished week 4 of Run Double’s Couch to 10K plan.  This week 4 repetitions of 525 yards running followed by 525 yards walking.  My fastest time for running the 2.54 miles this week was 22:26!

I finished the DoYouYoga.com 30 day yoga challenge with Erin Motz! So, I switched up my workouts this week with with ones from this book, Special Forces Fitness Training.

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It was a little intimidating at first, most of the workouts required things like sandbags, a helmet and gear.  Luckily, they included a guide for substitute equipment!

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The book includes 30 hardcore workout routines with detailed pictures of each exercise in the back of the book.  If you are looking for something different and challenging, I would definitely recommend checking it out!

Wish me luck with week 5!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with Cluck’n’Moo

I received a sample of Cluck’n’Moo burgers in order to facilitate this review.  As always all opinions are my own.

Today is National Cheeseburger Day! My husband and I fired up the grill at lunchtime to celebrate with a guilt-free option – Cluck’n’Moo Burgers.

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Cluck 'N Moo is the first and only half-chicken (50%), half-beef (50%) burger, made from antibiotic and hormone free, humanely raised chickens and grass-fed cows. Cluck ‘N Moo is unique in that it offers that same beef burger taste we all crave, but without the large amounts of artery-clogging fat. Cluck n’ Moo’s innovative “Smashed Burger” blend offers 52% less fat, 34% less calories and 57% less saturated fat than a regular all beef burger.

This was our first time trying them and they were really good! Even my red-meat loving husband enjoyed them.  I love that there is now a healthy burger option out there that actually tastes like a burger. I do love the occasional turkey burger or veggie burger, but sometimes – you just want a burger!

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Although we only had American Cheese on hand, I think they would be amazing topped with spinach and feta or avocado and cheddar jack – yum! They also have a slew of recipes available on their website.

Which recipe would you try?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I LOVE Belli Skincare!

 

Last summer my skin was so, so, awful!

Not only did it look awful, it felt awful too! I ended up going to the dermatologist who actually gave me samples of hydrocortisone cream because of how inflamed and painful my skin looked.  After a series of different oral and topical antibiotics – my skin was slightly better.  It wasn’t as puffy, but still very red. 

I tried all sorts of different face washes and natural remedies but nothing seemed to get rid of the redness and breakouts. 

A couple months ago I received a sample of some new Belli Skincare products.  Now, I was already in love with Belli’s baby lotion that I had used on my kids, but I had never thought of trying their products for myself.

I tried out Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub (the PREP) and Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash (the CLEANSE)

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PREP:  Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub exfoliates to help prepare skin for the application of other skin care products.  This invigorating scrub for face and body sweeps away old skin cells to reveal soft, smooth healthy skin for better absorption and the optimal efficacy of any products applied afterwards. It features green tea extract and ginseng, both are rich in antioxidants and includes the refreshing aromatherapy of peppermint oil. Belli recommends using it 2-3 times a week.  SRP $24 for a 6.5 oz tube.

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CLEANSE: Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying. This pure facial wash features lactic acid to cleanse and gently exfoliate acne prone skin. It contains lemon peel oil, a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener, as well as green tea extract and cucumber, both are rich in antioxidants.  Gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser; it may also be left on the face for 5 minutes as an intensive facial mask.  SRP $22.00 for 6.7 oz. tube. 

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This is a picture I snapped a few days ago, right after a shower…. while I was laying on the ground. I can’t believe the difference!

It feels amazing to use too.  The PREP is fresh and cool with a gentle exfoliation that leaves a super clean feeling.  The CLEANSE is so soft and silky, my skin is addicted to it!

Plus, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, Belli teratology screens its ingredients for use during pregnancy, to avoid “teratogens” – chemical, synthetic or natural ingredients that have been linked to birth defects or miscarriage.  Belli also LactMed screens its formulations to ensure that nursing mothers can use products without hesitation.

Belli is available at fine retailers including buybuyBABY and Destination Maternity and online at www.belliskincare.com and ULTA.com

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Back-to-School with Epson LabelWorks™ LW-600P

I received this product for review, all opinions are my own.

It’s back to school time for the kids, that means lots of shopping! You’re dropping some serious money getting supplies and clothes for your kids.  You are also trusting your that your child will not lose all of their new stuff! A great way to insure they won’t lose their supplies and clothing is to label it.  In fact, all of my son’s teachers so far have requested that their supplies be labeled.

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This year I used my new Epson LabelWorks LW-600P printer to label everything – including sweatshirts, jackets and backpacks and I loved it! My son loved it too.

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I might just label everything I own now! Here are some of the key features of the printer:

  • Lightweight, small form factor – the smallest 24mm (~1”) label printer on the market
  • Includes over 100 label design templates and 400 symbols
  • Compatible with a variety of tapes, including iron-on, glow-in-the-dark, metallic reflective and ribbons
  • Bluetooth® connectivity for use with smart phones and tablets

For the kids back-to-school stuff, I connected the printer to my computer and earned some serious mom-points by downloading a Minecraft font for their labels.  My first-grader was so excited to show his friends! I was also able to print matching labels for their clothes (like sweatshirts that are often left behind), jackets and backpacks with Epson’s iron-on labels.

After I was done with the important stuff, I played around with the iLabel app on my phone.  It connects to the printer (which can also run on batteries) through Bluetooth® making it easy to use on the go!

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The Epson LW-600P and iLabel app takes full advantage of the capabilities of smart phones and tablets to offer features never before available with traditional label makers. Such as:

  • “True-view” label preview capability using the camera function to ensure labels perfectly match what’s on the screen
  • Wirelessly create, edit and print labels
  • Handwriting mode for custom drawing or annotation of labels using the touch screen interface
  • Speech-to-text voice transcription and printing
  • In-app storage of created labels for future use
  • Import of custom graphics such as symbols, logos and photographs to copy & paste onto labels for a more professional look or to add a personalized touch
  • Creation of QR code labels for content sharing or barcode labels for inventory management which can be scanned by third-party QR/barcode apps

Epson has also launched a developers’ program for the World’s first App enabled label printer.  Developers can access the LW-600P SDK and open APIs and very easily create personalized printing solutions with LabelWorks LW-600P.  For the LW-600P developer program please visit http://bit.ly/1tVG4gM

The labeling possibilities are endless! I love it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

10K Training Week 3

I finished week 3 of Run Double’s 10K training plan way back on August 4th.  For some reason after that run I had trouble breathing in all the way, I just kept yawning and it lasted for a couple of days.  I wasn’t sure if it had to do with allergies or what but I took a week off and started week 4 with no problem!

Week 3 consisted of 4 repetitions of running 525 yards followed by 525 yards of walking.  My best time for the week was 24:39.  I also signed up for a 30 Day Yoga Challenge on DoYouYoga.com.  I am not normally a huge yoga fan, but I am totally fan-girling over the instructor, Erin Motz.  I’m on day 15 of the challenge and I am thinking I might start it over again once I am done!

I’ve also been reading this great book Build Your Running Body on my down time. It is jam packed with everything you would ever want to know about running, including:

  • 393 photos that make it easy to follow every step of every workout
  • 10 training programs to help runners of all levels integrate the total-body plain into their daily routines
  • More than 40 charts and tables that illuminate the physiological gains of full-body strengthening
  • Interviews with leading runners, exercise scientists, and coaches that reveal how elite runners train today
  • Injury-prevention exercises to help runners avoid and rehabilitate all the most common running-related ailments
  • And more than 30 recipes to speed recover and cement fitness gains.

I cannot put this book down! It gets me excited and motivated to go out running.  Maybe I can actually do this?!

Here is an excerpt showing one of the workout routines from the Build Your Running Body:

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The Runner 360 is an all-around strength program for runners who prefer the outdoors or their own living rooms to the weight room. Best of all, fitness motivator and running yoga instructor Angie Stewart Goka, MPH, CSCS, has crafted a workout that can be completed in 12 minutes and that targets every muscle that runners need for strength and balance. Angie models the exercises to ensure proper form and offers a wide variety of workouts for runners who want more at angiestewartfitness.com. First, five quick rules for the workout:

1. Perform each exercise, in order, for one minute.

2. When the workout calls for left and right sides individually, perform each for 30 seconds.

3. Do as many reps as you can while maintaining good form (no cheating on form for more reps!).

4. Keep a log of reps as a way to track improvement.

5. For a more intense workout, repeat the entire set of exercises (up to a maximum of three times).

The following twelve exercises, from the Inchworm Plank to the Supergirl/Superman Plank, are all part of the same continuous workout.

Skill level: All levels

Inchworm Plank

The inchworm plank helps to awaken your muscles, working both flexibility and strength. And if you’re not very flexible, it’s okay to bend your knees for this exercise.

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1. Begin in a standing position with your arms straight up. Be prepared to perform this exercise as quickly as you can without losing form.

 

 

 

Inchworm Plank 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Come into a forward fold, dropping your hands to your feet.

 

 

 

Inchworm Plank 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Keep your legs straight (or bend them if you have to) and then walk your hands out into a plank position.

 

Inchworm Plank 4.Photo credit Diana Hernandez4. Perform one push-up. Then walk your hands back to your feet and return to your starting position. Repeat.

 

Squat-Thrust Climbers

Squat-thrust climbers are a great way to work your glutes (buttocks), quadriceps, and hamstrings.

Squat-Thrust Climbers 1. Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Stand with your feet close together and your arms at your sides.

 

 

 

Squat-Thrust Climbers 2. Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Squat down to the floor with your knees close together, placing your hands flat on the ground, shoulder-width apart.

 

 

 

Squat-Thrust Climbers 3. Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Keeping your abs tight, jump your legs back to assume the push-up position.

 

 

Squat-Thrust Climbers 4. Photo credit Diana Hernandez4. For 5 seconds, “run” your legs under your chest, bringing your knees high and keeping your hips low. Then jump your legs back to the squat position, stand, and repeat.

Curtsy Lunge Hop

Curtsy lunge hops are the best calf-strengthener on the menu, so work them! You’ll also target your hip abductors, glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings.

Curtsy Lunge Hop 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Start with your feet hip-width apart.

 

 

 

Curtsy Lunge Hop 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Step backward, moving your right foot diagonally and to the left of your left hip. Simultaneously drop your right knee and bend your left knee.

 

 

Curtsy Lunge Hop 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Propel your right knee upward as you come off the ground with your left foot, and lift your left elbow by swinging it up and forward. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch legs.

 

 

Scorpion Fighter

The scorpion fighter works your shoulders and core while stretching your obliques and hip flexors.

Scorpion Fighter 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Start in the push-up position, with the balls of your feet on a bench or chair.

 

 

Scorpion Fighter 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Bring your left knee beneath your body toward your right shoulder.

 

 

Scorpion Fighter 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Now reverse directions, bringing your left knee back as you rotate your hips up and to the left, stretching your left foot toward your right shoulder. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch legs.

Sidewinder Plank with Leg Lift

This exercise is great for your hip abductors and improving stabilization. It also targets your obliques, back, glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings.

Sidewinder Plank with Leg Lift 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Start in the plank position with your arms in full extension.

 

Sidewinder Plank with Leg Lift 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Rotate your body to balance on the heel of your right hand and lift your opposite arm straight up (your wrist is directly beneath your shoulder).

 

 

Sidewinder Plank with Leg Lift 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Lift and lower your top leg, keeping your hips level. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch legs.

 

 

 

Plank Pups

Plank pups will put the burn into your arms, shoulders, back, and core.

Plank Pups 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Begin at the top of the push-up position.

 

 

Plank Pups 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Bend your right elbow to lower onto your right forearm.

 

Plank Pups 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Bend your left elbow to lower onto your left forearm.

 

Plank Pups 4.Photo credit Diana Hernandez4. Lift your right elbow so that you can place your right hand flat on the ground, then do the same with your left elbow and hand. Return to original position, repeat for 30 seconds, then lead with your left arm for 30 seconds.

Lateral Speed Runners

Lateral speed runners work both your hip abductors and hip adductors, plus lots of core.

Lateral Speed Runners 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, your arms at your sides.

 

 

Lateral Speed Runners 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Hop to your right, landing on your right foot while balancing your left foot behind your right leg. Simultaneously move your left arm forward and your right arm back in a runner’s stance.

 

Lateral Speed Runners.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Repeat to the other side. Focus on speed and control.

 

 

 

Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers target your full range of abs, and they’re terrific for improving stability.

Windshield Wipers 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Lie on your back with your arms spread wide, palms down, thighs perpendicular to the floor and knees bent 90 degrees.

 

Windshield Wipers 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Maintaining the bend at your hips and knees, swing your legs to one side of your body. Make sure that your upper back maintains contact with the floor.

Windshield Wipers 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Bring your legs back to center, then repeat to the other side.

 

 

Plank Rotations

This variation on the traditional plank offers good core work while giving your shoulders a workout, too.

Plank Rotations 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Begin in the forearm plank position, except stack your forearms horizontally.

 

 

Plank Rotations 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Rotate onto your left side, elbow beneath your shoulder and right hand on your hip. Your feet should be stacked, your body straight. Rotate back to the center, then repeat on your right side.

Single-Leg Deadlift

Single-leg deadlifts are fantastic for improving balance and stability. They’re great for your core, glutes, and hamstrings.

Single-Leg Deadlift 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Start from a standing position.

 

 

 

Single-Leg Deadlift 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Keeping your back straight, bend forward at the hips while lifting one leg straight behind you (in line with your spine) and reaching your hands toward the ground. Return to the starting position. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch legs.

Marching Bridge

This exercise is great for your glutes and also works your hamstrings and lower back (it’s often used to help relieve lower back pain).

Marching Bridge 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart.

 

Marching Bridge 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Lift your hips into a “bridge position.”

 

 

Marching Bridge 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. March your knees toward your chest one at a time. Keep your back straight.

 

Supergirl/Superman Plank

The Supergirl/Superman plank finishes your workout with a tough challenge to your core, shoulders, and back.

Supergirl 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Begin at the top of the push-up position.

 

 

Supergirl 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Simultaneously extend your right arm in front of you and your left leg behind you. Stay level while balancing for 3 seconds.

 

Supergirl 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. After bringing your hand and foot back to push-up position, repeat on the opposite side.

 

(As an easier alternative, perform this exercise from a “down on all fours” position, with hands and knees on the ground.)

Excerpt from Build Your Running Body: A Total-Body Fitness Plan for All Distance Runners, from Milers to Ultramarathoners—Run Farther, Faster, and Injury-Free, ©Pete Magill, Tom Schwartz, and Melissa Breyer, 2014. Reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

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