Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Favorites: Barre

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One of the perks of working for a university is access to the recreation center and group fitness classes. Luckily, I have a great group of student assistants and friends who workout with me regularly. The new addition to the group fitness schedule this semester is Barre. I have done this type of class before and I’m so excited it has been added to the schedule. Anyone who has experience in dance, yoga, and/or Pilates would probably love it.

What is Barre?

I tell people it is a combination of ballet, yoga, and Pilates and concentrates on isolated movements to target muscle groups. The “barre” is used for stability, much like in ballet warmups.

The Benefits

First off, it is very low impact so for anyone who may be starting out or has injuries this is a good option (always talk to your doctor though!). You can see results very quickly in a short amount of time (with consistency of course). This type of workout can be done anywhere, check out this workout to tone and tighten and this 5 minute home workout! Barre helps improve posture, strength, and flexibility. Not to mention how great your legs are going to look…hello sexy legs!

What to Wear

Barre involves a lot of stretching, reaching, and bending so I recommend something comfortable and flexible. Most workouts will be done barefoot or in socks so no special shoes are required.

Why I Love It

I shared (here and here) the importance of wellness and why I workout. Barre is one of my favorite classes because it is low impact and not high intensity. HIIT and Tabata are awesome for cardio and engery, but I don’t always want that in a workout. For me, barre, yoga, and Pilates do a great job of increasing flexibility and toning, two things I find important.

I tell everyone to find a fitness class you look forward to and it won’t feel like working out! What is your go to workout?

Until next post…xoxo Becca

Monday, February 20, 2017

Boston Recap

Hello! Happy Monday! The long overdue Boston recap is finally here. The hubs and I traveled with our favorite travel buddies for a weekend in Boston. I have to start this post by saying the people there are SO nice. We encounter so many helpful and friendly individuals who took the time to see if we needed directions, a recommendation, and even to tell us the story behind a memorial we weren’t quite sure about.

I will share a vacation guide soon and share where we stayed and restaurant recommendations.

Friday

Our plane left Houston early Friday morning and by noon we (read as the hubs and friends) were eating lobster rolls. We had pre-purchased tickets to tour Fenway Park and spent the majority of the first day there. The tour guides were so informative and the guys loved sitting in the Green Monster (we’re talking giddy with excitement lol). Then we made the trek back to the hotel to change and get ready for dinner.

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Saturday

Saturday was a full day! By 10am we had sampled 5 beers haha We took the Samuel Adams’ brewery tour before locating the [red] brick road, aka the Freedom Trail. Before starting the Freedom Trail, we took a minute to walk through the Boston Public Library, talk about impressive! It was chilly that day, but the sun was shinning and the weather was beautiful. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The following week Boston experienced blizzards!

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After seeing the sites along the Freedom Trail we walked through Beacon Hill and Acorn Street (“The most photographed street in Boston”) and stopped at Cheers for a drink before dinner.

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Sunday

Before heading home on Sunday we had brunch at a restaurant a friend recommended and walked through Harvard’s campus and Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall.

It was a great weekend! My fitbit said we walked over 17,000 steps both Friday and Saturday so I would say all the delicious food we ate was needed 😉

Until next post…xoxo Becca

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