Lets talk about RPE

When it comes to cardio workouts, one of the most common mistakes a person can make, especially when they are new to exercising in general or to that particular exercise, is failing to measure the intensity of the workout. After all, giving it your all right from the start can leave you feeling burned out or injured and when you’re not working hard enough, you might wonder why you aren’t reaching your goals and making any progress.

So let’s have a quick look at a popular way of measuring the intensity of your workout without the need of fancy or not so fancy, well – basically any, equipment or particular skills. Hooray!
How do I do this you ask? All you need to do is, while working out, or just walking from A to B, to estimate how hard this current form of activity feels to you, on a level of 0(sitting/laying down, i.e. complete rest)/1 to 10.
Level 1 being very light activity, such as standing or pottering around the house, as opposed to level 10, which would mean you’re racing your arch rival to the finish line. 😤

The chart below (based on Borg’s modified scale) is a good example of the different levels

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While you either need a heart rate monitor (which is still a very important and valuable tool – I can’t imagine running without my Garmin) to measure your heart rate or otherwise need to stop and take your pulse, at least with thinking about how hard the workout you’re doing feels to you, you can adjust as you are, quite literally, going.
It’s also great because it’s tailored to you and only you.. your level 7 might be a 10 min/mile, but that could be my level 9. = you’d be able to go on for longer and this would be our last run together. 😜

HIIT workouts often don’t give you information on the speed you should complete an interval at, but how hard it should feel to you. Which is why with this way of gauging the intensity you can still work with different speeds, but -again- work at 8mph and rest at 5mph, might be either to easy or hard for you.

While we’re on the subject of HIIT – I have a date with my treadmill and the “WildEngineRevver” from the Self magazine Drop10 Challenge and K&K. Happy weekend!

K❤

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Toning It Up

Wow, how is it the middle of March already..?! Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, which marks four months until our summer holiday. Even though it’s not a beach/sun holiday but rather an active, round trip that will take us to a different place every day, lots of time will be spent in the great outdoors and hopefully plenty of physical activity and I wanna improve my fitness and hopefully take my body to another level, not only for this upcoming vacation, but also for life. 😊

Since I love, love, loovvvvve the Tone It Up girls, Karena and Katrina, and the whole lifestyle they embody and motivation they provide for so many women – and possibly a few fellas? – out there, I’ve been taking inspiration from their weekly workout plans since the start of the year when the ladies launched their L❤ve Your Body series. These plans were so popular, they decided to continue posting them each week. Hooray! 😀
At the moment, I’m using their workout schedule more as a guideline and following it depending on how I feel, cos listening to your body is so very important (as hard as that can be-sometimes you gotta switch of your head that’s telling you that you must workout, etc.) and how much time I have (well, you gotta make time..). Here’s week 2 of the Spring Fling schedule.

Here’s what my workout plan for this past week looks like

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A few notes – the “Sweet 16” and the “Plateau Buster” HIIT workouts are from the Self Magazine’s 2012 Drop 10 challenge, which Karena and Katrina were, and still are the trainers for.

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You can sign up for this year’s challenge here, it launches next Wednesday, 20.3.! Who’s excited?!😃
Tone It Up have also been partnered up with LivestrongWoman since early last year and have been bringing “Tone It Up Tuesdays” to an even wider audience since then.
The 3-move “Love Your Legs” workout is part of that series.
Tomorrow, Sunday, is supposed to be the day to Run It Out as per “Sunday Runday”, but my back has been at me again since last night, so I might just make it a “Sunday Walkday”.☺

Now I’m just about ready to relax for the evening, before my Love and I will be diving right into the crowds for the festivities tomorrow.

K❤

Sweat:On!

Good Morning!

The weekend over here was off to a good start, with a Tone It Up Booty Call which consisted of a 5 minute run to warm up, followed by Karena & Katrina’s Fine Toning Arm Routine.

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Instead of doing the 3 rounds back to back though, I added a 5 minute run after each circuit and cooled down with a 10 minute walk. My cooldown would usually only last five minutes, well – depending on how intense the workout was, but today I felt the need to stretch my legs out a bit more. The final touch was a proper stretch of all muscle groups 🙂 happy days!

After sweating it out, I was sooo ready for breakfast..

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Mmmmhh, porridge made with skimmed milk and cinnamon, topped with ground flax and banana plus more cinnamon! I could eat this every day, and I’m not ashamed to say that I often do. Although, Peanut Butter is sometimes added to the bowl of deliciousness, which makes this even more amazing. ♥ I hope I’m not the only one that gets this excited about oatmeal.. 🙂

In other news, as planned my honey and I went Christmas shopping yesterday and I’m happy to report we didn’t just purchase 60% of all the presents needed, they are now also wrapped already! Whooohooo!

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There’s just something about wrapping presents that makes me feel all christmassy inside, that and an open fire, hot cocoa, mulled wine, baking…  Unfortunately, we don’t have a fireplace in our apartment and I have yet to have mulled wine this year, maybe tomorrow though as I’m off work and there’s a small Christmas market with stalls selling all sorts of goodies, well worth a visit I reckon. Next Tuesday will be my last chance to bake some cookies before the big day as I’ll be working straight through until late on Christmas eve. Something or rather someone else making me feel festive is Mowgli.

I couldn’t resist the other day when I saw a Santa collar, it was cheap and even if he couldn’t stand it all, I wouldn’t have wasted more than a couple of €’s. Well, he loves it! Mowgli’s never liked any other collar, so he might be running around as Santa Paws all year. 😉 Now the little munchkin wasn’t in the mood for photographs this morning, so you’re just gonna have to take my word for it, until I can provide you with the goods.

For now, it’s time to get ready for the madness at work, ♥