Discouraged by a stall on your weight loss journey? Beating yourself up for missed workouts or unexpected changes that got in the way? Frustrated about that goal you just can't seem to reach? This is for you!
H.I.K.E. A Happy, Inspirational Kind of Exercise through Bryce Canyon National Park...
Today's H.I.K.E. features Capitol Reef National Park. In addition to stunning red rock and sandstone features, we found it fascinating to see petroglyphs attributed to the Fremont culture that lived in Utah between 600-1300 AD, as well as orchards planted by a community that settled there in the 1880's and a schoolhouse built in 1896. Located in south-central Utah, it's worth the trip if you're in Utah.
Hate the heat, but know you should be getting more cardio exercise? Or, know you should be getting your heart rate up but hate the impact so many cardio workouts can have on your joints?
Here's a cardio workout from SELF that can be done inside with no equipment featuring both visuals and low impact options for each exercise. And, since the American College of Sports Medicine recommends getting at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardio 5 days a week for your heart health, this is a great cardio workout for both your heart and your joints that you can do in the comfort of your own home with the air conditioner on full blast!
An 8-Move, Low-Impact Workout You Can Do Anywhere Bonus: You don’t need any equipment to get it done.
Today the H.I.K.E. Summer Series highlights Canyonlands National Park, which actually has four separate areas - we visited two of them. The more remote (and less visited) Needles District features a cowboy camp, "Slickrock" and "Pothole" Trails, and sandstone spires ("needles"). The Islands in the Sky District features dramatic canyons that are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. To learn more about this park and for other hike options, visit https://www.fitdragonfly.com/testimonials.
Ready for a great workout for your core and your legs? The Bicycle Crunch is this week's exercise and a few sets of these 2x/week will go a long way to strengthening all of your abdominal muscles and toning your thighs!
You can find detailed instructions, including a video and modifications, on verywellfit.com - https://www.verywellfit.com/bicycle-crunch-exercise-3120058
It's and it's all about the muscles along the back of your body. This week's exercises are the Single-Leg Forward Reach and Superman. From your neck and shoulders down to your ankles, these two exercises are great for overall strength and stability. Low impact yet incredibly effective, do 5-8 of each (on each side), holding at the top of the move for a beat. If you'd like more detailed directions or specifics on the benefits, follow the links below:
Single-Leg Forward Reach:
This week our HIKE takes us to Harpers Ferry. We did an easy hike above town at Murphy Farm and then took the shuttle bus down into town to explore the old buildings and train depot and then we stopped for some really tasty ice cream! (Yes, it was worth the indulgence!)
For a trail map to Murphy Farm or information on other hikes in or around Northern Virginia visit: https://www.fitdragonfly.com/testimonials
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