Fandom and Fitness Scotland

Fandom and Fitness

Fandom and Fitness?

How can Fandom and Fitness got together you ask? They do. I know quite a few gentleman and ladies, that use superheroes as their fitness motivation. I also noticed a lot of fandom related virtual races have popped up as of late. The Winchester’s 67K being one I participated in a few years ago.

The Supernatural cast also recently ran the Seattle Marathon to raise money for charity, with Random Acts.

But I have come across something, that is bringing together thousands of people and doing charity work at the same time. Just recently I discovered the TV show Outlander, one of my best friends has been telling me to watch for the longest time. Finally 3 weeks ago I started to watch and fell in love.

Outlander Fandom for the win!

Then I got an e-mail from Omaze, cause they suddenly knew, that I want to meet Sam Heughan. How? Aside from the internet knowing what I want, I was intrigued to figure out what the My Peak Challenge is.

Google led me to the website where Sam Heughan is the first thing you see. I browed the different tabs and started to really like what I saw. What raised the value for me, is that for the $119,  50% are automatically donated to charity. Another plus is you get a meal plan for the full year and workouts each weak. Since I used to be a certified NASM trainer, I liked this a lot. So I signed up.

I technically signed up for 2019, but as a perk am allowed to browse around the 2018 program. I had already written out my workouts for this week, so I was set there, but the meal plan was what caught my eye.

In my opinion My Peak Challenge is the perfect combination of Fandom and Fitness.

One week in…

I decided to start my hopefully last(ing) fitness journey after Thanksgiving. I usually do grocery shopping on Thursdays, so I only got to eat two days on the plan so far. But if you follow me on Instagram, you have seen some of the foods I get to eat. I love that there is a variety of foods, it is a mixture of macros and calorie counting.  Calorie counts are between 1600 and 1900 a day and the macros are 40 carbs, 30 protein and 30. I am still using My Fitness Pal to log my foods.

So in conclusion, I am down 4lb. and if you like to cook the meal plan is easy to follow. The recipes are easy and quick.

I am looking forward to starting with the exercises next week, which I was easily able to adjust to my current non-existent fitness level. My level of excitement to start a program, hasn’t been this high in a very long time.

Thank you, Sam and the My Peak Challenge team.

 

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7 Benefits of Weight Training in Women over 40

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Weight Training in Women over 40

Why is weight training in Women of 40 important? We have been taught from the 80’s that we should be doing cardio to loose the weight and strengthen out body. But as it says Cardio, which is short for Cardio Vascular exercise. And yes, that is for Hearth Health and endurance.  Many Women believe that the only way to loose weight is  to do Cardio.

That is why the cardio machines are packed at the gym and aerobics classes are always full. 

I would like to explain to you why that is NOT the best approach.  When I worked as a Trainer I had to explain to many women why it could be their problem of not being able to loose weight and hitting a plateau. Or why they are starting to get “Skinny Fat”

I have been fighting with my weight all my life and the scale is not the most effective way to measure results. Don’t get me wrong it is a great tool, but not the only one. 

When you do strength training, are you gaining lean muscles mass and it will help you to look thinner and it will increase your metabolism. 

So I it is important to track measurements throughout your journey, if you can get your body fat measured and pay attention how your clothes fit. 

What are the benefits?

1. Increase in Muscle Mass – when we get older, our muscle mass decreases, and int this day and age, women do not do as much physical work as we used.

2. Increased Metabolism- When you are over 40 your metabolism has slowed down. It will be more and more difficult and frustrating to loose weight. So when you build muscles, your metabolism will increase, because muscles are Metabolically active. This means your muscles keep burning calories after your work out thanks to EPOC ( excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). This does not happen if you do Cardio.

3. Reversal and slowing of Bone Density Loss – Our bone density declines with age. This puts us at risk for injuries. Weight training will help build stronger bones.

4. Better Sleep – Any form of exercise can help with sleep and there are studies, to show that weight training can help improve hormonal balance.

5. More Energy It sounds wrong, but resistance training can help you feel more energized during the day. It helps release endorphins, which improves your mood. 

6. Improved Overall Health – Studies show, that weight training in women benefits lowering your blood pressure, resting heart rate and tryglycerides.

7. Love the way you look

This is me in 2008, I had lost 80 and weighed in at 185lbs. I am a size 12, now know I am 5’6″ so I am not super tall and I achieved this by Weight training 3x week and doing cardio 3-5x week. But my cardio also included Kickboxing classes.