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amanda_mag

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  1. Absolutely! Relationships and hobbies are definitely part of the "wellness" umbrella.
  2. Hi everyone! I'm a total lurker but I really get a lot out of reading about other people's experiences and questions, so I thought I'd share something I've been thinking about. I've been working on a project at work related to wellness, the different aspects that you need to look at to be in good health, and it got me thinking about something that I'm calling a "wellness toolkit" in my head. Not sure if there's already a term for this. I have built over the years a combination of apps, classes and practices that help me maintain and improve my health. I'm curious about what others do. Here's mine: Physical Activity - Darebee for strength training - Pilates class twice a week - Zombies Run for cardio - Lately, RingFit Adventure on Nintendo Switch - Tracking with Fitbit Sleep Quality - Tracking with Fitbit Nutrition - Monthly nutritionist appointment - Meal-prep for breakfast and lunch Stress Management - Calm app for meditation - Bullet Journaling Financial Health - Spreadsheet on google docs to track my monthly budget What do you do? Would you add any other dimensions?
  3. Thanks for your replies. My weekend trip for the certification starts tomorrow. Wish me luck!
  4. Hi Rebels, I would like your thoughts on something. I have been following a fairly regular regime for the past year. It looks like this: Monday and Wednesday - 6-7am Strength training - 8-9:30pm Krav Maga class Friday - 6-7am Strength and heavy bag training Now I've added archery lessons on Saturday 9-11:30am. It's not much of a workout but I do use my muscles so I count it as training. My conflict is, I would like to start rock climbing. I've done the math and with some tweaks on my work schedule I could do it Tuesdays and Thursdays for a couple of hours in the afternoon. My workplace provides very flexible hours. I can see the time is there but I'm afraid my body can't take it and I don't want to give up the other things I do. I already experience burnout every few weeks and either I get sick or some part of my body starts hurting, which results in a week or more without working out. A couple of people in my life have suggested I'm over-training, but this doesn't sound like that much to me. I think it should be able to take it. I have an office job I love, but an office job after all, and I would like to mitigate the impact of sitting for eight hours as much as possible. I think it's relevant to mention that I do get enough sleep, 7-8 hours, although I don't always feel rested. What would be your advice? How many activities or workouts do you do during the week? What do you do when you are legitimately too tired to work out?
  5. Thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough reply. What you say sounds very similar to what the instructors have said. They sounds very responsible and I feel like they take all the safety precautions, so that makes me feel a little better. I'm a worrier by nature so I have one question: Do you remember experiencing any health complications related to diving? They mentioned the possible effects of the nitrogen or going up too fast and it sounds horrible. On a more positive note: Any health benefits? They also said it's extremely relaxing, so I'm looking forward to that
  6. Hello everyone, I need some peace of mind. I've recently started the process to get my scuba diving certification. It includes about 8 hours of theory and a 3 day trip starting with pool practice and ending with a full diving expedition. I signed up spur of the moment with a group from work, basically because the opportunity was right there. The thing is, I'm terrified. So, if you are a scuba diver, I would like to hear about your experiences, especially when you first started. Thanks!
  7. I wouldn't say it's limiting my activities right now. It's ok for my current level but I think that to get better I need to work on flexibility.
  8. Yeah, I thought that too. I always stretch when I work out but I don't do anything specifically to improve flexibility. I think I'm going to add 5-10 extra minutes for stretching after my runs.
  9. Thanks! But, I don't understand reddit at all... where is this 15 minute routine you recommend? :S
  10. Hello everyone, I would like to know if there are any alternatives to yoga to improve flexibility. I do several activities but I'm currently falling short on the flexibility department. I've given yoga my best shot but it just doesn't do it for me. I even got the NF Yoga subscription and have been doing the workouts for a while. My problem is that I get bored, I don't find it relaxing and my knees always hurt afterwards. My workout week looks like this (ideally, I shuffle some things around depending on schedule and things like that): 3 bodyweight sessions 2 krav maga classes 2-3 runs *Up until now: 2 yoga sessions I would like to complement with something that helps me improve flexibility. Another suggestions I would appreciate is any activity that helps me improve my reflexes. I'm hopeless at throwing, catching and skipping obstacles, and I need to work on that one as well if I want to get better at krav maga. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  11. This is a long shot but I was wondering if there was someone else here from Costa Rica.
  12. Thanks! It sounds like I'm doing it all wrong then. I have been using the gloves and getting some pain in my wrists afterwards. That is not exclusively the gloves fault because I'm sure I'm still not punching properly, but that's a different topic. Would you say it's better for beginners to use heavier gloves? It is always safer to wear handwraps under the gloves, right?
  13. Hello everyone, I recently started training with a punching bag at the gym. I had been using handwraps but couldn't wrap them properly so I decided to buy gloves. These ones, specifically: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CTM6QBO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00. Here's the problem, I have really tiny hands. I bought the small ones and I think they fit fine but there's still some wiggle room. My question is, should I try to pad them more with wraps underneath? Am I in risk of injury if I they are not tight enough? I read some horror stories about what can happen to my hands if I don't protect them enough, so I'm a little paranoid. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers!
  14. Hi Rebels, I was wondering if you could share how you deal with bad workouts. I've been working out for three months every other day, with some adjustments along the way. It's not a very intense workout but I've noticed some changes and I think it's going well. Most days I complete my workout (it's between 30 and 40 minutes) and I feel great. Some days, even though I'm doing what I always do, I feel depleted mid-way. What do you recommend in those cases? Should I force myself to continue or rest? Specially when doing squats and lunges, I feel my legs giving up and my form suffers. It's frustrating to not be able to do today what I could do yesterday! Any thoughts?
  15. Would long walks count as exercise? I enjoy those but I don't think they can keep me in shape. I really like hiking but I don't have partners to go with over here and going by myself is dangerous. For context, I recently moved to a new country. My search for a group or organization that organizes hiking trips hasn't yielded any results yet. Jumping rope is fun but I have weak knees and I always feel like they are going to break. The impact causes me a lot of pain. Is there a way to make joints stronger? Anyway, I'll try interval training. I was following the Couch-to-5k running plan around my neighborhood. It's not such a nice run. There's lots of traffic and people on the way.
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