Anyone out there planning to celebrate with epic costumes, carving pumpkins, and all the other Halloween festivities? I have to admit that I’m going to be a bit of a party pooper this year because life seems to have distracted me from dreaming up clever costume ideas, but I will most definitely be enjoying an nice pumpkin smoothie for breakfast. I recently created a Pumped-Up Pumpkin Smoothie that you’ll find over on the Vega Blog, along with 7 more celebratory blends.
This guy is packed with superfoods (hence the ‘pumped-up’ in the title) including maca root powder, ground flaxseed, chia seeds and cinnamon, and of course, pumpkin. It’s been my breakfast 3 times this week, and I think the people at the grocery store are going to start calling me the crazy pumpkin hoarding lady pretty soon. If they could taste this smoothie, they’d totally understand why. 🙂
Before we do any smoothie making, let’s talk fitness, shall we?
Work It Out
Due to the niggling knee pain that I was experiencing earlier this month, I’ve been very good friends with other forms of cardio, especially the elliptical. While it never seems to deliver that same endorphin rush that a good run or spin class does, it certainly works a few different muscles (hello glutes!) that don’t get hit as hard while running. I know lots of you are fans of the elliptical as well because it’s a lower-impact option, so with that in mind, I’ve created a new low impact (but still plenty sweaty) 40 minute routine for you.
The Rock Solid Elliptical Workout
You’ll be working 2 times through a gradual build and a set of 5 climbing intervals. The intervals are only 1 minute each, and while the rest in between will feel easier, you won’t be just cruising along at a leisurely pace. The incline will stay high for the entire time, so you’ll be controlling intensity of the intervals with resistance. The numbers below for resistance and incline are examples, but as always, please adjust them to match your fitness level. And in case you’re wondering, it’s called “rock solid” because you’re going to do lots of high-incline climbing, which means that your glutes will be on their way to being… yep, you guessed it. 😉
Turn It Up
Do you remember when the song Lady Marmalade came out? You know, that collaboration by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and Lil Kim? (If not, here’s a refresher.) This week’s tune has nothing to do with Lady Marmalade or the Moulin Rouge, but every time I hear it, I can’t help but think that it sounds similar, but in a 2014-style collaboration sort of way. I’m talking about Bang Bang by Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj. While there are plenty of differences, all these ladies:
- Have powerful diva-like voices
- Sound very similar when singing in a group
- Evidently don’t like to wear much clothing
Have A Read
- 10 things runner gals can appreciate – via Women’s Running
- 9 tips for running your best marathon ever – via Health.com
- The dos and don’ts of recovering after a race – via Popsugar
- 8 hip stretches your body really needs – via Huffington Post
Alright, that’s enough for now! Before you head off, tell me…
- What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had, made, or seen?
- Favourite Halloween candy? You won’t find me eating much of it now, but as a kid I was all about the Crispy Crunch, Skittles and Cherry Blasters. Oh, and Reese cups. Who are we kidding… I loved pretty much everything except black licorice and Tootsie Rolls. Garbage guts was my middle name.