Health & Well-Being

I Love Weekends, I Love Life!

Happy birthday, Rose!

Last minute birthday dinner for my fit and fabulous friend, Rose!! The second picture was a throwback from last March when I first moved into my apartment and we made our “drink” – the 1239 Hot Pot in a Shot.

Weekend Ride

This weekend was prime biking weather! Not cold and not so hot so that I had to wear the sleeveless tops which means tanlines! But hot enough that I didn’t wear my leggings and I got bike shorts tanlines. Yuck. That’s a reason why I don’t like regular cycling jersey’s (t-shirt style) and just cycling gear design in general (only because of all those logos plastered everywhere but that’s a different blog post). I’m definitely not a hardcore cyclist because I don’t think tanlines are something I can ever be proud of!! I’m just a vain cyclist okay.

Fun at T&T. I don't know why some people don't like grocery shopping!

Fun at T&T. I really don’t understand why some people don’t like grocery shopping! I can spend hours and hours and waste my life (and money) in grocery stores.

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    Stretching For Cyclists

    Stretching for cyclists and generally active people is so important in your health and fitness regime. As I’m writing this post, I’m actually sitting on my chair and stretching my glutes and IT band by crossing one leg over the other and leaning forward or pushing down on the knee. Being extremely active, my muscles get really tight so I always dedicate time to stretching and foam-rolling every single day. I also found that the more I cycled, the harder it was for me to get lower in my squats but it’s been improving now that I spend even more time stretching than before. Tight muscles put everything in your body out of alignment which increases risk of pain, injury and discomfort… who wants that?

    Foam Roll

    Stretch [and roll] everything and everywhere!

    Why it is so important for cyclists to stretch:

    • When you are cycling, joints are never taken through a full range of motion which causes your muscles to tighten AND shorten.
    • Cycling is such a repetitive motion.
    • Cycling is not a natural movement like running or walking.

    What does do stretching for cyclists:

    • Stretching will help to elongate and loosen your muscles and reverse what hours in the saddle may cause.
    • Stretching helps improve performance, power, speed, agility and ability to ride for longer.
    • Stretching increases flexibility which helps you cycle more efficiently by helping you get into the best form possible.
    • Stretching aids in cross-training. For example, tight hip flexors are common amongst roadies as we lean forward when we ride which causes tight hip flexors. Tight hip flexors means it will be very hard for you to get your ass to the grass when you squat. A half squat is NOT a real squat, okay people! So if you don’t want to squat like a bitch, make sure you are stretching those hip flexors!

    So when you should stretch? After a good warm up when your core body temperature is warmed up. Never stretch before your workout because your muscles are still cold and you may increase the risk of injury. Static stretching before exercise may even reduce your performance so it’s always best to do a good dynamic stretch or a light warm up before you stretch.

    While stretching may not be 100% proven to enhance your performance as there is much debate over this, you cannot deny that not only is it therapeutic but it feels AWESOME to stretch. I always look forward to my recovery regime after every workout …which includes a lot of stretching and myofascial release.

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      Things I Love

      Chick Pea Cakes

      Addicted to bean cakes: you can’t even tell they are made out of beans! Chocolate coconut & raspberry-filled chocolate … both made with chickpeas.

      Wants & Buys

      I’m obsessed with these new leopard print sneakers I JUST bought + this new saddle is about to be mine SOON. I can’t wait for my butt to feel like it’s sitting on a cloud while I cycle. Sigh.

      Snacks

      Snack addictions: turkey jerkey + berries, berries and a lot of berries.

      Grub

      Why I workout: We’ve been making a ton of pulled pork lately (well just Boyfriend because cooking is totally not my thing) and experimenting with sauces; this Asian style one is the best one that he’s ever made… because it has Hoisin sauce in it, and I LOVE Hoisin. Asian flavors are the best! Speaking of Asian-ness, I don’t live in Richmond anymore so I haven’t been going out for dim sum as much as usual (it’s not the same in Vancouver!) but when I do… NOM!

      Gym Rat

      What I will ALWAYS love: gym-ratting, bike rides to work and foam rolling.

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