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Asheville, Here I Come!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 | 7 comments

“This is my last Ohio winter.” Six words I’ve bitterly uttered every January for the past, oh, four years or so. This year, I meant it. I’m packing up and heading South… y’all.

In less than one month, this Midwest girl is heading to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.Asheville Mountains Mist Blue Ridge Parkway

Where there are countless trails, just waiting for me to run them. And walk/hike/bike them. Also known as one of the best foodie and music cities in the country. Hello, Beer City USA. Oh, and I’ll be approximately 3,000 steps from the Blue Ridge Parkway. My little home office? It’ll overlook the lovely French Broad River. And I’ll be a short stroll from plenty of shopping- and Starbucks (shhh, you Asheville-ians already dismissing me for that coffee chain comment).

So that’s my big news. Now, before you’re all like #30YearOldCrisis, let’s launch into the FAQ.

First, the “why am I going,” in case the description above didn’t provide enough of a reason.

It’s simple, really. I’m a huge believer in always striving for personal happiness and never settling just because that’s the easy, comfortable choice. Plain and simple: Columbus is not my jam anymore. While I’ve loved living in the 614, it’s never really felt like my “place.” It’s always seemed more like I was just passing through.

When I moved to Columbus from Washington DC in 2009, I didn’t think I’d be here for long. A couple years at most; before I headed off on my next adventure. Fast forward almost seven years later. 
The Nationwide building in downtown Columbus, Ohio, for Valentine's Day

Truth is: Columbus is a cool town. I wouldn’t give up my time in the ‘bus for anything. I had good times (and some bad ones) that I’ll never forget. The memories that were made here will truly last a lifetime, just like the friendships. I’ve built a career I love with the help of countless inspiring people; through experiences I’d never have gotten elsewhere. I learned there is no better feeling than helping others. Pink It Up Columbus

Let’s face it: Despite my best efforts. I was never a true Buckeye. But, I gladly put on the colors because, O-H wow, can those Buckeyes throw a good tailgate. Ohio State Buckeyes horseshoe

In North Carolina, I won’t have to be careful about wearing blue; but, instead, what shade of blue. 

As I dodge flying buckeyes, let’s move on. So, why Asheville?

I’ve wavered back and forth the past couple years about where I wanted to move. For a while, I thought about heeding the call to “Go West!” I almost just went for it in Denver. I highly considered returning to my favorite city, DC, now that I wouldn’t have to live on cereal. Toyed with the idea of trying out the deeper South- although, that may have posed a health risk with the abundant supply of sweet tea and sweet potato fries.

Trust me, everyone has offered ideas on where they think I should go; what they think I should do. I’ve appreciated it. But, I’ve realized, in the end, you just have to put on earmuffs and ask, “But, seriously now, what do I want?” Easier said than done, friends.

Really and truly, it has taken me a while to get to know myself and what exactly makes me happy. Platinum blonde 24-year-old Hana would be sitting here in her Pink pants eating chocolate pudding staring at almost-30-year-old brunette me, sporting running rights and t-shirt, eating a bowl of roasted veggies, like, “Who are you, and what have you done with me?”  1919373_735675179004_7041829_n-1 And to her, I’d say, “Oh honey, you’ll understand when you’re older.”

I’m not criticizing myself for who I was in my mid-20s. I was really fun, actually. I went out on weeknights. Was pretty much always game for anything, anytime. But, I now have a much clearer idea of who I am and what makes me happy.

Family. Amazing times with my dearest friends. Good conversations. Finding new restaurants. Long trail runs. The great outdoors. My career. Listening to live music. Exploring new places. Traveling at every chance I get. Volunteering. A stellar cocktail. Healthy food. Sunshine and warm temps.

I guess one the perks of being almost 30 that you start to understand who you are, and who you’re not. And then begin to accept and embrace that realization.

You know. Adult things.

Asheville is a pretty good place to experience all of the above, which makes me pretty sure I’ll find my happy place. It’s nice to know I have family there, and that I can drive home to Cincinnati on a weekend; not take a plane. I’m so excited to get outside and escape to the mountains anytime I want, but then also enjoy live music, good food and drinks the same day. Also, pull up the forecast and compare it to Ohio. Enough said.Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, North Carolina

Really, what’s holding me back from trying? A whole lot of nothing. Some of the very best things that have happened in my life did so without a clear plan. So, I’m going for it. I’m becoming a North Carolinian. What’s the worst thing that can happen- I live in a beautiful, cool city for a year or two and move on? That’s hardly a loss in my book.

I don’t know where I see myself in five years, and I’m okay with that.

But okay, let’s be real. As much as I’m trying to be all cool and calm- you know, channel some Western North Carolina free-spirited vibes- I do kind of have a plan. A solid career plan. Blonde/brunette, career girl, Type A Hana always has a professional plan.

My location may be changing, but my job is not. I’ll still direct digital for Inspire PR Group– just from a few hundred miles down the road.

I’m lucky enough to work with a company that believes in personal happiness as much as I do and that values long-term relationships and great work. I’ve been very fortunate to work with my boss, the founder of Inspire, since I moved to Columbus; at three different agencies. We have a thing where we can’t get rid of each other.

It has been an amazing and oh-so-educational ride to be a part of building a Inspire from the ground up. The past 1.5 years, I’ve watched the little baby agency take its first steps, start to build momentum and suddenly sprint full-speed ahead. Now, may the force be with us.

I am so excited to keep working with Team Inspire, which I believe is the strongest its ever been, and with our stellar list of clients, most of whom are also friends. Inspire PR Group on National Margarita DayThe beauty of my job is that I can pretty much do it from anywhere with wi-fi and a computer. In Asheville, I will be working from home and also from a co-working space downtown a few days a week- which will make me put on make-up and change out of yoga pants every now and again. Plus, I would start talking to a wall if left alone too long alone.

I love my job. I love my coworkers. And now i’m going to love my life, even more.

You know what else I love? Ohio. I will always proudly say I’m from Cincinnati (and you’ll know it from the way I say my A’s). And put anyone in their place who makes remarks like, “Oh, you’re from Ohio- you must have grown up in a corn field.” I’ll never stop chanting, “OU, oh yeah.” Or writing Xavier in on my bracket as the grand champion of the NCAA Championship. And I’ll still believe “maybe next year” the Bengals can win a playoff game. Cincinnati Bengals game

If this was an Oscar speech, they’d be starting to play music right now.

And I’d like to thank my family. And my friends. And everyone who’s supported me and cheered me on to literally go chase my dreams…

Stay tuned for miles of footnotes from Asheville, starting at the end of March.Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, North Carolina

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Easy Being Green Smoothie

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 | 0 comments

A protein-packed green smoothie with no added sugar that makes it so easy to be green.

Easy Being Green Smoothie: A protein-packed green smoothie with no added sugar that makes it so easy to be green.

I’m sitting here making a list what ingredients I need to buy to make my two classic contributions to Thanksgiving dinner. They are pretty much the easiest dishes, which is likely why I have been trusted to bring them year after year. Corn pudding and green bean casserole, both made in the Crock Pot. That’s right, just combine all the ingredients, turn that sucker on high and evacuate the kitchen.

For the record, both are always gobbled up, so I’ll proudly continue to serve as Sous Chef, overseeing the slow cooker, thank you very much.

You know what else I am really good at making? Smoothies. I’m even more comfortable around my blender than I am with my Crock Pot. I’ve been carefully perfecting the art of the green smoothie, and recently created a masterpiece. Which means I have since enjoyed it for breakfast, lunch and dinner- on separate days, of course.

Easy Being Green Smoothie with no added sugar!

Whoever said a smoothie can’t be a meal hasn’t had one of these green machines, or is just afraid of the color.

I know you’re out there, green haters. But, just like I’d tell Kermit the Frog: It’s actually just so easy to be green!

Easy Being Green Smoothie, protein-packed with avocado and banana.

Did you know I gave up sugar cold turkey earlier this year? And caffeine, too. I know what you’re thinking: What kind of lunatic gives up two of life’s greatest pleasures—sweets and coffee? [Slowly raising my hand] I just hadn’t been feeling well, and I’d been reading a lot about how both sugar and caffeine affect your overall health, from your skin to digestive, physical and mental health. It wasn’t that I was following any certain diet, but I wanted to see what happened.

Guess what: Three months in, the results were fantastic, so I’ve largely just kept at it. I have only had one full cup of coffee (with plenty of cream) in the past six months, and it made me feel like I was going to bounce off a wall. As for sugar, I will enjoy a cookie or a piece of cake on a special occasion, but I don’t crave it, and I can’t say it makes me feel good. I stick to natural sugars, like fruit, and even enjoy those in moderation. Did I mention I have more energy and just feel generally better? Because I do.

I never was a huge coffee drinker, or had much of a sweet tooth, so this new way of eating wasn’t as hard for me as I’m sure it would be for others. But, it did make me realize how many foods contain a LOT of added sugar and just how much sugar I was eating without even knowing it. Foods I considered to be generally healthy, like flavored yogurt, protein powder, oatmeal, salad dressing, trail mix, peanut butter, granola bars—all have sugar, and often a whole lot of it.

I’ve found ways to make delicious meals that are often very sweet but have minimal, if any, added sugar. It IS hard at first, but, once you learn what to buy, it’s actually pretty easy. Case and point: This smoothie.

Easy Being Green Smoothie with zero added sugar

Now, listen up, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You know what the ingredient is that makes this smoothie so darned extra creamy and delicious?


Yup, I’ve scientifically proven, yet again, that avocados do indeed make everything better. I put a chunk in my smoothie a couple weeks ago, and a legend was born unto my blender.

I also pack in the kale. Oh, kale. How I love you. But, I know there are a lot of you out there who aren’t members of the Kale Lovers Club. In fact, you may actually be kale haters (gasp). And I’ll admit, I’ve had some pretty yucky kale smoothies- you know, the kind that taste kind of grainy and, well, like you’re eating liquid grass?


Glad we cleared that up. Now let’s talk about what else is in it. Half a banana (again, I don’t overdo it with natural sugar, either, although I know fruit is good for you!), a dollop of almond butter (no added sugar), unsweetened coconut/almond milk (Califia Farms = my go-to) and some flaxseed.

Usually, I enjoy this smoothie after a good workout, which usually involves a long run and/or strength training. So, it’s important that I pack in the protein. I use plain Greek yogurt (once you go Fage, you can’t go back) and Vega protein powder.

Easy Being Green Smoothie, with vanilla Vega protein powder

When I was first breaking up with sugar, I searched for a protein powder that didn’t have any added sugar, and that’s when I found Vega. It’s a plant-based powder that’s full of fruits, veggies and probiotics, too. My favorite flavor is vanilla, but it also comes in chocolate and chai.

Easy Being Green Smoothie, made with vanilla Vega protein powder

Pause for a commercial break: Costco sells Vega, almond butter and Fage Greek yogurt in bulk! Nothing better than super-sizing all my healthy favorites. All of the above are pretty much why I have a membership.

Now back to the program.

On Thursday, I’ll be filling my plate with corn pudding, green bean casserole, and loads of turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, etc. It’s going to be an epic feast.

But I know how I’ll be going green on Black Friday. And it doesn’t involve waking up at 4 a.m.

(More interested in my Crock Pot recipes? I’m a believer in Seeded at the Table’s Crock Pot Corn Pudding, and I first found the Smoky Green Bean Casserole recipe in Better Homes and Gardens…the actual magazine)

Easy Being Green Smoothie
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A protein-packed refreshing green smoothie with no added sugar that makes it easy to be green.
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  1. 6 Ice cubes
  2. 1/2 Avocado
  3. 1/2 Banana
  4. 1 Cup Fresh Kale
  5. 1 Teaspoon Almond Butter
  6. 1 Scoop Vanilla Vega Protein & Greens
  7. 1 Tablespoon Flaxseed
  8. 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut-Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)
  9. 1 1/4 Cups Water
  1. Combine all the ingredients into blender and pulse until smooth. Go green!
  1. Add more or less water or milk, depending on how you prefer the consistency.
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Easy Being Green Smoothie, A protein-packed green smoothie with no added sugar that makes it so easy to be green.

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3 Downtown Chicago Running Routes

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 | 0 comments

3 Amazing Chicago Running Routes

I spent some quality time in the Windy City this fall, which I am certainly not complaining about Whenever I go to Chicago, it’s like visiting an old friend. We pick up right where we left off. I grew up visiting Chi-town a lot because my uncle has a condo there, so it’s no big thing to do settle in and do those non-touristy things like ride the L, pick up a few things at Jewell (the grocery store down the street), grab a bite to eat or head out for a run.

Speaking of running. Downtown Chicago is one of my favorite places to hit the pavement. Two of my college roommates and I had a girls weekend in mid-October, and then I headed back just a couple weeks ago for the BlogHer Food conference. I’ve had quite a few opportunities run the town lately, and I took advantage.

I’ve put in many miles over the years in the city’s “front yard,” also known as Grant Park, which runs along the shore of Lake Michigan and is home to a few slightly famous attractions, such as The Bean, Buckingham Fountain and the Art Institute of Chicago. Ring a bell? Thought so.

Hint: If you want some alone time staring into the shiny Giant Bean, peel yourself out of bed and run my Grant Park Scenic Loop route between about 5 and 6 a.m. No tourists in sight. Just saying.

The Bean, Chicago

That easy 3.8-mile scenic jaunt also goes right by the Art Institute, through Millennium Park, over the BP Pedestrian bridge, past Buckingham Fountain, along the lake and over to the Museum Campus, home to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium.

Grant Park Scenic Loop

The best view of the Chicago skyline is from the steps or trail between the Shedd and the Adler. Just trust me. That’s why I call this next route the Million Dollar Museum Campus 5K+. I’ve run it all times of the day, and, every time, I have to stop and take it all in. You’ll hardly even notice you’re running you get so wrapped up in this view. For anyone who tends to get bored easily when running (points at myself), this one’s for you.

Chicago skyline from Adler Planetarium

Oh Chicago, you show-off, you.

Million Dollar Museum Campus 5K+

Ironically, I start and end both of those loops at the corner of Roosevelt and Michigan Avenue, at the foot of Agora; tall iron sculptures of legs and feet. The Polish artwork is supposed to depict how people act in a large group. While it sounds rather odd, I recommend stepping in and seeing what it’s all about.

For the record: I often combine both of the above routes into one longer one, but I broke them up into two more bite-sized legs here because sometimes it’s nice to just have ideas for a quick 5K.

BP  Pedestrian Parkway Chicago

So, put it all together and what do you get? The 11.5-mile Downtown Chicago Grand Tour. If you want to see the best of Chicago on foot, this, in my humble opinion, is the way to do it.  I did this run on an abnormally warm November evening. It was one of those times when it felt tragic to stay in my hotel room. I honestly didn’t even realize how long I had run until I got back- it was just that nice out.

Downtown Chicago Grand Tour Running Route

I love running on Chicago’s Lakefront Trail, which stretches 18.5-miles along Lake Michigan. It cuts through Grant Park but also goes much further in each direction. There’s something about running beside water that just makes me zone out, too. If it’s a nice day, sailboats dot the water.

Sailboats on Lake Michigan, Chicago

As part of this on-foot excursion, set out on the Lakefront Trail down to the Museum Campus, out into the lake and around the Adler, then  all the way back past the marinas to Navy Pier. Then, cross over to the city’s “Second Riverfront,” the Chicago Riverwalk, on the south bank of the Chicago River, right in the heart of the city. It’s kind of fun to feel like a peewee running below the towering buildings.

Chicago Riverwalk

Confession: I always build a few photo breaks into my Chicago runs. Because, memories?

Moral of this story? Don’t leave for Chicago without packing running shoes. I don’t think I ever leave for a trip without packing running shoes. Even if I have to sit on my suitcase to make them fit- which is often because I also like to bring a few other pairs of shoes- they are always in there. Plus, a good run will make indulging in (a second slice of) deep dish pizza all the better, right?

Happy trails.    

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Girls on the Run Fall 5K & Why I’m A Coach

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 | 0 comments


This Saturday was the Girls on the Run of Franklin County fall 5K, which is the event that my small-but-mighty team of eight little ladies trained for the past 10 weeks. The girls showed up on a chilly morning in downtown at Columbus Commons bundled in coats, scarves and gloves, which were quickly shed as the sun came out and the start time neared.

Girls on the Run Capital University team fall 2015

For a few of them, this was their first 5K, and they were nervous.

“Are you ready for this?” I asked the first girl to arrive at our meeting spot, among 1,400+ girls from the 60+ other Girls on the Run sites in Columbus. This particular girl had been brimming with confidence all season and never hesitated to speak her mind. “I think so,” she replied, uncharacteristically quietly.

The rest of her team showed up, all sporting the multi-colored tutus we’d made by tying cloth onto a pink ribbon on Thursday at practice. She perked up, and the collective nervousness among the group seemed to lift, especially when I brought out the selfie stick.

Girls on the Run Fall 5K group selfie

This marked my fifth season as a Head Coach with Girls on the Run here in Columbus, and I can’t say enough good things about my experience. The organization represents a cause that is near-and-dear to my heart: Empowering young girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be healthy, joyful and confident, through running. It’s held twice a week for 10 weeks at sites held at schools, community centers, apartment complexes or, in my case, university campuses.

Last week, we asked the girls if they were running the 5K with a parent/adult or wanted to run with one of the coaches. My friend Michelle and I are head coaches at Capital and deliver the curriculum, but there are also awesome ladies who volunteer with us as assistant coaches and running buddies.

The 8-year-old who asked to run with me has been my buddy this season. She’s in third grade- the youngest in our group- and incredibly smart. During one of the first practice runs, she told me about a series of scary stories she was writing. She also really wants a kitten, who she’s thinking she’ll name Lulu. I was the kid who filled dozens of wire-bound notebooks with stories and adored cats. Instant bond. 

This was the evening we ran 1.3 miles, and she was so excited to go home and tell her mom about it.

Capital University Girls on the Run team fall 2015

This was her first 5K. “Actually, it’s my second,” she corrected me. We did do a practice 5K, which she rocked. As we lined up at the Start, she and her teammates bounced up and down in their poofy tutus to warm up, laughing at their silly shadows and leading us in chants of “Girls on the Run is so much fun!” Then, off we went.

Girls on the Run 5K start line

She kept a steady pace and talked to me the entire 3.1 miles about music, the series about warrior cats she’s writing and her family, who was her loudest fan club through the run. The massive smile on her face never faded for that 37 minutes. Upon seeing the Finish Line, she mustered up that last bit of energy and sprinted through it, proudly accepting her medal.

Lydia is why I coach at Girls on the Run.

Girls on the Run 5K with Lydia

All of the girls leave an impact, but there have been a few that stand out and will leave their mark for years to come. As adults, we get so wrapped up in our busy, complicated lives that it’s so refreshing to spend time with young girls for 1.5 hours twice a week, who are just starting to find out who they are.

If you’ve never been to a Girls on the Run 5K, all I can say is GO! The events are completely non-competitive, and the positive energy in the air is contagious. All of the girls wear the same color shirt, which changes each season, and are dressed up in tutus, capes and colorful socks and shoes. Girls can get their faces painted for free and their hair “happied” (sprayed with temporary color and glitter). Girls on the Run is a national organization, so these events are held all over the country in the spring and fall.

Girls on the Run 5K

I wish I’d had Girls on the Run growing up. Even at that young age, girls are going through so much emotionally. Having a place where they can talk about the tough stuff, like gossip, bullying, peer pressure and negative self-talk, but then also learn to process emotions and have fun while exercising is something I can 100 percent stand behind- and practice in my own life!

Girls on the Run Fall 2015 making tutus

Not only are the girls an inspiration, but the ladies behind-the-scened of the 5K are, too. I’ve also served as a Marketing Chair for the 5K the past three seasons, and it’s been amazing to work with a team of smart, strong, grounded women. We often joke that there needs to be a Women on the Run because the lessons in the Girls on the Run curriculum applies so much to our lives, too.

GOTR committee

Helping out through PR and marketing also gives me the opportunity to spread the word about a cause I care about and use my skills to give back. In the spring, my Capital University site was featured in Fit Columbus, and the girls were so excited to “be in a real magazine!”

And, just as the girls make friends, the coaches do, too. Team Capital University is pretty cool, if I do say so myself.Girls on the Run Capital University Coaches

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5 Cold-Weather Cardio Workouts You Can Do Almost Anywhere

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 | 0 comments

5 Cold-Weather Cardio Workouts You Can Do Almost Anywhere []Greetings from Ohio, where, although it’s March, there are still zero signs of spring.

Honestly, whenever I’ve mustered up the courage to look at the 10-day forecast lately, it’s been like opening up that letter you’ve been anticipating but are afraid to open for fear of what may be inside. At this point, the mid-30s sound like summer.

Also, to the marketers of Groupon, Travelzoo, Hilton, ZOZI and more… I see right through you, taunting me with email subject lines about Caribbean vacations and Hawaiian getaways, but that has not kept me from investigating.  I may hit that especially desperate point yet.

February was not my favorite month. In fact, it was about this time last year that I signed up for FitCamp, after weeks of frigid temperatures and ice kept me from taking more than a few steps, much less running, outside. One year later, I’m happy I turned that low point into a high one because FitCamp definitely gets me up and moving, even on the coldest of cold mornings.

That being said, I don’t rely on FitCamp for all of my cardio. Sure, sometimes the flights of stairs seem endless (sorry, throbbing legs), and the workouts burn a ton of calories- usually close to at least 500 per 50-minute class- but it’s a full-body workout, and each class differs on how much cardio we do, especially in the winter, when options, even there, are limited.

When it’s above 30 degrees, I usually run the mile to and from class to get my cardio fix, but that has only happened about once in the past month. I’ll also run in the evenings after work a few days a week to relax and de-stress, and I’ll fit in longer runs on weekends- all when it’s not miserable outside.

But, Mother Nature has been messing with my routine, so I’ve had to get creative. May these 5 ideas for getting your cardio on when it’s freezing outside inspire those of you who are going a bit stir crazy to get up and get moving before spring comes (if it ever does).

1. Spinning. I spin year-round to mix up up my cardio routine, and it’s been awesome cross-training for running. It’s also low-impact, so a good option for people like me, who don’t have especially good knees or ankles. But, I especially appreciate my indoor spinning classes this time of year. I know spinning can be intimidating. A small room full of bikes you don’t know how to set up, packed with hard-core, sweaty people in Spandex- that’s enough to make anyone run for the safety of the ellyptical. But, not so fast!

Try spinning a few times, and chances are you’ll be hooked. I say that because the first few, you WILL be out of breath, possibly kind of confused about resistance and RPM, likely sore and still intimidated by your tight-clothed classmates. But, keep at it, and you’ll be in for the long haul. I’ve been spinning consistently for going on five years, and I look forward to every class. I also like that it’s always my workout- I control how fast I want to go, how much resistance to add and basically how hard I want to work. Being in a class is definitely motivation to work harder, but you can work up to it, or adjust depending on the day.

2. Interval training. I love HIIT (high intensity interval training), where you go really hard at one exercise for a set, short amount of time, rest, and then go at it (or a different exercise) again before another rest. We do a lot of those kinds of workouts at FitCamp. I especially like the tabata form of HIIT, which consists of eight rounds of ultra-high-intensity exercises, with rests, usually of the same length, between each round.

HIIT burns a lot of calories and is great for blasting fat. Also, for people who have short attention spans, like myself, it keeps you engaged and challenged through the whole workout. There are lots of free apps with interval timers, too, so you can workout basically anywhere; I use one called Interval Timer on my iPhone and iPad that lets me create and save different routines. sNOw excuses, right?hiit

I love HIIT for strength training, but it’s also very effective for cardio. Fact: I absolutely loathe the treadmill. To those who train for marathons on that moving path to nowhere, I give you serious props, but it bores me to tears, even with a rocking playlist or attached TV. But, when Mother Nature pulls a fast one and times are tough, I’ll jump on the treadmill, or occasionally the elliptical, and do some intervals. I bump up the speed for 2o seconds, then jump to the sides and rest for 10, and repeat eight times. It only takes four minutes per set (I usually do 2-3), but it gets your heart thumping and is excellent for burning fat. Try my latest favorite routine.

HIIT The Winter Blues 20-Minute Tabata for Treadmill Haters []

Or,  I’ll do rounds of burpees, squat or lunge jumps or jumping jacks at home, which was especially handy on recent mornings when it was too icy to make it to 6 a.m. FitCamp.

3. Running outside. I’m a huge baby when it comes to the cold, so clearly I not going to claim to be one of those hard-core runners who will go out in sub-zero temperatures and snow, outfitted with spikes on their shoes and a face mask. But, as long as there’s not ice and it’s in the 20s, I’ll venture out. I’m so glad I invested in good gloves, a headband, wool socks, thick running tights and sweat-wicking tops, and I highly recommend doing so to anyone who enjoys running. Just getting some fresh air and feeling the sunshine, whatever the temperature, is worth it!columbus

4. Stairs. We run a ton of stairs in bootcamp during the winter, since class is held in a large office building, and outside is not an option. It’s not uncommon to be ordered to sprint to the top of the six flights at least a few times each class, and, let me tell you, those hamstrings are screaming the next day. When combined with other strength and cardio sets, like tabata or intervals, stairs are especially a doozy. I’ll often combine stair running into my workouts at the gym, or even sprint up the stairs in my apartment building. So find and indoor stairwell, and start climbing. I recommend suicides, if you really want to push it. I did them this morning and am feeling it.Do-Anywhere Stair Suicides [] 5. Winter sports. I went skiing and tubing a few weeks ago at Seven Springs in Pennsylvania. It had been a few years since I hit the slopes, so it took me a little bit to get my ski legs back. Once I did, it was so much fun, and I forgot what fun AND a good workout skiing is. Definitely was a bit sore the next day. We also went tubing, which didn’t require quite as much effort, but I was still sweating hauling my big tube around. My point here: Stop cursing winter for a second, and just get out there and embrace the snow once in a while. It’s not quite as easy to get out and ski here in the Midwest as it is elsewhere, but find a way to get out there and play. It wipes those winter blues away.tubing at seven springs

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