Reach (for Spring) March Challenge

Happy March (rabbit rabbit!) Let’s hope that Spring weather is just around the corner, but until then, let’s reach for it! This unique move works your core like no other and requires zero equipment. From all fours, reach your right arm out straight ahead and your left leg straight behind you. This requires core strength and balance to keep your body stable. Bend your right arm and your left leg in towards your center to touch (or as close as they come) to further engage your abs. Reach them back out straight and then place them back down on the ground. Repeat with the left arm and right leg. This is one repetition. Alternate and follow the calendar below. Just save, print, or pin the image below and reach for spring. By the time bikini season arrives, you’ll be glad that you took on this challenge!

March Reach Challenge

One Healthy Breakdown: spring into spring…with a stronger core!

August Mermaid Challenge

Here she is, the last monthly challenge of the summer! Mermaids are only appropriate. This move strengthens abs, obliques, and legs all at the same time! Save, pin, or print the calendar and complete throughout the month. Here’s how to mermaid: lay on your side, head on one arm. Lift legs slightly off floor and cross ankles. Lift and lower legs, keeping straight and together (using abdominal muscles) for time allotted. Then flip to the other side and repeat, working yourself up to one minute on each side! Stay strong, tight, and focus on the abs. Bring it on, August.

One Healthy Breakdown: get ready to channel your inner mermaid this month!

June Mountain Climber Challenge

Get ready to climb because it’s all about the high intensity interval training this month! Your heart rate will climb right into the fat-burning zone. Mountain climbers can be done anywhere, anytime. They’ll increase endurance while toning your entire core. Start from a plank position, shoulders above wrists, feet hip-width apart. Bend your knee and pull it in to reach your opposite elbow, while maintaining a strong and straight plank position. Repeat the movement on the other side and push yourself to maintain a high-speed, reaching your max heart rate. By July 4th, you’ll whip yourself right into tip-top shape for summer! June Challenge

One Healthy Breakdown: get that summer body movin’, your heart rate climbing, and your endorphins pumping!

Winter Running Tips

If you like to run regularly or you’re training for a spring race, you’re not going to wait around for the ice to melt and warmer weather. Let’s face it, that treadmill is just not the same. Unfortunately, it could take weeks…months for spring running, so, let’s face reality, bundle up, and get out there!

Dog Sled Ride

  • Spray sneakers with a waterproof solution.
  • Dress as if it’s about 15-20 degrees warmer than it actually is. This will prevent overheating when you start to sweat, but will keep you warm enough to keep on chuggin’.
  •  Wear a moisture-wicking base layer and add breathable layers. The first thing to get cold is the first thing to overheat: neck, head, and hands. Sport zippers, a pullover, and items of clothing that keep you warm, but allow for ventilation when you work up a sweat.
  •  Make sure your clothing is tight enough that it all stays in place, but loose enough that you can move freely.
  •  Keep your core warm. If the majority of your body isn’t warm, you won’t last. Wear a vest to add heat to your middle while keeping your arms free to move with your stride.
  •  Run during the warmest time of the day (around 2-3pm). If you’re going to run early in the morning or after dusk, be sure to wear reflective gear or a light, so that passing cars can see you clearly.
  •  Start running into the wind and finish with the wind on your back. You’ll be more comfortable before you start to sweat.
  •  Use the 3 W’s: be sure that your outer layer is warm, waterproof and wind-resistant.
  •  Get down with down, it’s hands-down one of the warmest and lightest materials you can wear.
  •  Wear gloves with grippers. Taking your gloves off to change your music is the worst. Grippers rock.
  •  On a snow day, opt for fresh snow rather than packed-snow, which can be very slippery.
  •  Don’t forget to hydrate. Just because it’s not hot out doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need to replenish water. Drink up as you wind down.
  •  Stretch. Your muscles will crave a post-run stretch, as the cold increases tightness.
  • Have fun! If you don’t enjoy it, it’s just not worth it.

One Healthy Breakdown: The Bridgehampton Half is less than 12 weeks away, get running today!

SLT “Pilates on Steroids”

After hearing lots of buzz this summer about SLT, I finally got to try it out for myself. When asked what to expect, my friend told (warned) me: “it’s like Pilates on steroids.” Yes, that’s just about exactly right. I was sore for days and days…which means…it works.

photo 4SLT’s Water Mill studio is new and clean, but the reformers of all reformers, Megaformers (aka torture chambers) aren’t particularly welcoming. Lucky for me, I got there early enough to see the previous class wrapping up. Each and every one had that clenched look of pain across their face…that got me a little nervous for what was to come, not going to lie. And I was right, pain was to come.

photo 3As you can see, the Megaformer has lots of tools and toys to sculpt in different ways. Various moves allow for heavy resistance for weight-training or lighter resistance for Pilates. Don’t try this at home, folks. We worked our abs, legs, glutes, obliques, back, triceps, biceps…is that all? It was a different sense of toning, more like pinching. The Megaformer creates motions we don’t usually perform with the body.

Did I mention how sore I was? I did like the fact that we packed so much in, just when your muscles wanted to explode and the pain became unbearable, it was time to switch to a new muscle group. Sweet relief.

It’s definitely impossible for this workout not to shape and tone. Good form and precision is key here, both for safety and for results. If you’re looking for a social workout, SLT isn’t it. You don’t go to this class to chit chat, you go to strengthen, lengthen, and tone. Good thing the music was good because it was the only distraction from the pinching pain.

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One Healthy Breakdown: Consider this ‘the Mega-reformation of Pilates,’ if you will.