Rock Climbing

I realized I haven’t been writing much, or at all for that matter. I promise I haven’t forgotten. I was trying to soak up as much of my time in Seattle as I could. And, to be honest, it’s exhilarating not being tied to a computer all the time.

I did want to share my rock climbing trip at Exit 38 though.

 

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 Hiking to our climbing location

My experience with rock climbing up to this point in my 22 years of existence has been all indoors. Rock walls and I are pretty tight you could say.

I found a Groupon for a beginner’s rock climbing class with Treks and Tracks. It was an opportunity I couldn’t afford to miss.

Now I’m hooked. The fact that rock climbing is great for cardiovascular health makes me love it all the more.

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Hardest climb we did that day

What’s most addicting though is the feeling you get when you make it to the top. It’s a feeling of accomplishment and encouragement.

“I did this, I can do anything.”

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Made it to the top, twice 🙂

If you haven’t gone rock climbing before, GO. I promise you won’t regret giving it a chance. Plus, the views from the top are spectacular.

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View from the top!

Let’s get energized!

 

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When to buy organic fruits and vegetables

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy, nor is it cheap. Buying organic fruits and vegetables hike up the grocery bill month after month. What can you do to lower the bill but still eat organic foods?

There are certain fruits and vegetables that are better to buy organic and some that are just fine to buy non-organic. Kristina from Fully Raw shares the secret in her video below. It’s great advice that I’m taking with me to the store!

Best place to exercise

Happy [late] 4th of July!

I’ve been doing horrible lately on keeping up with posts. Now that I’m interning and living in Seattle, my time is completely filled to the brim with so many things to do.

I’m totally not complaining though.

This past weekend was BEYOND amazing. I went on one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. It might possibly be the [only] hike I have ever gone on, BUT it was still incredible.

For the 4th of July I thought it would be fun to complete the 1.9 mile hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. Fun is an understatement. I’m still blown away by Washington’s beauty.

Words cannot describe. Pictures don’t do it justice. You literally have to see it for yourself.

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View of Rattlesnake Lake from the top

I’ve always felt that the best place to exercise is the great outdoors. Nothing feels better than working your muscles and breathing in the fresh air.

After my hike this past weekend, I’m even more convinced. Nature’s playground is the best playground, and I’m determined now to find some of the most beautiful places on earth and conquer them.

Get outdoors and get ENERGIZED!

 

 

Here’s some more pictures from the hike….

Rattlesnake Ridge

 Gorgeous views…

 

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…from every angle…

 

Rattlesnake lake

 

…for miles.

 

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And, of course, a selfie 🙂

 

 

Cross training Seattle style

There’s SO much to do in Seattle. SO much. My brain can’t even handle the amount of information coming through.

INFORMATION OVERLOAD!

I don’t have a car while I’m here, so I’m taking full advantage of the ability to bike everywhere. That’s one of the many wonderful things about the city.

Seattle Lake

This was taken at one of my favorite locations I discovered while on a bike ride.

I’ve never been much of a biker before moving out here. I still wouldn’t consider myself a biker, but it’s growing on me, definitely.

This summer I’m trying everything I can. Routines get old fast. Incorporating new things keeps things fresh and exciting. It also helps to keep your motivation up. Who doesn’t need that? I know I do!

I’m challenging myself to bike 50 miles a week. Yes, 50. It’ll be hard, and there will be times I’m way off, but I’m going to try; I need to do more cross training.

 

City Landscape

 

Taken from another bike ride

Cross training is extremely useful. It requires you to target different parts of your body, helps prevent injury, and kills boredom. I want to be an all around athlete, so I have to train like one. Biking is one of my weaknesses, which works out great since that’s my main mode of transportation for the summer.

Here’s to cross training and fitness!

Let’s get energized! 🙂

Getting “Fit” with Google

Today is the Google I/O conference. I’m excited because Google should be announcing it’s new app Google Fit.

Google Fit

The app will enable Android users to share health information from the various health and fitness platforms they’ve incorporated into their lives (Nike Fuel Band, etc.).

Apple already announced their health app earlier this year. It’s called Health and looks pretty awesome to tell the truth.

I’m excited to see what Google Fit will look like and do compared with Apple’s Health. I’ve been wanting a Nike Fuel Band (or something) and now I’ll really be wanting something.

This is a great advancement for the health and fitness field. Technology seems to receive negative publicity for numerous things: less social interaction, not staying active, etc.

These apps go to show that technology is a vital aspect for the future of health and fitness.

These apps also may cause me to switch phones!

Let’s get energized!

Seattle livin’

My computer is currently in the works of getting fixed. It has a bad graphics card. That’s a nice way of putting “give us a lot of money to fix it.”

I also made it to Seattle! I start my internship tomorrow and am thrilled to say the least.

I apologize for lack of writing, but with no computer, it’s a little difficult to do proper blogging -or any for that matter.

I’ll be back and running by next week, or that’s the plan anyway. It’s going to be a fantastic summer of blogging because, let’s face it, Seattle has many exciting and fun health/fitness things to do!

I can’t wait.

Let’s get energized!

Kale not worth the “nutritional” hype?

Do you know what a powerhouse fruit or vegetable (PFV) is? The exact definition is, as Dr. Jennifer Di Noia says, “lacking.

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables

According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, PFVs are fruits and vegetables with nutrients that can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, but gives no other guidelines.

Dr. Noia and colleagues have now determined guidelines for PFVs thanks to their study. In essence, they wanted to see which foods pack the most nutrition.

To define what a powerhouse food is, they developed and  validated a classification system. The system says, on average, that the food must contain 10% of 17 nutrients in 100 calories.

They studied 47 foods, and 41 qualified as a PFV. You’ll be surprised what topped the list as the most nutrient dense food. It’s watercress, a leafy, green vegetable.

Watercress is the new Kale

I would have thought Kale would be number 1. It’s up there, but it doesn’t even rank in the top ten of the 47 foods tested!

I’m about to go look up some recipes for watercress now. Who knew?!

Let’s get energized! 🙂