Burning Calories not Cookies!

Burning Calories not Cookies!
03 Dec

 Did you know you burn over 3 calories for every minute you spend working in the kitchen, and you can blast away even more by picking up the pace?

Here are some ideas of how to sneak in a few extra while you bake.

Make the Kitchen Your Gym

While you’re waiting for water to boil, do a quick set of jumping jacks and deep knee bends. Don’t worry, no one will see you. They’ll just wonder why you’re looking more toned recently. You can even do modified push-ups by placing your hands on the edge of the kitchen counter and moving your upper body up and down.

If you’re waiting for something to boil or set, turn up the music and dance while you wait. Dancing is one of the easiest and most individual forms of exercise and it can help burn off those stubborn pounds while you bake

Calorie-Burning Clean-up

The clean-up after a meal gives you another chance to burn more calories. Pick up the pace as you put things back in the refrigerator and clear off the counters. Skip the dishwasher, and scrub the dishes by hand. Dishwashing burns 160 calories per hour.

Cheerfully yours,

Coach Phyllis

Marathon analogy

Marathon analogy
02 Dec

In marathon terms, we are at mile 20 with regard to the Covid pandemic. You’re tired and ready for it to be over. But you’re not a quitter; you know that if you stick to the original plan you’ll get through this. The finish line is ahead…. don’t give up!
I hope that we all can feel this happy at 12:01am on Jan. 1

Need a plan to start out the New Year, send me an email at phyllis@strongbystrand.com and we can get you set up.

Cheerfully yours,

Coach Phyllis

Inspiration

29 Nov

This year has been a real test for everyone and I am sending all of the squad a huge HUG and hope you stay well.

I started to think about what Strong By Strand means. It has become my platform to share my helath and wellness journey in the hope that I help someone else along the way.

Thats a pretty lofty goal and one that I did not take very seriously, and that changes now. I am committing to making this the best platform it can be so be on the lookout for lots of new content.

I promise no doomscrolling or difficult phyical challenges will be coming your way. The best way forward is one step at a time and with this blog and a each other we can keep moving in the right direction.

Stay Strong,

Coach Phyllis

Fall Hiking in the woods

Fall Hiking in the woods
15 Nov

November is the best time of year to hike in the woods and see all the Fall leaves. There are so many colors to see around you. The ground isn’t the usual brown or green because its covered with the Fall leaves. This year the squirrels have been extra busy gathering acorns, there are not as many around to collect. I hope does not mean we are in for a chilly winter with lots of snow. Where is your favorite place to hike? Here is a link to my favorite spots in CT. Get out there soon before the cold winter comes.

This blog post was written in collaboration with Declan.

VOTE

03 Nov

I was thinking this morning about the first presidential election that I was eligible to vote in. I had to look it up because I did not remember it! I think that this election will be alot different for any first time voter.

The pandemic has changed everything. It has always been important to vote and have a say in your local representatives but looking back on the several times I have voted, i never felt this much of a focus on the election.

So on Tuesday this will be my strategy.

No Doomscrolling. 

Doomscrolling is endlessly reading bad news story after bad news story, and understandably can leave you feeling… bad.

I will set aside a block of time to look at the news once or twice a day and go directly to a source I can trust. It can be tempting to see other perspectives on the same story, but that can lead to more anxiety.

Exercise

This is my go to for most everything anyway so why not?