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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone enjoys the holiday with their family and friends.  Thanksgiving is a hard day to stay on track with your current diet and fitness routine but it is only 1 day a year so enjoy everything on the table, just try to stick with smaller portions.  That way you will save some room for my favorite pumpkin pie recipe that is linked in below.  I am not the best baker by any means, but I was able to make it so I’m sure you can too!  The cinnamon whip cream is amazing!

Remember that Friday is NOT Thanksgiving day 2.  I am not telling you to not eat your leftovers but you need to think of it more like a normal meal and only have a couple sides and not completely stuff yourself.  

To help keep your fitness routine on track, you can try and find a local turkey trot in your area or just go for a run or walk with you family.  If you don’t feel like braving the cold, then you can try my fun thanksgiving ab workout from a couple years ago.  It is linked in at the bottom of the page.  Try to get your whole family to join you!  Or if any of you are brave enough to go black friday shopping, I’m sure you will get a workout fighting the crowds! 

Post a picture of your pumpkin pie if you decide to make it or your workout on thanksgiving with the hashtag #getyourstrongstride.  You will be featured on the front page of our new website which will be up very soon!

 

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Combine two holiday pie favorites with this pumpkin pie baked in a pecan shell. The subtle nuttiness of the crust adds to the wonderful pumpkin flavor and it’s made even better with a dollop of homemade cinnamon whipped cream.
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Thanksgiving Ab Workout

Runaway Turkey- Planks position- running your knees into your chest (30)

Hugging Family- Modified v-up with light dumbbells- chest fly out ask you lower your upper and lower body and chest fly in to the starting position (10)

Stirring the Gravy- V-sit position- figure 8 your arms to the right and left then bring them center and lower down and up (10)

Reaching for Seconds- elbow plank with light dumbbells- with your arms reach forward right and left then out to the side right and left (10)

Squeezing in Dessert- plank- right leg lifted knee to right elbow and squeeze back for 5 then to the left elbow for 5 then switch to the left leg and repeat (20)

Repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 sets

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Treadmill Running Classes

Group exercise classes are one of the most popular ways to workout.  They are motivating because you get to workout with a group of people and have an instructor tell you what to do and encourage you along the way!  As for cardio classes, spinning and aerobics seems to be the most common, but there is a new class emerging… TREADMILL CLASSES.  As a runner, this seems like a great idea.  I do almost all of my running outside mainly because I love looking around and exploring, and also because I find treadmills to be very boring.  I think running on a treadmill in a group setting is a great idea and something I would love to try out.  

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A class at the Mile High Run Club in Manhattan.
Running studios are taking the success of indoor cycling to a new sport.
The post A New Kind of Group Run: Treadmill Studios are Growing Fast appeared first on Competitor.com.

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The Benefits of Adding Pumpkin to Your Diet This Fall

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Fall is officially here which mean one thing, Pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks! If you go to the grocery store you will see pumpkin flavored everything. Yes most of those items that are all through the aisles are not the best for you, but plain old pumpkin is!

Pumpkin and pumpkin puree have many health benefits:

  1. High is Vitamin A – which is good for your eyesight
  2. High is Fiber – which helps keep you fuller longer which can help lead to weight loss
  3. Contain beta-carotene- an antioxidant that might help prevent cancer and protect against asthma and heart disease
  4. Rich in magnesium- good for bone and teeth health
  5. Lots of potassium and zinc- which helps you recover after a workout and helps prevent hypertension.
  6. High in Vitamin C- great for your immune system and skin

There are many other health benefits, I just wanted to name a few to give you a better idea of how good pumpkins really are for you. You can add pumpkin into so many meals that you are already eating everyday, like smoothies, oatmeal, and pancakes. The possibilities are endless!

Let me know if you like pumpkin and if you have any fun, creative recipes that you make in the fall. I love pumpkin everything, I am always looking for new ways to enjoy it this time of year.

My favorite pumpkin treat is actually not something I make on my own. In Pittsburgh there is a very popular breakfast spot, The Dor-Stop. It is located in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Dormont, which is about 15 minutes south of the city. They have the best pumpkin pancakes in the world and are on the menu all year long! I love having them after a long run or hard workout as a reward. You have to live a balanced lifestyle right!

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A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which aids vision, particularly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Strong Stride Recovery Pumpkin Dark Chocolate BOX

The STRONGSTRIDE RECOVERY Bar is the perfect choice to refuel after a run or workout. It’s a great snack anytime, and since the bars are only made with healthy
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