Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Relearning exercise with Lenovo

I previously posted with Lenovo about my move to New York, and this time around, I'm finally going to get around to answering a few other questions you guys seem to love asking - about fitness and health.

Do you have any tips for staying healthy inside and out?
I have always been a weights and yoga girl. Getting into a regular and steady weights routine changed my body, it changed the way I perceived exercise and it changed the way I ate. I started lifting two years ago, and over time, I've been able to make pretty big gains in terms of strength (and also size). It has altered my perception of what I want to look like. 

I usually do a three day split - so one days chest, shoulders and triceps/legs/back, and then one day of yoga and one day of HIIT/tabata training. I stick to around 5-8 reps depending on how I feel and adjust how heavy or light I'm doing.

For the next two-three months, I pretty much just bring my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro downstairs and do random yoga or p90x every day (which is making me die).

What’s your favourite healthy meal or snack?(can you share a photo or the recipe?)

A regular day would be eggs and whole wheat toast, lunch will be a meat-heavy salad or sandwich and dinner will be meat and veggies. I wasn't very strict with my diet - it involved a lot of flavoured yoghurt, dried fruit and whole entire blocks of dark chocolate after thinking I have enough self control to limit myself to a block.

Now I'm trying to cut out sugars just to see if I can do it. True story - the other day I walked around the supermarket and just stared longingly at the fruit section, slowly falling apart inside.

What are the biggest changes you have experienced moving from Sydney to NYC? How has that impacted your health and fitness routine?
Keeping an exercise routine up in New York was especially important, considering the mass amounts of incredible treats available at arm's length. I can literally walk down the road and just walk into mountains of donuts and cute gelato scoops on waffle cones (at least that's how it happens in my head). My gym trial ended, and in a bid to save money and to uproot my exercise habits that have probably plateaued my progress by now, my boyfriend challenged me to start P90X.

I'm not a huge believer in DVD workouts, especially ones that involve a dude yelling things at you like "FEEL THE PAIN. I HATE IT...BUT I LOVE IT!!!!!", but so far it's been unbelievably tough (one hour daily - first day involved just a full hour of pushups and pull ups). I've been trying to curb my sugar intake to see if I can look JUUUUST like Tony by the end of these three months. 

The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro has been super helpful with home workouts - the laptop has an inbuilt yoga instruction program, and my boyfriend and I usually prop it up on 'tent' mode at our home gym and jump around angrily as Tony Horton instructs us. The other way I've been using it is with help cooking - the 'tent', 'tablet' and 'stand' mode makes it easy to refer to recipes without greasy keyboard finger marks. 

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