Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New to Yoga? Join me in November to Learn the Basics!

You've heard a lot about yoga. You've seen people do all sorts of poses. You've thought to yourself: How can I get that flexible and that strong? Well, you have the opportunity to learn! In November, I will be hosting a "New to Yoga" series. I know we have challenges each month, but this would be less of a challenge, and more of a teaching series. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Preparing for the Run for a Cure Africa: A Little Advice on the Shoes

For professional and seasoned runners, a lot goes into selecting a pair of running shoes. The 2 major areas of focus are: the foot arch and the stride pattern. But I'm not really going to go into these details today because they are a little technical. However, consider reading this post on selecting the right running shoes to talk a little more about the technical details. Today, I will just give you a few tips that you should implement on when to get your shoes, and how to cater to them.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Can't do a Full Pushup? Start Here!

There is absolutely no need to feel embarrassed because you cannot do a full pushup. For the ladies, men naturally tend to have more upper body strength and so it might take you a while to build any strength there at all. For the gentlemen, you still need to practice to be able to do anything so don't feel like you've got it.

If you cannot do a pushup, where do you start?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Spicing Up Your Salad

Iceberg lettuce is not my favorite thing; it's bland and tastes pretty much like water. And when I think of a lettuce salad, it usually depresses me. I kind of see why people like to eat Caesar salads and pour all that creamy stuff on it. But as I started to take control of my health, I realized that salads don't have to be that bland. It is about finding the ingredients that work for you.

See that salad up there? It contained arugula, goat cheese, walnuts, chicken, and balsamic vinaigrette. No lettuce. And I cleaned up my bowl.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Preparing for the Run for a Cure Lagos 2013: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

I say this a lot, but you guys know it is really humid in Lagos. And running in that humidity is not easy. As you prepare for the big race, you are probably seeing that it is important to factor the heat in. But one thing you have to remember is that the heat also creates an added layer of necessity: hydration.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Product Review: Total Nutrition by Immortal Herbs

Have you ever watched a Dr. Oz show and heard him talk about how you can get a "green high" from a concentrated vegetable shot? Yea, we are all skeptical until it happens. This is exactly what I felt when I took a shot of the Total Nutrition supplement by Immortal Herbs.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My First Tough Mudder Experience

Last Saturday, I participated in the Tough Mudder with a group of 7 other colleagues. Yes, I have enough crazy people in my life who would willingly do this stuff with me. If you don't know what the Tough Mudder is, it is an obstacle race in a mud run designed by the British Special Forces that goes on for 10 to 12 miles. Think military-style obstacles with lots of mud, climbing ropes and walls, crawling through things, diving, electroshock therapy, etc. In fact, I can't really explain the Tough Mudder. Check out details here and see the video below.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Are you Doing the October Total Body Challenge?

We are almost halfway through the October challenge on Instagram. Have you been participating? You don't need an Instagram account. You can follow me on Twitter (@eightsnweights) to get daily updates, or you can click my Instagram link here where you can view all my pictures in a web view, even if you don't have an account. The October challenge is a total body challenge, including cardio, strength, and stretching, and we release a routine every day. Here are some samples from last week:

Friday, October 11, 2013

Silk Fruity and Creamy Soy Yogurt

I like Silk products in general. Their soy milk and almond milk are pivotal to my existence. You will probably see that I have reviewed a couple of soy products on here, and in general, I'm not a big fan of reviewing products I'm neutral on. So when I got the opportunity to receive and review this Silk Fruity and Creamy soy yogurt, I jumped at it.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The FitBit Force is Coming!

I love my FitBit Flex. It has helped me move more, and even though sometimes it is not accurate, I still enjoy having it. It is better to have something that cuts your distance down making you think you did less, than have something that over-approximates and makes you think you did more. But one of the questions I have got a lot is "Why isn't there a step tracker that looks pretty and has a display?". FitBit is fixing that with the FitBit Force!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

E&W Recipe: Turkey Sausage Stew with Black Beans and Sweet Corn

It feels good to be back with some recipes! I've missed my kitchen a bit. Today, I'm cooking up a simple spicy stew with some turkey sausage.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Accra International Marathon Results!

We have been raving about the Accra International Marathon that took place in Accra, Ghana last Sunday.  And you know by now that Eights & Weights and Fit4Life partnered to sponsor two ladies to run in the half marathon. Well, I have great news! The ladies we sponsored to run in the race, Elizabeth Azuure and Rosina Titi of the High Morale Academy in Ghana, came first and second in the half marathon in the female group!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Preparing for the Run for a Cure Africa Lagos Race: Strengthen your Legs

How do you train to run? Running of course! But did you know that to run better, you not only need to improve your endurance, but strengthen your legs to run further as well?

Runners tend to put a lot of pressure on their knees and ankles because of the constant pounding. This is especially true for women (something about the hips, I believe); we put a lot of pressure on our outer thigh muscles, which in turn puts pressure on our knees. 

To reduce the probability of injury, and to strengthen those legs to run further and endure more, it is important to do exercises that strengthen the inner thigh muscles. This video shows 5 great inner thigh exercises you can try:

Good luck as you prepare!

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday Inspiration: Start Today!

Hi folks. It's Friday, and that means I'm sharing some yoga and inspiration! This pose is the low lunge.

People tend to always be waiting for something to pursue their dreams. You hear things like "On January 1st, I will start to work out" or "Once I get that promotion, I will start XYZ". If we wait for the perfect time, we will never get anything done because there is no perfect time. Start something today. With your body, find that workout that works for you, from running to yoga to zumba, and start to move. If you wait for the perfect time, you will keep putting it off.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Teas' Tea Teas

Tongue twister, huh? I'm a tea lover, and it is quite frustrating sometimes in the summer when I want to drink some iced tea, but everything is packed with sugar. Teas' tea sent me some samples of their iced teas to try, and to be honest, I was prepared for it to taste like everything else out there. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Colgate Slimsoft Review

So I thought I'd take a little break from the fitness and nutrition posts, and chat about a product I received to review: a dental hygiene package. If you know me, you know I'm particular about my teeth so I'm probably the best person to talk about how I feel about this product.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The October Total Body Challenge is Onnnnnn!

By now, you know that I love our challenges because it gives me the chance to share this journey with people who are just as passionate as me. This month, it is even better because I am partnering up with two amazing ladies (@oluwasparkle and @adura_o) on Instagram to bring you another great challenge! Look at us. Aren't we cute? :)
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