Recent Posts by Natasha P.

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Nov 20, 2014 5:20am
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Diet & Nutrition / Vegetarians!

I've been a vegetarian for about six months nowIf anybody has any great vegetarian recipes, it would be great if you could post them.

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Oct 10, 2014 11:56pm
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Motivation & Support / Why arent I losing weight?

Maybe try focusing on fruits and vegetablesAlso, you'd be surprised to see how much sugar in something like sweet tea adds up to beTry not sweetening tea, or only using a little bit.

11 Oct
Yeah thanks. Ill have to try doing that.
11 Oct
Muscle weighs three times the same amount of fat. I have been working out / playing sport/ do half marathon etc. My fitness has increase tremendously but just 2 kg less ever since I started a year ago.so nothing to he discouraged , as long as your fitness is increasing you are doing it right.
11 Oct
Yeah. I guess your right. My husband just got home after being away for three weeks and he said I looked good. So I guess its working.
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Jul 27, 2014 2:00pm
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Sports Injuries & Prevention / Shin Splints

I have chronic shin splints, and I found out by seeing a physiotherapistNot only can they diagnose it, but also they can treat it to a certain extent.  Shin splints can be caused by many thingsMy calf muscles are naturally very tight, especially after I had a big growth spurt a few years agoSome cases are caused by the shoes you wear, so if you are running in old shoes you should look into getting a pair of new running shoesAlso, if you are new to running and try to push yourself too much, that might have caused them as well.   If you run on hard surfaces (treadmill, concrete etc.) it could make them worseI would suggest getting them checked out by a physiotherapist so that they can be properly diagnosedInstead of running on the treadmill, you can go on a stair climber, an elliptical, a stationary bike, or a rowing machineAll of these are good cardio workouts but they don't aggravate the shin splintsHope this helps 😄

27 Jul
OK, thanks. I did notice that the elliptical didn't aggravate them.
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Jun 25, 2014 2:22pm
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Apr 25, 2014 6:03am
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Suggestions & Ideas / Race for life 5k

Janna made some really good pointsIt's important increase the intensity slowlyOne way to build up your stamina is to start out running one minute, walking one minute and repeating that sequence for about 20-30 min depending on your fitness levelEach week, either increase the running interval or decrease the rest interval, like run 1 minute walk 30 seconds or run 2 minutes walk 1 minuteYou will slowly build up and be able to run for 20-30 min with few walking breaksYou could try alternating between doing this and doing what Janna suggestedGood luck in your race!

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Apr 14, 2014 4:10am
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Motivation & Support / Exercises to tone arms without weights??

I really like Springtime 20 (Arms&Abs)You can also make your own weights, like filling milk jugs partway with water, or even using cans.

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Apr 12, 2014 7:07pm
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Motivation & Support / Running Training!

I'm not sure where your fitness level is at, so if you are just starting out, try jogging for a minute then walking for a minute for 20-30 minIf this is too easy, try 1 min jog and 30 sec walk. Build up till you can jog for 30 min without walkingOnce you are comfortable with that, try increasing your paceWhen I run, on my way back I try to beat my time that it took to run thereThat way you will have to maintain/increase your speed for the second half of your run.

05 Jul
Excellent advice Natasha! Excellent indeed. :-)
05 Jul
Listen to Natasha on this, Tracy.
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Apr 5, 2014 5:10pm
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Motivation & Support / Motivation...

I know how you feelI played on a terrible basketball a couple years agoWhat helped me was to change my mindset and focus on what I could do to make myself and my team better instead of focusing on how bad my team wasBefore every game, I would write down 3 things that I could control (hustle, boxing out etc.) and I focused on those 3 thingsI also set personal goals.  For me, having something to work towards like a personal goal helped me stay motivated.  If you want we could share our goals and keep each other accountableBtw I'm 16 as wellAnyways, I hope that helped and that you can find your motivation soon.

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Apr 3, 2014 2:06pm
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Challenges / Vertical

I can't help you with the dunking part, but what one of my basketball coaches made me do to get a higher vertical was to jump ropeYou need leg strength to be able to jump, so like John said, squats are good, but don't forget about the rest of your legs.  Make sure you are strengthening you calf muscles.  My coach made me do 500 heel raises each dayAlso, rim touches (or in my case, backboard touches) are also pretty good at strengthening the legs and making yourself more explosive.

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Mar 28, 2014 8:10pm
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Teen Zone / Good or bad ? /.\

It depends on your heightI was 5'9" when I was 14 so I weighed more than average just because I was about 5" taller than the average 14 year old girlBMI is probably a better indicator of whether you have a normal weight because it takes your height into considerationThere are a ton of free bmi calculators on the internetAnd from your profile picture you look like you are at a healthy weight.

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Mar 16, 2014 4:55am
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Sports Injuries & Prevention / Shin Splints!!!

I have chronic shin splints so I know how you feelI bought compression sleeves that I found at a running store and they helped so muchFor cardio, I use a stairclimber.  Personally i get a better workout on a stairclimber than a bike or elliptical.  I would assume a rowing machine would also be a good choice for cardioPretty much anything that is low impactIf you have any questions feel free to ask me.