Health News Round Up: Take 3

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 5, 2010

Happy Friday!

Wasn’t The Office hilarious last night? Definitely one of the best episodes of all time.

It is Beeee-u-tiful outside today in Southern Ontario! What a mood booster. :) I am hoping to get outside today for a run on my lunch break. Spring is on its’ way!!

I had this great Purple Monster for breakfast:


It included: Spinach, hemp milk, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein powder, Amazing Grass Wheatgrass, BEET, frozen banana, tsp maca, ice.

Strength Vs. Cardio:

Yesterday I decided to do my strength workout before my run. I was inspired by our conversation the other day about benefits of doing strength training first or cardio first.

The majority of you thought that you should train first what you want to work on the most. So if I am training for a half marathon, I should run first and ensure that I can run strong.

After thinking about it some more, I decided that variety is best for me right now. Why not mix it up? Some workouts I will run first and some workouts I will strength train first. I think that will keep my body challenged and always guessing.  Mind you, I often don’t do both on the same day, but occasionally I do (maybe once a week?).

I also probably wouldn’t strength train on a day that I had scheduled a difficult speed work session. I think that is setting my body up for injury.

Yesterday I decided to try my strength training first and see how I did on my run afterwards. I always used to do my run first and then strength second so this was going to be a challenge for me…

The Strength:

I did the Booty Camp Fitness DVD Advanced level which is a 55 minute full body workout. It includes a warm-up, stretching, leg workout, arm workout, core workout, plyometrics, and a cool-down + stretching. It whoops my booty. After the video I was doubtful if I was going to be able to run, but I was actually surprised once I got going. I decided to start off the run at a really easy pace and see how I felt.

IMG_8546 The run:

Mile 1: 6 mph, incline 1% (I felt great so I upped the speed to make it more challenging)

Water break

Mile 2: 7 mph, incline 1%

Water break

Mile 3: 7.5-8.5 mph, incline 1% (very hard mile)

Total time: 26:34

I actually felt pretty loose and my muscles felt much warmer than they do when I normally start a run. I think this is a sign that I need to warm-up longer when I do cardio first!

Another option is to strength train only my arms on run days.

Health News Round-Up

It has been a while since I did a Health News Round-Up! Months, in fact. I thought I would bring it back as a weekly feature to the blog.

Here are some health related posts that I enjoyed reading this week:

What were some of your favourite stories, articles, or posts this week?

I’m off for a very busy day of work. I hope you have a wonderful end to your week!


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~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Joelle (The Pancake Girl) March 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Haha I love that treadmill pic- that’s pretty much what I look like at the gym running!

I do agree about strength training prior to cardio, although I never, ever do it in that order haha. I really need to strength train more, methinks.


Stacey March 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

You look great on the treadmill. Cute pic :)


Heather March 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

sounds like a great workout good job!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

What a beautiful picture of that purple monster! I love purple, it is definitely my favourite colour. Where do you get Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein? At a super market, health food store, etc? I would like to find it but I have such a hard time finding good protein powders in Canada!

Great workout, and thanks for that awesome list of articles! I will be sure to check them out.

I strength train after cardio, because I feel my body is “loosened” that way, and sometimes I feel stiff if I strength train before cardio. But that is just me =D



Kristilyn (My 29th Year) March 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Whenever I have a run day, I’ll get up at 5:30 (this is a workday) and run. I think not being warmed up it why I hate running at that time. On the weekend, I get up and have breakfast, get dressed, and then run. I always feel so much more warmed up on those days!

Your time is looking great!



Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 6, 2010 at 12:25 am

Thanks for the Health-News Round Up – looking forward to more.

Just curious if you’ve had a moment to create the blogroll you mentioned about a week ago???


Jenn (eating bender) March 6, 2010 at 1:34 am

You’re the bestest! Thanks for the link love! Deb’s post on nut butter was certainly a good one :)

I love the pic of you on the treadmill! You’re so fierce, Ange!

Can’t wait to check out the other fabulous bloggers. This is a really great feature.

Have a lovely weekend, lovely lady!


caronae March 6, 2010 at 1:37 am

Thanks for the health links.

I never to know whether to run and then do strength or vice-versa. I like what you said about mixing things up!

Happy weekend!


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