Logging Runs with Nike+

Back in July I clocked in my 100th! run with NIKE plus.
Even though I split my runs between this app and others like Mapmyrun, and in some cases exclude indoor treadmill runs , I am still impressed with my accomplishment.

Apps that help you track exercise or food patterns are great for weight loss. The idea is not to be obsessive about it but to have an awareness of how much your're actually eating versus you're rate of physical activity.

I can say without a doubt that my weight loss was always very linear to my amounts of runs logged. Plus the extra competitive edge they provide when you compare your workouts to that of your friends is an added bonus.

When I started using fitness and nutrition apps, I didn't have any specific goals. I just wanted to test out the new technologies. Now I find that signing up for challenges created by members who use the apps and meeting them keeps me motivated to keep working out.

Right now I am 210 miles away from the Blue Level.
If I ran 12 miles a week for 4 months , I could make it to the Blue Level by December 31, 2016!

What apps are you using for accountability on your healthy lifestyle journey?

Yoga Poses for Relaxation

I've been doing these poses lately, especially after a long day of work. They help relax my thigh and leg muscles in general. These are all beginner level poses and don't forget to use blocks for assistance when needed

Disclaimer: Am no expert, just a student striving to improve daily

1. Viparita Karani (Legs Up The Wall)

2.Toe Squat

For the toe squat , My thighs should be completely horizontal with my butt slightly grazing the heel but I was too tight to achieve that pose.

3.Hero Pose

4. Supine Bound Angle

5 New Artists in my summer 2016 workout Playlist

I got tired of listening to my playlists. They were no longer providing the motivation needed to get over my running "humps". 

So I asked  a friend to make me one based on the songs in his collection. While I know that many music apps exist like Pandora and 8 tracks, I still prefer having ♫ files for those days when I find myself in a dead zone with no reception.

Listening to your friend's playlists 
is a great way to be introduced to new songs, artists or genre of music. 

Here are the songs/artists I've recently discovered through this exchange.

1. Naëlle, A french artist and her song Kontrole'

2. Salif Kieta from Mali and his song Iniagige

3. Haifa Wehbe from  Lebanon and her song Yabn El Halal

4. Oxmo Puccino , a Hip Hop artist from Mali. I like Peur Noir and many of his other songs

5. Coco Argentee from Cameroon and her song Fallait Pas is nostalgic because it reminds me of the time we lived in Yaounde

What new songs or artists have you added into your summer workout playlist to spice things up?