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Outdoor Fitness Enthusiast Jeanette Ortiz tells us how to get the most out of our outdoor adventure and still enjoy the scenery.
I hate doing stadiums. Granted, it is one of the best workouts, combining cardio and strength training, but running up and down stairs can just be boring! That’s why I like to take it outdoors and tackle the Chumash Trail off the Pacific Coast Highway just north of Malibu. This trail is about a mile and a half straight up hill, making it perfect for natural “stadiums.” It’s it a great hike to do, as you can almost see all the way up to Santa Barbara from the peak. Wanting to get the most out of my workout, I do high intensity intervals, combining short stints of walking, jogging, and sprinting to keep it interesting and challenging.
Here’s a great way to break down uphill intervals:
-30 Seconds at a brisk walk
-20 Seconds at a jog
-10 Seconds sprint
After intense workouts like this one, it’s important to refuel properly. Leafy greens are an absolute necessity to vibrant health, and we simply do not eat enough of them—and the solution to making them tasty lies in blending them with fruit! Here’s an energy-boosting green smoothie to recharge:
-One large banana (potassium that’s vital for performance!)
-5 cubes of frozen mango (high in fiber for improving digestion)
-a couple frozen strawberries (they’re loaded with antioxidants!)
-1 cup baby spinach, packed (powerhouse of nutrients)
-1 cup kale, packed (per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk!)
-3 or 4 mint leaves (nourishes the lungs and respiratory system)
-3 or 4 basil leaves (vitamin A to keep you in top shape and on you’re A game!)
- ½ cup of Almond Milk (vitamin B? Yes please! More muscle power!)
There are a million ways to make these types of smoothies, and you can always tailor it to how “green” or sweet you want it by substituting water for almond milk, or adding more fruit or greens. Mix it up some days by throwing raspberries and honey on top and eating it with a spoon!