This is how to prepare for boot camp classes


boot camps Colorado SpringsBoot camp classes can feel a little intimidating, especially when you are fairly new to fitness and working out. While boot camp classes mostly use a variety of familiar workout moves such as push ups, pull ups, sit ups, planks, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, high knees, sprints and similar moves, they combine a lot of different moves into one class which can heighten muscle fatigue and muscle confusion. Muscle confusion is good for your muscles because it requires them to keep working together in different ways and doesn’t let them get “bored” or too used to a certain workout. You should, however, be careful with muscle fatigue because if you push yourself too hard after your muscles become fatigued, they may not be able to support you which could lead to injury.

In order to make sure you have the best experience possible when participating in boot camps Colorado Springs, you can follow the below tips to make sure you are prepared.

  • Prior to class, make sure to eat breakfast. It is generally suggested to eat a full breakfast complete with fats, protein and carbs a few hours prior to working out, but for many people, they won’t have time to eat a full meal that far in advance. Instead, you can get similar results by eating a smaller breakfast 30 to 45 minutes prior. Examples are a small bowl of oatmeal and some berries, Greek yogurt and dried fruit or a banana and a spoonful of almond butter.
  • If your boot camp is going to be outside, make sure to apply sunscreen to your face and all exposed skin. Working out is great for your body but getting a sunburn is never good. If you have a good baseball cap that will stay on your head during movement, it is also a good idea to wear it to an outdoor class.
  • Fill up a big water bottle. Not only will working out require a lot of hydration, but particularly if your class is outside in the sun, you will get dehydrated even faster. If you have an extra large water bottle, this is the time to use it. If not, think about bringing two water bottles.
  • Try to do a bit of stretching before you go to class. Stretching prior will help you avoid injuries as well as prepare your muscles for an intense workout. If possible, try not to do any static stretching and instead, try to keep your body in motion so your muscles and joints get warm.
  • Think positive thoughts. This is one of the best things to do because it will help you from feeling too much anxiety about the fitness classesEnvision yourself feeling strong and fit during and after the class. This positive visualization will get you excited and keep you motivated.

If you follow the tips above, you will be sure to have a great boot camp class. Many people continue using boot camp classes as a way to challenge their bodies and amp up their fitness practices. You too, will soon be on your way to the body of your dreams.

For a home that feels clean, regularly clean your window blinds

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Whether you own or rent a home, keeping you living space clean is one of the most important aspects to feeling at peace and stress free when you are home. Some people have an easy time of keeping a home clean and find that it does not feel like a chore to tidy things up, however other people find it much more difficult to keep things clean. The latter group often finds cleaning to be boring and would prefer to do other tasks as opposed to picking up a broom, cleaning window shades, or vacuuming every room. Sometimes cleaning can also feel overwhelming, especially to those who do not put cleaning tasks into their regular routines. If you are one of these people, it is important to think about the ways that you can add cleaning into your daily life. Some tasks need to be done regularly and others can be done less frequently, but all of them will add up to a clean and relaxing space. Here are a few cleaning tasks to help you get started:

  • Vacuum your floors- Vacuuming your carpet is a great way to get dust and crumbs out of the carpet. It will also help your home smell fresh and clean because microbes are not getting caught in the carpet fiber. In addition, the marks made in a carpet by a vacuum cleaner give the illusion of the entire room being clean. If you also have hardwood or tile floors in your home, you can set your vacuum to a bare floor setting and vacuum over those surfaces as well. This is a great tip for people who do not like to sweep because a vacuum is a faster and easier way to get crumbs and other debris off of a bare floor.
  • Clean your blinds- Have you ever looked at your blinds in direct sunlight and noticed just how dusty they get? A lot of times people overlook cleaning their blinds, but it is actually a very important step in the cleaning process. Getting dust out of a room is not only good for your lungs, but will help make the room look instantly cleaner and tidier. To clean your window blinds, you can use a brush attachment on your vacuum and brush along the length of each blind to remove the dust. You can also use a dry sponge in the same manner if you do not have the appropriate attachment for your vacuum.
  • Clean your windows and mirrors- A quick spray on your windows and mirrors and a wipe down will do wonders to make a space seem cleaner. You can use a paper towel to wipe them down or also a sheet of newspaper for a streak free shine. Clean and shiny windows and mirrors will let in and reflect more light, which can instantly make a room seem brighter, bigger and cleaner. When paired with some beautiful window treatments from Ivan’s Blinds & More, you are sure to have a space that impresses anyone who enters.