Fitness+ deserves two pluses

This is the most accurate representation of myself after using Fitness+ to help with my yoga learning project. Fitness+ is a game changer! Because my sister and I share each others Apple watch fitness information, she sent me a yoga workout she completed and recommended for me to try out using the fitness+ option within the Fitness app (for those who don’t have an apple watch, sharing our information means you can see how active each individual is being as it shows how many calories you are burning, along with how long you have worked out or stood up throughout the day. It also shows any workouts that you have done and tracked with your apple watch). To get a better idea, here is a comparison of mine and my sisters fitness progress for Thursday March 31st at 11am. The one and only down fall to the app: You have to pay for it, a steep $12.99/ month or $99.99/year. Thankfully, I had the option to click on the 1 month free trial and I plan to cancel once my free month is up. Fitness+ tour At the very top of the main page you can see the HIIT, Yoga, Core, and Strength options but if you slide your finger left on those options it provides SO many more workouts to choose from. Once you click on your desired workout, you will see a screen with tons of workouts to choose from with a detailed description. I could scroll for so long there were way too many yoga workout options to choose from, I loved it! I also really appreciated the filter option to help narrow down your options. Following my sisters recommendation, I chose “Yoga with Jessica” The preview option provides a quick 30 second clip of what the yoga practice entails, which I thought was awesome. Theres nothing worse than choosing a yoga sequence and then halfway through it realizing you don’t like it or that it doesn’t match the level of yoga you have been practicing. As you can see, this yoga sequence includes music in the practice. The yoga sequences that I have performed usually have a quiet, tranquil background tune that reminds me of elevator music. This made me love this practice so much more because the playlist included Fleetwood Mac! BONUS: What is also really nice about the music aspect is that you can download a song from this sequence into your music app if you really liked a song. The practice it’s self was WONDERFUL! Jessica was great. She often reassured the audience to not worry if you couldn’t perform a certain pose and encouraged me to try my best without straining my body. To hype up this practice even more, Jessica had two other members performing the flow with her (in the Yoga with Jessica image above, you can see how the guy in the background is performing a variation to Jessica’s pose). As Jessica did her practice, one person showed an easier variation of the poses, while the other showed the more difficult version. This allowed for more visible variations in the practice. Often times the instructor verbally states the variations to the poses but doesn’t perform them. This helped me because I am still not the most flexible and I was able to watch one of the background performers and see how they performed the variation to the pose because she also had tight hips like me. Another bonus is that as soon as I clicked “lets go” it automatically began to track my yoga workout on my apple watch. Overall, Fitness+ gets another plus. It deserves it. I absolutely LOVE this app. I might even consider paying for it monthly. I am also excited to try out the other workout options. I highly recommend anyone who likes to workout, or wants to get into working out to give this app a shot with the free trial! Here’s a quick little video clip I made using the video editing app Animoto: Does anyone recommend any online resources to learn yoga? Comment down below!

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This is No Kraft Dinner

Alright, for this weeks meal I was a little stumped and did not know what to make. So, I asked my family for some ideas and my brother reallyyy wanted Mac and Cheese. So, I gave him mac and cheese haha. This meal had me bring out my inner child and remembering eating good old Kraft dinner when I was younger (well maybe occasionally now too lol). I did my research and watched a few videos and read a few websites in order to find the perfect mac and cheese recipe to recreate. And I think I found a pretty good one. I used a YouTube video this week from The Cooking Foodie and got the delicious recipe! The video was not long to watch at all and gave me step by step instructions on how to make the dish. I was able to follow along nicely without getting confused or flustered at all. It was very simple to watch and cook at the same time. I started off with prepping my cheese and grating each one of them. There were 3 different types of cheese needed for this recipe, cheddar, mozzarella and gruyere (which I have never had before… not too bad). I then put a pot on and filled it with water and added salt of course. Added in my elbow shaped pasta then began working on my sauce. For the sauce I used another pot and added in the ingredients needed. Butter, flour, and milk. As well as the different types of seasoning to add flavour. Once this was all mixed I slowly added the cheese and continually mixed until it was all combined. I drained my noodles and mixed it into the sauce and got it all covered with the sauce. Then was my favourite part. I poured the macaroni into a baking dish and sprinkled some left over cheese as well as Panko bread crumbs on top for a little crunch factor. And let me tell ya, it was soo good! This recipe turned out really good! And my brother was a huge fan of it which made me happy!! However, time management is still a work in process for me. I may have over cooked the macaroni just a tad but it still turned out fine! I just get so focused on one thing at a time I tend to forget other things are cooking too.. lol. Overall, I would make this recipe again as it did not take me very long and was a simple one.

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