Today I am linking up with Lake Shore Runner for Tried It Tuesday. As I am about the most indecisive person in the world, instead of choosing one thing to talk about I picked three (completely different things!). The top three new things I tried this week:
1. Online Barre
I really wanted to take a barre class as I had such a great experience last week. However, the studio that I went to does not offer barre classes on Mondays, so I decided to look up online barre classes. Sure enough I came across a bunch of different online videos. I followed one that I found on Youtube and completely enjoyed the experience. I was pleasantly surprised at how much the video made me work and how I still felt the burn.
Online classes are cheaper (even free) and are more convenient (any time and any place!) than traditional classes. I was surprised at how much I pushed myself, even though there was not a live instructor. I will say that i did press pause a couple of times–which you definitely cannot do it actual class. I like going to traditional, live classes better, but online classes are a great alternative!
2. Public Library Online
For months now, my mother-in-law has been telling me about downloading books from the public library. A couple weeks back, I went to the Greenville County Library and received my public library card as well as an instruction about how to set up my online registration/app. I was surprised at how user friendly the system is and how fast it works! I ordered a book that day and was placed on a wait list, when the book was returned, I received an email notification and the book got sent directly to my kindle app and uploaded (as soon as I synced the app). The book had a shelf life of only 7 days–and I definitely forgot that I downloaded it, so i didn’t end up reading it womp womp!
I decided to take another stab at it and downloaded a book that was in a series I have been reading. I was going to pay about 6 dollars for the book on Amazon (great deal), but used the library instead and got it fo free! Only caveat is that I have to read it within 7 days, which should be doable! I recommend to anyone that is a big reader to go to your local library and see if they offer online downloads. I wish I would have done it sooner–I would have saved a bundle! I am on the wait list for Pretty Little Lies, I cannot wait until I get notification that it is available 🙂
3. Chia Seeds
So I am usually one to hop on the bandwagon when a new “health” food comes out. I mean hello–kale is amazing! For whatever reason, I have been reluctant to try chia seeds. My mom is a firm believer in adding chia seeds to yogurt, oatmeal–really anything! While the seeds add an extra health benefit (omega 3’s, fiber, some protein),they also up the caloric count. I for one am a firm believer in eating my calories and enjoy eating 100 calories worth of yogurt rather than 100 calories of chia seeds!
My chia seed hater thoughts aside, I decided to try a chia infused drink from Target. Mamma Chia makes an organic coconut mango drink filled with chia seeds. The chia seeds added another level to the drink and I throughly enjoyed it. I will say that the consistency was sort of strange (chewing on seeds while drinking), but the taste was AH mazing and I can totally get down 🙂
What is your favorite online workout?
Do you use your public library?
Chia seed fan or foe?