toned up tuesdays

score!

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CityCenterDC is like my new favorite area even though it’s still under construction. The CityCenter encompass five city blocks and is bound together by New York Ave NW, 9th Street NW, H Street NW and 11th Street NW.

As of 2011, the development is one of the largest downtown projects in the United States,and the largest urban development on the East Coast of the United States.It has been described as “a modern-day Rockefeller Center” and will reshape downtown D.C. Local officials consider CityCenterDC  critical to the city’s economic and residential development.

CityCenter is bringing Toned Up Tuesdays to the area. It’s a program sponsored by CenterCityDC. VIDA Fitness instructors will teach a new exercise class each and every Tuesday for the entire month of April. The classes are free to the public to promote a healthy lifestyle and will be held at the newly opened Park at CenterCity (corner of 10th & I street NW) starting at 6pm.

Here’s a list of the classes

April 1 – Conditioning (45 minutes): Fast-paced class with a variety of cardio combinations, calisthenics, and plyometrics. Conditioning utilizes interval training to combine a series of high intensity spurts to increase power with lower intensity active exercises to continue burning calories and improve cardiovascular endurance. This class is an excellent training tool for athletes, runners, or anyone looking to obtain a high level of personal fitness.

April 8 – Power Yoga (45 minutes): Designed to build strength while increasing balance, flexibility, and endurance. Expands on the sequences of Vinyasa to incorporate more challenging arm balances, inversions, and twists in conjunction with deep breath to detoxify the body.

April 15 – Boot Camp (45 minutes): VIDA Boot Camp is an intense calorie burning program providing fun, creative, and challenging moves that keeps participants focused, empowered, and constantly moving towards their fitness goals. Workouts include a wide variety of constantly changing circuits including drills, games, obstacles, plyometrics, relays, weighted supersets, and partner training.

April 22 – VIDA M.I.T. (45 minutes): Discover your inner athlete with this fusion of cardio, strength, balance & flexibility. VIDA M.I.T. increases strength and heart/lung function, improves posture and increases flexibility. Varied intensity levels allow beginners to successfully work alongside high-level athletes.

April 29 – Zumba (1 hour): Combines Latin dance moves with interval and resistance training for a full-body, rhythmic workout. You’ll move through salsa, mambo, cha-cha, cumbia, merengue, hip-hop, and belly dancing on your way to one of the most satisfying cardio workouts you’ve had in years.

For more information on Toned Up Tuesdays please visit: www.citycenterdc.com

post vacation blues

& getting back to reality

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Getting back to reality isn’t exactly my problem, work is. After taking a long vacation, especially and international trip. It is always hard to get back into the swing of things. Personally, I find it even harder to get back into your work-life groove. While you were gone so much has changed, people got hair cuts (haha), you missed countless staff meetings, dodged those crazy phone calls, and even have a stack of emails that you are still trying to catch up on after a week of being back. All you can ask yourself is: will it ever be the same?

Here are a few tips and trips to tackle your post vacation blues and get back in the game when it comes to work.

Sleep

Once you get back you will need a lot of sleep. When traveling and on a vacation, you hardly sleep. In my case I was international, so I am dealing with timezone changes.

Relax

Which brings me to relaxing! When you are on vacation, you put so much effort into catching up with friends, checking out all the hot spots, and going above and beyond what you would normally do. You want to make this a trip of a life time, so relaxing is not on the docket. Now that you are home, you have to go to work, and reality sets in. Make sure you add in some relaxation time the first few days after being back from a long trip.

Prioritize

It’s hard to see 415 emails piled up, 9 missed phone called and a million papers on your desk. You need to make a to-do list. Figure out what needs to be accomplished first and what can hold off.

Take Notes

At staff meetings, take notes. During regular meetings take notes. Maybe it’s not your thing to take notes during meetings, because it’s not mine; however, I make sure to take as many notes as possible post vacation. My mind is running around trying to figure out a thousand different things, that these notes during any meeting are critical to my success.

Talk to People

This is a big one: talk to people. I’ve been engage in conversations I normally wouldn’t be. I want the dirt! I want to know what was happening while I was gone and how I can help with others. I want to see how other people can help me and who is also working on my projects. Make sure to talk with everyone to see what they have been doing and they will be of any help on your upcoming projects that are due.

 

I hope these tips and tricks help you once you come back from a vacation. They are really helping me to get through this week. And think…I am almost caught up and it’s almost Friday! #TGIF!

 

millennials on work-life balance

would you agree?

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You have to check-out this article if you are a Millennial! The Idaho State Journal says that Millennials take a new approach to work-life balance, and I couldn’t agree more!

As said in the article, Millennials continue to be at the forefront of achieving work-life balance – utilizing business travel to discover new cities, explore local cultures, taste authentic cuisines and connect with new people across the country and around the globe. Let’s keep this going. If you have to travel for work, why not have fun and reap the benefits while doing it? Who said work can’t be fun?

Here are a few things you can do to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Sure it’s hard to say no, but in order for you to perform at 110% every day on the job, for your boss and for your team you need to implement this work-life balance. Trust me, it will do you wonders.

Schedule downtime

  • This one is key. I use to never do this for myself, and now I do. It’s honestly changed everything. Now that I actually have “me” time and time to relax it’s a beautiful thing. Maybe its 5 minutes of meditation, reading a book, going on that run, or just waking up ten minutes before you would normally

Cut out valueless things

  • Perfect examples for me: Snapchat and trashy magazines. I use to read Cosmo and Entertainment all the time. I was up on my pop-culture, but it was draining my time and in-turn it was draining me. My friends will be the first to tell you that I’m dumber than a sack of rocks when it comes to anyone famous, specifically TV shows and movies. Snapchat, sure it’s fun, but it sucks up all my time.

Negatives

  • Get rid of people who are bogging you down. It is detrimental to your health both physically and mentally. It’s not fair to you, and it’s stressing you out. Giving these people 5 minutes, is sucking up more time than you already know and they are dragging you onto the negative train as well. Sure we all complain, but don’t make it a habit!

Take a minute…for yourself

  • Just like the downtime, you need to give yourself a few minutes at work as well. Get up, move around! Take a walk when it’s nice out, or reward yourself with reading a Thought Catalog article or something on Thrillist. (Well, those would be my choices)

Lighten the load

  • Hello, outsourcing! When you are treading in water because your boss has you doing 900 things at once, think– is there anyone else working on this that can help me out? The answer more likely than not, is yes! Ask for help. Not asking is only hurting you and the product of your work

Stop reinventing the wheel

  • This one is self-explanatory. When you have a project to do, see if it’s something you’ve done before, or something similar– see what you can use from past projects, articles and so on to lessen your load.

Overall these are a few things I started to implement into my life. Of course it’s hard to say no to my boss when she asks me to stay late, but she is also very respectful of the fact that I have a life and she will in turn let me come in late/go home early the next day. If you let your work consume you, you’re wasting the life you have in an office–don’t you want to get out there an explore?