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#AdeleWFOTW – Loh Voon Ying

#AdeleWFOTWWomen Feature Of The Week!

Anybody remember that hashtag? Yeah, I totally killed it. But I intend to bring it back! YAY!

I think I should change it to #AdeleWFOTMWomen Feature Of The Month!


So anyway, this month we have Loh Voon Ying! I actually engaged her a LOOOOONGGGG time ago, the first few on my list!

But, I totally messed it up and that was why I didn’t manage to publish it. But it is NEVER too late to feature this special girl.

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Voon Ying is a very humble, low key runner. But she’s no stranger in the running community.

When I first started running competitively, her name kept popping up everywhere. Everyone was just talking about her! To be honest, I was afraid of her because we hadn’t met before. We didn’t manage to cross paths until a few months later. I

was star struck when I finally got to meet her. She’s soft spoken, kind and super down to earth!

Read on to find out more about her:

1. How long have you been running?

12 years since 2005.

2. How did you get into running?

I started running to stay fit.

I decided to lace up my shoes and step out of the door during my teenage years, the time when a girl starts to care about her physical appearance. Girls are usually always worried about being fat even if they’re actually skinny.

It was hard at first. But fortunately, I had my brother and uncles (all of them experienced in running) as my coaches when I was new, so it became easier over time. I walked/ran, kept the distance short, took it slow and didn’t overdo it in the early days. I learnt a lot of running tips and got a lot of fitness guide from them. They play an important role in my running journey.

Running started as a way for me to stay fit, but now I run because I want to, it’s turned to a habit. Sometimes, I just enjoy feeling alone, feeling the wind, and feeling the heart beating, the panting and sweating! That’s what’s so incredible about running.

3. Do you join any running groups? If yes, which running group?

I joined Cari Runners in 2012, and officially Pacemakers on the 1st of August 2014 after being invited by Captain Ronnie. He has been a very helpful figure in my running journey.

19238672_1614652988546132_1367626231_oPAR 13 – I missed this race last year due to injury. Special thanks to Teck Wai for arranging everything!

4. Your profession:

Photoshop editor and admin staff.

5. How do you juggle work and running?

I’ll try to get on the road 3 days a week. If I plan to jog but unfortunately have to work overtime, I will surf Facebook less the night before and set early morning alarms the next day to get up and run.

6. Do you have a training schedule? What is it like?

I don’t have a running schedule. Usually plans that I’ve made for running don’t work out, either because of external factors or my weak determination (lol). So instead, I’ve just let it be flexible and try to run whenever I can with at least one tempo run per week.

7. Who do you usually train/run with?

Train with my bro but mostly solo.

8. Which was the most memorable race event and why!

Memorable race would be Larian Gegar Half Marathon 2015 where I injured myself. ☹

Lesson: Always pay full attention during a race, even if the race venue is very familiar to you. Never be careless!

And Twincity Marathon 2014 too, my very 1st sub 4 marathon. The thrill of crossing the finish line. You will learn that you are tougher than you ever give yourself credit for. I found out that I could go further than I once thought.

19389572_1614654168546014_1026890805_nMy Healthy Run – Finally managed to run 5 min/km (post injury)!

9.Favourite distance:

Half Marathon!

10. Who is your inspiration?

My brother Loh Voon Leong! He made me the runner I am today. You are the beginning of my running journey. 一切由你开始。19340080_1614624911882273_1221442525_oThe Loh siblings winning at the Raub Village Run – 13th May 2017!

11. Fav running quote:

“Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not.” -Dr. George Sheehan


Thanks Voon Ying!

I LOVE that last quote! Well said!

Running is for EVERYONE!

If you’ve been thinking of running, here’s the cue to get started!

My top tip is to GET A GROUP! FIND a bunch of CRAZY runners and ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

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What Your Fitness Regime Should Look Like

Hello!

We’re well into the THIRD month of the year. Where did time go?!

How is everyone doing?

I hope this post has helped you shape your fitness/physical/health/nutrition goals for 2017! What are they? DO SHARE!


Before we dive head in, we need to know the BASICS! Whatever your goals (running PBs, strength gains, yoga, cross fit, OCRs etc), we cannot run away from the fundamentals of fitness.

A well balanced fitness routine should have these components:

CARDIO

*my favourite component*

Your HEART is a vital organ. It beats to keep you alive. There are a million reasons why we need to preserve its function and strengthen it.

Even if you are not training for a run or a marathon, you cannot neglect this component. A strong heart pumps a greater volume of blood with each beat – more efficient (this means that your heart does not have to work as hard). For example, a strong heart may take 1 beat to pump X volume of blood whereas a weaker heart may take 4 beats to pump the same volume (this is not exactly how it works. I’m just SUPER simplying it. But you get the point)!

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Photo: Nathaniel Kelly

I know I’m getting stronger when my Garmin FR 235 reports a lower heart rate (compared to prev) at the same pace. :)

Why is that important?

EVERYTHING you do involves your heart. You are more able to walk, clean the house, run for the bus (that’s me), climb stairs (without huffing and puffing) etc with ease. It makes daily activities seem less of a chore. PLUS, it keeps many chronic/heart diseases at bay.

*For your heart to become stronger, you need to add a little stress. Only then, will it adapt.*

What to do: 30-60 minutes of running, jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, boxing etc as long as you’re moving throughout! You can even throw in a few sprints to keep things interesting. Cleaning the house counts too (haha! :P). This should be done on most days (if not all) of the week!

Strength Training

Just like our heart, our muscles and joints need to be stressed too. With the right amount of stress, we are able to build/maintain lean muscle mass and strengthen our tendons, ligaments and bones. Again, these will help you with your day to day activities that involve lifting/carrying/pushing/pulling heavy objects.

IMG_3066Strenght training is important for everyone. Muscles help to increase the body’s metabolism (hello MORE FOOD. #jokes) as they need a lot of “food” for growth and maintanence. For older adults, you’ll tend to accumulate more fat and lose muscle mass more easily. You need a good amount of lean muscle mass to maintain metabolism and with stronger muscles and bones, you can prevent falls and broken bones!

What to do: You can start off with body weight exercises (decline push ups, squats, lunges etc) before adding weights. As you become stronger, you will need to add external loads to continue to GROW!

Stability and Mobility

This is the core of movement. We need to be able to MOVE within our full range of movement and maintain stability when we need to. If you lack this component, throwing in cardio and strength training will cause MORE problems such as lower back pain and unwanted injuries.

From the bottom up, our joints are arranged such that it is alternating between stable and mobile:

Foot – Stable

Ankle – Mobile

Knee – Stable

Hips – Mobile

Lumbar (Lower Back) – Stable

Thorax – Mobile

Scapula – Stable

Neck – Mobile

The lack of stability and mobility in any of the joints will affect your ability to move about comfortably. Even getting out of bed would be a chore!

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What to do: STRETCH every other day! Tight muscles hinder mobility! You can do it either when you wake up, post workout, while watching tv or just before bed! A little goes a long way. If you are pressed for time, hit the neck, chest, hips, hamstrings, glutes, calves and lower back. You can also do some balancing workouts to improve stability across your joints.

I always stretch for about 1 hour after my workouts while I’m reading articles/on social media. For me, it is a great way to CHILL! And then I plank for 2 mins front, left and right side!


With this in mind, I hope that you will be able to choose a program (or programs) that will cover all of the above.

With a well rounded fitness routine, you are more likely to maximise results while staying injury free! Go for the ones that YOU ENJOY and COMMIT to them. Everyone starts off as an amateur, not being “fit” or “good” enough (exactly WHY you shld get started, NOW!) is not an excuse!

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Believe in yourself. Have a little confidence. :)

HAVE FUN!

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SUMMER BREAK 2016 – MALAYSIA

Hello from the OTHER SIDE

… again!

Reporting live from Sydney! Thank God I made it back in one piece (barely actually. haha). I FEEL SO EXHAUSTED. Sorry for being MIA (again!). I was busy with moving (2nd time and counting), work and most importantly, I HAD NO WIFI! #toughlife


The days leading up to my flight back to Sydney were absolute chaos (the good and the bad kind). Good because I had a lot of catch ups and meet ups. Bad because well, panic packing (HAAAAA!).

Leaving home for the second time was tough. You’re no longer going to a new place. While I have many other different things to look forward to (placement program, new temporary accommodation, meeting new ppl etc), there’s still that sense of familiarity. I’m not too sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Maybe it is neutral. I guess I’m anxious and excited at the same time. Excited that I’ll be going back and starting a new sem but ANXIOUS BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. GAHHHH!

But either way, I MISS HOME!

This is going to be a tough semester. It will be a steep learning curve on my end. Praying that I’ll stay sane and that all goes well!

NOT ready to do life (HAHAHAH!). I hope I will be able to update my blog and write as often as I would like to.


Let’s jump back to my summer break in MALAYSIA.

It was a good 2 months back home. I was able to do whatever I wanted to do and also catch up with family and friends.

My last 2 weeks in Malaysia (felt like dejavu from the last time I left) were “difficult”. SO many things had happened in that short span of time that I cannot even begin to describe what I went through. It felt like I was stuck in a blackhole. When you’re feeling everything between the extreme ends of the emotional meter, you just feel detached from reality. #lostRomans 15-13

In between the series of unfortunate events, I was able to see the silver lining (THANKFULLY!). There were also many things to be grateful for.


 

Shoving all unhappiness aside, I was VERY productive. I had written a long to-do list the minute I came home. I did not get through half of it until the last 2 weeks! We seem to able to function under pressure.

I felt a sense of urgency. Humans are funny. We only seem to appreciate when we lose/about to lose something. Just like how we only start to take care of ourselves when something goes wrong (sickness, disease etc) or how we seem to be able to complete an assignment 5 hours before it is due.

For me (and others), I felt the NEED to DO things and to SEE people (before going back to Sydney). Thank you to each and every one of you for spending your time with me (you know who you are).

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I guess my point is that we don’t DO enough or APPRECIATE enough until we don’t have the luxury of it anymore (whatever “it” is).

Don’t wait till it is too late. JUST DO IT!

This year, I am trying to make a conscious effort to just be present. I still find it difficult to BE in the moment. My mind is always in the future, worrying and thinking of what is ahead.

Ok, I shall not bore you with how I feel.


HIGHLIGHTS of my summer break:

IMG_1669First meal back home!

Had an extended family dinner the day I arrived! ALL THE MALAYSIAN FOOD! SO SO SO GOOD! Catching up with family over food is the best.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSIEW BAOS! Only the best from Jln Imbi. OH How I’ve missed you!

IMG_1955And of course, POPIAH! This uncle still remembers my special order.

IMG_1906Seafood dinner for my aunt’s birthday.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetFamily Wefie! It’s a thing now.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetTHUG LIFE with the granny.

FullSizeRender_1 copy 4Made it back in time to celebrate the life of this VERY SPECIAL PERSON. <3 Thanks for ALWAYS being there and having my back.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetOverdue massage sesh. Too much walking in Sydney. #toughlife haha!

IMG_1975Very old issue of Running Malaysia but I was still able to have that 5 seconds of fame-fan-moment.

IMG_2208Camp commy for this year’s VBSJourney Off the MapSORTA. Fell sick for the FIRST TIME in 2016 on the VERY first day of VBS! Talk about good timing (I BLAME ALL THE FOOD!).

On that note, I really thank God for my health throughout my time in Sydney. I had ZERO signs of sickness. #blessed

IMG_4473Tres Amigas Buenas! <3 ALWAYS a good time with these 2! #forlife

IMG_2429Trio! So good to catch up on each other’s lives. We’ve changed so much over the years but glad to know that some things still remain the same. :)

IMG_2258TT – Track Tuesday! I can ALWAYS count on them to crack lame jokes and to provide relevant updates on running/non-running/useless info in our group chat! I literally LAUGH OUT LOUD every time! So good to have them around.

IMG_2821MMT’s Tom, Dick and Harry’s 7th Anniversary! WOOHOO! Always feel right at home with this bunch. :) Ever so supportive!

IMG_2828The girls <3

IMG_2830Trying to recreate our last pose. 😛

IMG_2714And of course, PUMA! <3 So much has changed. A lot of our “old” members have grown out of the group and moved on in their running life (very happy for them!). It was good to see the “new wave”.

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These 2. When we are together, we’re the loudest. #noshame #goodtimes!

IMG_3785MONASH-ians! <3 We haven’t seen each other in a long time but it felt just like our uni days. And hello JANEY!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSummer job at Fit Orange! I wouldn’t call it a “JOB”. More like PLAYTIME!

 

IMG_3582Decided to dedicate my time to training my brother. 2 months of working out consistently! #gains He is so much stronger and healthier now. I will definitely miss our training sessions together! I am glad to know that he has kept the momentum going. Always asking me for workouts and a plan. #happytears #allthefeels #proudsis

IMG_4140Getting my legs fixed at APPLE PHYSIO! Happy to announce that I am FEELING A LOT BETTER! Slowing getting back into the swing of things… VERY very very slow that is. I have come to realise that I am in it for the long run. Why rush?

Just enjoying every moment I get to MOVE! #grateful

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThese guys… JOKERS! So full of themselves. #runningbrunchbuddies

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FullSizeRender copy 3More runs with MMT!

FullSizeRender_1 copyThanks Jason for the invite! Got a chance to try my very first spinning class! SO MUCH FUN!

Seriously, give it a go! You’ll be sweating buckets. Oh, and you are required to strap on a HR monitor… NO CHEATING!

PUSH! No pain, no GAIN!

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FullSizeRender copyMore session at Apple! I have a long way to go! THANKS JESS! <3 If you’re looking for a good physio, well, you’re looking at one! 😉

FullSizeRender copy 7With my fav kid! <3 Board games night with the church mates till… 2am?

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetHeart to heart talks and pigging out with Sylvia. What we do best! <3

 

IMG_4005Crab feast courtesy of Colin @ Crazy Crabs!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetIndian food. 30 ringgit for a roti in Sydney… I’ll be missing this!

FullSizeRender copy 5Lou sang with TT. So much laughter... my tummy was hurting!

FullSizeRender copy 2Brother’s 15th Birthday! <3

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetI miss having my kakak around! She has been with me for 27 years and counting! She is ALWAYS looking out for me and cooking all my fav foods. She knows me too well. <3

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSpecial thanks to Garmin Malaysia for all their SUPPORT in my fitness journey. From running to gym based workouts. These watches are so versatile, there is a function for everything! When I got injured, I was still able to track my HR, workouts, cycling etc!

IMG_4301Catching up with Lucas and his #rants. #jokes!

IMG_4261Always fooling around and having a good time at Fit Orange, talking about all things HEALTH and FITNESS!

FullSizeRender copy 4The bosses behind Fit Orange! Thank you once again for this awesome opportunity to explore EMS!

FullSizeRender_4Already missing this kid T_T!

FullSizeRender_3Lou sang with runners and someone who plays a crucial role in a runner’s life (physiotherapist!). Haha! Special thanks to Kian Ming for dinner!

FullSizeRender_2Special Lou Sang set @ Runner’s Cafe! It was really good, something different! If you’re a runner and live in Malaysia, CHECK THEM OUT!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetKC girls unite! I love how we just… CLICK! <3 #friendshipgoals

FullSizeRender_1ICE CREAM! #shamelessselfie #selfiestick #notmine

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetLast run in KL before I leave! Shoes were washed and ready to go! Oh, and thanks to Puma Malaysia for these AWESOME minimalist kicks!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetFinally got to meet Kian Ming and his wife, Ee Leng! Before this, we’ve only ever “seen” each other on social media. I love how that brings people together! Thanks for being so genuine, down to earth, supportive, encouraging and #real. 

Somebody has got a goal to hit this year. 😉 Watch out world!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetRunning TWIN! She’s always keeping me up to date about ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! I’m still amazed at how similar we are – food and running! I miss running with you! Come to Sydney for a run kay? All the best to your #roadtosub345! That goal is yours, go get it! :)

IMG_4552MCKL-ians! Missing our Skype sesh! This bunch will ALWAYS be there when you need em. LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! <3

IMG_4563Last yummy dinner before I left for Sydney!

Pre-CNY family dinner! <3 MISSING YOU GUYS! <3


Just some of the BEST bits of my Summer! I’m sure I’ve missed out on many other things. I apologise in advance if I’ve left you out (def not intentional)!

SO SORRY to those that I’ve not been able to catch up with! Next round.

Back to reality now. Back to the grind!


Keep an eye out for another update…

because HELLO WIFI!

 Till then, keep doing #YOU!

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Ways to Add Some MOVEment to Your Daily Life

Hello from the Sunshine State!


From my last post, I hope that you have made some effort to MOVE a little more?IMG_2990

If you haven’t, here are some tips!

1. At work/school

Yes, I know that work/school load forces you to sit for most of the day. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Drink more water

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Use a cup instead of having a big bottle near you. That way, you’d have to get up and get water = MORE MOVEMENT! #toughlife but trust me, it is worth it.

Lunch hour/Snack time

Meal times are a great way to get up and about. Even if you have packed your own lunch, take it outside! Have it under the sun. IMG_3911You’d get your dose of Vitamin D, some movement and it helps to clear the mind! We all need a mental break from work. You’ll be feeling fresh and ready to smash out the rest of the work day. It also helps with post-food sluggish-ness.

STRETCH!

I tend to have VERY tight hips, shoulders and upper back. The lost in range of motion in these areas have caused lower back pain over the years. It gets WORSE with sitting! Every 30-45 mins or so, I would get up and do some light standing stretches. IMG_1045

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Twist your upper back to your right while driving your right knee towards the left. I do 5 reps on each side.

2. Transport

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You can:

-Get up earlier (avoid traffic)

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-Park further away (brisk walk)

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-If you’re in a train/bus, walk around if possible. Just make sure that it is safe and that you’re not disturbing other passengers.

3. At Home

Cut out time spent on screens (TV, comp, game consoles, phone etc). Spend more time with your family over fun games or do some CHORES! I don’t know about you but I LOVE to clean! It satisfies the OCD-ness in me and I find it very therapeutic.

4. Anywhere

TAKE THE STAIRS! If you know me from my Uni days, you’d know that I NEVER take the lift. FullSizeRenderEven if we had to climb 16 flights of stairs! Sometimes, I take the stairs at malls too.


These are just some of the many small ways that you can add some MOVEment to your day.

The HARDEST part is getting it done!

You might think: PFFFFT! These small changes wouldn’t change anything!

1 year = 365 days x the rest of your life

Start setting some small goals and get to it.

Our human bodies are made to MOVE! You’ll feel SO MUCH better!

*Again, this is your cue to get up!*

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Staying Active on Vacay

I am back! Phew, CRAZY few weeks. We’re talking about endless assignments, presentations, studies, work, chores, sleepless nights and some running + strength training.

Final week of class before the exams and then SEM BREAK! So keen for it to be over! 😉

How is everyone else? :)


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Anyway! This post is on how to stay active when you’re on a vacay (speaking of which, I need a vacay!):

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Are you a routine junkie? Workout junkie? Vacay junkie?

*ME!*


The thing about being a routine junkie is that going on a vacay will potentially ruin it. I must admit, I get a little anxious about that! I am all about routines.


I’m here to talk about BALANCE: Not completely throwing your routine out the window but also not sticking to it like a junkie

It is not always easy to find a gym or a safe place to run (depends on where you go). So that might make it more difficult to get your usual workout in. If sticking to your routine stresses you out, what you need to do is throw THAT out the window. But not the working out part.


Staying ACTIVE on vacay:

1. EXPLORE

You’re on vacation! Take this time to get out there and EXPLORE the new city/place. Take it as an adventure.

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The best way to explore: WALKING/RUNNING/JOGGING

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My Garmin FR235 has been my best friend! It makes working out SO EASY! Just PRESS and GO! So fun to look at the stats after, even if it was just a walk in the park. :)

2. Free and Easy

It is always good to have a PLAN but if you’re like me and you get upset if you don’t get to stick to your schedule/plan, get rid of that!

I tend to have an “all or nothing” approach. If I fail to stick to my plan, I’d do NOTHING at all. I try to balance between having a plan and being okay if I don’t adhere to it.

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Take it easy and go with what you have. If you have time, GO! If not, CHILL… with coffee! Your body probably needs the rest.

3. MIX IT UP!

I like running, but it is not always convenient to do so.

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Get creative. Do a short HIIT workout/sprints that can be done anywhere! Anything that will get your heart rate up. Set your alarm, get up to catch the sunrise and WORKOUT! I LOVE that fresh feeling after my workout. If you’re the same, then just do it!

Trust me, it will be worth it!

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Example:

4 rounds of:

-Pulse jump squats x20

-Cross mountain climbers x20

-Elevated Push ups x20

-Leg raises x20

1:30 min break

4 rounds of:

-Burpees x15

-Tricep dips x20

-Russian Twists x40

-Jack Knives x20

REPEAT x2!

4. To GO GET FOOD!IMG_3092

OH YEAH! The best kind of workout/activity is going to get FOOD! Walk/run/cycle to your favourite breakfast/brunch/coffee/ice cream place!

Explore local cuisines!FullSizeRender_1I earned my ice cream!

5. Try a NEW sport/activity

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Cycling is a fun way to explore a new place! I don’t normally cycle, so this was something “new” to me.

IMG_2402Triathlete in the making. hahahhhahahhaha. JOKES!

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Go on a hike! Walking/hiking is so good for you. My favourite aerobic workout! Get your heart pumping with a few inclines/climbs. Trust me, your heart will thank you for it. :)

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Soak in your surroundings. God NEVER fails to amaze me. His creations are breathtaking.

DCIM102GOPROSnorkeling. Swimming. Underwater fun! There are SO many ways to stay active!

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Enjoy your next vacay + getting your heart rate up!

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Cheers!