Last Weekend of Summer

Soak in the sun today, because this weekend is the last official weekend of summer.

We officially enter fall on Tuesday, but soak up the sun while you can today.  Highs will reach the low 80s with mostly sunny skies.  Today is the eleventh dry day in a row that we’ve had, and the sixteenth September day without a drop in the bucket.  That will all change soon!

Tonight lows will drop to the low 60s with increasing clouds and developing showers.

Sunday, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely with highs in the mid 70s.

The chance for showers and storms continues through Wednesday.  So, keep your eyes on the radar if you have any outdoor activities.

Some food for thought… the driest September on record was back in 1963 with .24″ of rain, so far this month, we’ve added up .17″.

Governor’s daughter getting married

The governor says he learned on his economic trade mission to Asia that in China, the father of the groom pays for the wedding.

Governor Mitch Daniels has important plans this weekend. His daughter Melissa is getting married tomorrow.

“I’ve been telling people, she said, ‘Dad, you’re cutting it kind of close just getting back from Asia two days ahead of time.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry. If I get stuck over there, I’ve handled all the essentials. The checkbook’s at home. I’ve left a cardboard cut-out of me in a tuxedo,'” said Daniels.

The governor says he learned on his economic trade mission to Asia that in China, the father of the groom pays for the wedding.

Last Weekend of Summer

Live it up this weekend, it’s the last summer weekend of 2009!

I am really starting to sound like a broken record.  Highs today will reach about 80 degrees, the same story for Saturday.

If you’re heading out for Operation Football tonight, it will be dry, but cool!  The night will start off with temps in the 70s, but fall into the 60s by the end of game time, so you’ll want to take a light jacket!

Here’s the big change in the forecast!  A chance for scattered showers and storms Sunday, then each and every day through next Wednesday!  Dust off those umbrellas, and get ready to dodge some raindrops!

Dry Days Add Up

Another dry day, but rain is on the horizon!

Today will be the 14th dry September day, but if you were hoping for rain, it’s in the forecast.

Highs today will reach the upper 70s to around 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies.

Tonight, more cold temps are expected with some spots dropping into the 40s again!  The metro will slightly warmer with lows in the mid 50s.

Friday and the weekend looks great for any football plans!  Highs will reach the upper 70s to around 80 degrees.

Here’s the change, chance of rain Sunday and Monday!  We’ll keep our eyes on this slow moving developing system!

Push it!

A former client called to tell me that at 63, she easily performed more push-ups than her 25-year-old daughter-in-law who was a gymnast in college. Her daughter-in-law teased her about how lifting weights was great but doubted that a “granny” could move her own body weight. What she didn’t know was that her mother-in-law had spent many days doing push-ups before, during and after her sessions in my studio.

This versatile exercise can be used by those who want a sleek, toned body or added muscle. For beginners, it is a great initial exercise to build strength as well as a tool for measuring how their strength/endurance levels are improving. For intermediate and advanced exercisers, push-ups can be used as an effective warm-up for a tough training session or for an intense burn by doing a set immediately after performing another exercise such as bench presses. For busy travelers, cranking out a few sets of push-ups in a hotel room is a great way to keep the body conditioned.

Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Instructions: Start in the “up” position with your hands in front of you, facing forward and at a width of 4-8 inches past the edge of your shoulders so that when you lower yourself down your arms will be at a 90-degree angle. Keep your legs straight behind you, knees locked, toes in contact with the floor and your abdominal muscles fully contracted so that your body doesn’t sag during the exercise. Keep your head in a comfortable and upright position and then slowly lower yourself down until your arms are at a 90-degree angle or 2-4 inches from the floor. Beginners should start with 1-2 sets of 10-15 repetitions. Intermediate to advanced exercisers should perform 2-4 sets of 15-50-plus repetitions.

Tip for beginners: You can perform what is called the modified push-up. Instead of your legs fully extended behind you, perform the exercise with your knees in contact with the floor and your legs bent and crossed behind you. Keep your abdominal muscles tight and don’t raise your rear end in the air as you perform the movement.images-5

More Sunshine Ahead

If you love the sunshine, you’ll love the forecast over the next few days. If you’re hoping for rain, there’s a chance of that in there too!

Highs today will reach about 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies. 

Tonight, a bit of a change, with temperatures dropping to the mid 50s in the metro.  I think some spots like Bloomington and Muncie could drop to the upper 40s, so you might need a light jacket tomorrow morning.

We seem to stay dry through Saturday with temperatures in the upper 70s.

Our next chance for rain comes Sunday, we’ll watch the forecast closely to see how that pans out.

A lot of people have asked me if we’re in a drought because we haven’t seen a lot of rain lately.  The short answer, no.  A drought is a condition that develops over several months or even years.  Keep in mind that we’re at least 6.50 inches above average in terms of rainfall for 2009 based on the yearly average.

Sometimes….”Ouch” feels good!

The crowds are gone, the medals handed out and busy life in Chicago moves on. However, the soreness remains! Yes, the soreness from my completion of the Chicago Half Marathon this past weekend. I took on the challenge from a friend, stepped up like a Spartan soldier and the muscle soreness from doing so is quite significant but it feels so good! For many years prior to running this event, I used a much different format of training to stay in shape and endurance training was far from what I had ever done before. However, I have always kept my mind open to new ways of being active and this experience taught me a lot of things that I will incorporate into my normal training activities. Will I run another event over a 10K…absolutely not, I simply get so bored running long distance that it is almost unbearable! Personally, I prefer to lift weights, get on a BMX or MountainBike, shred dirt terrain, jump big jumps, fly around turns and navigate trails with my riding buddies…that is fun to me my friends. Nothing against runners because I have a newfound respect for both the sport and the people who participate in it. To me, this whole process is the essence of an active lifestyle because if you have a preferred type of physical activity that you enjoy on a consistent basis and then toss in a few new activities for trial & error or variation, you can’t lose. It is impossible not to take aspects of what you learned from the process of trying new things and incorporate them into your lifestyle and eventually benefit from them in the future. To me that is what fitness is all about and if you are consistent in one form of activity, it leads to you trying others thus promoting a cycle of activity that will support a healthy, vibrant lifestyle. Go getem!

Rain Pushed Back

If you were hoping for rain sooner rather than later, it looks like you’re out of luck.

Highs today will reach the mid 80s with mostly sunny skies across Central Indiana.

The only weather pattern change we have coming in the next few days, is a cool down to the mid to upper 70s Wednesday-Saturday.

We’re watching for our next chance of rain, for now, it looks like that could possibly come Sunday.

Why no rain?  High pressure is in control over our region over the next several days keeping us dry.

Gov. Daniels in Japan

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is in Tokyo tonight, a full week into his Asian trade mission.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is in Tokyo tonight, a full week into his Asian trade mission.

In a speech at a conference, Daniels said Indiana’s relationship with Japan has been a source of stability and strength during the recession. The governor also met with managers from Honda, Sony and Mitsubishi – companies that do business in the state.

Tomorrow is his final full day in Japan.

Gov. Daniels in Tokyo, Japan
Gov. Daniels in Tokyo, Japan

Where’s the Rain?

If you like dry and sunny days, more are ahead this week, but some people are asking, where’s the rain?

The obvious answer?  It’s not in Central Indiana!

It looks like we’ll stay dry for the next few days too.  Highs today will reach the low 80s with mostly sunny skies.  There’s an area of low pressure over Texas, that’s trying to make it up to us, but high pressure is in control over our state, and most of the moisture will miss us for now.  It’s a slow moving system, so we’ll have to see who wins the battle, high, or low pressure.

Tuesday looks mainly dry.  Highs will reach the low 80s again with partly cloudy skies.  There’s a 10% chance for a few sprinkles in the viewing area.

Wednesday highs drop to the upper 70s (the seasonal high this time of year).  Then Thursday and Friday, there’s a 20% chance of rain or isolated t-storms.

We’ll keep you updated on the rain chances.  Today will be the 11th day of September with no rain.  And, on the three days that rained this month, only .17″ was measured in Indianapolis.