02-26-2014

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Is it the weekend yet?! I’m really excited for this weekend because I’m heading down to Atlantic City for a friend’s birthday…soooo Saturday needs to get here already. Anyone else like to gamble? (By gamble I mean play the penny slots) :)

Here are your health links for today:

  • Dark Chocolate Banana & PB Bars (9-to-Fit) – Um…yum?
  • What The Heck Are Macros (Toned And Fit) – Great, quick overview of macros and how the whole “If It Fits Your Macros” thing works. I actually wrote a post explaining it more here. I’m all for IIFYM if you are eating healthy foods too (and not-so-healthy ones in moderation).
  • Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (Girl Meets Life) – I need to make these. I have so many things on my “to-do” cooking list…need to get on that…
  • 13 Fitness Challenges That Will Destroy You (STACK) – I really want to try the 10/10 challenge. The trainer says average people will probably last a minute or less. To quote How I Met Your Mother: Challenge accepted.

Check out those challenges…which do you want to try? Or do you have a fitness test of your own that you use to see how fit you are currently?

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07-18-2013

Thursday Workout Challenge

Up for a challenge? Or want to escape the outdoor heat and just work out in your living room? Here is a workout for you!

Once you warm up for 5-10 minutes, complete 5 rounds of these exercises for time. Simply go down the list and then start over. If you need a break, feel free to take a break. At the end, write down your time so that the next time you do it you can compare and see your improvements.

You can add on cardio to the beginning or end of this workout too if you’re feeling up to it ;)

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How have you been beating the heat? Let me know if you try this workout!

06-07-2013

Cardio Blast Workout!

I did this workout on Wednesday and it is killer! Yes, there are some upper body moves involved in my “strong legs” workout, but trust me, you will really feel the burn in your legs.

Usually, I do non-equipment workouts, but I figured I’d change it up and include one you can do at the gym. If you don’t have a pull-up machine, you can use the lat pull-down machine.

I threw in a few upper body moves to make sure you also hit those major muscle groups (back) and keep your heart rate up while giving your legs a short break.

Final words: burpees = killer

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Let me know if you try this out and what your thoughts are!

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05-02-2013

Pin It Party!

I’m so glad I started participating in fitness related Twitter chats because I have found so many great, new blogs to follow!

The Lean Green Bean is having a “Pin it” party where you write your top 5 posts, with images that can be “pinned” on Pinterest. Then your link is posted on her blog, so you can find other blogs who have participated as well and explore their pins. It’s a great way to find new bloggers!

Here are my top 5 posts:

{Friday Workout Challenge} Can obviously be done any day of the week!

{My Go-To Treadmill Workout}

{Quick and Easy Meal Ideas}

{Tips for a Successful Whole30}

{Delicious Taco Salad Recipe}

What are your top 5 blog posts? Share them and add your link to The Lean Green Bean’s link-up!

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03-08-2013

Friday Workout Challenge!

Ready to kick off the weekend with a good sweat? Here’s an all-bodyweight workout for you to do today. No equipment needed…no excuses!

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Let me know if you’re up for the challenge! ;)

01-24-2013

Thursday Workout Challenge

It’s still freezing here in NJ and I have no desire to go outside. I’m sure you don’t either. So I made a workout you can do right in your own home…no equipment needed as usual. Excuses are easy to make, but where there’s a will there’s a way!

The first 3 exercises I want you to do as fast as you can (while maintaining good form). You will do 3 sets without rest, and time yourself. Timing yourself allows you to track progress if you decide to do this workout again. Obviously, if you get a faster time it means you improved your fitness a little bit!

After that, take a 2 minute rest, then complete the rest of the exercises outlined at a normal pace (even slower if you need to…slower is better). You will do 2-3 sets of these exercises as well. Remember, go at a normal pace not as fast as you can.

Let me know if you try this workout, and what you think!

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01-16-2013

Collard Green Turkey Wrap + A Workout Challenge

I had the best lunch today…and it was something new for me to try.

I had never tried collard greens before but had always meant to try them in wraps. But I’m always hesitant trying new foods. Well, I finally got around to trying it today and it was delicious! What a great way to get in a serving of vegetables. Here’s how I made my wrap:

Ingredients:

  • 1 leaf of collard
  • honey dijon mustard
  • hummus of your choice
  • all-natural turkey breast
  • 1 slice of cheese of your choice
  • alfalfa sprouts

Directions:

  1. Spread 1 tablespoon of hummus on the leaf. You can use more or less. Then drizzle some honey dijon mustard.
  2. Place 4-5 pieces of turkey breast on the hummus, then your slice of cheese. I split my cheese in half to distribute evenly.
  3. Add a heaping amount of alfalfa sprouts (or you can chose another veggie of your choice such as mixed greens, cole slaw, tomatoes, etc).
  4. Wrap, cut in half and enjoy!

You can obviously make many types of wraps, and I definitely plan on experimenting with this more. Here’s the finished product (after I had already eaten half because I forgot to take a picture initially):

Anyway, today in NJ it’s a cold, dreary, rainy day. I posted on my Facebook page earlier about how this shouldn’t deter you from getting to the gym. If you don’t feel like driving in certain conditions, just work out at home! You don’t even need equipment.

Here’s my workout challenge for you today…if you complete it, let me know what you think! As usual, warm up before exercise (perhaps by doing my warm-up video?) and repeat the whole thing 3-5x through.

Good luck!

12-20-2012

Workout Challenge!

Heading to the gym? Or wondering how to work out at home with no equipment? Well, here is a total body, body weight workout just for you ;)

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12-13-2012

Thursday workout challenge!

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Here’s another no-equipment needed, all body weight workout challenge for you.

  • Squat to jumps are exactly what they sound like. Do a body weight squat then jump up as high as you can.
  • For high knees, stand up tall (do not lean back) and bring your knees up as high as you can and as fast as you can.
  • For reverse crunch form, watch my quick how-to video here.

Start with a dynamic warm-up. I usually do jumping jacks, knee-pushups, hip raises, and body weight squats a few times through.

Then repeat this list 3-4 times through.

What are you waiting for??

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12-04-2012

Evening runs + a workout challenge!

It’s been pretty warm here in New Jersey the past few days…and I am loving it! My mom and I decided to run outside yesterday since it was in the 50′s. It got pretty dark though, so we had to run pretty slow (even though we had flashlights).

I actually had to run with my glasses which was horrible. I can’t wear my contacts for a few days, so this is what I had to do so my glasses didn’t fall off my face:

It actually worked pretty well, the only problem was my glasses kept fogging up. Overall it was a great, easy run of 4 miles :)

We are off from running today but will be lifting. Are you hitting the gym? Don’t have a gym membership or equipment at home? No worries, I got you covered. Here’s a bodyweight workout challenge for you to do today! Do it and let me know what you think. No equipment? No problem…NO EXCUSES:

It says 20 body weight squats SLOW…feel the burn! and 30 seconds of mountain climbers.