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Your Weekend Workout..Tabata style!!!

Your Weekend Workout..Tabata style!!!jackie13

  • Perform the drill all out for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds.
  • You will have 2 exercises per drill. Repeat exercises 4 times for a 4 minute drill.
  • In Drill 1 you will perform Alternating Reverse Lunges for 20 seconds, rest for 10 then perform Mountain Climbers for 20 seconds and rest for 10.  Repeat the drill for a total of 4 times.
  • Rest 1 minute between drills then go on to the next drill.
  • There is a free app called Tabata Timer which you can use on your smart phone if you like.

 

Drill 1: Alternating Reverse Lunges & Mountain Climbers

Drill 2: Bicycle Crunches & Push-ups

Drill 3: Squats & Hold Plank

Drill 4: Jump Squats & Spiderman Push-ups

 

Nice job!!!! Woohoot!!!!!

NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts

 

NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts Organic Mixed Nuts (Raw, No Shell)

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy snack, nuts are the perfect option. Nuts contain the perfect amount of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and fiber plant sterols. For a bite size food, they contain a powerful nutritional punch.

Nuts are known for their many health benefits. A study assessed the health risks involving 13,000 people. The study concluded that those who ate nuts fared better off than those that didn’t. They had a decrease in BMI and waist circumference, lower weight, blood pressure, and the likelihood of many metabolic syndromes decreased. Many nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and even cashews improve the vascular system as well. They promote proper blood flow and normal cardiac functions.

Nuts also combat the effects of some mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and Schizophrenia. The contents of the omega-3 fatty acids combat these disorders, as well as help with rheumatoid arthritis.

Despite the many benefits, you should consume with caution. Nuts are a common allergenic substance, and being the allergic to one nut isn’t the same as being allergic to another. As long as you know what your body can and cannot consume, nuts are a wonderful healthy snack and can greatly improve your health!

Why Weight Lift?

crossfitWhy Weight Lift?

Lifting weights helps shed off pounds, but it keeps the weight off too. You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories even after. More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and strength training can boost your metabolism by 15%.

Lifting weights can even can help strengthen your bones. By putting the stress on your bones, you build up the bone density, ultimately preventing osteoporosis and other related bone diseases.

Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves firming up and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More significantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40%, a vital benefit, particularly as you get older.

Strength training will even elevate your level of endorphins which will make you feel great. It is also a great antidepressant and helps you sleep better.

My 10 Bathing Suit Ready Tips

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1)                  Visualize yourself slim. This creates a road map in your subconscious which govern our habits and behavioral patterns.  Visualization can help to fire neurotransmitters throughout your body to make the feat possible.  Spend a few minutes every day to creating your ideal body image. See yourself slim, healthy and fit.

2)                  Make water your beverage of choice.  Drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. Eliminate soda and juices.  Juices are high in calories. Eat your fruit, don’t drink it! Eating your fruit takes more time and you’ll get fiber benefits, which also help to fill you.

3)                  Weigh yourself daily. Yes daily!!  It keeps you focused on you weight goal. Knowing that eating that slice of pizza or brownie might just send the numbers in the opposite direction will help you stay on track.

4)                  Keep a food and exercise journal. It keeps you accountable. Log everything you eating and drink. Enter the time and how you are feeling. Since emotions play a huge role in what we eat and how much, by identifying your triggers you can begin to make better choices.

5)                  Add half hour of exercise 6 days per week.  Get up early, power walk at lunch, take a fitness class, ride your bike, go for a jog… no excuses, just do it!!! And you will feel better as exercise kicks up endorphin, the feel good chemicals.

6)                  Have a large breakfast, high in lean protein. Add fruit and veggies.

7)                  Add 2 large salad with vinegar and little olive oil.  Go easy on the oil as it is high in calories and fat, but it is a necessary and healthy part of any nutrition program.

8)                  Try spacing out your meals.  Have 5 or 6 small balanced meals spaced 3 hrs. apart.  You will eliminate overeating and hunger pangs.  Sit down while you are eating and focus on eating. Shut off the TV, close the book, don’t read the mail. Distractions can lead to overeating.

9)                  Exercise!! Find activities you like and make the time.  30- 40 minutes per day of combination of strength training and cardio.

10)              Get plenty of rest.  Try to sleep 7-8 hours every night.  You will feel better and have more control at the dinner table.  Taking a cat nap in the afternoon works wonders!!!

Improve Your Balance

Improve Your Balance

Balance falls into the same category as flexibility and core strength. Our bodies need these to properly function, though it seems as though it isn’t a major priority to most people. Core strength works as an anchor for your body and helps maintain balance. Core exercises such as sit-ups or using a balance board will strengthen your core while improving your balance.

One legged exercises will also improve balance as you are focusing on strengthening your leg muscles. Tai chi is believed to improve flexibility, balance, cardio respiratory fitness, muscle strength, and endurance. Stretching is a wonderful way to improve balance and motion. Stretching a few times a week will improve balance, especially with a set of light weights.

Vision is a huge aspect in balance. Have you ever noticed it easier to balance when you have your gaze fixed on a particular area rather than looking all over? Vision works with the proprioceptive systems to maintain balance and prevent many falls.  You can start by just standing up tall and closing your eyes without moving. Over time, combine a narrow base of support with some-leg balances while closing your eyes. This will definitely improve your balance.

Leg Toning Exercises

Sure, summer isn’t for a while yet, but that isn’t an excuse not get into shape! To target these tricky-to-hit muscles (thighs and the surrounding ones,) beginners should do each of the standing exercises 15 to 20 times; the intermediate and advanced 25 to 30 times. This routine has been created by Matthew Hurst, who is the owner of Training Zone.

Wide-Stance Squat

(A) Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and toes pointed out to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.
(B) Slowly lower for two counts into a squat position. Hold the squat for one count, then straighten your legs for two counts to go back to the starting position.

First-Position Plié Squat

Begin with heels touching and toes slightly turned out. (A) Keeping heels together, rise up onto your toes. (Hold on to a wall if you feel wobbly, but maintain posture.)
(B) Bend your knees into a half squat for two counts, then come back up in two counts, keeping heels together.

Squat with Ball

(A)  Position your feet shoulder-width apart with toes pointed straight ahead. Place a medium rubber ball (or a knotted beach towel) between your legs just above the knees.
(B) Squeezing your inner thighs to keep the ball steady, lower into a squat for two counts. Hold for one, then return to standing for two counts.

Wide-Stance Arm Swing

(A)  Place your feet just wider than shoulder-width apart and point toes to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. Grasp a dumbbell (three to five pounds for beginners, 8 to 12 for more advanced) vertically in front of your stomach.

(B) With arms straight, lift the weight to shoulder height as you lower into a squat for two counts. Hold for one count, then slowly lower the weight and return to standing for two counts.

Inner-Thigh Press with Rubber Ball

atLying on your back on a mat, bend your knees so that the soles of your feet are flat on the floor. Place a medium rubber ball (or a knotted beach towel) between your knees. Contract your inner thighs to squeeze the ball for 30 seconds. Relax for 10 seconds, then repeat the cycle four more times.

Weekend Workout

 

Weekend Workout

jackie13Here is a nice little Tabata style workout for you to try.

 

Warm up for 8 minutes.  Jog, walk, march, stretch,etc.

 

Repeat each exercise for 20 seconds then take 10 second break. Repeat sequence 8 times.

Burpees

Pushups

Jumping jack

Squats (or hop squats)

 

Cool down and stretch!!! Great job!!!

 

 

Remember to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program!

 

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing PilatesPilates

Pilates is a system of exercises that is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, and improve your mental awareness. Here are 5 reasons why you should start doing Pilates today.

1)      Improved Flexibility- The constant bending and twisting throughout the day can cause a lot of stress on your muscles and joints. However, Pilates can correct this tension, allowing you to do the things you love. A flexible muscles is a healthy muscle, and a healthy muscle can handle stressors that may lead to injury.

2)      Better Sleep- A stress hormone called cortisol is released following a stressful event; it is important that cortisol levels return to normal after. Unfortunately, in our high-stress society, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal. Exercise “eases” these hormones, allowing you to be more focused throughout the day, and tired at night. Pilates is great, because it doesn’t wear out your muscles, so there is no soreness later on.

3)      Weight LossIf you practice Pilates regularly, you will change your body. Pilates creates long, lean muscles. It may be low-impact, but it isn’t easy. Once you have the routine down, expect to work up a light sweat. The formula for weight loss however remains the same: burn more calories than you consume. And Pilates (being a full body workout) will do exactly that.

4)      Lengthens the Spine and Improves Posture- Poor posture creates a string of structural changes throughout the body that can cause pain and imbalance in the shoulders and neck. This may cause migraines, neck, and lower back pain. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles creating a strong, aligned core.

5)      Mind and Body Connection- Pilates practice gives complete attention to every movement by instructing the brain to release tension, control movement and breath with precision and flow.

Today’s Wellness Tip is to Laugh

laughterToday’s Wellness Tip is to Laugh

We all have stress in our lives. Many are dealing with all sorts of struggles..job, poor relationships, illness.. But today, I am asking you to find something to laugh about! Just laugh out loud!!!

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Health Benefits of Yoga

jackie4Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. “Yoga” means united, because you are uniting your mind, body, and breathe. Yoga is practiced to improve overall fitness and to reduce stress.

Yoga improves your overall health by relieving tension in the muscles. Your back, neck, and shoulders tend to carry the most tension throughout the day. Through yoga, you will notice improvements in your muscle flexibility. Maybe you couldn’t touch your toes in the beginning; but if you stick with yoga, you will notice a gradual loosening of the muscles.

Yoga also helps perfect your posture. Poor posture can lead to back, neck, and joint problems later in life. As you slump, your body may recompense by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back which cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

With its series of postures and controlled-breathing exercises, yoga is a popular stress reliever. The left prefrontal cortex shows a heightened activity in meditators, which correlates with greater levels of happiness. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peacefulness of body, helping you relax and manage your stress and anxiety.