Check out this On-The-Go WORKOUT!

 

This workout is PERFECT for you to complete at work or at home!  

It doesn't require any equipment.  You can take 5 minutes or 60 minutes to complete this workout.  Complete as many cards as you can in the time you have to exercise. 

Plus, if you travel often for work or for pleasure, it's super convenient to complete in your hotel room! 

 
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If you're looking for more free workouts, be sure to join my Facebook Group for Women here!

 

Tabata CORE Workout

 

Exercise is crucial to leading a healthy life, regardless of whether you're trying to lose weight or not!  

That doesn't mean that you need to spend hours a day sweating away in the gym!  Try this at-home core workout!  It's tabata, which means 20 seconds of work followed by 10 second recoveries!

Check it out here: 

 

4 Reasons You Should Start Exercising NOW!

With Memorial Day kicking off the summer season, it comes as no surprise that summer is the one of the busiest seasons of them all!  Between work obligations, family life, and social functions, it's hard for many of us to find time to exercise.  Aside from looking great on the beach this summer (because let's be honest, we all want too), check out these reasons why you should begin exercising today:

1. Exercise boosts energy AND happiness

It's science. Today's research suggests that exercise releases feel – good endorphins into our bloodstream. In fact, a study at Penn State University suggests that people who exercise, regardless of the intensity, had more pleasant feelings than those who did not work out. This study also noted that participants were happier on days that included physical activity, as opposed to days they did not exercise.

2. Exercise can help you sleep better.

If you're prone to tossing and turning at night, exercise actually helps to strengthen your body's circadian rhythms and can help you to fall (and stay) asleep!

However, the results are not immediate. Research suggests that it can take up to four months for exercise to help study your circadian rhythm's, so start hitting the gym now to get a better quality sleep over the next few months.

3. Exercise helps to reduce stress in a positive way

As I mentioned earlier, it comes as no surprise that we all lead busy, complicated lives. There are tons of ways to deal with stress, many of which can negatively impact your health and fitness goals.  Eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's may seem like the best way to deal with a stressful situation, but I promise you that you'll end up feeling worse about yourself afterwards.  You know that exercise can make you happier, but it can also help to reduce stress by stopping the release of stress hormones that flow throughout your body.

4. Exercise helps improve your confidence and willpower

Sure, it's great to see the physical results of exercise. I'm talking tone arms and abs, a tiny waist, and chiseled legs. For me, the mental results that my clients gain are much more important than the physical ones!!  By slowly increasing how much weight you can lift or how far you can run, you'll gain confidence that will bleed into other parts of your life.  It's simple--crushing your workouts and FEELING the gains helps you to feel good in all areas of your life!

In addition, exercise improves your mental strength. Let me be real with you, there are definitely days when I wake up and do NOT want to work out.  However, once I complete the work out, I feel energized and never regret putting in the work!  Plus, I know that I can push myself into that zone that's a little bit uncomfortable. Sure, it can be scary to lift heavier weights than you're used to, or running a further distance than you ever have before, but that's where the real magic happens!

A 30-minute workout is 2% of your day. That's all you need to gain the benefits listed above, and to start seeing great results. Instead of finding excuses and reasons that you can't exercise today, take action find a type of exercise you love.  Get up and get moving!  Make a commitment to your health today, and look and feel better tomorrow!

5 Amazing Benefits of Strength Training!!!

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It's no secret that I'm a HUGE believer in the idea that reaching one's health and fitness goals comes down to having healthy nutrition habits.  However, this doesn't mean that you can just forget about exercise and sit on the couch all day...(don't we all wish?!).  

long with solid nutritional habits, exercise plays a critical role in losing weight, gaining lean muscle mass, and becoming stronger.

Often times, the only experience with exercise that my clients have before working together is as a "cardio queen." I'm talking about women who spend hours and hours on the treadmill or the elliptical. Does it sound familiar?

While cardio is important, strength training has many more benefits that can help you get to your goals quickly and safely. Check out these 5 benefits strength training, especially for women:

1. Weight training burns more calories than cardio.

Overall, weight training burns more calories than steady state cardio. While you're lifting weights, you'll burn fewer calories. However, after your weight session, your metabolic rate will be higher, and you'll be burning more calories for a longer period of time!

2. You can eat more food!

It's simple; muscle requires more fuel to maintain than fat does. The more muscle you have on your body, the more calories you need to eat to keep your body properly functioning. Especially if you're hoping to gain lean muscle mass (hello six pack!), you must add protein-packed foods to your diet!

3. Your bones will be stronger. 

Weight training add stress to your bones. As a result, your bones become stronger and more sturdy. This helps to prevent the loss of bone density, which can begin when women hit their mid-30s. Strengthening your bones can help protect you from fractures and breaks in the future.

4. Weight training boosts your immune system.

Studies suggest that moderate weight lifting reduces stress levels. This allows for the production of more white blood cells within your body, which helps to fight off infection and disease.

5. Your body will age better.

All of these benefits add up to a stronger and healthier life for you to live longer. Improved circulation from weight training helps to keep your hair, nails, and skin in great condition. Gaining lean muscle mass and burning more fat will enable you to wear the clothes you love. You will have better balance with a decreased chance of falling. If you do happen to fall, your chances of fracturing and breaking a bone are lowered.

While cardio is important to add to your exercise routine, The benefits of weight training surpass those of cardio when it comes to gaining muscle and losing weight.  If you're looking for a beginner strength workout, grab a set of weights and click here for a free leg workout!

6 Practical Tips to Make Weight Loss Simple

Starting a new health and fitness routine is a difficult task!  Especially when your goal is to lose weight.  It means making changes to your already-busy schedule.  Here are 5 tips to make losing weight, and your life while losing weight, easier.

 

1.     Set your exercise schedule and clothes out on Sunday night:  Make a pile for each set of clothes you plan to wear that week for exercise.  Include everything from socks, to shorts, to a sports bra, to shoes,  to a shirt.   In addition, commit to your workouts for the week by writing them into your calendar.  On the days of the week you plan to workout, grab a pile of gym clothes in the morning, and you’re ready to go!

2.     Empty your fridge and cupboards of junk food, and don’t buy more!  It’s much more difficult to eat junk food if you have to leave your house to go get it.   It’ll also make you think twice about whether it’s really worth your goal to eat the treat.  Try to keep fresh fruit in your kitchen for when you crave a sweet snack.   If you don’t buy the junk, you won’t be tempted to eat it!

3.     Measure your progress!  Set your goal weight, and then decide how much time you want to get there.  Take your current weight, and create a simple line graph to help keep you on track.  Be sure you are consistent with your weigh-in.  Weigh in on the same day and time every week (usually first thing in the morning is best).  This is a great way to measure progress, as well as to see when you need to kick things up a notch to hit your goal.

4.     Hire a trainer or coach.  If you can afford it, work with an expert!  It makes the entire process easier when you are told exactly what to do to lose weight.  Plus, it helps having an accountability partner and cheerleader for your weekly goals.

5.      Eat your meals on small plates.  This may seem like a silly tip, but research shows that you change the amount of food you eat depending on the size of your plate.   Trick your brain by choosing a smaller plate to fill up, as opposed to a large plate. 

6.     Drink a glass of water before every meal.  Sometimes, when our bodies signal hunger, we are actually thirsty.  Plus, it’ll prevent you from over-eating by helping to fill your stomach.

 

If you'd like to step up your weight loss game, I am offering you a FREE 15-minute call, where we will discuss your goals, and look for a way to get you there as quickly and safely as possible.  Click HERE to register for a call.