Today, I branched out and tried something new! I wanted to incorporate a different workout into my weekly routine and with the help of a very good friend of mine, I found the perfect fit! We decided to “hang out”! By that I mean literally hang out by doing Hanging Yoga!
Coming from the least flexible human being in the world (I seriously have a tough time touching my toes) this yoga class was incredible. Not only did it challenge my strength and balance, it helped me with my flexibility and I honestly feel fantastic from head to toe!
The class definitely had some good hearted laughs at my expense due to my extreme inflexibility and the fact that I was totally out of my element. That said, I was made to feel very welcome and comfortable by everyone there! And hey, who can’t use a good laugh from time to time! One of the most important of life’s lessons is to not be so serious all the time. It’s definitely ok to laugh at yourself! As a matter of fact, it’s healthy!
All the years of playing soccer has taken a toll on my body. My ankles, knees, hips, neck, back, shoulders…and just about every other joint in my body is tight and sore all the time. I am constantly stretching and/or rolling out both pre and post workout but nothing, to date, has made me feel as good as this hanging yoga class did!
I swear to you, after just one class I actually feel better! My hips were stretched out, my back, neck and spine were elongated, my hamstrings and calves feel better than they have in years and… by the end of the class, I WAS ABLE TO TOUCH MY TOES! 🙂
I rate my overall experience as a 10 out of 10 and definitely recommend Hanging Yoga!
Today my alarm woke me at 4:45am …Sounds fun right? I think NOT! Haha
It’s so hard to wake up that early and get motivated! It literally takes all my strength and fortitude not to hit the snooze button, roll over, and stay cuddled up in my warm comfy bed all day!
There’s good news! This is how I start my morning grind. I recently dumped coffee and started a new relationship with a healthier and much more tasty (in my opinion) alternative!
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• Aids in digestion
• Suppresses cravings
• Enhances productivity
• Increases concentration
• Raises cardiovascular endurance (because it improves oxygen supply to the blood)
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My absolute favorite beverage is simply a huge glass filled to the top with ice, water and fresh lemon juice squeezed into it!
Every morning I fill up my water bottle with ice almost to the brim and purified water, grab a fresh lemon out of the fridge, slice it in half and squeeze the juice into it. I use the juice of half a medium size lemon and drop the actual lemon into my bottle for added flavor. (make sure to wash your lemon thoroughly)
This extremely refreshing and delicious beverage reaps many health benefits as well!!
Heath benefits of fresh squeezed lemon water:
-Improves digestive health
-Lemon is a natural mild diuretic that will help cleanse your kidneys and urinary tract
-It can improve blood pressure
-Promotes clear skin! Lemon is rich in vitamin C which is a key component of healthy skin
-Antioxidants can protect you against free radical and solar damage
-Boosts your immune system
-Helps flatten your belly and reduce bloating
-Flushes toxins out of your blood
-Can combat stress
-Even with their acidic content, lemons help balance the pH levels in your body
-High in potassium
-Keep you energized
-Aids in weight loss
My lemon water fix:
Drink 2-3 16oz bottles of ice water with the juice of half of a lemon during the day & a cup of hot water with the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey before bed.
So the weekend is over and it’s time to start the work week all over again! It’s very easy to get discouraged and hit the snooze button all the way through your allotted workout period! Trust me when I say that you will feel much better if you start the week out right! This means getting up and making time to get your workout in. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and set the tone for the rest of the day as well as your week!
I’ve received some emails asking for a great workout to tone those arms!
Here you go! 🙂
Regular Push Ups – 3 sets, 10 reps
Place your hands at shoulder width apart while keeping your hands, wrists and shoulders all in line. Lower down slowly and push back up slowly!
“V” Push Ups – 3 sets, 10 reps
Make a “V” with your hands (by touching the tips of each thumb and index finger to the other) instead of keeping them shoulder width apart (These will be more difficult). Lower down slowly and push back up slowly!
I use 15 pound weights for this entire workout but feel free to start with 5 pounders and work your way up! Stand with one weight in each hand by your sides. Raise your arms simultaneously out to the side! Fast on the way up, Slowly on the way down!
Dumbbell Front Raise 3 sets, 8-10 reps
Place your hands (palms face down) by your sides with a weight in each hand. While keeping your arms straight, Raise up so that your hands are straight out in front of you (Do not raise past your shoulders). Fast on the way up, slowly on the way down!
Bent Over Fly’s – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
Grab 2 dumbbells and bent over at the waist with your back flat, your knees at a SLIGHT BEND and your elbows at an angle, grip the dumbbells with both palms facing down… fly both arms out to the side at the same time until parallel with the floor. Lower slowly.
Hammer Curls – 3 sets, 8-10 reps
With a weight in each hands gripped so that your palms are facing in Curl up keeping your palms facing each other until one side of the weight almost touches your shoulder! Lower down slowly!
Tricep Dip w/ Leg Raise – 20 total (10 w/ right leg raised, 10 w/ left leg raised)
Start in the “crab” position. raise one leg so that your knees are together (one leg on the ground, one in the air) bend at your elbows so that you dip down…booty almost touches the floor! Then raise back up!
Tricep Dip + Toe Touch – 20 total (10 each side)
This is the same as a regular tricep dip with your hands and feet on the floor but after you lower down, you raise up and touch your opposite hand to opposite foot!
Weighted Push Up Alternating Row – 10 Total (5 each side)
Place weights on the ground so that you can grip them palms facing in. The motion is the same as a regular push up but on the way up, you row! Think down, row right! Down, row left!
Here’s a great Friday fun-day circuit for you to try! I know sometimes it’s hard to make time to go to the gym! Here’s an easy at home solution that requires no equipment to tone your legs, booty & core!
50 Jumping Jacks
30 Body Weight Squats
Lower yourself while centered slowly and very controlled and squeeze those cheeks on the way up!
30 Squat Pulses
After you lower down for your last bodyweight squat, hold this position! Knees bent at 90 degrees and pulse up and down!
1 Minute Plank
30 Second Side Plank (RIGHT)
30 Second Side Plank (LEFT)
45 Second Wall Sit
Keep your back flat against the wall and knees bent at a 90 degree angle
15 Split Squat Lunges (LEFT leg forward)
Lower down until your RIGHT knee touches the floor and then lift back up
15 Split Squat Lunges (RIGHT leg forward)
Lower down until your LEFT knee touches the floor and then lift back up
I’ve received quite a few emails asking about apple cider vinegar! I have to say as gross as it sounds to drink, this stuff works wonders and the benefits far outweigh the nasty taste! The good news is… it’s an “acquired taste” so before too long you won’t mind it!
As far back as I can remember, my mom always had a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar after a big meal. I would always say, “ewwwww mom! gross!”. She would always laugh at me and tell me it was good for digestion and that it helped speed up her metabolism. I thought she was insane! Well, you know how the saying goes, “mom knows best”. My mom really did know best. This stuff is truly amazing and works wonders. Here are some of the incredible health benefits that apple cider vinegar has to offer:
-Quick fix for heartburn! Take a dose (1 Tbsp) as soon as you feel the symptoms coming on
– Fights infections & inflammation
– Detox’s and cleanses the kidneys
– Helps with digestion
– Can prevent the flu
– Aids weight loss by increasing fat burn and decreasing your appetite
– Balances the body’s pH level
– Lowers cholesterol
– Promotes bowel movement and helps relieve constipation
– Boosts your immunity
– Helps cure sore throat due to allergies or the common cold (Mix 1-2 Tbsp with a cup of warm water and some honey)
– Swish in your mouth to get rid of bad breath
– Soak your feet to help with soreness and reduce foot odor (2 cups of water- 1 cup of ACV)
– Reduces belly fat
– Can be used as a facial astringent to clear acne or body acne (bacne)
-Can relax sore muscles (add 3-4 cups into your bath)
-Can help sinus drainage (mix 1Tbsp in a 6oz glass of warm water)
-Reduces tummy bloating (a bikini season must)
-Relieves nighttime leg cramps
***My Apple Cider Vinegar Daily Dose… Drink 2-3 tablespoons post lunch and dinner!***
*Definitely keep it in the fridge! It’s much easier to drink when it’s cold!*