Monthly Archive: September 2014

5 Reasons to Love Plank

5 Reasons to Love Plank

Core strength is so important to general fitness. It’s not all about six-pack abs; a strong core is the foundation for nearly every physical activity. It gives you better posture, relieves back pain, improves balance, and can even help you breathe better. There are a lot of exercises that target your core stabilizer muscles to strengthen your core, and plank is an excellent option. If you’re looking for a rock-hard middle, check out these 5 reasons to love plank:

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10 No-Equipment Moves for a Full Body Workout

It’s a beautiful Saturday and I don’t want to spend it in the gym! If you’re also looking for a quick, effective workout that you can do outside (i.e sans equipment), try this 15-minute tabata-inspired session. Perform each exercise all-out for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds before starting the next move. The whole circuit takes only 5 minutes – do the whole thing 3x for a fast and KILLER no-equipment full body burn.

  1. Jump squats
  2. Tricep dips (still technically no-equipment. Just use a bench or chair to dip off of)
  3. Push-ups
  4. Wall sit (or just hold a squat if you’re not near something you can lean against)
  5. Burpees
  6. Lunges
  7. Supermans (lay face down, arms stretched overhead. Raise arms, chest, and legs off the ground – you should feel it in your back. Hold for 2 seconds, then release back to the ground. Repeat!)
  8. Toe raises (stand with feet directly under hips. Stand up on your tippy toes, then lower. Repeat!)
  9. Mountain climbers
  10. Plank

The combination of moves targets different areas all over your body and has you moving up and down in different positions to get your heart pumping! Try it out and let me know what you think! Then check your daily workout off your list and enjoy the dwindling summer :)

 

Fitting in Fitness – Making YOU a Priority

When I started blogging, I did it with the intention of posting at least once a week. It seemed a totally realistic goal. It’s only a few hours out of my week doing something that I enjoy.We all start with good intentions, but, as with so many other things in life, things often get in the way. Work stress, commitments to friends and family, chores and errands, sleep (remember sleep? That thing you’re supposed to spend 8 hours doing every night?). commuting, and everything else that makes up our days end up consuming so much of our time that we tend to push back other things that are important to us and make us happy. My blog has been my pushed-aside priority for the past few weeks. Raise your hand if fitness has been yours.

When we’re stressed out and busy, exercising and eating well is usually one of the first things on our list of priorities to fall by the wayside. Who has time to dedicate to fitness when you’ve running around all day, taking care of things at work, shuffling kids around, making dinner, returning phone calls, etc? Life has gotten so fast-paced, and it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle. But how can you expect to give your very best to everything else in your life when you give yourself nothing? The best output requires good input, and the best input you can give yourself is health – eating well, working your body, and getting enough rest. (Remember, it’s easier than you might think).

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