Move of the Week 1.28.13

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Move of the Week 1.28.13

Here is a simple lower body exercise with an abs bonus….you should feel this burn your hamstrings and glutes after just a few repetitions. If you have a “step” that is frequently used in group exercise, you can use this–otherwise just lay a mat or towel at the bottom of your stair and use the first step for this exercise. Lay on your back and place your heels onto a step.  Scoot your hips close enough to the step so you have a nice bend in your knees.  Dig the heel of your left foot into the bench, pointing your …

Songs of the Month….

I’m starting a new thing called “Songs of the Month!” Since I’m such a believer in music and how it motivates us to move and work hard in our exercise, I’m going to post new inspirational/get up and go songs to add to your playlist.  I posted a list last month (check blog in the “music” category) so it can give you a place to start it you haven’t already.  You can swap these new songs in for ones that you are tired of listening to, or you can simply add them to the list. Here are my new picks: …

Don’t Out-Eat your Exercise

I have been approached by at least 10+ people since the beginning of the year/post-holiday indulging about their need to get “back in shape/on track.”  GREAT PLAN!  Obviously, I’m behind that 100%! I do know that weaning yourself off the treats and bigger meal portions can be hard–your body got used to it and now you are going to have to go through a little transitional period to find your appropriate and balanced zone again. You will be hungry…pick your snacks wisely!  Here’s where “out-eating” your exercise comes into play.  This is where most people remain stagnant in their efforts to …

Move of the Week 1.21.13

Anelena is my beautiful (inside and out!!) demonstrator this week!!  She’s an incredible mother of 8 year old twins and a 13 year old girl.  She’s a lawyer who dedicates herself to her family, and always finds the time to exercise and take care of herself.  Thanks Ane!! Let’s use the ball this week!!  I love this piece of equipment–you can do so much with it! We will use this to work core, upper and lower back, shoulders, hamstrings, and glutes…. Hold that ball with one hand on each end and stand with your feet together. As you lean over …

Video Games

I have to say, I am one of “those moms” who is opposed to video games in the house.  The 2 main reasons I feel this way is because: 1.  I have found that it “takes away” the kids’ imagination–resorting to the games instead of being creative and playing things that stimulate their minds, and  2.  I think sitting and staring at a screen is very static and doesn’t get a child moving, which can develop into bad habits. Well, that being said, due to some excessive pressure and convincing, seems like an Xbox 360 Kinect made it into my …

Treadmills

While I was on vacation, I didn’t have many options for exercise.  I brought along my jump rope and an elastic tubing, but had to supplement with the equipment at the hotel gym. I’ll start this blog by saying, I don’t have a great attention span for cardio equipment, so I had to get creative…. So here are some ways to make the Treadmill a bit more tolerable…. #1– Make yourself a play list of about 10 songs (I have a play list on my blog you can check out for song ideas).  One way to get through the workout …

Move of the Week 1.14.13

Move of the Week 1-14-13 If you click on the link above, you will see a video of the below described “Move of the Week.” The Move of the week this week is inspired by a boxing combination: Jab-Cross. You will be alternating 2 speeds of this combination, focusing on your core, shoulders, backs, and hips.  The lower you place your body during these 2 punches, the more you will feel your glutes, quads, and hamstrings work.  Make sure you are pivoting your hips and back foot with your cross punch to maintain proper form. You are simply going to …

Back in the swing of things…

If you went on vacation–either in your home, away, or just took a “vacation” from exercise…now is the time to get back. The longer you put it off, the harder it will be to motivate to begin.  That first day back is going to be hard…you maybe don’t look or feel as confident in your exercise clothes…but it’s just like jumping into the ocean, lake, or swimming pool–kind of cold at first, but in no time you are used to it. Most gyms have lots of specials on memberships and even offer some “New Year’s Resolutions” programs.  Take advantage of …

Move of the Week 1.7.13

Hi!!!  I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and that you are now ready to get back to your regular workout routine…I know I loved my vacation, but I am definitely excited for the year ahead and to resume my “move of the week” postings. This move is a way to get you going again gradually, and can be done anywhere you can find a vacant wall. Put your back against a wall and walk your feet out slowly as you lower your body down, ending in a “chair-like” position. Hold this position for 10 seconds.  Return to standing.  After 20 …