All posts tagged: exercise

Motivation Monday: Long Weekend Prep

This is a busy week, probably for you as well because of the holiday weekend coming up. I LIVE for long weekends and I think a lot of it has to do with the productivity that comes with preparing for one less workday. No one wants a mess when they come back from a long weekend and having the carefree attitude to enjoy time with friends and family gives you extra incentive to tie up loose ends and walk away feeling less stressed. That being said, I want to keep this post short and simple so you can get on your merry way to do whatever you need to do to get after it this week. Thinking of all the warm weather clothing (and perhaps even bathing suits) we will be rocking this weekend, I wanted to include some posts relevant to getting us fit and ready. Today I am including a quick arm workout that you can do anywhere. Whether you are traveling for Memorial Day or crunched for time at home, this routine …

Fit Friday: Jump! Jump!

Happy Friday friends! I hope you’ve had a great week so far and have some fun things coming up this weekend. It is my last weekend of in-studio learning for Pilates teacher training, which is kind of unbelievable…it’s gone by so quickly! I’m looking forward to having a little less structure on the weekends and more time to practice teaching and observe classes. I’m thinking of doing a Pilates highlight each week with tips and tricks, what do you think?  I wanted to keep things straight to the point and simple for this fit Friday and I am super excited about this one! Jumping rope has always been a fun way to incorporate cardio into my circuit training or for a quick 10 minute warm up. You may or may not be impressed to know that I won first place in our grade school’s Jump Rope for Heart competition. I was the last one standing out of my entire grade…we can breeze over the fact that I only had 60 kids in my entire grade …

Motivation Monday: The Pilates Method

Happy Monday friends! I thought it would be interesting to incorporate some posts about influential people in the health and wellness industry and possibly some interviews as well. What better Motivation Monday material than that? Since I am knee-deep in Pilates right now and studying the concept and history extensively, I have become borderline obsessed with the journey of Joseph Pilates and to say his story has motivated me is an understatement. Whenever I find myself complaining about the hours I am having to put in for this teacher training program or working my 9-5 during the week, I stop and think about how lucky I am to have the opportunity to enrich my life in this way AND to not have any health or physical limitations. It is easy to get wrapped up in ourselves and look at what we don’t have instead of all we do. Most of us have running water, a roof over our heads, air in our lungs, and food in our bellies. This should be enough to wake up …

Fit Friday: 5 Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

There are countless reasons you need to have a strong core and most have nothing to do with how you look in a bikini 😉 A strong core helps alleviate back pain, balance and stability, posture, form during exercise, child birth, the list goes on. It isn’t difficult to work on strengthening your core and the best part is you can start today with no equipment needed I’ve included five of my go-to core strengthening moves below and I recommend incorporating these into your daily exercise routine at least a few times a week. Without further ado, here they are! 5 Exercises To Strengthen Your Core Boat pose-raise legs into a V position with shoulders back, hands reaching straight forward as if trying to touch your toes. The idea is to keep our abdominals engaged and tight to keep you balanced. Bridge toe taps-with finger tips facing forward, lift into bridge position with shoulders back and hips level. Slowly raise and lower each leg, one at a time being mindful to raise one leg at …

Fit Friday: Meet Me At The Barre

We made it through the week, and what a week it’s been. I don’t know if it’s the new moon, people trying to stick to their resolutions, or what but it just feels like things have been a little wacky lately. When stress levels are high it’s hard to not feel the affects no matter what mood you happen to be in. My favorite way to decompress is (100% cliché but nonetheless true) exercise. To balance out the tensions I may feel at work or out in public I like to make sure I take breaks outside to walk and recharge. I do love running but to keep muscle tone and work out in a different way, I like to mix it up with pilates and barre. One barre studio I’m a big fan of is Studio Barre. This post is not sponsored, just my own opinion. Studio Barre is a unique workout that focuses on posture and building long, lean muscles. The first thing that attracted me to barre was the possibility that after …

Fit Friday: Follow Your Bloodline To A Healthier You

There has been a lot of conversation regarding the blood type diet. This is a topic that has truly fascinated me and ultimately inspired me to write a simple, concise overview of the idea and principles behind the blood type diet. Naturopath Peter J. D’Adamo created the idea of the blood type diet with the belief that eating a diet based on your blood type (O, A, B or AB) can help you achieve optimal health. He claims that the food we eat reacts with our blood type and by following a diet that correlates with a specific blood type; you will digest food efficiently, lose weight, have more energy and prevent disease. As with anything, depending on your accountability and dedication the results may vary but I feel it is something I am committed to trying and will do a follow-up post with my results. Below I’ve added a quick overview of the four blood types and a look into what each type should focus on consuming. Type O: High protein, with lots :of …

Wellness Wednesday: Top 5 Reasons You Should Try Cupping

This past week I indulged in some self-care and got some cupping done. This is something I have done from time to time when I felt like I needed a little more than a typical acupuncture or massage session. Most people that saw my back after a session would have a similar reaction, WHY?! It looks like it could be painful because of the bruise-like appearance cupping leaves behind, and most westerners were not aware of this eastern practice until it made headlines in the recent Olympics. Michael Phelps (USA Olympic gold medalist swimmer) had some markings on his shoulders and stories began flooding news circuits about cupping and the benefits it can bring. Athletes in particular look to cupping when they are looking to recover faster and to find some relief in tense areas of the body. For me, cupping has always been a spiritual cleansing-like ritual. I feel lighter when I leave and do feel a sense of relief from tension and stress. After leaving my most recent session, I felt compelled to …