All posts tagged: exercise

Fit Friday: Pilates On the Road (A Review Of Pilates Anytime)

One thing I don’t like to do while traveling is miss out on my workouts. While I try to not drive myself crazy with trying to fit one in every moment, I like having the option to do something when I have some down time. My cardio of choice when I’m on the road is jogging and walking. Going for a jog around a new city I’m visiting is always a great way to explore and catch my bearings. When I’m looking to stretch out, especially after a long flight I turn to some yoga poses and stretching. My favorite way to stay toned (especially before I hit the beach) is to do a Pilates routine. While I have a plethora of moves in my rolodex, it is nice to have some help when I’m lost for inspiration or would like to just turn it off and follow along. A great resource (that for me has been a worthwhile investment) is a subscription to Pilates Anytime. This post is not sponsored, I just truly enjoy …

Fit Friday: MSF Slim For Summer Routine

It’s Friday!! Yay, yay, yay. Time for the weekend which hopefully means some rest and relaxation for you all and plenty of time for play. With summer upon us and bathing suits becoming an outfit staple, many of us have begun to work on our summer bodies 😉 If you’re like me you and looking for something short and sweet (so there’s more time to get outdoors and enjoy the gorgeous weather), this one’s for you. I included just the routine to get you summer ready and your workout plan kicked into gear. This series is not only efficient but one that will work your entire body, tightening and toning where it counts, if ya know what I mean! All you will need is a bench or step and a timer if you prefer to be strict on timing. So head over to a park or your backyard and get to sweatin! MSF Slim For Summer Routine Warm Up 25 jumping jacks 25 mountain climbers 25 walking alternating lunges 15 jump squats 15 skaters Step …

Motivation Monday: Life Is A Marathon

Yesterday was the San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon. The route of the marathon winds around neighborhoods surrounding downtown San Diego and is a great time for the locals to come out of their homes and show their support for all the runners. It’s cool to see the perseverance of all walks of life, young and old, handicap and veteran runners all committed to the same task. As I was watching the runners pass by, trying to yell words of encouragement, I had a realization of the significance of it all. Sure running a marathon is a feat in itself, but the commitment as a whole is what’s really impressive. The act of actually running 26+ miles is incredible and something to be proud of, but so is the preparation, the hours spent before the race training and conditioning, making sacrifices and choosing to do things that may not have always been the fun or the popular choice but the necessary one to get closer to a goal. I thought about how similar this seemed to real …

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 …