All posts tagged: fitness

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: MSF 20 Minute HIIT Anywhere, Anytime Workout

We are all busy and having an efficient workout to cycle into your fitness routine that you can also do anywhere (literally could do this in a hotel room) AND only takes 20 minutes sounds right up my alley. I’m a big proponent of high intensity, interval training-something to get your heart rate up and have you burning calories even after you’re done working out (so good, right?). I also think it’s important to mix up your moves from standing positions to sitting/laying down ones to make your body work to get that blood pumping in different directions, maximizing your burn and workout. For this Fit Friday I’ve included a go-to routine that I do when I’m pressed for time and feel like I need to get my sweat on. I do this in my tiny living room and don’t really leave the space of my yoga mat. So here it is, a routine you can do in your hotel room, small living space or even outside! MSF 20 Minute HIIT Anywhere, Anytime Workout *8 moves, …

Fit Friday: 3 Simple Steps To Reset & Get Back

Everyone I’ve come across this week has given me the same impression: it’s been a week. When these kinds of weeks happen I feel like the first thing to suffer is our health and wellness. We get a little relaxed with the self-care and give more to outside things than to ourselves. While this selflessness is admirable and what we are taught to do in most circumstances, it can also lead to feeling burnt out and run down. Essentially we are no help to anyone especially ourselves. When I find this sort of helpless feeling creep up and begin to see the signs of exhaustion set in, I evaluate where I’m at and follow simple steps to reset and get back to where I want to be. 3 Simple Steps To Reset & Get Back Slow down-this may seem obvious at first, but really committing to slowing down and listening to your body and mind is critical in this reset. What sign did you see in the first place that made you need to reset? Have …

Fit Friday: Choose 1

It’s very tempting to opt for a quick fix because let’s face it, they’re quick. However, if you’re looking for something permanent, it’s going to take some time and patience. Instead of reaching for that piece of duck tape let’s stop and think about what’s causing the leak so we can turn it off from the source and prevent it from coming back. Whether it’s weight loss, kicking a bad habit or increasing longevity-there’s something we all have to work on to make us healthier. To get to that goal, it’s important to start small and be deliberate with our daily actions & choices. When you add these all up it begins to take form of something great. It doesn’t seem as daunting to cut out an extra snack each day instead of restricting calories or overhauling your entire diet. To change our habits and lifestyle for good, it’s important to set realistic small goals we can achieve and begin implementing into our daily lives slowly so they become second nature. Here is where I invite you …