Pushup Challenge

Push-ups are hands down one of my favorite moves to incorporate into my workouts. Push-Ups don’t just work your chest and perk up yours boobs, they tone the whole body. A pushup primarily works the chest but it also tones and strengthens your triceps, shoulders, lower legs, and abs.
There is a beginner or a more advanced option to choose from in this challenge. In the beginner challenge, you will start at 3 pushups and work your way to 20 consecutive. The second option you will start at 8 Push-Ups and move up to 40. To improve your strength even further try do multiple sets two days a week. For example on Mondays and Fridays, do 2-3 sets of pushups. Remember, keep your body tight and move through the movements slowly.
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Shake It Up

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Cardio can be one of the most boring and tedious parts of a fitness routine if you make it that way. Follow these tips to trade in your boring routine for something that will keep you going and wondering where the time went.

 
Mix it Up
Four 60 minute sessions weekly on the elliptical aren’t going to inspire anyone to head to the gym. Try not repeating the same session in a week. It will keep things interesting and maybe you might start to look forward it.
Try a Class 
Participating in a class will keep you motivated through the entire workout. Try zumba, kickboxing, or cycle for some mega calorie burning. Or if you feel shy or uncomfortable taking a class, try watching workout videos at home like the Zumba® Weight Loss Program DVD. You’ll [...]

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Tank Top Arms

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Summer is officially here. Well, almost. But, if you live in my neck of the woods, summer arrived two months ago. I had to break out the tank tops and shorts earlier then planned. This workout focuses on your triceps, biceps, and shoulders as those muscles are the most revealed in a tank.
 

 

 

 

 

 

          

A Dumbbell Set or a Resistance Exercise Band is required and the above are recommended.
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15 pushups 
12 Shoulder [...]

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Post-Workout Fuel

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During exercise, our muscles and carbohydrate stores break down. The muscle tissue rips and prepares itself to be rebuilt. However, without the proper nutrition, your body can’t rebuild and will never reach its full potential.
What do I eat post workout?
After a workout, you want to fuel your body with carbohydrates and protein, which are essential to the rebuilding process. Fat is not necessary and it may even derail your progress as it slows digestion. If you calculate your needs, you will need .8 grams of carbs per kilogram and .4 grams of protein per kilogram. Keep in mind that it is also best to consume your post workout meal ASAP for the biggest benefits. Check out these ten quick meals to fuel your body after training.
Ten Quick Post Workout Mini Meals

Protein Creamcicle: Blend 1 scoop Vanilla protein powderRead more

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Greek Yogurt Cakes

With the temperature heating up and living through days that reach 104, I needed a nightly treat to cool me down. These Greek yogurt cakes are the perfect sweet, crunchy, and cool that I was looking for. Plus they are only 120 calories.
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Ingredients:

1 cupKashi GOLEAN Crunch Cereal(low fat granola will work too)
1/2 cup almond flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup nonfat milk
3 teaspoons sugar free vanilla pudding mix
2 cups vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt (or any flavor you like)
1/2 cup fat free Cool Whip, thawed
Caramel Sauce  or chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

For the crust, place Kashi cereal, almond flour, egg, and olive oil in a food processor and pulse until well blended. 
Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
Place a tablespoon of the crust mixture into the lined muffin tin and press flat.
Bake in a [...]

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Fitness Challenge – June Shape Up – Arms + Core

Challenges are excellent at building strength, muscle and endurance. You will be surprised at how good you get at specific exercises and will be so proud of yourself – which in turn will build momentum for you to be better.
“If you continuously compete with others you will become BITTER. If you continuously compete with yourself you will become BETTER.”
This months fitness challenge is a mix of exercises, rather than focusing on one specific Muscle group. Last month we did the plank challenge - and I kept planks in this month because a few people loved them. I started out slightly simple for beginners – but if you’d like to up the time on some of these – go for it! Remember: It doesn’t matter if you start at the beginning of the month or not, just start! This calendar is used as a guide [...]

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Yoga

Yoga as been defined as “union with the divine” and is used in many religions as a way to connect with God and gain peace. In health communities, it has been known to promote flexibility and balance. Read on for eight reasons to start practicing yoga today. 
yoga is beneficial!

Flexibility: The most obvious benefit of yoga is increased flexibility. You may not be able to touch your toes during the first session but with consistent sessions the muscles begin to lengthen and you will be able to touch them in no time.
Relieves Pain: As the muscles begin to loosen, aches and pain will disappear. Tight hips affect the knees and tight hamstring muscles create lower back pain. Studies show that two 90 minute sessions of yoga a week reduce soreness by 56 percent. Read more in The Woman’s Book of Yoga and HealthRead more

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12 Low-Impact Exercises

I’ve been asked by a few about low-impact exercises for anyone who has injuries or even for seniors who have a harder time starting an exercise routine at this time in their lives. Well, its never too late to start and I’d like to offer up a list of wonderful low-impact exercises for beginners. Remember: with any exercise routines you do, start off slow and only do the exercises you can do based on your body and if you have any injuries avoid doing anything that might harm you. Seek help from professionals when you can and get a trainer if you can afford it. And remember the most important thing is to have fun!
SONY DSC1. Walking: The number one used low-impact exercise. It requires basically no equipment except shoes, of course. You can walk in your neighborhood, [...]

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Protein “Ice Cream”

Splurge on this simple, not-so-guilty “Ice Cream” made with all clean ingredients.
Recipe:

3 Frozen Bananas, Sliced
2 Scoops of Protein Powder (chocolate or vanilla)
2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
¼ – ½ Cup Almond Milk

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1) Sliced the bananas and freeze overnight.
2)Place frozen bananas in a Cuisinart Food Processor – I recommend this one highly if you don’t have one.
Pulse until creamy.
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3) Add protein powder and peanut butter to bananas and pulse until creamy.
4) If the mixture is chunky or gritty add the almond milk until creamy.
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5) Enjoy or place in the freezer for when that sweet tooth comes calling.
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Top 9 Fitness Ball Exercises for Beginners

fitness ball workoutHave you ever used a fitness ball? A Fitness Ball is a large ball – about 14-32 inches in diameter (the size you should get depends on your height – the taller you are, the bigger the ball) filled with air and generally used for physical therapy, exercise and athletic training. It’s also known as: stability ball, exercise ball, body ball, Swiss ball, Balance Ball , birth ball, gym ball, therapy ball, yoga ball, Swedish ball and Ab ball. This ball is great for working the whole body.
There are tons of exercises you can do on it to help build muscles and help with your balance. I recommend the Body Balance Ball by Gaiam Read more

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