Workout of the DAY

wOrK hArD BuT plAy HaRdEr! #boombetter

Tomorrow I am already excited for my LEG, HAMMY AND BOOTY  workout!!! Monday’s are my favorite because I always start the day out with a big BANG. It will consist of all lower body. Remember to go at your pace and choose weight wisely for your resistance.

WARM UP: 25-50 reps depending on your level

25 -50 jUMP rOPES

25-50 HIGH KNEES

25-50KICK YOUR BUTT

25-50 JUMPING JACKS

Repeat 2X’s through

stretch your quads, hamstrings, glutes- FULL body- 3 -5 min max-Stay moving so muscles stay warm

first circuit:

1) 10 pounds in each HAND:

crab Squat

Advanced Crab Squat
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  1. Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and turned out 45 degrees.
  2. Bend knees 90 degrees into a squat, keeping torso upright and knees over ankles.
  3. From that position, step left foot to the right, walking sideways.
  4. Take about 20 steps to the right and repeat on the left.

2)Side-to-Side Squat

Intermediate Side To Side Squat
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  1. Stand with right side facing a step, hands on hips, right foot on top, left foot on floor.
  2. Bend knees 90 degrees. Stand up and push off with right foot as you hop onto other side of step.
  3. Repeat on left side, alternating 40 times
  4. Once I get going I really pick up the pace

3)  Lateral lunges each leg. Basically step side to side in lunge position with knee in alignment with your toes. Push off each leg and have weight in your hands for that extra push. Squeeze those glutes. Pushing off foot, return to start position. Continue with same leg or alternate as prescribed.
Remember to keep head and back upright in a neutral position. Shoulders and hips should remain squared at all times.

Do this 20 times ( 10 each leg)

4) Dumbell Double Lunge
1. Start by placing your feet shoulder width apart and holding dumbells at your side.
2. Step forward into a lunge keeping your upper body upright.
3. Return to the starting position and proceed into a reverse lunge with the same leg lunging backwards.
4. Return to the starting position and repeat with the other leg.
5. Continue 20 each leg  

5) Balance Squat
1. Start by standing on one leg with the other leg elevated.
2. Bend forward keeping your planted leg semi straight and reach for the ground.
3. Keep your back relatively flat during the exercise.
4. Repeat 20 repetitions and then repeat with the other leg. 

6)Squat Jump
1) Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, trunk flexed forward slightly with back straight in a neutral position.
2) Arms should be in the “ready” position with elbows flexed at approximately 90°.
3) Lower body where thighs are parallel to ground.
4) Explode vertically and drive arms up.
5) Land on both feet and repeat. 20 times
Prior to takeoff extend the ankles to their maximum range (full plantar flexion) to ensure proper mechanics 

7)Hip Bridge on Ball
1) Assume back lying position on floor. Place hands at sides with palms down on floor.
2) Start position: Place heels on top of Flexaball with knees slightly bent.
3) Raise hips off floor by pressingheels into ball.
4) Return to start position.

20 times
To increase difficulty, raise and raise and extend arms above chest.  

8)Reverse Curl
1) Start position: Lie with back on floor or bench with hips flexed at 90° and feet in air holding onto a ball. Position arms at sides with palms down on floor.
2) Leading with the heels towards the ceiling, raise glutes (butt) off floor or bench.
3) Return to start position.
4) Remember keep legs from swinging to prevent momentum throughout the exercise. 20 times

9)

Squeeze, Twist and Crunch
1. Start position: Lie back onto floor or bench with legs extended and straight up squeezing a stability ball and hands behind head. Keep elbows back and out of sight. Head should be in a neutral position with a space between chin and chest.
2. Leading with the chin and chest towards the ceiling, contract the abdominal and raise shoulders off floor and twist your shoulders leading with the right shoulder.
Return to start position and repeat with the other shoulder.20 times

I usually go through this twice. But I advice to only go through once for beginners. Also everyone’s body type and goals are different. Adjust the weight you need that fits your level!

After Stretch!!!!!! Your body will tighten up if not. 

After make sure to refuel your body!!! Muscle burning and pain soon after a workout is due to a buildup of lactic acid. Your body produces lactic acid when there’s not enough oxygen to feed the muscles. IDEAS TO restore and recoup your body so you can continue transforming it and igniting the FIRE WITHIN:

Do not consume JUST PROTEIN, as in a protein shake or protein bar. Protein fills your stomach and helps build and repair muscles, but it does not refuel your muscles.Your muscles want three or four times more calories from carbs than from protein. If you like the convenience of protein shakes, at least add carbs to them. Blend in some banana, frozen berries, and etc. Keep in mind that recovery calories “count.” Many frustrated dieters complain they are not losing weight despite hard workouts. Perhaps that’s because they gobble 300 or so “recovery calories” and then go home to a hefty dinner. By organizing your training to end at mealtime, you can avoid over-indulging in recovery-calories. For ideas e -mail me at ablifestyle3@gmail.com!

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EXERCISE FOR BODY AND MIND!

There are so many benefits to exercise, and every day, we are discovering new ones. A recent Newsweek article discussed how exercise can boost brain power and fight off diseases like Alzheimer’s–more incredible information in an already long list of benefits. New research in animal models has shown that exercise stimulates a hormone called IGF-I or insulin such as growth factor-I, which, in turn, goes to the brain to stimulate another brain-derived-neutrotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is believed to facilitate a process in which an animal’s brain nerve cells branch out and communicate with each other. In fact, research has supported that theory that a brain with lower levels of BDNF is challenged with retaining new information. How amazing is exercise–not only does it build the body, but the mind as well! Exercise not only slows the aging process in the brain, but reverses it. Research has also shown that active adults have less inflammation in the brain and fewer transient ischemic attacks, or ministrokes, which can impair cognition. People who exercise regularly tend to have higher levels of neurotransmitters that regulate mood, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinepherine. With so many people on psychotropic medication, exercise is proving to be an inexpensive method of maintaining mental health. As with the body’s muscle mass, the same holds true for the brain: Use it or lose it. Within just a short month of stopping physical activity, the new brain tissue connections that were formed basically shrink down back to normal. Many parents of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) already know the benefits of physical activity on their children. It tends to help regulate their moods. An exercise prescription can often be given in conjunction with medication for these ADHD children/or may even replace a medication regimen. This has broad-ranging implications for children in school and their curriculum. With so many schools having downsized the number of physical education classes with a focus on more class time, this could be detrimental. That extra time on the playground may actually boost test scores in all children. The great
thing about introducing physical education at an early age in school is that it sets the tone for future exercise. Once a healthy habit like exercise is established, it tends to carry on. When people understand the importance, it becomes even more of a regular routine. So, we know the benefits of exercise for all types of health. Not only does exercise help with chronic conditions, it also promotes wellness.

FITTING IN FITNESS!!!

• Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, for at least a few floors. If you have to take the
escalator, make it a point to walk it.
• Walk or bike to nearby destinations instead of always driving.
• When at the mall doing your holiday shopping, park your car farthest from where you intend to shop.
• Get off the bus a few blocks early, or park a few blocks from work.
• Exercise while watching television, especially during commercials.
• Hide your remote control and get up to change TV channels or adjust the volume.
• Busy yourself with housework, such as vacuuming, washing the floors, polishing furniture, washing
the windows or gift-wrapping.
• In the evenings, take your family for a walk around neighborhoods that have great holiday lights on
the houses.
• Take the dog for a walk.
• Work in the garden or yard–raking the leaves or sweeping the patio.
• Go for a short walk before breakfast and after dinner.
• Spend half your lunch hour eating and the other half walking around the building or parking lot.
Get your coworkers to join you.
• Walk up and down the stairs on your breaks at work.
• Several times a day, take a few moments to move around and stretch your legs, regardless of what
you’re doing.
• When on your cell phone or cordless home phone, walk around while you talk.
• Clean up the garage or organize your closets or kitchen cupboards.
• Go shopping. You don’t have to buy anything, just walk the aisles and look at the items.

Benefits of fitness and eating healthy during and after a diagnosis of any kind of cancer!!

This is an AWESOME article written by David Hass. He reached out to me to post this on my site as a great topic to have everyone aware of how important it is to take care of your body after cancer!!!  Each different cancer has its limitations, but if one can keep a healthy body, they can have a better chance to overcome this awful disease! I have had many people in my family come across cancer, including my mom. She is a strong survivor most to what she did after her chemo and surgery. SHE ATE RIGHT AND EXERCISED 🙂 It is 80% nutrition and 20% physical activity.  A lot of what makes us who we are and what we look like is what we put in our body and how we treat it. Every little change you make in your life naturally will impact your health. I have now been a certified trainer for 2 years and have educated myself day in and day out on nutrition for the body. Everything from weight loss, targeted nutrition, and people with illnesses Our bodies are the most important machine you WILL EVER OPERATE. Controlling what goes in it, increase energy, obtaining better nutrition and health shouldn’t be work, but rather a lifestyle. Every body needs protein, carbs and fat to survive. But for it to thrive, antioxidants, plant-based nutrients, and other supplements specific to each body’s needs are required. If it’s difficult to consume through food, then it’s easy to supplement it.   I did a lot of research and I have the tools to help you get some of the nutrients your body might be lacking, so that in itself it can restore and rejuvenate to work at optimum levels and help better assimilate nutrients, eliminate impurities and invigorate your body right down to your cells. E MAIL ME AND ASK ME HOW I CAN HELP YOU DESIGN A GREAT NUTRITION PLAN- ABLIFESTYLE3@GMAIL.COM.

UNTIL THEN, PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE! Thank you DAVID!

CLICK HERE TO READ!!! 

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WORKOUT OF THE DAY-FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!!!!!!

 

BIKINIIII READY!

 

Everyone has the same 24 hours to work with every day. It’s how you decide to spend and prioritize your time that’s the real issue. It’s easy to make excuses and kid yourself about why you’re not reaching your fitness goals, but until you take responsibility for your actions you will remain in front of the television for one more evening, all the while moaning about how you can’t fit into your favorite clothes any longer.

“But I’m tired,” you tell yourself. I’ll just take it easy tonight and I promise to work out tomorrow.” Then tomorrow comes and you’ve got to work late and before you know it, another day has passed and still no exercise. Why is it that you can hold down a job, make it to classes, run a household and put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own, while you disappoint yourself every time you miss your own health goals?

Of course there are legitimate reasons to not exercise. But unless you’ve just given birth or had surgery, most of these reasons aren’t reasons at all—they’re excuses. If you’ve been allowing these excuses to keep you from the gym, it’s time to refocus. REFOCUSSSS! GET ON A HEALTHY NUTRITION PLAN AND GET YOUR BOOTY IN GEAR.

WORKOUT OF THE DAY!!! ALL BODY WEIGHT MOVEMENTS’

 

JUMPING JACKS-25

HIGH KNEES-50

MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS-30

SUPERMANS-30

repeat 3-4 times

STRETCH

CIRCUIT 1:

JUMP SQUATS- 45 SECONDS

PUSH UPS-45 SECONDS

SIT UPS-1 MINUTE

BURPEES-45 SECONDS

REPEAT 3-4 TIMES THOUGH WITH 1 MINUTE REST IN BETWEEN

CIRCUIT 2:

PLANK-1 MIN ( ALTERNATE LIFTING LEGS AT 30 SEC MARK)

CURTSY SQUATS-EACH LEG 1 MIN

LUNGE RIGHT LEG-1MIN

LUNGE LEFT LEG -1MIN

LEG LOWERS-2MIN

BURPEES 1 MIN

REPEAT 3-4 TIMES

 

 

COOL DOWN- LIGHT JOG, OR STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT EXERCISES EMAIL: ABLIFESTYLE3@GMAIL.COM

 

GET SPRING/ BIKINI READY!!!! FOR NUTRITION CLICK HERE

Weight loss mistakes to avoid!

Many dieters tend to make similar mistakes when trying to lose weight. But being aware of these mistakes—and making small physical and mental changes—will help you lose the weight and keep it off for good. You will then find in that process the transition of a lifestyle change rather than a dreadful “diet.” Here’s how:

Slower is Better
The first mistake dieters make is having unrealistic weight loss expectations. A lifestyle I live is set up for me to maintain my weight and stay healthy. A lifestyle change I could help set up for others is safely losing between half a pound and two pounds per week. Studies show that individuals who rapidly lose weight are more likely to gain it back. So if you’ve lost a few pounds this month—excellent! Don’t discount that because you see someone on T.V. losing 15 pounds in two weeks.

Everyone is Different

While some people lose a lot of weight in the first few weeks, others might not lose any weight for a few weeks. Although this can be frustrating when you’re doing everything right, it’s not a reason to give up. Sometimes it just takes a little while longer to see the results of your hard work reflected on the scale. Remember eating right and exercising regularly have positive impacts on your health in many other ways, such as more energy, less stress, better sleep, and reduced risk of many diseases. You’ll receive those benefits, regardless of the number on the scale.

Weight Loss is Rarely  Constant from Week to Week
Many people lose a lot in the first few weeks, and then their weight loss slows down considerably. It’s totally normal to have weeks when you lose more than expected, and weeks when your weight remains the same despite your consistent efforts. Our bodies are very complicated and don’t always cooperate with the estimates of how much we should expect to lose. People rarely lose a consistent amount of weight each week. Measuring your weight loss on a monthly basis can be a more accurate gauge of how well you are doing. But always ALWAYS stay on track, even if you derail a little.

Eating Less Isn’t Always Better
A lot of people assume that the less you eat, the faster you will lose. One of the biggest mistakes dieters make is not eating enough. Your calorie range is based on your current weight, goal weight, how aggressive your goal is (whether you want to lose weight quickly or slowly) and how much exercise you are doing. Your recommended calorie range might seem like a lot of food—especially if you are accustomed to fad, restrictive diets.  I have a great program I can help anyone get to their goals-MAINTAIN, LOSE , OR EVEN GAIN MUSCLE WEIGHT. 

But if your body is not getting enough nutrients and calories (especially if you eat less than your recommended CALORIE range), your metabolism will slow down. This is called “starvation mode” because your body thinks it is experiencing a famine, so it starts holding onto every calorie you give it, making weight loss much slower or impossible, and weight gain more likely. That’s why it’s so important to eat within your calorie range. If you aren’t, you could be doing more harm than gooD. What’s great about the program I could help set your goals is by providing your body the lack of nutrients, vitamins and minerals a lot of people miss out on through food. It’s easy, manageable, and only ranges out to $5-$6 a day to get YOURSELF HEALTHY. Now that’s a good investment. WHO SAYS BEING HEALTHY WOULD BE COST EFFECTIVE? YES THERE ARE WAYS AROUND IT.

It’s never ever to late to jump on the band wagon to a healthy  lifestyle. Set goals and start a manageable plan to get you on your road to success.  

16 NATURAL HEALING FOODS!

I found this article at Natural Knowledge 24/7 and I found it to be very interesting.  Foods have the power to HEAL! Check out these wonderful natural foods for natural simple cures!

Banana

Cure for: Stress or anxiety

Next time you feel stressed, reach for a banana, says Molly Kimball, RD, a certified specialist in sports dietetics with Ochsner’sElmwoodFitnessCenterinNew Orleans. With only 105 calories and 14 g of sugar, a medium banana fills you up, provides a mild blood sugar boost, and has 30% of the day’s vitamin B6, which helps the brain produce mellowing serotonin, getting you through a crisis peacefully.

Raisins

Cure for: High blood pressure

Sixty raisins—about a handful—contain 1 g of fiber and 212 mg of potassium, both recommended in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. Numerous studies show that polyphenols in grape-derived foods such as raisins, wine, and juice are effective in maintaining cardiovascular health, including bringing down blood pressure.

Yogurt

Cure for: Constipation or gas

One and a half cups of live-culture yogurt (high in gut-friendly bacteria) pushes food more efficiently through the gastrointestinal tract, says a 2002 study in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. The beneficial bacteria also improve your gut’s ability to digest beans and dairy lactose, which can cause gas, adds Kimball.

Apricots

Cure for: Preventing kidney stones

Eight dried apricot halves have 2 g of fiber, only 3 mg of sodium, and 325 mg of potassium—all of which help keep minerals from accumulating in urine and forming calcium oxalate stones, the most common type of kidney stones, says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, an integrative nutritionist in private practice in Sarasota, FL, and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Can of tuna

Cure for: A bad mood

A 3-ounce serving of canned white tuna has about 800 mg ofomega-3s, which research suggests may treat the kind of blues that leave you feeling low or anxious. The fatty acids in fish have been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association as an effective part of depression treatment, says Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of Eat Your Way to Happiness. For a seafood-free way to get happy, nosh on a small bagel. The 37 g of carbs will give you a dose of mood-boosting serotonin.

Ginger tea

Cure for Nausea

Dozens of studies reveal that ginger (1/4 teaspoon of powdered, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of minced gingerroot, or a cup of ginger tea) can ease nausea from motion sickness and pregnancy, says Gerbstadt. Researchers are unsure which oils and compounds in ginger suppress nausea, but it’s safe and has none of the side effects (dry mouth, drowsiness) of OTC meds.

Basil

Cure for: Tummy troubles

Studies suggest that eugenol, a compound in basil, can keep your gut safe from pain, nausea, cramping, or diarrhea by killing off bacteria such as Salmonella and Listeria. Eugenol even has an antispasmodic property that can keep cramps at bay, says Mildred Mattfeldt-Beman, PhD, chair of the department of nutrition and dietetics atSaint LouisUniversity. Use minced fresh basil in sauces or salads.

Pear

Cure for: High cholesterol

One medium pear has 5 g of dietary fiber, much of it in the form of pectin, which helps flush out bad cholesterol, a risk factor in heart disease.

Cabbage

Cure for: Ulcers

A 2002 study at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that sulforaphane, a powerful compound in cabbage, clobbers H. pylori(the bacteria that causes gastric and peptic ulcers) before it can get to your gut, and may even help inhibit the growth of gastric tumors. For only 34 calories a cup, cabbage provides 3 g of fiber and 75% of the day’s vitamin C.

Turkey

Cure for: Sleepless nights

A 3-ounce serving of turkey has nearly all the tryptophan (an essential amino acid that helps the body produce serotonin and melatonin, hormones that regulate sleep) you need in a day, says La Puma. Studies show that people who suffer from insomnia are deficient in tryptophan.

Buckwheat honey

Cure for: Coughing

In a study atPennsylvaniaStateUniversity, 2 teaspoons of thick, dark brown honey were more effective than OTC cough medicines at limiting the severity and frequency of a cough in children. Honey’s antioxidants and antimicrobial properties may soothe inflamed throat tissues, says John La Puma, MD, director of Chef Clinic inCalifornia.

Figs

Cure for: Hemorrhoids

The 3 g of fiber in four dried figs helps create soft, regular stools that will keep hemorrhoids from returning, says Somer. Figs also provide about 5% of daily potassium and 10% of manganese.

OJ

Cure for: Fatigue

The fructose in a 4-ounce glass is a perfect pick-me-up, says Gerbstadt. Some studies suggest that vitamin C’s ability to combat oxidative stress caused by free radicals may provide energy, and the vitamin plays a key role in metabolizing iron, which helps your body move energizing oxygen through your bloodstream, she adds.

Garlic

Cure for: Yeast infection

Garlic contains essential oils that can inhibit the growth of the Candida albicans fungus, the culprit in the pain, itch, and vaginal discharge of yeast infections, says Gerbstadt. Recent studies suggest that thyme, cloves, and even the essential oils from oranges are also effective fungicides, she adds. Include garlic in sauces, salad dressings, and marinades.

Chamomile tea

Cure for: Heart burn

“Chamomile can ease digestive inflammation, spasms, and gas,” says Dale Bellisfield, RN, a clinical herbalist inNew Jersey. Steep 2 teaspoons of the herb in10 ounces of very hot water for 20 minutes, covering the cup to keep the essential oils in the water. You may have to drink the tea a few times a day for complete relief.

Potatoes

Cure for: Headache

The 37 g of carbs in a medium potato can ease a tension headache by upping serotonin levels, as long as you keep the fat and protein below 2g.

WORKOUT OF THE DAY!

WORKOUT THURSDAY

Listen to your body at all times and if for some reason you can’t keep up try harder next time. You are only trying to beat your best effort not everyone elses.

Perform one set of each exercise without resting. For example, you’ll do the prescribed number of repetitions of the first exercise, and immediately do the second exercise and so on. Once you have finished going through the first circuit rest 1 minute and move on to the second circuit.

Get up and Get Moving!!

20 JUMPING JACKS

20 ARM CIRCLES

20 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

20 BODY WEIGHT SQUATS

20 PUSHUPS

REPEAT 3 TIMES

STRETCH. STRETCH STRETCH. HAMSTRINGS, QUADS, CALVES, UPPER BODY (3-5 MIN)

20 LUNGES EACH LEG

1 MINUTE PLANK

20 TRICEP DIPS

50 BRIDGES

20 SITUPS

20 SIDE LUNGES EACH LEG

WALL SIT-1 MINUTE

20 SIT UPS

SIDE PLANK EACH SIDE 45 SECONDS

20 PLIE SQUATS

20 SINGLE LEG SQUATS (EACH LEG)

50 BICYCLES

REPEAT THIS CIRCUIT 2-3 TIMES! RECORD HOW LONG IT TAKES YOU AND TRY IT EACH WEEK TO SEE IMPROVEMENT!

 

GoOoOooOo. GET SWIM SUIT BODY READY!

REMEMBER TO REFUEL YOU BODY WITH WATER AND GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN CARBS AND PROTEIN. FOR MY SUGGESTION for great protein powders- AND WHAT I USE CHECK THIS OUT HERE

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