My favorite piece of exercise equipment has always been dumbbells. That's why it's the only piece of equipment needed for all the workouts in the Life in Spandex 30-Day Sweat Guide. However, there's a close runner up - resistance bands. Mini bands, fit tube, flat bands, I like them all. They fit in my purse, are affordable, and allow you to adjust the intensity of the exercises. Fun fact: I always have at least one resistance band on me at all times :). They're also like dumbbells in that they challenge your stabilizing muscles - think core, hips, shoulders - even when you're focusing on primary mover muscle groups. This helps tone those hard to reach muscles and increases your
My weekly workout split usually consists of 2 upper body days and 2 lower body days (with core work mixed in here and there). When I miss a workout or decide to fit in an extra toning session, I combine the two! So often we add unnecessary rigidity to our healthy lifestyle. We think we have to follow the rules to a "T" or we won't get results. Ugh! This is why so many of you have probably tried and "failed" at so many exercise and diet plans. And also why some of you NEED check out the Life in Spandex Guides. Hint: they show you how to be healthy, fit, and confident in a no-stress way (no meal timing,
By now most of us know the fat-burning benefits of HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training can help you burn more calories in less time and build metabolism-boosting muscle. However, if your body is sensitive to jumping exercises, it can feel discouraging to feel like you have to sit on the sidelines and watch. I would know, I haven't been able to jump since May. But, I'm finding work arounds! Is it possible to incorporate HIIT training if you can't jump? Absolutely! You can start with intervals on a Stationary or Spin Bike, StepMill, Rowing Machine, or Elliptical or by using Battle Ropes or swimming. When my knees are able to handle compound movements, I also love adding in home HIIT workouts like the
I pride myself on being able to show even the busiest women how to make healthy living fit into their lifestyle. I love educating them on the actual amount of exercise and easy nutrition hacks necessary to get results. Being fit takes so much less time, money, and effort than everyone thinks! It's extremely gratifying to see a woman's look of dismay when I tell her that 30 to 45-minutes of exercise (away from the treadmill) is plenty to get visible results and reap health benefits of physical activity. What's even better is her reaction when I tell her she can still have a soothing glass of wine and decadent dark chocolate. Hearing that she has more energy, confidence, is
If you’re a busy #bossbabe (which I believe you are!), then you know how conquering the world can be overwhelming. From deadlines, mommy duties, fitness goals, to relationships, we can have a lot on our plate. If you’ve read this blog before, you know I refer to a phrase my dad taught me in high school, “Stress is optional.” Trust me when I say sometimes this is SO much easier to say than done. There are moments (admittedly frequent moments), where I feel totally in over my head. Don’t believe me? Ask my blessedly patient boyfriend and family (thanks mom and dad for always answering my calls lol)! There are a number of ways to cope with stress and anxiety.