In elementary school, I planned out all my Valentine's weeks in advance (who was going to get which Disney princess card was very important) and fantasized about who would be my secret admirer. In my adolescent and early twenties, the roses, chocolates, gifts, cards, and surprises were affirmation that my current beau truly cared about me. In my late twenties, I now know the greatest love is the one we can give ourselves and a good man shows you how much he appreciates you not through material things but through patience, companionship, loyalty, and acceptance(though I could always go for something sparkly 😉 ). But I'm still a romantic, and Valentine's Day being the "most romantic day of the year,"
You know those days you don't want to put on pants or leave the house? Yeah, that's me today. I've been feeling run down this past week no matter what I eat or how much I sleep. During these times I do take it easy by relaxing from strenuous exercise, eating nutrient-dense foods, and sleeping as much as I can. But, there is a huge difference between needing rest and just being lazy. When it's a matter of will, ditch the excuses. I've created a killer ab workout that doesn't even require getting out of the house or even off the floor! All I need is 15 minutes to make your abs burn and burn a few extra calories. Complete
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,
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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