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How did I Get Faster on the Bike???

It’s simple and easy, interval training. But interval training can be challenging when on the road. The best way to get faster and stronger on the bike without the road challenges is to get to SPIN class. YES!!!! SPIN CLASS. I’ll go more into details on what spin classes can do for you and why spin classes are awesome at getting you better.

It’s like running. How do you get faster??? By doing speed work on the track. And doing hill workouts. You will never get faster by just simply increasing your pace every time you go out for a quick 5k. I tried that method and it didn’t work. I got faster by doing speed work on the track and doing hill workouts. There is a science behind it and that is why the pros do it. I never thought I would get faster and I did. In no time either.  Alright. I don’t run as fast as the pros, not even as fast as my teenage so. I could. Only if I dedicated my entire life to it. And…it’s not what I want. But to go from running a 5k in 33 minutes (which included some walking) to easily running a 5k in 24 minutes was a big accomplishment. I never had a “time” as a goal, but doing better was always the goal. Enough talk about running. I should leave it for another post. Back to biking. Read More →

Your Flat Belly & Abs Questions Answered

Most often you will hear from someone that is working out or even losing weight…“how do I get abs”, a “6-pack”, or a “flat belly”?

There is so much information out there. OVERLOAD!!!! No wonder people get so confused!!!  So I wanted to take this blog and put together the most common questions about getting that awesome flat stomach.

Here are some of the top questions and answers:

1. Are abs really made in the kitchen?

It all depends. Nutrition plays a huge role with almost everybody that has abs. This is because if you EAT more than you are burning in a day, you will store fat and have a layer over those abs.

If you are an athlete or train at a super high intensity… the nutrition becomes slightly less critical as you are burning lots of calories and your metabolism works efficiently so that you will have a flat belly due to your hard training. This is why you will see ultra fit people or athletes get away with eating whatever they want and still have killer abs. Read More →

The Biggest Loser’s Alison Braun Stuns With Her Bikini Selfie

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If you have ever been overweight, you can no doubt appreciate the bravery of Alison Braun. The former Biggest Loser Australia contestant did something she never thought she would do and posted a bikini clad selfie on Facebook. She wrote, “Yes I know a shameless selfie … why? Because never did I think I would ever take a pic of me in a bikini in Bali!”

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Although this single mom of three kids is taking full advantage of her tropical vacation, she is still hitting the gym. Read More →

6 Moves To Do In The Morning For Extra Energy

Taking some time in the morning for meditation and a few yoga poses can really kick start your day. In just 15 minutes, you can clear your mind and get your body set for eight hours of sitting.

Start by focusing on your breathing. Then, move into a few poses that will stretch your hamstrings, hips and back. It will center you in the moment and prevent you from getting anxious about what may or may not lie ahead over the course of the day.

Use these 6 moves to feel calm and revitalized. Read More →

Stop Drinking While you Eat!!!!!

Digestion is extremely important for health, staying slim, AND mental well being.  Without proper digestion, many discomforts can be born into the body – indigestion, irritability, heartburn,  lethargy, bloating, insatiable cravings, headaches, and depression.

Seriously imagine that you are doing something every single day that UNKNOWINGLY is causing ONE or MORE of these symptoms!  Wouldn’t you want to know what that was?

Have you thought about what you drink and how much you drink with your meals? Growing up, we weren’t allowed to drink with our meal. My mom’s reasoning was that we would get full with liquid, not eat our dinner, and then be hungry 1/2 hour after we were done with our meal. Unknowingly, my mom was leading us to a healthier us. And I still don’t eat while I eat. Read More →

20 of The Most Embarrassing Things That Happened To People At The Gym

20 embarrassing gym moments

You’ve probably heard whispers and rumors at your gym. Tales of mortifying events like wardrobe malfunctions or epic wipe-outs abound, but they never seem to happen when you are there. Makes you wonder sometimes if these events took place at all.

Buzzfeed is here to assure you that these things do actually happen. They asked the Buzzfeed community to tell them their most embarrassing and awkward gym stories. Read More →

Apples: The Original Superfood

Before we go running off into the sunset with our new best friend the Goji berry, let us not forget our edible pal from wayyyyy back.  The constant companion of many of my childhood school lunches. My kids eat tons of apples and used to put almond butter on them until almonds made my hand joints swell.  One of the original SUPER foods, the fabulous apple!!!

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Almond Milk

Almond Milk!

 

I have been lactose intolerant since middle school and haven’t had a glass of milk since. But little than I knew, many Americans are allergic to conventional pasteurized milk, which is different than developing an intolerance to lactose. And for other health reason, many are switching to nut milk. I, on the other hand, recently developed a nut and seed sensitivity causing major joint inflammation, swelling, and sores in my hands. So, I have to limit my nut consumption.

Almond milk provides excellent sources of protein, fiber, vitamin E, zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium, and calcium. Almonds have essential fatty acids, vitamin-like oils. Essential fatty acids are required for a healthy nervous system, anti-inflammatory effects, hormone balance and cell structure. Read More →

The Benefits of Running

If you are like me, running can be dreading. It can be boring and also painful. However, I thought I would never say that but I feel so much better after completing a short run. Read More →