Count Down to Summer

So, did you know there are just six short weeks until Memorial Day? There is still time to trim a little from the waist line before you have to sport those bathing suits. So lace up your shoes and get to work. This weeks post is simple. I am recommending a work out for you. […]

So, did you know there are just six short weeks until Memorial Day? There is still time to trim a little from the waist line before you have to sport those bathing suits. So lace up your shoes and get to work. This weeks post is simple. I am recommending a work out for you.
First go find a school. What you are looking for is one that has a parking lot, stairs, maybe a track and/or a playground. The next thing to do is make a workout out of it.  Let’s start with the obvious, the stairs. Run them! After that go to the parking lot do suicides and maybe even plyometrics (jumping) with the parking lot stripes.  If there are picnic tables use them. You can do tricep dips or pushups on them or even step up to the bench part. Next, you can do sprint drills at the track or back at the parking lot if there is not a  track. Finally, go find the play ground. Monkey bars are great for leg lifts and climbing or hanging (great upper body work out). Bring a friend with you and you can do it all together and as a bonus,  they can help you with pullups on the monkey bars.

The bottom line is that great workouts are all around you.  You don’t have to look that far.  Be creative and enjoy the outdoors.  In six weeks you will be looking fine!

Happy Wednesday!

 

The Real Deal on Breakfast oh and an exercise of the week too!

I have encountered many of my  clients saying they don’t like to eat breakfast. Ok, I get it. I didn’t used to like breakfast foods either. As the years have gone by I have acquired a taste for breakfast food. However, I know that this isn’t for everyone so just hear me out you non […]

I have encountered many of my  clients saying they don’t like to eat breakfast. Ok, I get it. I didn’t used to like breakfast foods either. As the years have gone by I have acquired a taste for breakfast food. However, I know that this isn’t for everyone so just hear me out you non breakfast eaters. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Your body has been fasting for 7-10 hours. You need to break the fast and eat something. If you don’t, your body will go into starvation mode. When you don’t eat breakfast you body holds onto all the calories you have because it is confused and not sure when it is going to get its next meal. Also, if you don’t eat breakfast you will be starving. Then, by the time you get around to eating a meal you will most likely overeat. I know a lot of people tell me they are hungrier throughout the day when you eat breakfast, but the correct way to eat is every two hours. If you eat small meals throughout the day you are less likely to be hungry.

Another piece of advice in the breakfast department is that it doesn’t matter what you eat for breakfast. Anything is better than nothing. Try to keep it around 300 calories and get a protein and a complex carbohydrate. When I was younger I used to eat a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream for breakfast. Admittedly, it is not the best option but again, at least I was eating something. Now a day I typically eat a half of a whole wheat bagel with low fat peanut butter or egg beater and some sort of fruit.  Bottom line… EAT BREAKFAST!

Exercise of the week:

Start in a plank position (on elbows).
Hold for 20-30 seconds
Then push up to a full plank position (on hands)
Then do lateral steps in the plank position (step hand and foot to the right and then back to center then to the left) (10 times)
Then do mountain climbers (alternate jumping left and right foot in to the center of the hands) 15R/L
Finally, finish off with 10-15 pushups.

Rest and repeat