I don't have my little video done for today but I wanted to get this posted anyways!
Do you guys know that the government (more specifically the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or the CDC) releases info every few years as to what the minimum requirements Americans need to get health benefits? I think that this is pretty cool! They put millions of dollars (I'm sure) into studies and research to determine what we need to be healthy.
I mean, they won't tell you how to prepare for a body building competition or how to be super duper thin but they do tell you how to get the health benefits of exercise... to me, that is so important! Not all of us can or want to be fitness models or super models, we just want to be healthy! This is becoming more and more important to me as I get older. I want my body to function properly, ya know?
Let's start with the cardiovascular/aerobic requirements-
Today I needed an easy-breezy post because... to be totally honest I haven't done a single thing to prep! Skylor has been gone soooooo I've not done anything really haha.
When I say anything I mean it, like there's totally piles of laundry all over my living room and bedroom. So a well-planned blog post really had no chance today haha. But I still wanted to do a little something for you guys!
Alsoooo. H stands for health and F stands for fitness....
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Pinterest can be a never-ending black hole if you aren't careful (also... I feel like 50% of the content on the health and fitness page is bogus) so I decided to put some links and articles together that I have been digging on pinterest.
Sorry that this food stuff is all frozen! It's almost summer time so smoothies are sounding bomb.com right now!
How freaking divine does this smoothie look? I snagged the recipe from Cooking Classy (link HERE) and I am freaking dying over it. I love a good green smoothie and the orange in this sounds like freaking perfection.
Where there is green, there must be red too! Okay so I've never had a smoothie this red before but the color itself has totally hooked me in. Plus... KIWIS. Why are they the prettiest fruit in the world?!?!
Recipe is from The Pretty Bee (link found HERE)
Apples during the summer are just the freaking best. I love super crisp and sweet apples (like pink lady or gala) and these treats are the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth! I'm going to prep these the next time I'm craving cookies or something. The recipe is from Rachel Schultz (link found HERE).
I found this simple stretch segment off of Eating Bird Food (link found HERE) and I don't know about you but I have gotta get my stretch game going. I feel like it something that my regular fitness routine has been lacking and I desperately need to change it. Personally, I would try to hold each stretch for 30 seconds-1 minutes and then repeat the entire segment once your muscles loosen a bit after the first round.
If you've read my blog at all, you know I love my at-home workouts. I like the gym but I love not having to go anywhere to get a great workout! I'm always down to try new things and cardio is my weakness (I hate/love it). I got this from a blog called The Healthy Fit Foodie (link found HERE) I love the simplicity of this workout and I can't wait to try it.
Last but not least... my girl Tracy Anderson. Freaking obsessed with her. Her workouts are unique and require a lot of thinking. According to TA, keeping your brain involved is mega important (there's a time for just mindless sweating but most of your workouts should involve your brain!). I've actually done this workout while I was on a work trip and I loved it. Tracy is freaking genius. Source of the workout is from Health Magazine (link found HERE).
Remember these guys from Tuesday??? Yeah, pretty hard to forget this killer couple. They're #bodgoals and #squadgoals for sure.
Today I've got a workout from Ethan though. This is his 20 minute version of a full body gym workout and it is killer.
20 Min Full Body
3 sets 8-12 reps 10 sec. rest in between sets
HIIT High Intensity Interval Training
1. Dumbbell Curls
Sit up straight with a dumbbell in each hand at arm's length. Keep your elbows close to your torso and rotate the palms of your hands until they are facing forward. This will be your starting position. Now, keeping the upper arms stationary, exhale and curl the weights while contracting your biceps.
I feel very lucky to be surrounded with people who care about their well-being and their fitness! That being said, I wanted to introduce Jess and Ethan. Aren't they like total, 100% couple goals? They both take their fitness so seriously and I love it!
I've known Jess for about 3 years now, we both work for the same company so we see each other on the daily! I haven't known Ethan for very long, but he and Jess are dating so that's how we were introduced.
I asked them both to put together a 20 minute workout for the days that they don't have much time at the gym. Jess focused on abs & cardio, while Ethan did a quick full body workout. Since there are two different workouts, I decided to split them up into two posts... look for part 2 on Tuesday!
If you have any questions about the workout or about them, they would be more than happy to talk to you and help you out! Just leave a comment below and I can get you in touch. I hope you enjoy these workouts today- Happy Friday!
Cardio & Booty
1. Russian Twist
Russian twists are simple, yet very effective at building abdominal muscles.
I'm a college-grad, certified group fitness instructor and certified personal trainer looking to get my healthy to the next level. I hope you can find a little something here that will help you on your journey too.