I Don’t LOVE to workout, But, I LOVE the results it gives and the way I feel After.
The compliment I get all the time is my arms! All I do push ups and tricep dips, 3 times a week, and a LOT of lunges and squats. Im not trying to enter a swimsuit competition, I just want to eat what I want and not feel guilty, and feel energized!
Well, Usually that pic would be Quac & Chips, but this is all I can finf hahah, Anyway, enough pics of me, here is my workout of the day:
Warm Up to:
jump jacks , run in place, jump rope moves (with out the jump rope) criss cross jump jacks, keep switching the moves to the verse of the song! it pumps you up and is fun.. trust me!
now, stretch out , next
of 20 lunges each leg or do walking lunges (40 total)
no rest, get on the floor and do push ups, I do 20, do as many as you can, you will get stronger over time! in the beginning i ws only able to do 5
REPEAT THIS 2 MORE TIMES
***NOW DO JUMPING JACKS FOR 1 MINUTE
Hold a medicine ball and do 20 squats
then go right into tricep dips off a bench if your in the gym or a chair if your home
REPEAT 2 MORE TIMES
DO JUMP ROPE MOTION FOR 1 MINUTE
Backward lunges 20 each leg alternating legs
REPEAT 2 MORE TIMES
Finish with Planks for your core ( get into a push up position on the floor legs straight out and hold for 1 minute
Repeat 3 times
YOUR DONE! STRETCH OUT
Trust Me, It Works!
By Candice Manacchio
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Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (or NEAT) refers to the calories you burn while going about your daily activities. Walking, typing, performing yard work — even fidgeting — increases our metabolic rate and can contribute significantly to the calories you burn throughout the day. “The average women consumes 12,397 calories per week, exercises for three to five hours a week, yet rarely reaches 2,000 (kcal)in exercise, which is the minimal amount need to lose weight through activity,” says Fabio Comana, senior fitness educator with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Time to cash in on those 100+ hours you’re awake to make a dent. Find activities that’ll get you moving more frequently during the day. Even giving up your seat on the bus helps! Standing for 2 hours a day (vs. sitting) enables you to lose nearly eight pounds in one year.
Exercising with a friend not only holds you accountable but sparks competitiveness that can make you work harder, says Tom Holland, Connecticut-based running coach and author of Beat the Gym: Personal Trainer Secrets—Without the Personal Trainer Price Tag. “Studies with cyclists show that individual cyclists train slower than when they’re together with other cyclists.” Find a friend and make a pact to push each other.
A heart rate monitor tracks exercise intensity and can motivate you to work harder. “Most people don’t work out as hard as they think they do,” says Holland.
In general, you can calculate your maximum heart rate (MHR) by subtracting your age from 220.
Once you have your MHR, use it to vary your workouts. “You want to vary your intensity throughout the week,” says Holland. Most days should be easy/endurance days where you hit 50 to 60 percent of your MHR. But, make sure you sprinkle in a few hard days where you bring your heart rate up to 75 to 80 percent of your MHR.
This one may sound a little silly, but ever consider wearing a weight vest? It may sound silly, but a 130 pound woman wearing a 20 pound vest will burn approximately 15 percent more calories regardless of the weight-bearing activity, says Pire. But better if you wear it while walking, jogging, performing lower-body exercises like lunges, squats and step-ups… “or even while gardening, mowing the lawn, or grocery shopping,” says Pire.
Power is the ability to exert force in a short amount of time. In other words, it takes more power to lift 10 pounds within a half a second as it does to lift the same amount of weight within a full second. Adding this speed component to your workout helps boost calorie-burn. “Exercises with an explosive component recruits more muscles fibers and muscle groups and, as a result, burns more calories,” says Comana. The simplest way to integrate power into your exercise program? Perform your standing movements at a slightly higher speed.
For example: a typical squat may take four seconds to get out of. Try squatting down at your normal pace and quickly “exploding” up instead. Tips to keep in mind:
Start slowly and introduce one or two power moves a week into your regular training program.
Use slightly heavier weights than you normally would to prevent yourself from moving too fast. That could lead to strained joints.
Interval training involves mixing in bouts of intense exercise with recovery (or lower-intensity) periods. For example: alternating between running and walking, for 60 seconds each activity. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), these short, intense bouts burn more calories than working at the same intensity for the same amount of time. How much more depends on the intensity of the workout and your fitness level. The recovery periods allow for greater intensity during the work periods and, therefore, more calories burned overall.
High intensity intervals produce a greater after-burn effect known as Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). “The body burns more calories as it returns to its pre-workout state. EPOC has been shown to keep energy expenditure elevated above your resting metabolic rate for up to 16 hours post exercise,” says Neal I. Pire, author of Plyometrics For Athletes at All Levels.
Adding resistance training in addition to cardio helps boost metabolism all day long. You may not see the results for a month or so, but you just need to trust us and stick with it. “Building muscle boosts your resting metabolism, but it takes four to six weeks before you’ll see changes,” says Comana. Another weight-training bonus: fat occupies a third more space than muscle, so you look thinner with more muscle. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a successful weight-training program must include:
Overload: The weight you use must be challenging to the muscle for changes in strength or tone to occur. The last three repetitions of each set should be difficult.
Progression: As your muscles become stronger, increase the resistance or otherwise create additional challenges to the muscle to avoid a progress plateau. While performing biceps curls, for example, increase the difficulty by performing slower repetitions and pausing at the top while keeping tension on the muscle.
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Ever wonder why McDonald’s color scheme is yellow and red? “We are naturally drawn to red, yellow and orange in our dining area or restaurants because psychologically it stimulates us to want to eat — and eat a lot. Studies show if you put your food on blue plates it can cause you to eat less,” says Tamal Dodge, a certified yoga instructor in Santa Monica, Calif. and star of the
According to a 2008 study published in the International Journal of Obesity, swapping out your morning bagel for eggs could help you lose 65 percent more weight. Subjects who ate eggs for breakfast lost more weight, body fat and inches from their waist than those who ate the same amount of calories in the form of a bagel. Researchers believe the higher protein content of the eggs helps you stay fuller, longer and leads to eating less throughout the day.
You’ve heard that eating from smaller plates can help you eat less, but did you know that using a larger fork can do the same? A recent study by researchers at the University of Utah found that participants eating with a larger fork - one that held 20 percent more food — at an Italian restaurant ate about 10 percent less than those who used a regular fork. Researchers believe a smaller fork makes us feel we aren’t making as much of a dent on our plate so we’ll take more forkfuls to satisfy our hunger. (Note: This only worked with large portions. When diners were served smaller meals, fork size didn’t affect their consumption). So next time you’re order a super-sized entree, ask for a bigger fork to help you eat less. And while you’re at it, stop when you’re satisfied — not stuffed.
According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a behavioral scientist and ‘mindless eating’ expert at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, people who fill their plate with everything they plan to eat (including dessert) eat about 14 percent less than those who don’t fill it as much but return for second helpings. So to eat less, load up your plate — but only once. To reduce your intake even more, use a smaller plate. Wansink found that subjects who served themselves using smaller dishes ate up to 60 percent less.
Feeling positive about the future, rather than focusing on the past or present, is more likely to lead you toward a healthier snack, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Instead of rewarding your happiness with a candy bar in the moment (or eating one for comfort), focus on the future outcome (like a healthier, lighter you) so you’ll make better choices in the present.
Many dieters think that being ‘good’ during the week gives them a license to let go on the weekends, but if you add it up, eating poorly and not exercising Friday to Sunday comes out to 12 days “off” a month! Instead of letting the days of the week influence your habits, focus on creating a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable all month long (with the occasional indulgence) for lasting weight loss.
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CREATE YOUR OWN GYM AT HOME AND WORKOUT FOR $1.00
ON THRIFTY THURSDAY… I WILL SHOW YOU HOW:
Paper or plastic? Both can work for a dollar-store version of the Gliding Sliding Disc. “Paper plate exercises work best on a non-carpeted indoor surface,” says Syd Hoffmann, health and wellness expert and author of All Day Energy. “Start with lunges — side, back, front, diagonal lunges, curtsy lunges behind — with one paper plate under the foot that is moving.” Instead of stepping into the lunge positions, you slide the foot in and out — you’ll add a new stability challenge to your workouts while toning your lower body. More advanced exercisers can try hover jacks: Assuming a “plank” position (which is like the “up” part of a pushup), with plates under both feet, simultaneously slide the feet apart and back together for an inner/outer thigh blast.
gallon bleach or water bottles
You know how tired you get lugging heavy bottles home from the store? Time to capitalize on that. One-gallon bleach or water bottles can make great dumbbells. “You want a weight that will tire your arms after 12 to 15 repetitions…and these jugs are probably one of the heaviest items in the dollar store,” says Hoffman. “You can do a ton of exercises like lateral raises, biceps or hammer curls, back rows, chest flies, dead-lifts and so on.” They even have built in handles! If you find the plastic to be a little hard on your hands, you could always make a pair of gym gloves by buying a pair of gardening gloves for a $1 and cutting the fingers off.
Want to whittle your middle? A sponge mop makes for a great pole for torso twists. Place the mop over your shoulders while standing tall and exhale to rotate your torso as far to one side as possible while keeping your hips facing forward. Inhale as you return to center and repeat to the other side. Another idea? Tie the bleach/water bottles from the last slide on each end of the mop with an old pair of socks and presto…you’ve made your own barbell.
children’s plastic ball
Beach balls need not apply. We’re talking the plastic play kind that kind of looks like a dodge or kickball. This bouncy throw toy is perfect for Pilates-type moves and can be just the ticket for minimizing your inner thigh jiggle. Try placing the ball between your thighs while standing, rise up on your toes, and then bendyour knees like you’re sitting down into a chair. Squeeze the ball with all your might while you “sit.” Keeping the ball between your thighs, straighten your legs to stand. Killer thighs with no Thigh-Master required!
Leggs to tone your legs! Yup, a pair of pantyhose can quickly double as a resistance band thanks to the stretchy material. Try tying the feet together in a knot to form a circular band. Lie on your back, slip the nylons around your ankles (feet together), lift your legs straight up so they are 90 degrees to your body. Holding the pantyhose tight, and keeping legs straight in the air, push against the resistance of the hose with the outside of your ankles. Release a little of the tension without letting feet touch. Do 10 to 15 of these “pulses” to tone your outer thighs. Or, Hoffman suggests getting down on all fours (i.e. hands and knees). Place your foot in the center of the crotch (i.e. the support section) and hold one leg of the hose in each hand. Kick your heel back towards the wall behind you and extend the working leg as straight as possible. Do 10 to 12 repetitions then switch legs for awesomely toned hamstrings and buns.
Keep in mind that anything you can do with a band, you can probably adapt with a pair of hose or two.
small plastic step stool or a sturdy bucket/basinLook for the sturdiest bucket or step stool you can find in the store. If you can, test it out at the store by stepping up on it to make sure it won’t collapse under your full weight. Now, use is for any step workout or simply in lieu of a stepmaster. Just step up, step down (occasionally changing the leg you lead with to keep things balanced). You’ll break into a sweat and get a good cardio workout. You can even do this move watching TV. The step also comes in handy for decline pushups – pushups with your toes on the stool/bucket — which will work your chest and arm muscles. One piece of equipment that can boost both your butt and your chest…now that’s a bargain!
The jump rope is an instant cardio option. “One of the best exercises you can do is jumping rope…it’s fabulous for all-weather, anytime-anywhere cardio, muscle toning and burning calories,” says Hoffman. “Fifteen minutes burns as many calories as a one mile run….with much less stress on your knees!” Don’t limit yourself to just jumping up and down either. Play a little. Throw in some criss-crosses, skipping, double jumps, etc…. “To give it a try, start with 30 seconds and add more time as you get stronger,” says Hoffman.
towelBeyond the obvious it’s-great-for-mopping-up-sweat use, you can use a towel as a mat if you’re doing ab work or yoga moves on the floor. Towels also make a fantastic stretching partner. While on your back, extend your leg straight up so that it is 90 degrees to your body and “hook a towel around your toes. Gently pull your leg towards you for a great hamstring stretch,” suggests Hoffman. Also, try holding the ends of the towel with both hands to engage in some upper body stretches. And when you’re all done, spread the towel on the floor, and meditate on all the money you just saved on gym equipment!
This item might be a little more seasonal for some folks, but snatching up one of these long foam-type noodles when you see it is a great idea for any dollar store home gym. “Water aerobics is perfect for all ages and sizes,” says Hoffman. “I lost all my post-baby weight in two months by doing water workouts.” Explore all kinds of toning moves for your arms, legs and abs with this item in a pool (e.g. triceps extensions pushing the noodle underwater or water aerobics exercises using the noodle as a flotation device).
Don’t have a swimming pool? You can also take the noodle out of the water and use it for balance training (standing on the noodle is great for ankle stability). Or try rolling on a noodle to massage out leg muscles (especially great for the outside of your thighs). It can further double as a bolster for your lower back in restorative yoga poses. And chances are it’ll be a fabulous neon color too…which makes it a colorful addition to your gym as well (read: FUN).
If tennis is actually a sport you enjoy, great! You’ll get many physical benefits from a round or two on the court (i.e. cardiovascular conditioning, arm and leg toning, etc.). But tennis balls are also great for the cool down stage. Do some hand strengthening exercises by “Squeezing tennis balls to strengthen your grip and biceps…and it’s great for preventing carpal tunnel,” says Hoffman (which is important for all of you reading this on your computer). What’s more? After a workout, you can roll on a tennis ball to massage achy feet, or try placing it under sore areas of your back for a sort of self-acupressure treatment.
SO FOR $1.00 EACH, HERE YOU HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL GYM FOR $10, THE ITEMS ABOVE WERE FOUND IN A DOLLAR STORE!
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BY CANDICE MANACCHIO XOXO
GETTING HEALTHY! YOU SEE IT, YOU HEAR IT, YOU READ IT…WELL DO IT!
HERE’S MY SECRETS AND ROUTINE, I GET ASKED ALL THE TIME, SO NOW IM HERE TO TELL! MY GO TO FAVORITE MAGAZINE IS…
BUT FIRST LET ME SAY….
THE TRUE KEY TO THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, AND FEELING ENEGIZED IS GOOD HEALTH,
YOU CAN PUT ON ALL THE MAKEUP, HAIR EXTENSIONS, PLASTIC SURGERY YOU WANT, BUT IT WON’T MEAN A DAMN THING IF YOU DON’T HAVE INNER BEAUTY, HERE ARE MY TRICKS TO KEEPING HEALTHY
ALOE JUICE, A SHOT EVERY MORNING ON A EMPTY STOMACH, TO CLEANSE MY INTESTINES AND KEEP EVERYTHING MOVING AND HEALTHY
TO REHYDRATE, ONCE A DAY I DRINK COCONUT WATER, MY FOUTAIN OF YOUTH
SOMETIMES I EVEN HAVE THE 2 IN 1 ALOE/COCNUT WATER ON THE GO BECAUSE I TRAVEL SO MUCH AND NEED TO FIT IT IN!
90% OF THE TIME, I EAT HEALTHY, I COOK HEALTHY SO THAT WHEN I DO SPLURGE ON THE NOT SO HEALTHY THINGS, I CAN!
I TAKE PROBIOTICS AND ENZYMES DAILY TO KEEP MY DIGESTIVE HEALTH FUNCTIONING RIGHT AND HELP TO BREAK DOWN MY FOOD, ESPECIALLY IN A WORLD WE ARE IN TODAY WITH EATING IN A RUSH AND FORGETTING TO TAKE THE TIME TO ACTUALLY CHEW UP YOUR FOOD WELL, NOW THAT IM OLDER AND ON THE GO SO MUCH AND TRAVEL ALOT, I NEED THE HELP!
IM NOT A WORKOUT FREAK, I WISH I WAS, IN FACT, IM ALWAYS ON AND OFF WITH THE WORKOUT THING, BUT FOR THE MOST PART, I AM ACTIVE, I WALK MY DOG, AND ALWAYS MOVING, GARDENING, CLEANING…SOMETHING, BUT WHEN IM TRYING, I DO WALK OR RUN WHEN I HAVE THE TIME
I DRINK NOTHING BUT SMART WATER ALL DAY
AND I PROTECT MY SKIN, I JUST WENT TO THE BAHAMAS, I PUT ON MY JERGENS EXPRESS SELF TANNER TO LOOK TAN ALREADY, THEN NEVER PUT ON LESS THAN SPF 30
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT, JUST A FEW OF MY SECRETS, HAVE ANY TO SHARE? I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW, I LOVE TRYING NEW THINGS.
TOMORROW…WHATS NEW WEDNESDAY..MY ROUTINE
BY CANDICE MANACCHIO XOXO
CREATE YOUR OWN SKIN GLOW!
Beat the pale, dry & Blaaaahhhhhhh Skin with my simple, easy tips!
1. DRINK CARROT JUICE
Yes, Carrot.. Take a shot a day to start naturally bringing your coloring back!
2. MAKE YOUR OWN BRONZING CREAM
Take some bronzing powder ( Any Kind ) Cheaper the better! and a bowl, scrape some bronzing powder into a bowl and mix in whatever body lotion ( Some with SPF is better )
Into the powder, want it darker? add more powder. Want it lighter? add less..Then apply to your body… Ohhh what a pretty glow! But Exfoliate in the shower first to remove dry, flaky dead skin… You can make your own with sugar and olive oil or sugar and baby oil.
3. DRINK WATER AND MOISTURIZE!
I know thats a given, but serious! dehydrated skin looks BAD! and, I know we all love HOT showers right now, but the hotter the worse the dehydration! cool up the water a bit and when you get out of the shower only pat your skin dry and moisturize immediately! to keep moisture in.
Tell me any little secrets you have for inner beauty… I would love to know!
TOMORROW…THRIFTY THURSDAY, SEE WHAT I FOUND :)
By Candice Manacchio XOXO