8 Ways To Naturally Give Yourself A Colon Cleanse – Collective Evolution A healthy colon is essential for a healthy body. By extracting the water and salt from waste prior to elimination, which in turn maintains the body’s electrolyte balance, the colon helps keep our body and its systems functioning optimally. The colon can get backed up by waste attaching to its walls, however, which can result in a myriad of health problems, including: headaches, low energy, vomiting, weight gain, skin allergies, acne, constipation, joint pains, indigestion, fatigue, diarrhea, vision issues, loss of memory, stress, bloating, and more.
Today I’m sharing with you
Five Ways to
Stay Well in Winter.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… so don’t get sick. As winter approaches, so does the tide of sickness that always seems to come with it – sore throats, runny noses, coughs, and all that fun stuff…
Although this season’s sickness may seem inevitable, I’ve got five awesome tips to keep you healthy all winter long. Fall and winter are my very favorite seasons, and there’s nothing worse than being stuck in bed when outside is fresh, cool, and crisp. This is the time for coffee, thick sweaters, candles, music, and family get-togethers. You don’t want to be sick when their’s such festivity in the air. However, a weather change tends to weaken our immunity, so it’s extra important to be taking care of yourself. Here are 5 ways to stay well in winter.
1. Get Moving!
2. Don’t Cheat Now!
3. Bottoms Up!
4. Dream On…
5. Don’t Forget Your Daily Dose!
Although taking vitamins is one of those obvious things that you should do to prevent sickness, I’ll still mention it because it’s important. However, some of us just hate (some of us actually can’t) swallow pills. If you are in this category, and even if you aren’t this still works amazingly well. You may just want to try using using this Heavenly Greens powder. Paired with the other tips I’ve already mentioned, you’ll have an edge over that oncoming wave of sickness that gets us every year.
A Closing Thought…
Guilt free or Gluttony? What are we talking about?
Do you know the importance of mindful eating? Chances are, if you are “eating clean” you’re overlooking this essential concept. While I’m definitely in favor of nourishing our bodies through a healthy diet, sometimes we get so caught up in the quality of our food that we forget the importance of quantity.
I was thinking about my previous post on the best foods to eat for flat abs, and realized that some people might misunderstand my point. Yes, those foods are good for you and you should be eating them. But… you shouldn’t be stuffing yourself with berries and kale and salmon.
That might sound a little bit ridiculous. Who would do that, right? But in all honestly, people do it all the time. I know I used to do this and sometimes I can still fall into that mentality. We think that just because we’re eating clean, that gives us license to eat as much as we want. Water is also good for you, it’s essential for life, but people have died from drinking way more water than our bodies were meant to consume.
Food is a blessing, but if we abuse it, it can be a curse. Even healthy food, if not consumed in moderation, can cause you to gain weight and feel bloated and lethargic. I think that’s why the 21 Day Fix has become really popular. The idea behind it is eating clean foods in proper portions. People that may have been eating clean all their life are losing weight on this program simply because they are learning to properly portion out their food. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense. Whether you’re overeating pizza or overeating quinoa, the fact is – you’re overeating.
I believe that mindful eating is truly about eating with purpose and intention. It’s not a diet, it’s a mentality. Instead of thinking, “I can eat as much fruit and vegetables as I want.” Your mindset is to eat healthy foods until you are satisfied.
I’ll always remember reading the book, “Reshaping It All,” by Candace Cameron. It was so insightful and this one line really stuck with me.
“Just because I can eat as many carrots as I want to, doesn’t mean I should.” (paraphrase)
Her book is all about being disciplined eaters and learning moderation in all things. This is the point that I want to get across. Food is a blessing and eating is a pleasurable experience, but when we make food an idol – by obsessing over it, indulging in it, or giving it power over us – than we need to take a step back and analyze our situation.
Have we convinced ourselves that just because veggies and fruit are guilt-free foods that we can eat as much as we want? There comes a time when we need to ask ourselves if guilt-free is a good thing, or are we just allowing gluttony to take over. I believe that stuffing yourself with veggies is just as bad as stuffing yourself with burgers and fries. A dietitian or nutritionist might not agree with me, but hear me out. It’s not about what you are eating, but the why behind it. I believe that any food consumed in gluttony is harmful to your body. Sure, those veggies are waaay more nutritious for you body, but is that type of eating good for your soul? Personally, I don’t believe it is.
I hope this has given you some food for thought, and I would love to hear your opinion about this topic. Do you agree with me on the importance of mindful eating? Please comment below and share your thoughts about eating clean and overeating healthy foods. I am by no means an expert in the field of nutrition. I’ve read a lot and learned a lot from my personal experience, but these are just my thoughts. I’m eager to hear your input as well. Thanks for reading! And remember, sharing is caring! I would really appreciate if you would tweet about this post or share it on Facebook. Thanks!
Flat Ab Food Combos
There’s more to flat abs than exercise. You can do crunches till the cows come home and you still won’t have a six pack – you need to have a clean diet. Today we’re giving you the low-down on the best foods to eat for flat abs.
Now I have to ask, is anyone else a workout fanatic? I crave exercise and love getting in my sweat sesh. However, I’m not really seeing the results that I want. Have you ever felt like that? You’re working hard and you’re still like – “Where are my abs?”
I know that I tend to put way more focus on my workouts than my diet, and while I may be getting stronger, I’m not necessarily getting leaner. I was thinking about this the other day and had to analyze what results I wanted and how I could achieve them. Did you know the formula for a beautiful and healthy body is 80% nutrition, 10% exercise, and 10% genetics? I first read about this in the book, The Eat Clean Diet Recharged. It really breaks down the whys and hows of eating clean and I highly recommend it.
This formula makes it pretty clear that our diets are sooo important. If you want to slim down and lose that excess fat, then you need to eat the proper foods. What might those foods be? I’m so glad you asked… 🙂 I’m going to share with you the best foods to eat for flat abs and the ultimate flat ab food combos!
Apples are a great source of fiber and are nearly 85% water which helps you feel full. Ditch the chips and instead grab an apple for a snack. Your body will thank you.
Have you noticed that oatmeal makes an appearance on practically every slim down meal plan, or bikini competition diet? Why do you think that is? Yup. This is another flat ab super star. Don’t be avoiding this carb, it’s one of the best foods to eat for flat abs. Oatmeal helps maintain blood sugar levels and is full of fiber.
Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries… you want to fill up on these sweet things. Berries are full of fiber (are you noticing a trend?) and antioxidants. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a handful of berries and you’ll be well on your way to toned abs.
High in monounsaturated fat, fiber, protein, and magnesium, almonds are perfect for an afternoon snack. Healthy fats are essential for your body to function properly and help you feel full longer. Make sure you choose raw, unsalted almonds, and not that salty or sugar-coated stuff. Just be sure to measure out a serving and not snack on the entire bag. If you’re constantly on-the-go, I’d recommend these pre-portioned almond snack bags.
5. Leafy Greens
Veggies are important, especially dark leafy greens. Make sure you’re filling up on spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli, and other leafy greens. These nutrient rich foods are some of the best foods to eat for flat abs. Try including veggies in as many meals as possible.
This lean protein is full of omega-3 fatty acids which help boost your metabolism so your body can burn fat faster and more efficiently.
Lemon does more than add flavor to your water, it also help detoxify your body and aids in digestion. Add some lemon slices or a squeeze of lemon to your water to reap amazing benefits.
This superfood has been in the spotlight for a reason. Quinoa is packed with protein and full of fiber. It’s an amazing grain that can help combat belly fat. Pair quinoa with your salads or alongside lean meats for a nutrient-dense meal. It can be a bit pricey if you’re buying it at your grocery store, but I’ve found that buying it online is a lot less expensive.
9. Greek Yogurt
Instead of snacking on artificially flavored, sugar-loaded yogurts, choose a yogurt that’s good for you. Greek yogurt is a great source of probiotics that fights fat storage and prevent bloat.
10. Peanut Butter
Aren’t you glad peanut butter is included in a list of foods to eat for flat abs? Yeah… we had to save the best for last. 🙂 Peanut butter is not only ridiculously delicious, it’s also amazingly good for you. Just be sure to choose an all-natural peanut butter that doesn’t contain any added sugar.
These foods are amazing on their own, so just imagine the benefits when you pair them up! Here are a few ideas for flat ab food combos. These are some delicious ways you can use these ingredients to make flat belly meals to enjoy.
Have fun mixing and matching to create your own flat belly food combos. Also, if you enjoyed this post and found it insightful, would you please share it? We would so greatly appreciate it. Did you like learning how to achieve flat abs? Be sure to comment below and let us know what other topics you want us to cover. We look forward to hearing from you!
Question of the day: What is your favorite food to eat for flat abs?
So you want to know how to become a morning person? I think I can help. While I do enjoy my sleep, I also love the peacefulness of early mornings. Mornings are a prime time for productivity. I truly believe that mornings are the most important time of day, and if you lose those first few hours, you’re missing out on precious moments.
Don’t get me wrong, sleep is important, but since we’re already spending about 25 years of our life sleeping, I don’t think we want to spend any unnecessary time in bed. This is a subject I love to talk about, and I am so excited to share my best tips on how to become a morning person – because yes, you can become one. 😉
1. Have a Morning Ritual
We are creatures of habit. If you want to know how to become a morning person, the first step is to change your habits. Establish a morning routine that you’ll look forward to each day. I always look forward to my cup of coffee and time spent in the Word. What is something you look forward to? If it’s not coffee, then how about some herbal teas, and meditation. Create a peaceful atmosphere so that you can wake up energized and not frustrated or annoyed. I recommend lighting some scented candles or turning on your essential oil diffuser when you wake up. Have your cup out and ready to be filled with your favorite hot beverage. Whatever it is, establish a morning ritual that will have you excited to wake up in the morning.
2. Plan for the Day Ahead
This ties in with having a morning ritual. You want to be prepared for the day, so I recommend laying out your outfit or workout clothes the night before. If you’ll be reading or writing as part of your morning ritual, place your journal and Bible on your nightstand. I also like writing a list of to-do’s in my planner, but a simple list is really effective as well. I feel like writing out what I need to do the night before gives me more clarity of purpose for my day.There’s nothing like being prepared and being able to wake up peacefully. It’s no fun to be scrambling out of bed and trying to clear that brain fog so you can figure out what you need to do.
3. Hydrate Your Body
I have trained myself to drink water first thing in the morning, and now it’s just automatic. I drink at least 16 ounces of water every morning. I can’t eat or drink anything else until I have my water. It is so refreshing and really helps your body to wake up. If getting up early is a struggle for you, try drinking a glass of water right away. It will clear your mind and give you a boost of energy.
4. Turn on Some Music
BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.
Yeah, that’s no fun to wake up to. Why don’t you trade that obnoxious alarm for some upbeat music? This is a fun tip for how to become a morning person. I always wake up in a much better mood when my alarm is “Good Morning” or another of my favorite songs. Use your phone to set an alarm that you’ll actually want to hear in the morning. If you prefer a more gentle tune, you can do that to. Listening to upbeat music in the morning can make you feel more energized to get your workout in and really just do what you need to.
5. Move Your Alarm
This is probably the most simple tip for how to become a morning person. Move your alarm clock from your nightstand. Even if your alarm is your phone, you still need to put it some distance from your bed. You don’t want the snooze button within your arms reach. Trust me, you are way more likely to actually get up if your alarm clock is not so conveniently close by. You should have to get out of bed to turn off your alarm. And once your already up, you might as well stay up!
So there you have all my best tips for how to become a morning person. These are all methods that I have personally tried and found super effective. I used to be way more of a morning person than I am now, and I am having to use my own advice to get back into the habit of waking up early.
I hope you found these tips helpful, and I would love to hear your tips for getting up in the morning. I also want to mention that it is definitely hard to wake up early if you’re going to bed late or not sleeping well, so check out my post on how to sleep better tonight. And… I would really appreciate it if you would take a moment to share this post on either Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or all of them. Thanks! 🙂
Questions of the Day: Are you an early-bird or a night-owl? What’s your best tip for waking up early?
Happy First Day of Fall!
I thought we would celebrate the beginning of my favorite season with one of my favorite topics – goals. I’m going to share with you 5 tactics for setting smart fitness goals.
We tend to focus on goal-setting when a new year is approaching, but goals are something we should constantly be evaluating and reflecting on. As we begin this new season, I encourage you to review the goals you set at the beginning of the year, and perhaps set some new goals specific to this time of year.
1. Set Specific Goals
When you’re setting goals, you need to be as specific as possible. If you want to increase your running speed or lose some weight, you need to get into detail. Instead of saying, “My goal is to be a faster runner,” say, “My goal is to run a mile in 5 minutes.” Your aim should be to set goals that are as clear as possible. Anyone can day dream, but when you know exactly what you want and work towards it, that makes you unique.
2. Make them Measurable
One of my favorite tactics for setting smart fitness goals, is to make my goals measurable. I’ve definitely learned from experience that if my goals are not measurable, I will become discouraged and give up. Don’t just say your goals, write them down. If you are specific and know what it is that you want to achieve, it will be easy to measure your goals. Continuing from our previous example, if you want to run a 5 minute mile, then you should have a notebook or journal where you can record your running time to see how you are improving. Making goals measurable is definitely important for them to be effective.
3. Assign an Accountability Partner
I can confidently say, that being accountable for your goals practically guarantees you will achieve them. Of these 5 tactics for setting smart fitness goals, this is one you don’t want to miss. It is so important to have an accountability partner. When I was trying to lose weight on my own, it was definitely more challenging then when my sister and I partnered up and supported each other. If you can entrust a friend or a group of friends to join you or just be your accountability, you will be much more likely to succeed.
4. Recognize Your Limits and Be Realistic
Have you seen that quote that says, “Find your limits and push them.”?
While I definitely agree with this, I also think that when setting goals you need to be very careful. Dream big, but don’t defeat yourself. Realize that you need to stretch yourself and grow, but be realistic. If your ultimate goal is to be the fastest runner in history… that’s awesome! But you might not achieve that in a month… or even a year. By setting smaller, more realistic goals, you’ll continue to be motivated by your continuous victories. Personally, when I’ve tried losing weight and made it my goal to lose maybe 5-10 pounds, that was a lot more challenging than setting a goal to lose 1 pound each week. It may seem small, but it adds up and eventually I accomplished my ultimate goal.
5. Try to Set A Time
If a goal without a plan is just a wish, then a goal without a deadline is nothing but a dream. Deadlines. I know, it’s a word many people may cringe at. It seems like most people have issues with time constraints. But the truth is… we need them. Setting goals that are time-bound is crucial. If you only remember on of the 5 tactics to setting smart fitness goals, this is the one I want you to remember. Make your goals time-bound. As I said before, without a deadline your goal is just a dream. It far too easy to keep blowing it off if you don’t have a specific time in mind. “Yeah… my goal this year is to lose 20 pounds.” That’s great, but when this year? By the end of the year or by summer? Give yourself a time. It’s good for you to feel the pressure and know that you are working towards something.
Alright, now that you know the 5 tactics for setting smart fitness goals, it’s time to go set them! I have a lot of goals, but right now I really want to increase my flexibility and be able to do a split again. I lost that ability and I am determined to get it back! Now it’s your turn. I want to hear what your goals are! Be sure to comment below with your #1 fitness goal.
3 Reasons Why Everyone Should Love Monday
If you’re dreading the start of the work week, chances are you are not making the most of your Mondays. I know it’s really “in” to bash Mondays and celebrate the weekend, but something about this mentality just doesn’t seem right. I believe we should look forward to every day and live with passion and enthusiasm. If you’re subject to the Monday Moans, as I like to call them, then this post is for you. Mondays used to be my least favorite day.
I lived for the weekend and hoped the week would fly by so I could relax and enjoy myself. But the truth is… that’s not really living. Trying to get through five days to enjoy the other two is pretty pathetic. After praying and thinking about it some more, I realized that Mondays really are the BEST and every day should be enjoyed. So here’s my two-sense on making the most of your Mondays, and the 3 reasons why everyone should love Monday.
1. A Fresh Start
It doesn’t take much to learn to love Mondays. Honestly, it’s just a shift in perspective. Instead of dwelling on all the things you dislike about Monday, focus on what you love and all the opportunities you have. Are you making the most of your Mondays? I love that Monday always feel like a fresh start. Monday is my day to make healthy food choices, exercise, and just get back on track. I love Monday because it feels like a day full of promise and possibilities.
2. Made for Moving
You have to agree that there is an energy in Monday mornings. I love it.
Monday is a time to take action and get things done. There is a different pulse on Mondays that makes me want to move and accomplish things. It is a day for working on projects, exercising, organizing, and being active. My mom always says,
”When you have a lot to do, you get a lot done.”
I think that’s true. When you have that extra pressure from all your responsibilities, it gets you moving. Monday is a day for work and since there’s a lot to do, I think it’s a get stuff done day.
3. Monday’s Are for Motivation
I’m sure we’re all familiar with #MotivationMonday.
Yup. Monday is the day that everyone needs a little motivation to give them that pep in their step. If you aren’t a fan of Mondays, perhaps tuning into this motivation is just what you need. I think it’s great that so many people are willing to offer encouragement for the week. Personally, I always look forward to Mondays because that is when all my favorite bloggers share a new post. For me, Monday is a fresh dose of inspiration.
I also want to mention, that you should love what you do. I realize this isn’t necessarily a reason to love Monday, but it’s a reason to love life, and Mondays are a part of life. I love my job. Because I am doing what I am passionate about, I wake up excited for the day. I really look forward to waking up and drinking coffee while blogging. I love experimenting in the kitchen and creating healthy meals. I love learning about health and fitness, and exercising, and sharing my experiences with you. I honestly believe that if you’re doing what you love, then you won’t dread Mondays. Monday is a work day, so if you love your work, you’ll love Mondays.
I hope that this post helped give you some perspective and maybe… even if you don’t love Mondays, you can hate them a bit less. It may take time to adjust from a Monday Moaner to a Monday Motivator, but you’ll get there. 😉
Now I want to know, what do you love about Monday? Comment below with one thing that makes your Mondays special or how you will start making the most of your Mondays.
What is a Balanced Diet and How Can You Maintain It?
What is a balanced diet? I think there can be a lot of confusion about what a balanced diet really is, and today I want to clear up any misunderstandings you might have. If this is what you think a balanced diet is, we have much to discuss. 😉
In all seriousness though, trying to eat more veggies can be a struggle. Let’s be honest, there are so many yummy foods that I’d rather eat. Nachos, hot dogs, ice cream… just to name a few. And it looks like I’m not the only one, because studies show that most Americans are choosing all those “tasty” foods rather than the fruits and vegetables that we need. After a while, all that junk food starts to mess with our body. Eating too much processed food is really, really bad for you. Pizza and burgers don’t give your body the nutrients it needs to function well, but it can thrive if you maintain a balanced diet.
At this point you’re probably wondering, “What is a balanced diet anyway?”
A balanced diet might sound like some scientific term, but in reality it’s nothing more than eating enough veggies, fruits, carbohydrates, and meats. Think back to your school years. Remember this chart?
Some of you might be cringing just thinking about what this means for you. No more ice cream, burgers, cakes, and all that stuff you love.
Hold up. That’s an extreme mentality which in the end will probably lead to binging or other bad habits. Just because you have a balanced diet doesn’t mean that you can’t have any of those foods you enjoy. A balanced diet simply means that the majority of your diet is whole, clean foods that keep your body healthy and well-functioning. If you are eating healthy food 80-90% of the time, then you can indulge in the treats you enjoy the other 10-20%. It’s all about balance.
Focus on nourishing your body and occasionally treating yourself, this is the key to long-lasting health. If we live in a constant state of deprivation, then we are setting ourselves up for disappointment and failure. It’s unrealistic to say that you’ll never eat sweets again. Instead aim to enjoy a small treat once or twice a week rather than every day. In a nutshell, a balanced diet is simply consuming more healthy food than unhealthy food.
One of the best ways to have a balanced diet is to meal-prep. Meal-prepping is simply preparing foods for the week on the weekends. Make some snacks and meals on Sunday that you can have throughout the week. I love prepping healthy food for the week and packing it up in containers.
This makes it really convenient for taking your meals to work, school, or anywhere else you have to go. If there are healthy options on hand, then you’re more likely to make good choices. It’s a great way to stick to healthy eating because you don’t have to spend time cooking every day. Set yourself up for success by preparing healthy foods for each week.
Another great way to maintain a balanced diet is to eat more frequently. What? Yes. When you’re eating “clean,” you get to eat more food – just the right kind of food. Eating smaller meals more frequently keeps your metabolism revved up all day long- which means your burning off the food you consume much quicker. Also, by eating more frequently, you can incorporate a greater variety of the foods you need, such as: nuts, fruits, veggies, etc. In the long run, it is a super effective way to eat clean for good. If you’re interested in learning more about “eating clean” and maintaining a balanced diet, check out The Eat Clean Diet Recharged. It was the first “health” book I read and really got me excited about health/fitness and made it all seem so simple. I definitely recommend this book if you’re new to the concept of eating clean, or want to refresh yourself with the basics.
Make it Healthy
And finally, replace your “bad” meals with healthy alternatives. There are so many recipes out there that provide you with delicious replacements for the foods you love! Just because your craving cookies doesn’t mean you have to “cheat” and eat the store-bought kind. Be creative and whip up your very batch of cookies. My go-to source for healthy (but you don’t know it) treats is Chocolate Covered Katie.
Her recipes never disappoint and never leave me feeling guilty. If you’re like me and have a serious sweet-tooth, then you need to get her cookbook. It’s awesome.
Remember, don’t be restricted by food, but relish in experimenting with new flavors, trying new things, and make your healthy-living journey an adventure.
Staying active and healthy in summer is easy, but I’m sure a lot of you are wondering how to stay healthy in school. In summer you have the freedom to workout whenever you want to and cook healthy meals for yourself. It can be challenging to stay healthy in school if you don’t have a plan. That’s why I’m sharing with you 5 tips for preparing for the school year. If you want to know how to stay healthy in school, read on, because I’m sharing my best tips.
1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
I know you’ve heard it time and time again, but don’t underestimate the power of a healthy breakfast.
A healthy breakfast will wake up your brain, rev up your metabolism, and give you energy for the day. You’ll need to fuel your body with a nutritious meal so you can function well at school. Skip the donuts, pop tarts, and sugar-filled cereal. These may seem like convenient breakfasts for your busy morning, but they won’t do your body any good. Instead choose lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. My favorite breakfast is protein pancakes. I love making a batch on the weekends and having pancakes for the entire week. I use the MRM All Natural Whey Vanilla protein powder. It’s perfect for making fluffy and deliciously satisfying pancakes. I’ll be sharing this recipe soon. Also, if you’d like some simple and healthy breakfast ides, comment below and we’ll share our favorite easy recipes with you in our next post.
2. Meal Prep on the Weekends
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
A lot of people wonder how to stay healthy in school with such busy schedules, but I promise you it is possible. I admit that eating clean can be extremely difficult if you are not prepared. That’s why it’s so important to meal prep on the weekends. Get into the habit of preparing healthy lunches and snacks for your week. They don’t need to be complicated, but having healthy options available increases the likelihood that you’ll make good choices when it’s time to eat.
3. Drink Lots of Water
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
One of the most crucial elements of a healthy body is water. A large percentage of your body is water, and it is essential that you drink it often. Water flushes out toxins, boosts energy, and improves mental clarity. It’s also necessary for life, so if you don’t drink water you will die. (Just so you know…) 😉
Make sure you are drinking water all day long. Start your morning with a large glass of water, and keep a bottle with you throughout the day.
4. Schedule Your Workouts
If you participate in a school sport, then you’re already getting your exercise. However, if you’re not involved in a sport, you want to be sure to schedule your workouts. Just like you attend a certain class at a specific time, schedule your workouts the same way. You have to make exercise a priority. You might not have much time, but do what you can and aim to workout at least three times a week. If you can wake up 30 minutes earlier and do a quick workout, that’s great. If not, plan to exercise after school. Consider it part of your homework. 🙂
Personally, I have to write down my workouts or else I just can’t do anything. I don’t know why, but actually seeing what I have to do, or writing down each exercise as I accomplish it is the only way I can function. I love shopping for cute notebooks to record my fitness progress, but if you want something already laid out for you, the Fitbook is a compact and easy to use planner.
5. Refresh on the Weekends
You work hard all week and then the weekend comes and you’re cramming to finish homework, studying for tests, or trying to escape it all and party the days away. Maintaining a healthy balance between work and play is so important. You need to give your body time to rest and refresh. You can’t go non-stop. Do your best to lay-low on the weekends and give yourself a break. Whether that means sleeping in, going for a walk, spending the day at the beach, or just lying in your backyard. Take time to just be still and do nothing. Quiet times are so refreshing and help prepare you for the week ahead.
I know school can be overwhelming at times. I remember the days when I would be up late studying and spending hours on homework. Taking care of my body wasn’t high on my list of priorities. However, when I purposed to get my workouts in and make healthy choices, I felt so much better and honestly – I did better in school. Remember that success starts with a healthy body and mind.
If you found these tips for how to stay healthy in school helpful, please remember to share this post. Also, we want to know, what are your best tips for staying healthy in school?
5 Simple & Effective Routines to Do When You’re on the Go
We’re busy people. These days it seems like everyone is on the go and fitting in exercise is not realistic. It’s easy to convince ourselves that a 10 minute workout isn’t worth doing, but I want to remind you that every workout counts. Even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes, you can still get in a great workout.
Somedays I have so much to do and I feel like there’s no time to exercise. This is when a quick, heart-pumping routine is so helpful. I’ve rounded up 5 of my favorite workouts to do when I’m short on time. These may be short, but they are super effective, and I always feel so good once I finish them.
Whether you’re starting school, heading back to work, or just always on the go, here are five of the best workouts for busy mornings.
1. The 7 Minute HIIT Routine
The other day I knew I had a lot to do and I really didn’t have time to go for a run or head to the gym. At first I thought I’d just skip my workout for the day. Then I remembered that Tone It Up had a great 7 Minute HIIT routine. I love the Tone It Up workouts and do them all the time. When I can fit in a longer workout, I’ll do a routine from their DVD, or I’ll take one of their printables to the gym. But on a busy day, this routine is perfect. It got my heart rate up, and a good sweat going. The best part… it only took me 14 minutes! I did this routine twice through and I was done.
2. 15 Minute Cardio and Total Body Toning Boot Camp Workout
I love Kelli and Daniel. This husband and wife are an amazing duo that create awesome workouts. Fitness Blender has hundreds of FREE workouts available on their YouTube channel and website. Their workouts are simple, effective, and many are rather short. If you don’t have much time, try one of their 15 minute routines. Another great feature of their workouts is that their is no music. This means you can follow along while listening to your favorite jams. Next time you’re in a hurry, do a Fitness Blender workout. 😉
3. Sarah’s Ultimate Booty Boot-Camp Workout
I’ve been following Sarah Dussault for many years. She is passionate about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, and shares her wealth of knowledge through her blog and YouTube channel. Her workouts are really effective and super quick. If you’re looking for some serious burn in a short amount of time, give this booty boot-camp a try. I was shocked at how sore I was the next day. This workout may only be 15 minutes, but it is no joke. You can also check out her new book, Get Skinny Again, for more workout ideas.
4. Train Insane HIIT Workout
How many of you have heard of Blogilates? Cassey has definitely been growing in popularity and no wonder! She’s talented, passionate, and bursting with life. I’ve followed her blog for quite a few years, and love watching her YouTube videos. Cassey is super creative and driven and she really makes working out fun. She has tons of free workouts available on YouTube, and she even offers a free workout calendar on her blog. This is one of my favorite HIIT workouts from Blogilates. It’s short but… insane. Give it a try next time you need to get a quick sweat in.
5. Intense Ab Workout
Well, I’ve shared all of my favorite YouTubers and fitness instructors, but now I want to share one of my own routines. I made this up one day when I wanted to do a really intense ab workout. I think it’s safe to say that most people want nice abs, so if you’re looking for a challenging workout to sculpt that six pack, give this routine a try. Start at one and work your way down. On the last circuit hold your plank for 30 seconds, then do a 30 second side plank on either your right or left. When you repeat the circuit be sure to switch sides. I hope you love it and please let me know if you’d like to see more of my personal workouts. I love following DVDs and printable routines, but it’s really fun to just do my own thing. Sometimes the workouts you “make up” are the most challenging of all!
Please give these workouts a try, I know you’ll love them. Also, comment below with your best workouts for busy mornings. How do you fit in a workout when you’re short on time?