My favorite piece of exercise equipment has always been dumbbells. That's why it's the only piece of equipment needed for all the workouts in the Life in Spandex 30-Day Sweat Guide. However, there's a close runner up - resistance bands. Mini bands, fit tube, flat bands, I like them all. They fit in my purse, are affordable, and allow you to adjust the intensity of the exercises. Fun fact: I always have at least one resistance band on me at all times :). They're also like dumbbells in that they challenge your stabilizing muscles - think core, hips, shoulders - even when you're focusing on primary mover muscle groups. This helps tone those hard to reach muscles and increases your
In elementary school, I planned out all my Valentine's weeks in advance (who was going to get which Disney princess card was very important) and fantasized about who would be my secret admirer. In my adolescent and early twenties, the roses, chocolates, gifts, cards, and surprises were affirmation that my current beau truly cared about me. In my late twenties, I now know the greatest love is the one we can give ourselves and a good man shows you how much he appreciates you not through material things but through patience, companionship, loyalty, and acceptance(though I could always go for something sparkly 😉 ). But I'm still a romantic, and Valentine's Day being the "most romantic day of the year,"
You know those days you don't want to put on pants or leave the house? Yeah, that's me today. I've been feeling run down this past week no matter what I eat or how much I sleep. Maybe I'm fighting a bug? During these times I do take it easy by relaxing from strenuous exercise, eating nutrient-dense foods, and sleeping as much as I can. But, there is a huge difference between needing rest and just being lazy. When it's a matter of will, ditch the excuses. I've created a killer ab workout that doesn't even require getting out of the house or even off the floor! All I need is 15 minutes to make your abs burn and burn
There's very little that can slow me down when I have deadlines to meet, social outings to attend, relationships to build, workouts to do, and healthy meals to make. I'm a fast-paced person (currently learning how to slow down). However, there's one thing that can really put a damper on my checklist... bloating. It's painful and uncomfortable. Thank goodness for spandex, am I right?! We've all experienced it. And if you haven't please speak up! You may actually be inhuman ;). There's some bloating that just happens, ugh. But most of the time, bloating can be caused by some very common daily habits you wouldn't expect. I've created a video explaining my top 10 natural ways to debloat fast and prevent
My weekly workout split usually consists of 2 upper body days and 2 lower body days (with core work mixed in here and there). When I miss a workout or decide to fit in an extra toning session, I combine the two! So often we add unnecessary rigidity to our healthy lifestyle. We think we have to follow the rules to a "T" or we won't get results. Ugh! This is why so many of you have probably tried and "failed" at so many exercise and diet plans. And also why some of you NEED check out the Life in Spandex Guides. Hint: they show you how to be healthy, fit, and confident in a no-stress way (no meal timing,