Sometimes I fantasize about having hour-long workouts and other times I just want to get it DONE! I have a feeling most of you can relate to the latter. This total body workout HIIT workout is for those days when you want a little of both - a butt-kicking, empowering workout that only lasts as long as your favorite New Girl episode (with commercials). All you need is a set of dumbbells heavy enough to challenge you on the last 2 to 3 reps of each exercise. That means you can ditch the commute and complete this workout in the comfort of your home. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Complete as many rounds of the exercises back-to-back as possible.
Have you ever had one of those mornings after overdoing it where even your fingernails feel bloated? Yeah, me too. Indulging over a special weekend, like the 4th of July, is totally okay! The time you spent with friends and family is priceless. And I'm sure that third s'more was totally worth it! However, feeling bloated, having indigestion, and being totally lethargic is never fun. I take these feelings with welcoming arms because they remind me why I make daily healthy choices. Sometimes letting lose for a day can actually help re-motivate you. As long as it doesn't become a consistent pattern, one or two days is not going to completely derail your progress. So do this with me, big
The experimenting all started in my first college apartment. No, not that kind of experimenting! I'm talking about baking!! College Emily would sometimes (ok, kind of often) turn down plans in order to stay in, watch a movie, and come up with a new baking concoction. Aside from my occasional anti-social behavior, I've always had a major sweet tooth and have loved finding healthy ways to satisfy it! You can thank my love-hate relationship with sugar for recipes like my Chocolate Banana Nut Protein Pancakes, Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl, Yogurt and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, and Double Chocolate Single Serve Mug Cake. The easiest way to start experimenting with baking recipes is to swap out the not-so-healthy ingredients for healthier ones!
If you haven't heard, big booties are being celebrated! I thank this trend for teaching me to appreciate my curves, not try and hide them. However, like any media-driven message, it tells us that one thing is better than the other. Small butt girls are feeling like they need to "grow a booty" now. Though you can definitely increase the size of your rear through the proper exercises and nutrition, some women just won't have Kardashian, Queen B, or even J-Lo booties. For them to greatly increase their glute-size would take a lot of time, effort, calculating, and even surgery to acquire. Well, media, hear us roar! I think it's time for us to stop letting advterising run our opinions
*Disclaimer: Brooks Running sent me free gear in exchange for this blog post. However, all opinions and statements are my own. I truly love this brand! There are two, well actually three, things that can make or break your workout - your shoes, your sports bra, and your attitude. If you read this post, you'll be guaranteed at least two out of the three! 😉 When I was younger, I could get away with buying my running shoes and sports bras solely based on their look and price tag (the cheaper the better). However, I've been more prone to injury as I've gotten older, and my girls just won't bare the bouncing of cheapy bras anymore. That's when I found Brooks