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Recipe Feature: Paleo Salad in a Jar

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Looking for a healthy, yet hearty salad that will actually fill you up and keep you energized throughout your busy workday and active lifestyle? This Paleo Salad in a Jar is the perfect recipe for you then! You can quickly prepare this salad ahead of time and take it on-the-go for a quick and healthy lunch or dinner! This Paleo Salad also makes for the perfect pre- or post-workout meal with its wholesome ingredients loaded with protein, healthy fats, clean carbohydrates, and antioxidants. Whether you have a big day at work or a big workout planned for the day, take this salad with you to give you that long-lasting energy you’ll need to succeed!

Free Fitness Friday: March Madness Lower-Body Resistance Band Workout

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It's the second Friday of March and time for the second "March Madness" Free Fitness Friday Workout! As I mentioned last week, I will be sharing some awesome workouts that you can complete anytime and anywhere to help you fit daily exercise into your busy schedule! Let's embrace the "madness" with this week's Free Fitness Friday: March Madness Lower-Body Resistance Band Workout

Free Fitness Friday: March Madness Full-Body Dumbbell Workout

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It's the first week of a new month and I am so excited it's already March! March is a month known for many things - most notably "March Madness." March always seems to be a month of "Madness" filled with a busy schedule and "not enough hours in the day" kind of feeling! So for the month of March, I will be sharing some awesome workouts that you can complete anytime and anywhere to help you fit daily exercise into your busy schedule! Let's embrace the "madness!"

Free Fitness Friday: Full Body Tabata Workout (20 minutes)

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Hooray! It's already Friday, it's already September, and it's already the half-way point of my first Dietetic Internship Rotation! Time sure is flying by, and while I do not feel that I have a lot of "free time" right now, I will always make time for a quick "Free Fitness Friday" work-out! Especially if it takes about 20 minutes to complete!

This week's Free Fitness Friday workout: Full Body Tabata (20 minutes): 

Rope slams never felt so good! (Photo compliments of  DAPhotospot ) 

Rope slams never felt so good! (Photo compliments of DAPhotospot

The workout is very simple and involves 4 dynamic exercises for a full body burn! As always, be sure to warm up for 3-5 minutes before starting the timer and cool down and stretch after you complete the last round!

1 Round:

1. Jump Rope

2. Bosu Ball Push-Ups

3. Bosu Ball Sit-Ups 

4. Rope Slams

Perform each exercise for 20 seconds, then rest 10 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. Rest for 1 minute between rounds and repeat for 5-6 rounds. 

Check out my demonstration video to see how each exercise is performed!

I can't wait to head to my gym after clinical tomorrow and kick the long-weekend off with this quick, calorie-blasting workout! 

Hope you will "join me" and I hope you have a wonderful long-weekend!

 

Free Fitness Friday: Workout #2

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Happy Friday!! I don't know about you, but this week seemed to drag on and on and I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off all week! Well, it's finally Friday and time to squeeze in this week's FREE  workout! I was short on time this morning, but had an absolute blast (and blasted some serious calories) with this quick 20 minute HIIT / Tabata workout. I played around with some recordings of each exercise to demonstrate how they are done, but I am still working out the issues with editing and sharing videos! Bear with me as I learn the ropes of editing media, but at least you click the YouTube links and be able to see how each exercise is done and ensure that you have proper form!

Here we go!

Workout #2
Workout #2

As always, you want to start with 5-10 minutes of an easy warm-up and finish the workout with at least a 5-minute cool-down and stretch! The whole workout takes 20 minutes (30-45 minutes total with the warm-up and cool-down) and you'll be surprised with how much fun you'll have while burning some serious calories!

Complete each exercise (1-5) for 20 seconds of high-intensity work ("on") with a 10-second rest ("off") between each exercise until you complete the 5th exercise - that is one (Tabata) cycle. For example, do the burpees (with the jump) for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the right leg step-ups for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the left leg step-ups for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the plank with tricep press for 20 seconds, rest for 20 seconds, then finish with the plank with scissor jumps for 20 seconds. Rest 10 more seconds before moving onto the next cycle. Repeat the cycle 5 more times (for a total of 6 cycles) and then cool down for another 5-10 minutes (depending on how much time you have). You can choose any form of cardiovascular exercise to cool down, but don't skimp out on the cool- down! It's important to allow your heart-rate to come back down to near-resting levels AND stretch after a high-intensity workout!

Here are the YouTube links for demonstration purposes. The first video is me performing the burpee exercise, the second video is me performing the right leg step-ups and the left leg step-ups, and the third video is me performing the plank with tricep press and the plank with scissor jumps.

Video 1: Burpees

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_XlWjJq_RQ

Video 2:  Right leg step-ups and the left leg step-ups

Video 3: Plank with tricep press and the plank with scissor jumps

Have a blast (while blasting calories) and have a wonderful weekend ahead!

Free Fitness Friday: Quick 20-minute calorie-blasting workout

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That's right! Your eyes are not deceiving you... I did say "FREE"! Every Friday I will post a FREE workout that you can do nearly any where, any time - especially when you are short on time.

I know how difficult it may be to find the time to work out during the work-week (especially on a Friday) but there's no better way to de-stress from the hectic week at work than to exercise! With these quick and effective workouts, you will be able to reduce your stress, blast some calories, and set yourself up for the weekend ahead! Seriously, these workouts are only 20-30 minutes long and can be completed nearly anywhere at any time!

So.... what are you waiting for? Let's get to work!

HITT Tabata Workout 1
HITT Tabata Workout 1

Today's workout - 7/10/15

So here is how you complete the workout:

Start with a 5-10 minute warm-up. This can be done by walking, jogging, biking, the elliptical, the rower machine, the stairmaster... whatever your heart desires as long as you warm up your entire body and get your heart-rate up for at lease 5 minutes. Today I chose to jog for 1 mile on the treadmill :-)

Then you start your timer - I was introduced to the Interval Timer app by a dear friend (Lindsey) and absolutely love it! The timer is so easy to use and you can download it on your smart phone to use during your workout. If you don't have a smart phone, you can easily use a stop watch.

Complete each exercise (1-5) for 20 seconds of high-intensity work with a 10-second rest between each exercise until you complete the 5th exercise - that is one (Tabata) cycle. For example, do the kettle bell swing for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the ring pull-ups (TRX pull-ups) for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the wall ball for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the plie' squat for 20 seconds, rest for 20 seconds, then finish with the plank and pike for 20 seconds. Rest 10 more seconds before moving onto the next cycle. Repeat the cycle 5 more times (for a total of 6 cycles) and then cool down for another 5-10 minutes (depending on how much time you have).  I had extra time this morning and chose to do the stairmaster for 10 minutes, but you can choose any form of cardiovascular exercise to cool down. Don't skimp out on the cool down! It's important to allow your heart-rate to come back down to near-resting levels AND stretch after a high-intensity workout!!

Motivation pic
Motivation pic

If you are not sure how to perform each exercise that is listed in the workout, simply click the links to see the proper form for each exercise. Or please feel free to ask me in the "comments" section below - I am happy to help answer any questions that you may have :-) 

(Photo: Robolikes)

And that's all there is for today, folks! Short and sweet (yet super effective)! I bet you feel better already! :-)