Fitness is not negotiable in my life. And honestly, I don't think it should be negotiable in anyone's life. Fitness makes everything in life better.
Not everyone is a runner. Not everyone is a yogi. Not everyone is a gym rat. But I do believe there is something for everyone. A group sport, a class at the gym, an at-home workout, an outdoor fitness routine. There IS something for everyone...there is something for YOU...you've just got to get out there and find it.
Check out this great article from Greatist.com about which is better for you, an outdoor workout or an indoor workout.
I may be a little biased here -- but as the weather starts to get chilly...I know one thing is for sure...my basement will always be nice and toasty when I go to push play this winter. Ha!
Fitness is not negotiable.
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We all know there is an app for just about everything - from counting your calories to tracking your steps, using an app is a great way to keep you focused! But with a gazillion apps out there, which one do you chose?
Two of my faves are My Fitness Pal as well as the Nike Fuel Band. But if you don't have a favorite (yet) or don't know where to start, no worries!
Greatist.com has done the leg work and tested hundreds of apps and has compiled a list of the 65 best health and fitness apps. Check it out!
I'm fresh off a whirlwind weekend in Chicago where I taught 5 PiYo classes to groups of some amazing young and extremely talented dancers at the Regional Dance America MidAmerica conference.
After being out of town all weekend, today I hit the ground running. It would be easy to get frazzled, overwhelmed and be down right frantic about everything that needs to happen this week -- it's the last week of school AND my oldest daughter's high school graduation! What?! That is enough to throw any parent into the looney bin! So many emotions, so much excitement and yep, I'm sure there will be some tears.
Anyway, I digress - my point here is that being healthy is not just about the muscles in your arms or legs. It's also about being mentally prepared for the game of life. If we are not strong and centered mentally we will crash and burn...on a daily basis. This is why mind-body formats like PiYo and yoga are SO good for your mind, body and soul.
Check out this great article from Greatist.com for 6 STEPS TO BECOMING MORE MENTALLY FLEXIBLE.
Want to get centered with me? Join me for my NEW WEDNESDAY 6:30am CLASS AT YOGA MONKEY + FITNESS. First class is tomorrrow - see you there!
If you've heard me say it once, then you've heard me say it a gazillion times - the key to fitness and nutrition is to KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Don't believe me? Believe the scientists who completed 15 of the coolest health studies from 2013! Want to know what REALLY makes us fat? Think eggs are bad for your health? Don't think sleep is important?
Once again, the smarty folks at Greatist.com are coming through with some AH-mazing information to help YOU live a healthy, happy life!
Read more ----> http://bit.ly/1iYSUGk
If you've ever been to one of my classes -- or have been around me in general, you know I ALWAYS have a bottle of SmartWater with me. Each bottle is 33 ounces of water -- and I drink about 5 of them each day - along with my unsweetened iced tea.
Staying hydrated is KEY to maintaining your health, especially if you are doing strenuous workouts.
If you suffer from headaches post-workouts you're dehydrated. When you're dehydrated, your body pulls liquid from your blood in order to try and hydrate itself. In addition to headaches this can also lead to muscle cramps and if you're severely dehydrated, your body can start shutting down. Not good, so let's avoid that at all costs, cool?
Click HERE to check calculate HOW MUCH WATER YOU SHOULD DRINK WHILE EXERCISING. Thank you Greatist.com for the wonderful information, yet again!
Whether you live by yourself or in a busy house, we've all been there...it's time for dinner, but you're the only one eating. No one likes spending a lot of time in the kitchen to make a big meal if your mouth is the only mouth to feed, right?
Thanks to one of my favorite sites, Greatist.com - here are 29...yep, that is right, I said 29, EASY, HEALTHY MEALS for ONE! Holy smokes, single-serving meals that don't include a bowl of cereal, love it!
Want to check them out? CLICK ----> HERE.
What are your favorite go to meals?
You've probably heard the saying, 'You are what you eat' and guess what -- it is SO true! That's why it is imparative that we fuel our bodies with the best food possible so we can perform our best -- mentally and physically.
One of my FAVORITE superfoods is blueberries - I have them each and every morning with my oatmeal (my personal fave is Three Sisters oatmeal from Whole Foods. It's organic, low in sugar and delish!)
WHY THEY’RE SUPER!
84 calories per cup, a serving of berries contains 14 percent of the suggested daily fiber and 24 percent of the suggested daily intake of Vitamin C. But it gets better. Research suggests blueberries deliver some even more powerful and long-lasting health benefits. One study found that consuming a cup of blueberries per week can lower blood pressure and perhaps speed up metabolism, due mostly to their high levels of anthocyanins (a type of antioxidant). Another study suggests blueberries can lower levels of LDL (the bad cholesterol), potentially reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. Blueberries may also inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.
Click HERE to read the full article on Greatist.com!
What are your favorite superfoods?
Married to a college football coach, 3 daughters, Beachbody Master Trainer and Coach, Disney fanatic, aspire to inspire, serve others, and be a force of passion. Meet Julie!