Nothing says fall like the smell of a meal cooking in the crock pot. On the first official day of fall it seemed only fitting to share this amazingly flavorful Low-Fat Chicken Verde Taco Recipe.Read More
Need to bring a salad to a BBQ or dinner party. Try this recipe.Read More
Want great arms? You may need to TRI harder. While most workouts consist of training the biceps, you shouldn’t neglect the other and much larger side of your arm. The triceps make up a majority of the arm yet they are forgotten in most workouts.
Try these 8 Tricep Exercises to tone, build and sculpt your armsRead More
Looking to shape and tone your legs? Try this muscle building, leg shaping, and fat burning killer leg workout.Read More
See below for this yummy (any spicy) guilt free recipe. Enjoy!Read More
While there are many skin products out there, I preach about two natural must have products that I use as a supplement to my skin regiment. After being asked by a few friends I have decided to blog about my Top Two Natural Skin Products:Read More
Stay focused and don't quit.
I loved this article from the NY Post. It really focuses on training intensity, HIIT training specifically and training for the results you wish to achieve. The days of isolated muscle exercises are dated and proven not as effective as multi-joint, compound exercises. Nardia Norman goes on to say that If you're just working out willy-nilly with no real plan, you're not going to get the results you want - end of story. "There's a very big difference between exercise and training." she explains that "if you have a goal of losing a certain amount of weight, for example, then you need to train for it. That mean's following a well-designed program." and she says "The best way to do it is by hiring a trainer. Otherwise, you probably won’t work hard enough, will do the wrong exercises, or spend way too much time at the gym without seeing any results. “PTs are trained to assess their clients’ bodies, needs and wants, and they can give you the tools to get you there,” she says. They’ll also keep you working hard and will change your program as you get fitter.
"You can fool yourself, but when you're tired and you don't want to get up and train, or you really want that bit of cake, your 'why' has to be powerful and inspirational enough that you can avoid all the temptation,"
Meet Tabata Training....
Tabata training is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It consists of eight rounds of ultra-high-intensity exercises in a specific 20-seconds-on, 10-30 seconds-off interval. It may only take four minutes to complete a Tabata circuit, but those four minutes should push your body to its absolute limit.
Incorporating high-intensity training into your workout routine can increase your aerobic and anaerobic system capacities. Tabata training should be done with one movement. I have demonstrated 3 variations of exercises. So, if you choose a movement like squat jumps, or burpees, or ice skaters, you do it at absolute maximum intensity for 20 seconds, take a 10-30 second rest, then begin again. Part of what makes Tabata so difficult is performing four minutes of the same movement at kill-yourself intensity. If you're not absolutely toast after those four minutes, you didn't go hard enough.
This method is very effective—and super hard! Yes, it’s short (20 seconds on, 30 seconds off for as little as 4 minutes), but you have to go all out to get the big benefits.
Salmon with some soul. A sweet-smoky rub featuring smoked paprika, brown sugar and cinnamon complements salmon's moderate flavor and moist meaty texture. Served on a bed of sautéed spinach, amazing flavor and beautiful presentation for entertaining.
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons (plus 1 teaspoon) olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons thyme leaves, divided
2 pounds salmon fillets
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon, saigon
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 bag (10 ounces) fresh spinach leaves
1. Mix orange juice, 2 tablespoons of the oil and 1 teaspoon of the thyme in a bowl. Place salmon in glass dish. Add marinade; turn to coat. Cover. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix brown sugar, smoked paprika, cinnamon, orange peel, remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and sea salt in small bowl. Remove salmon from marinade. Place in greased foil-lined baking pan. Discard any remaining marinade.
3. Rub top of salmon evenly with smoked paprika mixture. Roast 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
4. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add spinach; cook 2 minutes or until wilted. Serve salmon over spinach.
Try this super easy, healthy, and very tasty roasted chicken recipe. Prep to table within an hour.
Blasted Chicken Adapted from Sara's Weeknight Meals Recipe
1 3 1/4-pound chicken
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing
kosher salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush chicken lightly all over with a little oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place breast-side up in a heavy roasting pan and place in the center of a rack in the lower third of the oven. Cook, uncovered, for approx. 45 minutes or until juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a skewer.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together 2 teaspoons olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, and oregano. Season lightly with salt and pepper and set aside.
3. Once the chicken is cooked, remove the oven and transfer to a large platter, reserving the pan juices. Tent the chicken loosely with foil and let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer reserved pan juices to the olive oil mixture and whisk to combine. Carve chicken (remove skin first to save 130 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving) and drizzle each portion with dressing.
Exercise of the Week: The Tank Top Arm routine using resistance bands. The summer is just around the corner and our clothes are inevitably going to be getting smaller. This week’s exercise is a series of arm exercises to help you sculpt the tank top arm muscles. Resistance bands are a great alternative to free weights and are excellent for quick at home or on the go workout. Try adding this quick arm workout to your weekly program.
Want your own resistance bands to use at home (or on the go)?
Here is an awesome product to consider:
Lifeline Professional Exercising Tubing with Handles: This five-foot durable exercise tubing with hard plastic swivel handles comes in 10 levels to accommodate all your fitness needs; $13-$25.
I love a fresh salad for lunch but I have to be honest I find making one every day extremely time consuming (especially for one person) and buying one every day extremely expensive.
I came across a great solution and wanted to share. Mason Jar Salads.Read More
Today marks the first day of spring.... perfect time to begin a workout routine to help get your body and mind prepared for the summer.Read More
A dynamic warm-up is an extremely important component of a strength and conditioning program. Incorporating a dynamic warm-up is beneficial to reducing the risk of injury and enhancing performance. Here are a few of my favorite exercises, try incorporating these two exercises into your warm-up routine.
While we all know that physical activity is good for our bodies it is important to know that it is also good for your mental health. Experts believe that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can also boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better.