Twice a year, we get motivated to start fresh. January inspires promises to get diets in order, lose weight, get in shape and make other self improvements. But by summer, many of us have lost track of those goals and are back at square one. Then the start of a new school year rolls around. The itch for positive change resurfaces—especially for those of us with kids.
Category: Mrs. Fitness
Southern States Championships top contender Melissa Transou, a figure competitor, wife and mother, blogs about the unique sports nutrition needs of female athletes exclusively for Vitacost.com.
Most of us aren’t strangers to caffeine. We count on our coffee to jump start the day or pour a great big cup of green tea when the afternoon slump sets in. But what about using caffeine to rev up a workout or help you lose weight? Is it a good idea? Does it even work?
You hit the gym daily, skipped scrumptious desserts and splurged on a few new outfits to look your best for vacation. Now that you’ve arrived at your destination, should you relax and let loose or stick with the routine that helped turn you into the beach bombshell you’ve become? The answer is: a little of both.
You notice those big, brightly colored, bouncy-looking balls every time you’re at the gym—but what on Earth are you supposed to do with them? Stop staring and go grab one! Balance balls, also known as stability balls, are easier to use than you think, and they offer a wide variety of fitness benefits, from increasing flexibility to building strength to improving coordination and balance. Training with a ball is especially great for targeting core muscles, an area often neglected in our workout routines.
If you’ve shied away from strength training because you think it’s going to blow up your arms, making you look like a cartoon-character bodybuilder, you’re not alone. Many women avoid using weights because they don’t want to get “buff.” But the truth is, adding strength and resistance training to your workout routine comes with a number of benefits, with toned, attractive muscles being just one of many.
An icy-cold, fresh fruit smoothie is the perfect way to cool down after a workout or a summer afternoon spent soaking up the sun. With so many fruits and berries in season now, there’s no shortage of options for sweet variations to sip. Here are a few of my personal favorites—always enhanced with a scoop of vanilla protein powder for a little extra fuel!
Oh, my aching feet! You’d think because I spend so much time wearing sneakers my feet would never hurt. Sadly, that’s not the case. No matter how fancy or comfortable the shoe, your feet are going to hurt from time to time, especially if you work out frequently. With summer in full swing, you’ll want to treat those tootsies with extra care, so you can switch from sneakers to sandals with ease and always look – and feel – your best.
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