These bands create a resistance that when used correctly can help build strength, improve posture and balance. Erica and I have been using them to tone my arms using the two movements below. If you don’t already have the bands, you can buy them here.
When it comes to making new healthy habits, most often the hardest part of following through is getting started. If you’re not used to it, just the thought of working out or meal planning can be exhausting. What has helped me get up and at it when I wasn’t feeling particularly motivated was planning ahead, anticipating my needs, and staying organized.
I’m not a fan of depravation of any kind. If I need a lazy day — I’m taking one! If I want to destroy a bag of chips — consider them gone! It’s all about living a balanced life. That said, on most days I make choices that are good for my body from the inside out. It’s not always easy, but it makes me feel better in the long run.
If you have motivating advice for Audrey, Nikaila, or Angela, please share in the comments!
When it comes to tightening up the bod, trainer Erica Hood at Body By Simone has all the right moves! Last week, Erica taught me a great exercise to tone the hamstrings and glutes. This one can be done at home or in the gym. All you’ll need is a squishy rubber ball. You can find one here!
I’ll let Erica show you how it’s done. You’ll have to let me know if you give this a try!
3 Moves To Work Your Glutes
My collaboration with MPG Sport is finally here! You can score your own pieces exclusively at Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay Co as of… right now!
If you’re in NYC tomorrow, come say hi to me at Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue location on the 4th Floor between 6:00pm-8:00pm! Meet and take a photo with me with any MPG Sport purchase! The pre-sale is happening right now and ends tomorrow. I hope to see you all there, but if you can’t join me be sure to follow along with #LTxMPGSPORT. We will be tweeting and posting to Instagram throughout the day!
Try as we might, we can’t always squeeze a workout into our schedule. I learned a long time ago sometimes you have to get creative and let the workout come to you.
With these DIY wrist and/or ankle weights, you can go about your at-home business while getting toned and tight.
You can put them to use while you squat, lunge and work your arms or, like me, you can wear them while you put groceries away, vacuum, and blow dry your hair! As long as you’re moving, they’re working.
It’s a known fact if you love your athletic shoes you’ll work out harder and more efficiently. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch but the truth is, when I am excited about my exercise gear I am inspired to put them to good use. Finding the right sneaker is extremely important. Will you be using them to run? Dance? Lift? Once you’ve identified your needs why settle for anything less than fashionable? I found some killer kicks online that are sure to put an extra spring in your step this year.
Click on your favorite shoe for details!
Which one inspires you to get in gear??
Last weekend I participated in the Spartan Beast, a 13 mile multi-obstacle challenge! This experience was no joke – especially in the crazy California heat wave we’ve been having. My sister Sharee and her husband Randall put our team together. Since their last name is Wise, our team name was the Wise Asses!
I recently learned by committing to break a sweat for 30 minutes every day, I’m reducing my risk of breast and ovarian cancer by as much as 20%! Immediately added that to the list of reasons to get moving every day. This risk-reducing activity is only one of the many ways we can take action. I found dozens of other tips, facts and tools to prevent and detect ovarian cancer on Bright Pink’s website.
When detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast and ovarian cancer is greater than 92%. It is essential for women of every age to take action and practice early detection and risk reduction. We have the power to be proactive — so let’s do what we can!
One might assume the MOVE dancers and I wouldn’t bother with additional exercise since we get such a great workout when performing – and that would be oh-so-untrue. Our morning routine includes a deep stretch and intense yoga session to give our bodies a refreshing challenge. Although dancing is an awesome way to stay fit, like any other exercise our bodies get used to the movements. For this reason we decide to shock our muscles with something they’re not entirely used to.
Fitness expert Andrea Orbeck explains, “This happens because of the body’s natural defense to adapt to demands placed on it. If you lack variety and intensity in your workout, you will likely stay where you are in your fitness level. To avoid this plateau, new demands are required for new goals.”
Not only is mixing up your routine more physically effective but it also mentally enhances your experience to try something new and exciting. I like to throw in an occasional class that is outside of my ordinary, like yoga, spinning, Pilates or kickboxing.
Orbeck suggests that in order to constantly evolve our routine and reach new fitness milestones, think of the acronym F.I.T.T. when changing things up.
So what is F.I.T.T.?
F is for Frequency: more days per week
I is for Intensity: faster tempo and more challenging levels
T is for Type: variety of incline tread work, sprints and jump rope
T is for Time: longer intensity levels…30, 60 and 90 second power bursts
What is your regular exercise routine? How do you continuously challenge your body?