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Best Meditation Apps As Featured on Today Show

Have you tried to meditate but find it really challenging? Are you looking for an easy way to meditate? Or, are you looking for meditations for weight loss? My latest article for the Today Show highlights the different aspects of the most popular meditation apps. And, if you’re looking for me to walk you through some Step It Up with Steph meditations, check out all of my video meditations for the Today Show here.


Are you looking for ways to meditate in Chicago? If you can’t make it to a Chicago meditation studio, or to a yoga class in Chicago, try out these meditation apps! And, no matter where you live in the country, these meditation apps are available to be downloaded right to your phone. I have personally used all of these meditation apps, and as a women’s health and fitness expert and a women’s weight loss coach, I inspect everything before I recommend things. I really liked these meditation apps to use throughout the day and also as a nighttime meditation and a morning meditation.

For my weight loss clients, I suggest meditating at least once a day with a meditation app. It’s important to feel connected to yourself (to your mind, body, and spirit) because this will help you to relax and unwind. When we are stressed, we’re more receptive to storing fat around the mid-section. As a weight loss coach for women, it’s my goal to help women feel more in charge and in control of their choices, bodies, and weight.

Stephanie Mansour is a women’s weight loss coach and the best health and fitness expert in Chicago. She’s a contributor for the Today Show and is a health and fitness expert on TV. She’s also a women’s weight loss expert. As a women’s weight loss coach, she helps women lose weight fast and make it last. She’s also a confidence coach and her wellness programs in Chicago are for women everywhere!

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The Best Lunges for Toned Legs with Fox Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski at Hi Fi Fitness

Join Chicago’s best health and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour and Fox Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski as Steph shows Jenny the best way to do lunges to get toned legs!

Are you ready to work your butt and legs? Chicago’s fitness expert Stephanie Mansour shows Jenny how to do “around the world lunges,” as Steph calls them. These lunges work your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and all of your stabilization muscles in your legs. You even have to work your core while doing these lunges! If you’re looking to tone and tighten your thighs, check out fitness expert Stephanie Mansour’s “lunges around the world.”

Chicago’s wellness coach Stephanie Mansour and Fox Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski were demonstrating these exercises at Hi Fi Fitness in Chicago! As a women’s weight loss coach for women in Chicago, Stephanie helps women get a sleeked and toned body while maintaining their results easily. Her private weight loss programs in Chicago are available for women everywhere! As a health coach for women, Steph looks at health in a holistic manner to really account for stress, weight, sleep, and all other health and fitness factors.

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Memorial Day Healthy BBQ Swaps As Seen On Fox Chicago

Confused about what to avoid vs what to eat at your next BBQ? Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour is here to share with us easy replacements for your favorites, including healthier and less fattening meats, desserts, chips, dips, and more!

Be a conscious consumer when you’re at those holiday weekend parties. When you go for the alcoholic drink, instead of using mixers of pop or juice, try flavored water, sparkling water, watermelon water, or plain water and adding your own lemon or lime juice to it! This trick will help you cut down on your sugar intake while still enjoying a drink.

When getting your protein in with meats, try a healthier relish to flavor your protein, like Slawsa. It has no preservatives, and significantly less sodium than ketchup and dill relish. Another protein option is to grab the grilled wings, instead of fried wings. Chicken wings are really popular and it’s likely that you’ll be able to find them grilled or baked, instead of fried.

For chips, make your own with sweet potatoes! You can slice them up and bake them in your oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. This is a great alternative for regular potato chips that are loaded with salt and oils.

When looking to buy dips for your party, try making your own with greek yogurt and herbs. You’ll eliminate all the unnecessary additives and preservative this way, and can flavor the dip just how you like it! Another great option for a dip is a flavored hummus that you can dip vegetables into.

Desserts can be traps when you’re having fun at parties at want something a little sweet. Instead of going for the puddings and cakes, try making fruit kabobs and have some nuts on the side with them. A great way to add a little extra protein with your sweet treat!

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Health and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour is the best weight loss coach for women in Chicago and beyond! Her private weight loss programs have a holistic approach and focus on health, fitness, nutrition, emotional eating, and self-confidence. As a confidence coach for women in Chicago and beyond, Steph works privately with weight loss clients to boost their self-confidence and get them the bodies they want.

Best Fitness Trackers for Your Fitness Goals As Featured on Today Show

Are you looking for the best fitness tracker for your needs? In Chicago especially, health and fitness outdoors can be tricky to track! Check out my article that features the best fitness trackers and how they’ll help with your fitness goals.

As a Chicago weight loss coach for women, I’m always looking for the latest and greatest fitness products! If you’re running outside in Chicago or anywhere in the country, it’s important to know how many miles you’re going and also look for ways to make your workout more efficient. As a wellness coach, I know it’s not just about weight loss or calories burned. It’s also about feeling connected to your goals and committed to yourself. Fitness trackers are one more way you can see your progress!

Stephanie Mansour is a women’s weight loss coach and the best health and fitness expert in Chicago. She’s a contributor for the Today Show and is a health and fitness expert on TV. She’s also a women’s weight loss expert. Are you looking for the best wellness program for women? As Chicago’s best wellness coach for women, Steph helps women in Chicago and beyond lose weight fast and make it last.

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

A Bathroom Workout: How to Exercise While Brushing Your Teeth with TV Personality Jenny Milkowski

Join Chicago’s best health and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour and Chicago TV Personality Jenny Milkowski as they demonstrate how to work out in the bathroom!

Chicago’s women’s health expert Stephanie Mansour shows Chicago TV Personality Jenny how to do ab exercises while brushing your teeth. This is an easy way to get in some crunches and side crunches while you’re doing an everyday activity.

If you’re looking to tone and tighten your midsection, check out fitness expert Stephanie Mansour’s best ab exercises to do while in the bathroom!

Chicago’s wellness coach for women, Stephanie Mansour, and Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski were demonstrating these exercises at Hi Fi Fitness in Chicago!

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Best Produce to Help with Weightloss & Best Healthy Foods at Farmer’s Market

Are you having a hard time with weightloss? Are you looking for a weightloss coach or just some tips on how you can live healthier? Chicago’s best wellness coach Stephanie Mansour stopped by Fox Chicago to give tips on the best produce to help with weightloss that you can find at the Farmer’s Market this spring:

Our Health & Wellness Expert Stephanie Mansour is here with the 10 best foods to purchase as the season begins:
Collard greens & cabbage & arugula
– Vitamins C and E are found in these anti-inflammatory veggies that help promote weightloss and de-bloating!
Avocados
– They are in season and they help curb fatty carb cravings, and keep you fuller longer.
Garlic & Fennel
– It can work wonders for your immune system – getting fresh garlic to crush and sautee with your veggies is a must-buy at Farmer’s markets
Rhubarb
– It’s in season for Spring, and contains 45% of your daily value of Vit. K which is essential to bone health! And strong bones mean less injuries which means less chance of skipping a workout!
Artichokes
– Full of antioxidents and digestive fiber. This will help you stay full longer!
Beets
– High in Vit C & potassium (good for nerves and muscles!)
Grapefruit
– Good for helping you get rid of excess water weight

Stephanie Mansour is known as Chicago’s top health & fitness expert for women. She coaches women to lose weight fast and make it last. Are you looking for long-lasting weightloss? Or are you looking to get into a healthy and fit lifestyle? Steph is the best lifestyle coach for women and the best wellness coach for women as stated by her clients! She’s also a TV health and fitness expert for women.
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Ballerina-Inspired Ab Exercises and Pilates Exercises with Jenny Milkowski

Join Chicago’s best health and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour and Fox Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski as they demonstrate some of Steph’s favorite ab exercises to strengthen and tighten your midsection!

These ballerina-inspired abdominal exercises can be modified for any level. These are Pilates exercises and can be done lying on the ground or on a yoga mat, and just leaning back.

Chicago’s wellness coach Stephanie Mansour and Fox Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski were demonstrating these exercises at Hi Fi Fitness in Chicago!
Chicago’s best wellness coach for women and best personal trainer for women, Stephanie Mansour, show’s Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski the best ways to tone your abs!

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Healthy Ways to Kick Off BBQ and Summer Party Season As Seen on WINK TV

After a holiday weekend, maybe you’re feeling a little bloated or off track. But soon, many weekends will be filled with summer parties and BBQs, so how can you keep your health and fitness in check?
Our Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour from Step It Up with Steph is here with some great tips!

First, get in the right state of mind. Think of food as fuel! You want to eat healthy things so that you physically feel good. It’s not about being on a diet. Diets don’t work! Restricting yourself doesn’t work! And even if it works for a few days or week, diets definitely are not sustainable. Therefore, set yourself up for success by following these tips:
– Drink a lot of water. Hydration is key to keep you from feeling hungry. Sometimes being hungry is a sign that you’re actually thirsty! Drink regular water, coconut water, or WTRMLN WTR to stay hydrated throughout the day!
– When you go to parties, bring a vegetable as a side! Vegetables are the best sides to bring because you’ll ensure that you’re able to eat something healthy. As a women’s weightloss coach, I coach my clients to make veggies either by baking them, steaming them, or making a nice salad. Make sure you’re cooking vegetables in healthy oils, such as this Avocado Oil. Similarly, when using salad dressings, use dressings that contain ingredients you can pronounce. This salad dressing by Primal Kitchen actually also includes avocado oil! So not only are you getting a healthier dressing, but you’re also increasing your healthy fats due to the avocado oil.
– Finally, always make sure you don’t arrive to a party hungry. As a women’s health and fitness expert, I always encourage my clients to eat a healthy snack before going out. This could be a hard boiled egg or some nut butter with an apple!

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The Best Quad Stretch and How to Stretch Your Quads with Jenny Milkowski

Chicago’s best weightloss coach for women and best personal trainer for women, Stephanie Mansour, show’s Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski the best ways to stretch your quads!

If you have tight hips, get muscle cramps, or just feel tight, try this beginner quad stretch first. If you’d like to feel more of a stretch, you can move on to the King Arthur quad stretch against a wall.
You can stretch your quads in yoga, too, and you can kneel on a yoga mat to stretch your quads by reaching back and holding onto your foot instead of using the wall.

Chicago’s wellness coach Stephanie Mansour and Fox Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski were demonstrating these quad stretches at Hi Fi Fitness in Chicago!

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60 Second Meditations As Seen on The Today Show Online

Looking for a quick pick-me up? New to meditation and don’t know where to start? Certified Yoga Instructor Stephanie Mansour stopped by The Today Show to demonstrate six one-minute meditations that you can do anywhere, anytime! Check them out HERE!

Basic Breathing Meditation

Use this basic breathing meditation to start your day off on the right foot or to end your day peacefully. You can do this in bed or while sitting up on a yoga mat. Place one hand on your chest over your heart, and the other hand on your stomach. If you’re seated, make sure you’re sitting up tall with your shoulders relaxed.

Begin breathing slowly, in through the nose, and out through the nose. Really try to cultivate a deep breath and think of this as your energy. Breathe in slowly, counting up to four, and then breathe out slowly, counting down from four.

So inhale for 1, 2, 3, 4.

Then exhale for 4, 3, 2, 1.

As you inhale, feel the air rising up from your stomach all the way up into your chest.

As you exhale, feel the air deflating in your chest and then slowly emptying from your stomach.

Repeat this for 60 seconds, and feel refreshed and relaxed!

Nostril Breathing for Balance

This balancing meditation is perfect if you’re feeling a little off kilter or your head is in the clouds. It will bring some stability into your mind and body. You can even do this at the water cooler while filling up your water bottle because you only need one hand!

You can do this meditation seated, standing, or lying down. (Note: if your nose is stuffed up, this may be a bit more challenging!)

Use your right thumb to plug your right nostril, and breathe in through the left nostril.

Then, plug your left nostril with your index finger, and breathe out through the right.

Next, breathe in through the right, and close the right to breathe out through the left. Keep alternating this breath pattern for 60 seconds.

Neck Stretch Meditation

If you’re feeling stressed and getting a headache, this neck stretch meditation will help you to physically and mentally feel more relaxed.

Sitting or standing nice and tall, drop your right ear to your right shoulder and slowly breathe in, and then blow out slowly through your mouth. Think about pushing out any and all tension.

As you breathe in, think about sitting taller. And as you breathe out, think about releasing that ear closer to your shoulder. Remember to stay grounded through your left side and only move from the neck (not the waist).

Repeat this 4 times total, and then switch sides.

Abdominal Meditation

For this meditation, you’ll be working the core while getting connected to your center. You can even do this while waiting in line!

Bring your awareness to your mid-section by pulling the naval in towards the spine. Breathe out through the nose, and hold the breathe at the bottom for a few counts. Then, slowly release the breath and breathe back in.

Hold the breath at the top for a few counts, and then slowly breathe out pulling the naval back in and contracting the abs. Repeat this for 60 seconds, remembering to pause.

Contracting the ab muscles will help bring awareness back to your body and help you to feel more present.

Seated Side Stretch Meditation

You can do this meditation on a yoga mat, on your chair at work, or even while sitting on the couch.

To start, sit up straight. Bring the palms together through the center of your chest. Take a deep breathe in, and then place the left hand onto the ground next to you, and reach the right arm up overhead, towards the left. Feel a nice stretch through the right side of your body. Be sure to keep your right butt cheek pressed into the ground.

Take a deep breathe in, and then exhale and bring both palms back to the center of your chest. Inhale, and reach the right hand to the ground and the left arm overhead towards the right. Feel a stretch in the left side of your body, and then exhale and bring both palms back to the center of your chest.

Repeat this routine for 60 seconds, and afterwards you’ll feel longer, leaner, and more relaxed.

Tree Pose with Meditation

This meditation is a great confidence booster. To start, pick one word that you want to feel. It can be confidence, peace, happiness, or whatever you want to bring more of into your life.

Next, stand up tall, and turn one knee out to the side. Place that foot on the opposite leg’s ankle, calf, or somewhere above the knee. (Avoid putting the foot on the actual knee joint to prevent injuries.)

Press down firmly through the standing leg, and bring the palms together at the center of your chest. Breathe in slowly through the nose, and exhale slowly through the nose. Focus on that one word, and really visualize bringing that into your life. Take a few more breaths, and then slowly release and repeat on the opposite side.

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