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Quick Fat Blasting Tips

Change up your cardio.

– Look at your cardio workout in intervals: sprint as fast as you can for a minute, then back off but increase your incline. If you’re on the elliptical, increase resistance, then pick up the pace for a few minutes.

– If you are in love with the treadmill, instead of walking for a few minutes to warm up, try out the bike or another cardio machine for your warm up and to move your muscles differently. Muscles have memory and soon, they will be conditioned to your favorite form of cardio. Avoid this by making your muscles guess what’s coming next!


Change up your full body workout.

– Accustomed to doing cardio then weights, or vice versa? If you implement intervals into your cardio (see above), you can do one interval, lift some arm weights or do leg exercises, then jump back into cardio.

– Moving from one exercise to another not only keeps your body guessing, but it also ensures that you’re burning more calories by moving continuously, rather than busting it on cardio and taking your time doing weights.

Pull your abs in 24/7!

– You can literally workout ANYWHERE, ANYTIME with this fat blasting tip!

– Pull your belly button in towards your spine, act like you are squeezing into a tight pair of pants, and try to flatten your belly right below your belly button.

– Engage your core to gain stability, to feel tighter, and to look smaller along your waistline.

Cut back on dairy and gluten foods.

– A lot of people are lactose intolerant and don’t even know it! After eating dairy products, a lot of us feel bloated and even lethargic. Similarly, a lot of wheat products leave us feeling like our stomach is a balloon that uncontrollably expands!

– Try reducing or eliminating your dairy and gluten intake. Many carbs now say “gluten free” if they are, as well as dairy products.

– If you eat ice cream, there is ice cream made with coconut milk. If you love milk, try rice or soy milk. If you crave cheese, try eating a protein and vegetable snack, imagining how you feel after eating cheese. That may be enough to talk yourself out of wanting it!

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Happy & Healthy Halloween

I invited a few friends over to partake in one of my Halloween traditions: a pumpkin carving party! Don’t you remember looking forward to this as a kid?? I do! Here’s what we did, and how to make your Halloween a healthy one:

First, you need to make sure that you pick out a healthy, ripe, pumpkin. I look happy here, but unfortunately I found out that my pumpkin was half rotten and therefore was unable to use almost all of my pumpkin seeds!

Which brings me to my next point: pumpkin seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a wonderful seasonal snack. Make sure you have everyone get all of the pumpkin gunk untangled from the seeds. Then put the seeds in a strainer, rinse them off, and lay them on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with a little salt (or cinnamon) and bake for about 10 minutes at 450 degrees. DELISH!

I also made some gluten-free pumpkin bread this year. It was SO good, and not loaded with artificial sweeteners or tons of ingredients.

 

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Do You Work Out on Vacation in Chicago?

Find out what random visitors to Chicago do while here – do they work out and look forward to running along Lake Michigan? Or do they have a totally different mindset about health & fitness while they’re away from home?

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How To Make Moving a Workout

I’m Stepping It Up and moving to a new luxurious apartment downtown! If you’ve ever moved before, you know that moving can cause many injuries and back pain. But in this video, I’m going to show you how random Chicagoans are turning moving into a workout!

What Does Chicago Eat For Lunch?

Watch as I Take It To the Streets to see what random Chicagoans are eating for lunch on Fridays! They’ve all got one thing on common – it’s considered a “cheat” day…

You know how much I despise labeling days like this! So make sure that just because it’s Friday, you are still making your food choices independent of each other, and totally dependent upon what you want and how your food will make you feel! 🙂

Elevator Stretches

Elevator Stretches

What happens when a good-looking guy walks into my elevator? I start to show him some elevator stretches! Watch this quick video to see what stretches you can do next time you’re in an elevator, without anyone even noticing!

The Taxi Cab Crunch

Check out how a random taxi cab driver and truck driver do the Taxi Cab Crunch with me. And, I even speak to drivers in two languages!

Taking It To the…Escalators

Do the escalators count as a form of exercise? Do you normally just stand there and ride up/down, or do you climb up two steps at a time and then jog down? Find out what random Chicagoans have to say about escalators and exercise!