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Healthy Food Swaps for Your Favorite Party Foods (As Seen on CBS Chicago)

Got a big event coming up? Before you hit the grocery store, check out these five easy swaps from Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour. Steph stopped by CBS Chicago to chat about how to make our favorite go-to party foods a lot more nutritious!

Q: What do dips, burgers, tacos, and chili all have in common?
A: They are
delicious!

But on a serious note—those are the heavy hitters of the party food scene and I’ve got ways to lighten up all of them. I enjoy teaching my private weight loss clients how to choose ingredients that will give them the most nutrients without missing out on flavor or fun.

Dive Into Your Dips

Endive that is! Normally we use regular potato chips, tortilla chips, or even pita chips as carriers for those delicious, creamy dips. My suggestion though? Step away from the chips and choose carrot coins, snap peas, or endives instead. Vegetables are packed full of the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.

Also: Soup Up Your Dips

And we’re not talking chicken soup! Step up your dips by swapping out sour cream for Greek yogurt. I love using Greek yogurt as a base for dips because it’s higher in protein, will help you feel satiated, and keep your blood sugar levels more constant. That’s a win-win…or rather a win-win-win!

Fatten Up Your Burger

Yes, this sounds counter-intuitive, but hear me out. When it comes to choosing beef for your burger you want to go with a leaner variety, but when it comes to toppings for that burger? Swap mayo and/or cheese out for the healthy fats found in the amazing avocado! Slice about half an avocado on top of your burger for a flavor explosion that will keep you feeling fuller longer.

Add Extra Crunch to Tacos

Who doesn’t love tacos, am I right? Whether you’re enjoying hard or soft shell tacos, here’s a healthy way to add some satisfying, good-for-you crunch—kale! Kale is much more nutrient-dense than romaine or iceberg, so instead of shredded lettuce, fill those bad boys up with this anti-inflammatory, power green. You’ll be enjoying your food, without sacrificing taste, and while increasing your intake of Vitamins C, A, and E!

Beef Up Your Chili

If you bought the giant tub of kale and didn’t use it all on taco night—good news! You can throw some of it in your chili, as well some bell pepper for an extra dose of that Vitamin C. My other recommendation is to swap out beef for ground turkey which will boost the amount of lean protein per bowl.

I don’t know about you, but all this food talk has got me hungry. For even more guidance in the kitchen I encourage you to check out my 7 Day Easy Meal Plan + Recipe Book.

Xoxo,
-Steph

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicago, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

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Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with womens fitness across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

6 Exercises for a Healthy Heart (As Seen on the Today Show)

American Heart Health Month has arrived. Hopefully your February includes lots of fun Valentines Day plans and also lots of new habits for your beloved heart muscle! Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour appeared on the Today Show to demonstrate three ways to get heart smart.

To go along with this video, Steph wrote an entire article for the Today Show website that contains twice the number of exercises for you to check out!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide—yikes. By incorporating these lifestyle habits into your existing workout routine, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you’re doing everything in your power to stay healthy!

You can learn those 6 exercises by clicking here.

A big part of keeping your heart in peak condition is maintaining a healthy weight. My weight loss programs for women are designed to include exercise, nutrition, and confidence building exercises. If you’re ready to lose the weight and make it last check out my Signature Weight Loss System.

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicago, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: weight loss consultant Chicago, weight loss nutritionist Chicago (we work with a Doctor of Nutrition to assess all of our private weight loss clients), health & fitness trainer Chicago, health & fitness coaching Chicago, health & fitness training Chicago, and fitness trainer Chicago. In addition, I do corporate wellness training Chicago, and I’m a fitness consultant in Chicago. I do fitness training Chicago, nutrition coaching Chicago, and nutrition training Chicago. If you’re looking for a health trainer Chicago, health expert Chicago, health coaching Chicago, or health training Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a personal trainer Chicago, nutrition expert Chicago, nutrition coach chicago, and a women’s weight loss coach in Chicago and beyond!

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with womens fitness across the country! 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

How To Work Out Like a Football Player and a Free Circuit Training Workout (As Seen on ABC Chicago)

Use that high energy from watching the recent Super Bowl to challenge yourself to this fresh, football-inspired workout! Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour took these reporters through the circuit on ABC Chicago’s Windy City Live. Watch the video then read below before trying it out for yourself!

 

Getting in the mood to work out isn’t always easy, we all know the motivation struggle. Whether you’ve been crushing those New Year’s Resolutions or haven’t even worked out once this year yet, here is some inspiration to get up and moving: a strength and cardio circuit of new fat-burning moves!

This circuit can be done anywhere, even your own home, and you don’t need any equipment. I always advise my private weight loss clients to do a workout like this before any big event so they can enjoy some party foods—guilt-free! I guarantee you’ll feel proud, accomplished, and healthier after pumping this circuit out!

Put on your workout shoes and let’s get started.

Move #1: Cardio Warm Up

First, let’s get in the zone. You’ll need a space large enough that you can move forwards and backwards about 10 feet. From your starting point, do butt kicks all the way until your ending point. Then immediately backpedal all the way back to start!

Repeat at least once more.

Move #2: Side to Side Jumps

Now that you’re nice and warm, let’s jump around! Pick a line in your carpet and jump over and back in a side-to-side motion. Plyos are great for building strength, getting your heart rate up, and working your balance.

See how many hops you can get done in 10 seconds!

Move#3: Big Game Shuffles

Now let’s Step It Up into some serious strength training cardio. Squat down and shuffle sideways from one side of the room to the other. When you get there touch your outside hand down to the ground. Now shuffle all the way back to the starting side and touch that side. This is going to light a fire in your quads and glutes!

Aim for 3 there and back again shuffles.

If you need more and have time, repeat the entire circuit.

For more at home workouts like this, check out my Step It Up with Steph DVD. My signature slim-down workouts will guide you through warming up, cardio, and strength training. Then cool down and bliss out with the yoga and meditation also included!

If weight loss is your goal this year, exercise will totally help you get there in a healthy way. You also need to prioritize how you fuel your body. I offer nutrition coaching and fitness training in Chicago, but also have many resources available online.

For guidance in the kitchen take a look at my 7-Day Easy Meal Plan and Recipe Book. Delicious, wholesome meals that won’t take hours to prepare, and I even included a shopping list to save you even more time!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

How To Fix Common Strength Training Mistakes + A Tough Core Challenge

When it comes to improving your health and longevity, strength training is rising in popularity for a multitude of reasons. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour recommends easing your way into a routine that includes some weight training. Check out her article covering common workout mistakes and how to fix them recently featured on NBC News Better.

Strength training is an important part of all my weight loss programs for women because it comes with so many great benefits. I also stress the importance of taking it easy and giving your body time to learn an exercise safely and with proper form.

Read 3 Common Training Mistakes here.

For more strength training check out my Step It Up with Steph DVD. It’s got everything:  warm-ups, cardio, strength training, pilates abs, yoga, and even meditation!

Feeling up for a challenge? This one-legged, kneeling rotation move is great for improving hip mobility, core strength, and it will test your balance like no other! Give it a try at the end of your regular workout and see how it feels.

Try that insane core move here.

Have you tried adding a resistance band to your strength training exercises? Adding a band will seriously step up your gains, while also helping you perfect your form! If you struggle with your balance while lunging, take a look at this Self article I contributed to. It’ll show you how to take your reverse lunge to the next level starting at the foundation.

Perfect your lunge form by clicking here.

One too many cocktails last night? Most of us have been there. If you’ve over-indulged, what’s the best way to get back on track with your workout routine? I’ve put together what to do, what not to do, and why in the following article.

Learn 4 Gentle Exercises for Hangover Recovery here.

Ever wonder what a personal trainers fitness routine looks like? Here’s an insider look at seven different professional fit folk’s schedules—mine included!

Click here to learn how personal trainers stay in shape!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Super Bowl Workout & High Intensity Interval Training Workout As Seen on HLN

All set to watch the Super Bowl, snack down, and cheer it up with your friends? How about getting in a quick, fat-burning workout first? Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour appeared on Headline News to demo a high intensity circuit workout that will have you feeling like an NFL pro on game day!

When it comes to getting the most workout bang for your buck, so to speak, you can’t beat high-intensity interval training. I always advise my successful private weight loss clients to sneak in a quick workout before a big party or event.

Here are four NFL themed moves to get you in the fat burning zone and breaking a sweat before the big game!

First we’re going to begin by channeling your inner football player with a fun cardio warm-up I like to call:

The NFL Shuffle

Stand with your feet a little wider than hip distance apart. Arms up in front of you, palms facing out. Shuffle in place for about 10 seconds to get that heart rate up!

Keep those abs pulled in tight, those feet moving lightly, and your arms up.

The Punt & Touch

Now that your body is warm, let’s do a little dynamic stretching before our main exercises.

From standing, swing your right leg forwardas if you’re kicking a footballand touch your foot with your left hand. Do this at least five times on the right side before switching to the left leg.

The Tackle Squat

Moving on to strength training, we’ve got everybody’s favorite lower-body builder: squats! Squats are such an essential movement for everyone, that’s why I include them in all my weight loss programs for women.

Blast your quads and booty by sitting back and pressing through your heels to stand back up. Make sure your knee doesn’t go over your toes, but rather stays in line above them.

The Tackle Stand Up

Drop down and give me five! Push-ups that is. If you need to modify you can always do these on your knees, you’ll still get that arm, chest, and core work in. Some form cues: keep those abs pulled in tight and don’t let your hips sag.

Are you ready for how to chain them together for a full-body circuit workout?

Let’s Hiit It!

Warm-up with the NFL shuffle for 10 seconds, followed by five per side Punt & Touches.

5 sec NFL Shuffle
5 Tackle Squats
5 sec NFL Shuffle
5 Tackle Stand Ups
and Repeat!

You can either set a timer for 15 minutes and do as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) or I also recommend shooting for 10 full rounds. That works out to be 50 total squats and 50 push-ups!

Enjoy working out like a pro!
-Steph

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Healthy Super Bowl Swaps & How to Eat Healthy for the Super Bowl As Seen on HLN

What’s a Super Bowl party without amazing food, right? Unfortunately, for those of us with weight loss goals, those high-calorie snacks can serve as a setback. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour stopped by Headline News to fill you in on how to save hundreds of calories while still enjoying your favorite party foods!

Steph specializes in weight loss programs for women and believes in keeping her clients from ever feeling deprived in their day to day lives. Let’s talk about how to cheer your team on while still making healthy food choices on game day! Here are a bunch of popular Super Bowl party foods and their calorie contents compared to some lighter—but still delicious—alternatives!

Artichoke Dip Versus Salsa

It can be a little too easy to fall into a bowl of artichoke dip! If you take a look at the calories in just one serving (and who is going to only eat one serving, honestly?!) it may not be so tempting. That creamy dip runs around 114 calories per serving, whereas the same amount of salsa will only contain 10. Make the swap and you’ll save 104 calories easily!

Potato Chips Versus Popcorn

There are 160 calories in just one 1 oz. serving of potato chips, whoa! If you opt to snack on some air-popped popcorn with some seasoning sprinkled on instead, you can enjoy a whole 1 cup serving for just 30 calories. That’s a savings of 120 calories or you can snack up to five cups of that popcorn for the same amount of calories as one serving of chips. A little swap that will go a long way if you’re extra hungry!

Another good swap I always tell my own private weight loss clients to keep in mind: ditch the tortilla chips in favor of some sliced veggies.

Traditional Fried Wings Versus Baked Chicken Wings

Traditional wings, while super tasty, are unfortunately full of fat and calories. You can save mega calories by switching your wing style over to either baked or grilled. Here’s the numbers for comparison:

2 fried wings + 1.5 oz bleu cheese = 470 calories vs 2 baked wings + 2 TBSP salsa = 170 calories.

That’s right…you could save 300 calories per serving with this swap!

Regular Burger Versus Lean Beef Bunless Burger

You’ll save over 200 calories simply by saying no to a hamburger bun and wrapping your burger in lettuce instead. Good protein boost, great flavor, and more room for dessert or drinks! If you love the bun too much, just ditch half of it and do an open-faced burger. Opting for a leaner hamburger meat will save you calories from fat as well.

This swap works for sandwiches too! You’ll save ~115 calories by making your sandwich open-faced instead of two slices of bread.

Glass of Wine Versus Wine Spritzer

If you love to indulge in a boozy beverage when you’re hanging out with your friends and waiting to scream over touchdowns—you’re in good company! Save around 60 calories by filling your wine glass with half sparkling water.

Glass of wine – 120 calories vs wine spritzer – 60 calories

If you’re paying attention that means you can have twice the drinks for the same amount of calories!

Go team!
Steph

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Best Weight Loss Coach for Women Gives Healthy Hacks for the Office (As Seen on ABC Chicago)

Stuck at a desk for a large portion of your days? Studies have linked being sedentary with obesity, so we’ve got some tips for how you can stay fit in 2019 without leaving your office chair. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour stopped by ABC Chicago to supply you with ways to stay healthy even while on the clock!

If you’re feeling like work is setting you back on your weight loss journey, it doesn’t have to! I’ve got some super simple health hacks you can easily add to enhance your days in the office without taking time away from your work. These workout moves can be done at your desk, plus I’ve got tips for smarter snacking to beat that midday crash and how to improve the health of your work space!

Hack #1: Greet the day

As soon as you sit down at your desk in the morning be sure to start your day off with a nice, big stretch. Reach your arms up overhead, opening up the chest while taking a deep breath in. Lower your arms as you exhale. Repeat as many times as feels good while you’re waiting on that computer to boot up!

Hack #2: Go Green

Research shows that adding a little nature to your work environment can help you feel happier and more energized. Test this out for yourself by bringing in a little plant or some flowers for your area!

Hack #3: Two Ways to Fight Midday Slump

You’re chugging away at work, getting tasks done left and right, and Bam! That pesky midday slump hits you. Try reaching for a protein-packed snack to help you bounce back. I recommend keeping protein bars, prepackaged almonds, and some nut butter at hand!

Additionally, I always tell my own private weight loss clients to do shoulder rolls in the afternoon. Shrug your shoulders in a circle to relieve neck tension and wake you back up a little.

Hack #4: Bring Some Sunshine Inside

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is quite common. If you’re suffering from it, or even just missing the sun, there’s a product that may help you. Light therapy may ease symptoms, consider investing in a natural sun lamp for your desk. These lamps mimic the sun to bring you a health, energizing glow!

Hack #5: Relieve Tension

Final cue: do some neck stretches as you’re writing out your To-Do list for the next day. This will relieve some of the tension in your upper back and neck before you head home for the day or maybe to the gym! Just a little movement like that should inspire you to get in a workout or even do some yoga at home.

I offer a fitness DVD as part of my weight loss programs for women, if you’re interested you can check it out here: Step It Up with Steph DVD.

I hope these hacks improve your workdays and remind you to always stay active however you can!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

4 Simple Ways To Improve Your Health and Lifestyle (As Seen on Fox 5 New York)

When it comes to managing your health and lifestyle, simple solutions are the best. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour appeared on Good Day Street Talk to discuss four easy ways to improve on your current healthy habits.

For maintaining your personal health and wellness, there are four main areas you should focus on improving: your workouts, your diet, your self talk, and your sleep.

You’ve probably heard the buzzword self-care and these four pieces of your daily routine are the basis for good self-care. It’s more than bath bombs and face masks, it’s how you take care of your physical and mental health every single day.

Move Like You Love Yourself

Looking to improve your workouts? I tell my own private weight loss clients all the time: change it up!

What I’m suggesting can be as simple as putting in your headphones and changing the music you usually listen to while you workout. So if you listen to heavy rock music, try out some relaxing classical music. If you are a podcast listener, maybe switch it up to pop music to really get your heart rate going!

Other examples of ways you can freshen things up: Add cardio bursts, do all your exercises in a different order than normal, or try a completely new-to-you workout like dance class instead of spin!

Eat Like You Love Yourself

You don’t have to go all gung-ho and try to learn a whole new crazy diet. This is a little trick  I incorporate into all my weight loss programs for women! I challenge you to add one extra serving of vegetables or one serving of a healthy fat (hello avocado!) into your diet every day. Much more simple, right? Now is the time to try out some of those new veggies you’ve been eyeing in the produce section, or just stick to the ones you know you already love like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, etc.

Want more guidance in the kitchen? Take the guesswork out of meal prep with my Recipe Book!

Speak Like You Love Yourself

The way we talk to ourselves is really important especially as women with weight loss goals. If you’re constantly talking down to yourself or mentally beating yourself up cause you missed a workout or aren’t where you want to be yet or because you ate that cookie—you aren’t operating in the healthiest mental state.

What I recommend is keeping a journal and tracking for at least one full day all the times you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts. At the end of the night review your list and turn those items into successes. Reprogram your thoughts to be kind to yourself and watch how your life transforms in all the most joyous ways!

I’m a huge promoter of changing your mind to change your life. If you’re interested in learning more about this check out my Confidence Workbook for 30 daily mental exercises and videos.

Catch Those ZZZs

We all know that sleep is important, but we often don’t prioritize it. As a private weight loss coach I am constantly researching new ways to help my clients get better quality sleep.

My simple tip for improving your sleep is to create a nighttime ritual that you love. If you’re into scents, it could be lighting a lavender candle or using an essential oil diffuser. If candles aren’t your thing, maybe a fancy lotion or even a pair of warm, fuzzy socks. Anything that gets your senses involved will help. And it should be something that you can easily do—and will look forward to—every single night!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

5 Common Workout Mistakes and How To Fix Them (As Seen on ABC 7 Chicago)

We’re well into January, gyms are crowded, and everyone is pursuing their New Year’s Resolutions full steam ahead! Now how do you keep the ball rolling and avoid burning yourself out? Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour joined ABC 7 News to go over five common workout mistakes and how to avoid them.

The last thing you want when you’re going hard and feeling dedicated towards your weight loss goals: an injury. I’ve compiled for you five of the most common mistakes in regards to working out, and how to proceed safely on your fitness journey.

Mistake #1: Too Much Too Soon

Coming out of the holidays, after all those delicious, high-calorie feasts, it can be tempting to over-commit yourself. You may be thinking it’s time to get super serious and you resolve to hit the gym FIVE days a week.

As I like to remind my own private weight loss clients at resolution time—consider pulling back a bit. Ease your body back into a workout routine slowly. Start with just making it to the gym two days a week, and once you’ve succeeded at that commitment for at least two weeks, step it up. Now make it to the gym three times per week for two weeks, then increase to four, etc.

Mistake #2: No Rest Days

Don’t get caught up in the No Days Off hype. As a weight loss coach I can assure you that your body needs rest to repair and build those muscles. This doesn’t necessarily mean you spend the day lounging on the couch. Instead opt for a yoga class, spend some time with a foam roller or a foot massager, stay hydrated, and rest easy knowing you’re still actively moving forward with those weight loss goals!

Yoga has so many benefits which is why it’s even included on my Step It Up with Steph DVD.

Mistake #3: Inflexibility- In Your Body

Make time to stretch! This is very important especially if you weight train or do a lot of running for cardio. If you skip the stretching your body will be super tight and you may even experience pain from it. If you have them, you can use a yoga strap or a block to help you stretch, but if you don’t—no worries! You can do some dynamic stretches (think arm circles or leg swings) to warm up for a workout, but save static stretching (any stretch you hold for 10-30 seconds) for the end of your workouts to avoid injury.

Mistake #4: Inflexibility – In Your Schedule

What happens if you planned for a super intense cardio class and when the day arrives you’re feeling a little under the weather? Don’t feel like you’re a slave to your routine, swap out the high-speed spin session and opt for a gentle yoga class instead. Or take one of those rest days!

Mistake #5: If It Worked For Them, It’ll Work for ME

Everybody and every body is different, looking at someone else’s fitness journey and trying to copy it exactly may not work for you and that’s OK! Be sure to pick and choose things that speak to you. Do the kind of exercising that you enjoy, eat nutritious foods that you love, and you’ll find it a cinch to lead a healthy, fit life!

Wishing you nothing but success in 2019!
Steph

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

How To Keep Your Fitness Resolutions (As Seen on Fox’s Good Day New York)

What would make sticking to your fitness resolutions a little easier on you this year? How about some fresh, new exercises paired with positive affirmations to get your mind involved in the process? Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour stopped by Fox NY to demo these four powerful combo moves.

By assigning emotional and intellectual meaning to workout moves you’ll be more motivated to do them—ask any of my successful private weight loss clients!

If you dread working out, dislike sweating, or getting out of breath, I think this workout will really help you get your mind right! Get ready to work it out mentally and physically.

Lengthen & Strengthen

Our first move goes along with the phrase: I love to lengthen and strengthen.

Grab a pair of light dumbbells, begin standing up straight, abs pulled in tight. Take a step back into a high lunge position, raise the dumbbells straight up and overhead. Now slowly bring the weights back down and as you do, bring your back leg forward and lift your knee towards your chest. This is one rep.

Do at least five on one leg before you switch up sides, if you’re feeling really good go for ten!

The Side Sizzler

Let’s get that waistline sizzling! Start a fire in your core with this oblique-sculpting move.

Bend your arm so one dumbbell is in line with your ear and the other dumbbell should hang down by your opposite side. First lean sideways towards the relaxed dumbbell side as far as you can, while pressing the opposite weight up. Now come back through center, returning the up dumbbell to it’s bent arm position by that ear, and crunch that elbow towards its same side knee.

You’re working both sides in this one move, but still switch up which side you crunch to every other set.

I’m a Star

It wouldn’t be a full body workout without some sort of squat variation, am I right?

Take your feet a little wider than the hips and turn your toes out. With the weights down in front of you, bring the arms up into a V position as you squat down. Lower the weights as you stand back up. That’s one rep. The mantra to repeat to yourself while doing this exercise is of course: I am a star!

If you’re feeling really strong here and want to step it up you can try adding in a little jump and telling yourself you’re a shooting star!

Take a Bow

You’re on the final exercise, so don’t forget to take a bow. You can even imagine people are clapping and cheering for you, this will help you feel good about finishing a workout and excited to do it again!

From standing lift your weights out to either side as you take one foot back behind the opposite leg and drop down into a curtsy. Come back up as you drop the weights and immediately take it to the other side. This will get your blood pumping!

For more of my signature moves check out my Step It Up with Steph Workout DVD.

Be proud of yourself for working out, and know that I’m proud of you too!
Steph

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

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