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Fitolution – Day 16-20

When you decide to lose weight, what’s typical for you?
 
Turn to cardio or aerobic training like running on a treadmill or sweating buckets in an indoor cycling class? 
 
While cardiovascular exercise can be effective for burning the calories required for weight loss, it’s not always the best option for those who don’t enjoy it.
 

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Fitolution – Day #14

It’s the 14th day of The Fitolution and pre-superbowl.  So how’s about a little fun.
 

EXERCISE:  

Saturdays are cardio days.  Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of cardio. Always make sure to warm-up properly.

 
BONUS EXERCISE(S):

You know that whenever I’m involved, there’ll always be Burpees.  

Because I love them and you secretly love them . . . Burpees!  
There is no substitute.  

Plus a bonus . . . squats.  Could it get any better than that?

Burpees + Squats = mini workout

  • 1 Burpee   + 9 Squats
  • 2 Burpees + 8 Squats
  • 3 Burpees + 7 Squats
  • 4 Burpees + 6 Squats
  • 5 Burpees + 5 Squats
  • 6 Burpees + 4 Squats
  • 7 Burpees + 3 Squats
  • 8 Burpees + 2 Squats
  • 9 Burpees + 1 Squat
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Fitolution Day #12

Here we go with the 12th day of The Fitolution and you have choices to make.


EXERCISE:  

Thursdays are cardio days.  Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of cardio. Always make sure to warm-up properly.

 
BONUS EXERCISE(S):

Disclosure:  Improper technique will result in excessive recruitment (use) of the lumber extensors (low back muscles).  Stabilize your low back throughout the exercise and use a lighter resistance if you are unable to control movement in the low back.
Always consult your GP before starting a new exercise.

Have a leg curl machine?  That makes it  . . . 

Don’t have a machine.  No worries there are so many variations to choose from with equipment or just body weight.

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Cardio vs. Nutrition, You’d be surprised!

 

Cardio, cardio, cardio . . . If I had a nickel for every time a client mentioned cardio and weight loss in the same sentence . . . I’d be a rich woman.
Yes, cardio is important but nutrition is key when it comes to health and weight loss.
Let’s do the Math.  There are 24 hours in a day and hopefully you get at least 7 hours sleep per day.  {broken record = Recovery is important!}

24 – 7 = 17 hours
 
1 hour workout
 
17 – 1 = 16 hours  

-OR-
 
2 hours workout
 
17 – 2 = 15 hours remaining
 
So what do you do the rest of the day for 15-16 hours?  Eat, play, work?
 
Simple fact:  People eat a lot more than they workout!
 
Conclusion:  Nutrition is the most important piece when it comes to health and weight loss.
 
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Fitolution Day #20 – Single Arm Dumbbell Press, Berries and More . . .

Hello Friend,

Fitolution Day #20 and then comes the final . . . #21.

Yesterday was a rest day.  I’m hoping you didn’t forget (or ignore) that fact.   I’m sure after you watched the final run of the CrossFit games, you felt 10 feet tall and bullet proof but I’m sure you saved that energy for Monday.  🙂

EXERCISE:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are strength days so stick to your strength routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of strength training.

BONUS EXERCISE:

Single-Arm Bench Press
Targeted Body Parts – Chest, Full Body Integrated

Instructions –

  • Lie face up on a flat bench so that the top of the back is diagonal across the bench.
  • Hold a dumbbell in the right hand with a strong grip.
  • Hold on to the bench with the left hand above the head near the ear.
  • Place the feet flat on the floor with the hips pressed up into the air, and so the right shoulder of the arm holding the weight is off of the bench.
  • Keep the hips steady and slowly bend the right elbow until it is below the bench then press the weight back up by straightening the arm over the center of the chest.
  • Perform 3 sets of 12.
  • Switch to left hand and repeat steps.

 

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Fitolution Day #13 – How Often do you Check Your Windshield Wipers?

Baby it’s HOT outside so how did you choose to move your body today?  Swimming, boating, pool, beach, dancing & singing in your living room?  Find a way all the while hydrating with some water or a healthy sports drink.

EXERCISE:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays are cardio days so stick to your cardio routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of walking, running, elliptical, biking, rowing, dancing, etc.  Make sure to warm-up properly.

BONUS EXERCISE:

Windshield Wiper
Body parts:  Core

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Fitolution Day #12 – Sun, Fun, Workout, Eat

Now you see me.  Now you don’t.

One minute I’m here.

The next I’m in paradise walking on the beach, breathing the salt air, and totally calm with no worries.

  

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Fitolution – Day 11, Goblin or Goblet, What’s Your Choice?

How are you doing?  Fabulous for sure.  You’re on Fitolution Day #11.  Ten more days to go.  Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back.  You are rocking’ it.
 

EXERCISE:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays are cardio days so stick to your cardio routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of walking, running, elliptical, biking, rowing, dancing, etc.  Make sure to warm-up properly.

BONUS EXERCISE:

Goblet Squat
Body Parts:  Butt/Hips, Legs – Thighs

Stand with the feet about shoulder-width apart, and hold a dumbbell in a vertical position directly in front of the chest. Keep the elbows close to the rib cage and the back straight while lowering into a squat. Continue lowering until the hips are below the knees, then push both feet into the floor and to return back to the original standing position.

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Fitolution – Day #10 – Learn how to carry like a farmer

Stop, breathe, think, and respond if you have questions or comments.  It’s always nice to know who’s out there geeking out on fitness and nutrition with me.  LOL

 

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Fitolution Day #9 – Tough day? Exercise helps to reduce stress.

Day #9 of The Fitolution.  Today can be tricky.  Make sure you know what you’re doing or ask a trainer, or experienced friend.

EXERCISE:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays are cardio days so stick to your cardio routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of walking, running, elliptical, biking, rowing, dancing, etc.  Make sure to warm-up properly.

BONUS EXERCISE:

Dumbbell Snatch
Body Parts – Full body

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart while holding a dumbbell in your right hand so that it is in the center of your body. Quickly dip your hips into a half-squat, keeping your spine straight and allowing the dumbbell to drop down between your legs. Explosively push your feet into the ground and press your hips forward as you snap your right arm straight up the front of your body (the dumbbell should travel in a straight line). As the dumbbell passes your shoulders, drop your hips into a squat as you punch your right arm straight into the air. Finish in a lowered-squat position with your right arm extended overhead. Slowly move into the standing position, lower your right arm and repeat for 4 to 6 repetitions before switching arms.

Use a weight that makes 4 to 6 reps challenging, using one arm at a time. Complete 4 to 6 reps; rest 2 minutes between sets (both arms = one set) and perform 3 to 4 sets.


If you’re new to this lift, work on perfecting it before pushing your limits with high-intensity intervals. Your form needs to be tight before you accept any challenges or attempt the kettlebell snatch.

The kettlebell snatch challenge: One exercise, 20 minutes, 400 calories—or more. Get ready to burn calories faster than ever before.

The Challenge. Following your warm-up, grab a kettlebell you can comfortably lift over your head. Then set a timer to go off at 15-second intervals. In that amount of time, perform as many kettlebell snatches as you can with your dominant hand. Then rest for 15 seconds, and repeat the move with your non-dominant hand. Repeat that circuit—15 seconds on, 15 off, for both hands—for a total of 20 rounds, or 20 minutes.

Remind me—what’s a kettlebell snatch?  Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, holding a kettlebell between your legs with one hand, palm facing your body. From here, push your hips back and bend your knees slightly to swing the bell back between your legs. Then, quickly and explosively, straighten your hips and knees, and then your ankles, to swing the bell in front of you and up over your head. (If you generate enough power, your feet may briefly leave the floor.) The swift movement should propel the kettlebell over your fist, and you’ll settle back into a quarter squat as you catch it against the outside of your arm.

Once you have your balance, stand to finish the move. Now slowly lower the bell to your shoulder and then return to the starting position. That’s one rep.

NUTRITION:

It’s not just about what you eat. Pay attention to what you drink to keep a slimmer waistline.

If you don’t drink green tea, you should consider starting.Genius diet discovery: New research has found a direct link between consuming green tea and smaller waistlines. It’s a three-pronged attack on belly fat: Green tea contains compounds called catechins that boost energy expenditure, increase the release of fat from fat cells—especially in the abdomen—and speed up the burning of fat by the liver, particularly after meals.

Study participants drank four to five cups a day, but any amount will have some benefit. Caffeine concerns? One cup of green tea contains about half as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. If you prefer decaf green tea, the catechin content is lower than in regular, but there’s still enough to have an effect.

TIP:

Beware of 4 Sneaky Waist Inflators:

  • Stress Cortisol (the fight-or-flight hormone released from the adrenal gland) increases blood sugar, which increases insulin, which increases the deposit of belly fat.
  • Sleep deprivation being overly tired leads to higher cortisol levels (see above) and throws your appetite-regulating hormones out of whack. And that—you know what’s coming next—can result in binge eating.
  • Low vitamin D A vitamin D deficiency can contribute to blood-sugar-regulation problems, insulin resistance and, yep, tummy rolls.
  • Constipation If you don’t keep things moving, you know where it will all sit. Get regular with high-fiber foods (broccoli, peas, pears, ground flaxseeds) and lots of water. A probiotic supplement—which has good bacteria to aid digestive health—will help too.

That’s a lot for one day.  Remember, take what you want and leave the rest.  You don’t have to focus on it all at once.