Simple Tips / Tweaks

Fitness is about feeling good mentally and phsically. Implement these simple tips and don't let any fitness regimen get out of hand and ruin your wellbeing.

Lose Belly Fat with a Waist Trimmer (Really… this works)

Waist Trimmer

There are plenty of gimmicky weight loss products out there to help lose belly fat. One simple (and cheap) product that scientifically helps reduce belly fat is the waist trimmer.
How to Use
Wrap waist trimmer around your belly during your fasted morning fat burning walks.
How does this work?
I’m been a long proponent of smart strategic cardio for fat burning. The idea is that you want to wear…

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Lifting Accessories – Are they Worth Using?

Valeo Belt

There are lots of opinions in the lifting world when it comes to lifting accessories that are designed to aid in heavy lifting. Opinions tend to fall into two categories.
First category
“I lift raw. I don’t use any lifting accessories to assist me because I want to be completely strong all by myself even when I’m naked.”
Second category
“I lift with as many accessories as I can because…

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How to Save Money on Supplements

The Supplements-Goals Reference Guide

Nowadays you can buy supplements for almost anything. That said, part of the reasons why I hate reviewing supplements (even though it makes me money) is because the majority of them aren’t worth a dime.
Most supplements nowadays are a mixture of known things that work and odd substances that have little or no proof of efficacy. Every “new” supplement is a remix of “known good substances” and obscure amounts…

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Smart Strategic Cardio for Fat Burning

Walking to burn fat

Looking to burn fat and keep your muscles? Try this!
Fasted Morning Walks
When you wake up in the morning, make sure you don’t eat any calories (stay fasted). Drink a cup of black coffee, a cup of tea (no cream or sugar), or pop a caffeine / fat burning pill. Then go for a 1 hour walk (don’t run – keeping BPM in the fat burning zone).
Do this…

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3 Cardio Workouts to Help Burn Fat!

cardio

If you’re bored with your current cardio routine which includes a long, steady, easy-to-moderate pace on the elliptical, treadmill, or even the bike, and you feel you’ve hit a plateau then it’s time to spice things up a bit!
The next time you hop on the treadmill, try this:

Interval. Jog for 1 minute and sprint for 30 seconds. Repeat this 10 times. Want something more challenging? Set your incline…

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7 Tips to Eating Healthier

protein pancakes

If you’re like most Americans you probably skip breakfast and curb your hunger with a big cup – or pot – of coffee, and you likely don’t eat your first meal until lunchtime. You might get a few sips of water in here, or you’ll suck down a diet soda thinking you’re saving yourself calories and being healthy about your choice of beverage.
Here are some excellent tips to help…

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To Stretch or Not to Stretch?

stretch

I’ll be honest; I used to be one of those people who rarely ever stretched before or after her training sessions. Why? I probably avoided it for the same excuses you might have: takes too long, I just want to start my workout already, what’s the point, who cares, etc. Am I right or am I right?
Unfortunately, I was ignorant. I wasn’t properly educated on the importance of stretching…

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You Don’t Have Time to Work Out? No Problem!

find time to workout

These days everyone seems to be on time restraints – a meeting here, a conference call there, a kid’s dance recital, a favorite TV show, a boyfriend’s baseball game, a family outing, etc. Whatever commitment you’re tied down to, there is just not enough time in 24 hours to exercise… are these time restraints or really just excuses?!
Why wouldn’t you want to put aside some time in your day…

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Nutritious AND Delicious – Can It Be?!

chicken scampi

 
I was on a cooking and baking binge last night where I made dinner followed by dessert – Chicken Scampi and protein cookies! Both are low calorie, low carb, low fat, and high protein – and guess what? They taste DELICIOUS!
Chicken Scampi
Here’s what you’ll need:

1.25lbs chicken (I got boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders)
¼ cup white cooking wine
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp…

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Use Your Phone to Help You Get Fit!

iphone app

Since the majority of us can’t live without technology, especially our cell phones, I figured I’d blog about how using our phones can help us get fit!

Your phone has a camera – use it for progress photos. You’d be surprised how motivating photos of yourself can be!
Find a photo on your phone’s internet and save it. Set it as your wallpaper to inspire you.
Looking to eat out,…

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My New Best Friend: Full Body Workouts

Full Body Workout

 
My style of training has changed since I began attending classes for a six-month program at National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) to become an advanced certified personal trainer, and I’ve been seeing some great results. (Keep in mind my diet is pretty clean – I have a cheat meal once or twice a week). I want to share with you an example of a workout that I’ve done recently …

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Click ‘N Snap: A Fun, Challenging Way to Reach Your Fitness Goals!

#SeptemberFit Photo Challenge

Who doesn’t like a good (and fun!) challenge? I know I do, especially when it comes to physical fitness and exercising.
I joined Instagram – the free photo-sharing program and social network – more than a year ago, and at that time I wasn’t aware of how powerful of a networking tool it can be, and how it can help me reach my own fitness goals!
When I made the…

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Calorie-Cutting Tips for the Already Diet-Conscious Person

PureAlmond_LandingPage

This article is dedicated to “those” people. I am one of “those” people.  I’m the person who orders dressing on the side.  I don’t drink soda, my fridge is full of produce, and I haven’t eaten a King size candy bar in….well, ever. I’m the person who’s conscious of what I eat and try to make good healthy decisions… most of the time.  If you are like me, one of…

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Coconut Flour for Low Carb Baking

coconut flour

Following a low-carb diet can be hard, and at times leave you feeling deprived of some of your favorite comfort foods.  I have always had a sweet tooth, so for me, finding lower carbohydrate/sugar alternatives to my favorite baked goods has been a down-right mission!  After carousing a few Paleo-friendly cooking websites, I started to notice that many of the baking recipes shared a common ingredient: coconut flour.  I had…

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Get Motivated and Stay Motivated!

Motivation

Whether you are a newbie at working out or you’re an old pro, sometimes finding the motivation to get yourself to the gym can be challenging.
I’ve been there plenty of times, but I’ve learned to dig deep and find it in me to get my butt over to the gym.
Here are some things that work for me when I find myself in a little funk:

Positive quotes and…

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15-Minute Post-Run Strength Workout

Photo @ SuperFantastic

Running, running, and then more running.  That’s what I do.  I’ve got to get those miles in, right?  However, running alone is not enough to achieve total fitness.  If you want to look your best, feel your best, and be at your best, a more well-balanced regimen is necessary.  At a minimum, your regimen should really include some sort of regular rotation of strength training, core strengthening, and flexibility exercises. …

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Don’t Have a Measuring Cup? Try This “Handy” Tool!

measuring with your hand

Measuring your food portions using your hand (yes, the body part that is attached to your arm) is convenient, easy, and free!
There have been numerous times I am without my trusty measuring cup so I turn to my hand – left or right, doesn’t matter (but usually my left) – to figure out my portions, and it hasn’t failed me yet!
So, here’s how it “measures” up:

1 teaspoon…

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Don’t Dread the Treadmill

photo @ eccampbell

Whether the summer heat has forced you indoors or you have just decided that you need to take advantage of the complimentary toiletries that come with the gym membership you haven’t utilized in four months, the treadmill is your friend.  Many, if not most, runners cringe at the notion of working out on the “dreadmill”.
Manufacturers have pulled out all the stops to try to make treadmill running a more…

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Abide by the List: Gym Etiquette 101

Gym Photo

After spending some time in several different gyms, I have to address gym etiquette.
The List
1. When you workout you sweat, right? The sweat usually trickles off your body and lands on whatever machine you’re using. Be sure to take a couple of seconds to wipe down the machine.
2. Unload your weights and put them back where you found them! Why is this concept so hard for some…

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Want to Eat Healthier? Consider Buying These Groceries!

Groceries for Eating Clean

If you’re looking to make some changes to your poor eating habits, but are unsure with where you should start or even what you should be eating, I’ve provided a “grocery list” for you.
Before you even enter a grocery store, know that sticking to the outside perimeter of the store contains most of the healthier, non-processed, clean-eating foods. The only types of food I get that take me into…

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