10 Minute Ab Workout (for all levels)

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope that you had a wonderful Easter weekend and are ready for a great week!

Here is a quick, 10 Minute Ab Workout to help you get started on the right foot (or oblique! Trainer joke 🙂 ) I love this workout because it is for any level and will tone your arms as well.

And, be on the lookout for a very, special guest…..

Quick Exercise for Workout Wednesday

Hello everyone, happy Workout Wednesday!!!

When I became a trainer, this was one of the first BOSU exercises that I learned and it is still one of my favorites!  It works your entire body, burns calories and gives you a cardio burst.

This is a BOSU Burpee (well, kinda 🙂 )!   To modify this exercise, you can step back instead of jumping.  To progress it, you can add a push up and a jump at the end.  This can also be done without the BOSU as a simple Burpee.

Enjoy!

Great Trip for All (Even for Health Addicts Like Me!)

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My hubby and I had a little weekend getaway this past week and we stayed at The Westin Desert Willow Villas in Palm Desert.  We have stayed there many times and I have to say that this resort is by far and away my favorite!!!  It is a wonderful escape for all: kids, adults and even for health addicts like me!

Let’s start with activities for the kids!  There are so many things to entertain your little ones and various pools to choose from!  First, there is a small pool that has a volleyball net and basketball hoop so that the whole family can participate in water sports.  There is an adjacent pool that has one of the most epic pool slides I have ever seen (don’t worry, adults are allowed on it too!) and there are slide contests throughout the day.  In addition, there are games for all that are led by the enthusiastic staff members: BINGO by the pool, arts and crafts and even movie night in the water.  And don’t worry Mom and Dad…there are mandatory pool breaks to make sure that your children come out of the water for sunscreen application, hydration and food. 🙂

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Ok adults, I know what you’re thinking.  I don’t have kids (or my kids are at home), and the last thing I want to do is be in the pool with a bunch of loud kids on my vacation.  Well then this next section is for you!  I too enjoy some peace and quiet on my vacation and we were able to enjoy it by the more quiet pool on the upper deck.  Here is the place for us to lounge on our floaties, enjoy poolside service, drink from the poolside bar (under misters, I might add!), and to read on our lounge chairs.  My husband and I even rented a private cabana for the day and spent the day under the shade, fan and by our own refrigerator.  This is the place to be!

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I was extremely nervous about going on vacation and not being able to find anything to eat.  Since my Lyme diagnosis, my diet has become extremely limited so we came prepared with all kinds of food to cook in our kitchen in our villa.  However, we didn’t use any of it (the resort has a food donation program, so it didn’t even go to waste)!  I was so excited to find food that I could eat and not get sick from.  And I could continue to eat clean.  For health addicts like me, The Westin has tons of options to make us happy! 

The first thing that I noticed that I thought was extremely unique was the “Sleep Well Menu” located on our bedside table.  It not only offered all kinds of calming teas but also offered supplements to help you sleep: magnesium and melatonin to name a few.  Who does that?!  The next item that I was delighted with was the Superfoods Rx Menu which was offered for room service, poolside and in the resort restaurant.  It offered all of my favorites: avocado, garlic, broccoli and more.  Every menu has gluten free, vegan and healthy options for the whole family!  As if that weren’t enough to keep this health nut happy, the resort also has a fitness studio, fitness classes, tennis courts, golf and running trails.  Okay, I think I am in Heaven!

 

I absolutely cannot say enough about The Westin Desert Willow Villas.  The staff is extremely accommodating and friendly and they truly have thought of everything.  My one criticism (if I had to find one) is that the bathroom is pretty far away from the pool on the upper deck.  That’s it though.  That’s all I can think of.  🙂

I highly recommend visiting them on your next desert vacation.  I will definitely be back next year…and the year after….and the year after 🙂

 

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Quick Stretch for Flexibility and Cooldown

Happy Fitness Friday!

It is extremely important to cool down after a workout but we may not always know how to do that. Here is a quick stretch video that can be used as a cool down, to increase flexibility or to use in the morning to kick start your day.

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Total Leg Workout in Less Than 5 Minutes

Here is a Total Leg Workout that can be done at home or in the gym.  All you need is a set of dumbbells and a mat.  It can be done alone (in under 5 minutes) or added to another strength or cardio workout.

Enjoy 🙂

 

5 Tips for a Great Night’s Sleep

photo-5Are you struggling to get a good night’s sleep?!  Here are some of my favorite tips to help you sleep like a puppy:

5 Tips for a Great Night’s Sleep

1). Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. (Yes, even on the weekends).
2). Exercise during the day. Even a slow walk during the day will help you sleep better.
3). Meditate for 5 to 10 minutes before bed. This will help clear your mind of all the stressful events from your day.
4). Turn off all electronics an hour before bedtime. A bright screen tricks your mind into thinking it should be awake!
5). Rub a few drops of Lavender Essential Oils onto the balls of your feet. (I personally use Young Living Essential Oils). This works for me every time!!

Sleep tight! 🙂