Monday, January 27, 2014

Lunge Kicks


Mix up your lunges with kicks when you lift off. You get some cardio in, and work more muscles in your legs. Try it on your next leg day.

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Cheers Eights & Weights!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

February Challenge: Dumbbell February!



Come join us this February on Instagram as we show you exercises that you can do with dumbbells for an all-over workout. This month, I am partnering with Maje Ayida of Eden Lifestyle, a Nigerian fitness website. If you are not on Instagram, join now! 

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Muscle vs. Fat



People tend to look at the scale a lot when trying to lose weight, and it could be really frustrating when that scale we trust so much is not budging. This is especially true when you are working hard and eating right. Well, consider this: Are your clothes becoming looser? Are you actually seeing your muscle definition come through? Then it may be that you are losing fat and putting on muscle, which is great news!

Muscles and fat weigh the same, but muscles take up less space. This is why visual confirmation is more important than the scale. If you want to be really certain, using a measuring tape or a body fat calculator works too.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Photo credit: Dangerandplay.com

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Venus Sensitive Embrace Razor Review



Part of a healthy body is healthy skin, and part of healthy skin for a woman depends on the razor she uses. I like to take time off sometimes to review a product that I've tried :)

Many women believe their sensitive skin gets in the way of a close, smooth shave; but the symptoms women are experiencing may just be from using the wrong or a dull razor. Now, Gillette Venus is introducing the Venus Embrace Sensitive razor with increased glide enhancers and a touch of Aloe, to provide a closer shave with less irritation. I got to be one of the people to try this product before it hits the shelves!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Keeping Your Fitness Resolutions?

Excerpt from "11 Things You Must Know if You Made a New Year's Resolution to Get Fit" on Huffington Post


Did you proclaim 2014 your year to get fit? Here are a few things you should absolutely know if you are going to really make that resolution stick.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Inspiration: What Works for your Body



Yoga pose: Extended forward fold.

Inspiration: Every person's body is innately different. One version of a pose is not better than another. With regular practice, you will slowly fall into what works for YOUR body to get the positive benefits and reduce your risk of injury. My practice became sooooo much better when I accepted this.

I want people not to get frustrated when you practice. A lot of us try to be like other people. There's nothing wrong in being inspired, but because our bodies are so different, rather than spend time mimicking, spend time learning about your body. Find out what works and what does not feel right.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Need a Burst of Energy? Try Tuck Jumps!


Tuck jumps are tough because they involve a strong burst of cardio. If you love plyometric exercises, you'd love these. Just make sure you land softly, bend your knees when you land to reduce pressure, and tuck your knees when you jump to work your abs. You'll be breathing heavily and torching calories in no time!

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Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Try this Full Body Workout



Looking for a full body workout to try today? Here is one! You do every single exercise for 50 seconds, and rest for 10 seconds before the next one. After each group, you can rest for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Repeat the whole routine a second time if you want to get in an hour.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Engaging your Muscles in the Squat



Squatting is probably one of the best bum exercises out there. But a lot of folks do it wrong. And this puts pressure on your knees rather than your glutes. Want a great bum and thighs? Want to incorporate the squat in your routine but think you may be doing it wrong? Here is a simple tip to help engage your bum muscles.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

LG TONE+ Wireless Stereo Headphones Review



Dealing with wires, volume, and music while you run and work out sometimes gets a little tedious. Depending on my mood, I like to sometimes surprise myself with music so I'd just put my iPod on shuffle. This leads to me stopping to change the music when it gets to a slow song or something I may just not be feeling at that point in time. When I heard that these wireless headphones might change that, I was excited to give them a try.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How's Your Running Form?


Running is probably my favorite form of cardio. But it is also one of the forms of cardio with the highest rate of injury. Why? Because people don't usually learn to run, and so we end up pounding your bodies in this repetitive motion and hurting ourselves.

Besides the hurt, when you run properly, it also helps you use your energy more efficiently and possibly perform better. So how do you run properly?

Monday, January 6, 2014

What do Calories Mean to Your Waistline?



The body is a very complex machine, but its laws are pretty simple when it comes to weight loss and weight gain. You pretty much consume food to help provide you energy and help your body function. If you consume more than your body needs, it converts it into fat and stores it for a rainy day. This leads to "weight gain".

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Jump Rope as Cardio



Running gets the reputation for being "the" cardio exercise pretty much because it is easy to figure out how much you are losing and how fit you are getting. But then a lot of people end up not working out because they hate to run and they think that's the only way to do it. Why not diversify? Try the jump rope!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year! Say it with Sweat!



First off, I really want to thank you all for going through this journey with me. I have good days and bad days (and interesting days), and so do you. My passion is to create awareness and bring simplicity to the fitness world so we understand how we can change our health and our bodies if we try. And so I am grateful that people are following, reading, and actually making changes in their lives.
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