Love your workout & TRX

I would say that my go-to workouts consist of running and yoga. Over time, I’ve realized that when it comes to exercise (as well as eating well), you need to stick to what you enjoy and what makes you happy and feel good. Otherwise, you will not keep up with it. In my opinion, if you’re doing something that frustrates you or bores you, chances are, you will let it go. So my best piece of advice is always do what you love! If you love what you’re doing, it will become more to you than just a way to tighten your tushy. I use yoga and running to clear my mind and make me feel strong and energized.

Now, I’ve recently added a new favorite type of workout to my list! It’s one of the new 2013 gym trends – TRX. I have now attended 3 classes at the gym and I’m really enjoying it. The workout is based on military training as they need to be able to train on the go. It’s a complete portable workout system. Most gyms are now starting to offer it. Basically, it involves 2 nylon straps with handles that hang from the ceiling. It’s all you need to get a full body workout. I would say that it definitely helps build upper body and arm strength as almost every exercise set requires the strength of your arms. You’ll be sore for days but it feels good! It’s also fun because it’s different than anything you’ve ever done. You’ll be hanging and swinging and jumping and pulling. You kind of feel like a little monkey.

What I love is that the workout is adaptable for all levels – beginners to athletes. You can go easy in the beginning to get the hang of it and get the hang of how to manipulate the straps. Once you get more comfortable you’ll be able to get into more explosive jumps and working at a higher intensity.

I recommend this workout if you’re bored of weights and other old strength training routine classes.

What new workout trends are you into this year? 

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So I haven’t been around for the last few days. I caught a cold over the weekend and ended up just relaxing for the rest of it. However, I did work on finding a few things I will share over the next few days!

I decided to cure my cold by resting a lot and drinking plenty of tea! Here is so information I found about sleep and tea that I thought I would share with you.

Here is a list of great sleep improvement tips

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Here are 8 reasons to love drinking tea and give up coffee

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I also took the time to read a lot about Ayurveda. I’ve always been fascinated by all the information it has to offer. I initially started reading about it when I started doing yoga. Although I think that a lot of Ayurvedic foods and daily routines are very different from the way we live in the Western part of the world I still think there is a lot of information to be considered. They suggest a lot of homeopathic and natural replacements for many of the things we seek medication for. They also believe that people are made up of a combination of three Doshas (Vata, Pita and Kapha). I completed a quiz, which told me I am a Vata-Pita. I sought out to find simple ways to incorporate Ayurvedic practices into our daily lives and came up with a few tidbits.

For better skin

15 simple ways to live an Ayurvedic life (The honey water looks pretty simple and quick!)

Know your stress type

Dosha Quiz

 

Hump Day Inspiration

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Where I want to be right now. Somewhere in St. Lucia

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Enourmous Peony I picked from my garden

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Necessary quote for the day

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What I want to be drinking right now! Quick and easy recipe here.

This Weekend

This weekend was a long weekend (woohoo). Having Monday off is always appreciated and allows you to get some more time off to do what you love.

This weekend was spent catching up with a few friends, reading, baking and relaxing.

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Enjoyed this breakfast on the porch this morning. It includes the muffins I made Saturday night. Delicious and filling!! Click here for the banana oat muffin recipe.

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Picked up from froyo to beat the heat. Vanilla with strawberries and peanut butter crunch! My favorite summer snack. What’s your go-to summer snack?

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Going along with my goal to eat more veggies, I prepared this plate for lunch with some dip.

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Little quote I came across. It’s now the background on my phone so that I can always be reminded to enjoy the moment.  Most of us spend our days thinking about yesterday and tomorrow, we can’t forget about today!

Here are couple of interesting links I found:

How to sleep better

9 last minute dinner ideas

Love this summer manicure video

Love this beach style

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Baking with Bananas

Tonight I was in a baking mood and decided to cook up a batch of muffins! I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to make the muffins that were on my list, back in this post. They are healthy banana oat muffins. I like making muffins for other people, it’s always a nice treat to give to friends or co-workers. I’ll keep a couple for myself and my family and bring the rest to work!

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I made a few tiny tweaks to make them even healthier. I decided to replace the fat-free milk for vanilla almond milk and I also decided to throw in some flax seeds to get in some more omega-3’s! Omega-3’s provide a lot of benefits. They are good for increasing concentration and memory, better sleep and better skin among other benefits.

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I was a little bit nervous at first because the batter seemed pretty liquidy but in the end it worked out because the muffins came out more moist, which I prefer. If you like drier muffins I would suggest using 1.5 bananas rather than 2 bananas, if they are larger.

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Voilà!

Very quick and easy recipe. They are perfect for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack.

Do Yoga With Me

So, last night I was looking for a quick, relaxing yoga routine to finish off my day. I was bored of my regular yoga DVDs and felt like switching it up. I knew I’d be able to find something online, as I know you can pretty much find ANYTHING and EVERYTHING these days. That’s when I came across this lovely little website called doyogawithme.com. The site features tons of free yoga videos for all levels. They also offer a variety of types of yoga such as power yoga, hatha yoga, office yoga, yoga for treatment and even prenatal yoga. You can find videos that last from about 5 minutes to 1:30 minutes.

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I thought I would spread the word on this website for all you yogis out there.

Which video will you try?

Energizing Grapefruits

One of my favorite fruits is the good old grapefruit. I love having them at breakfast time as I feel that they give me that much more energy to make it through the day. They’re also incredibly refreshing and make for a great summer snack!

The grapefruit also has a number of health benefits. Therefore, they are a quick and easy way to get some important nutrients. 

Benefits:

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Smooths your skin 
  • Boosts metabolism (Woohoo)
  • Firms skin

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These are great reasons to be eating your grapefruit in the morning! Have them with a bowl of oatmeal or yogurt and granola and you’re good to go!

Information taken from here