Love teaching Les Mills Body Balance classes. They provide us with the most up to date education in the industry; as well as choreography and music.
Here is a teaser for the general class design:
Their ab tracks are amazing and one of the reasons at age 57, I keep a strong core and good abs.
Check with your local gym and see if they offer Les Mills classes. They have something for everyone- Weight training, kickbox, cardio conditioning and more.
I love making my organic dark chocolate protein bites. They are a great post workout snack!
3 scoops of organic #protein
1/2 cup organic cocoa
1 cup organic oats
1/2 cup of shredded organic coconut
1/2’cup of raw almonds-processed in blender
2 tbsp of organic coconut oil
2 tbsp of organic honey
Organic almond milk to desired consistency
#Organic Chia seeds
Mix dry ingredients in med mixing bowl. Stir in wet ingredients and form into bite size balls. Roll in shredded coconut and chia seeds
Keep in freezer
I’m writing this at 4 am due to the fact that I’ve been up most of the night with a “splitting headache.” I’ve had a headache the last day and a half that wouldn’t go away even with my occasional ibuprofen.
As a fitness professional, I hate taking medicine and use it as a last resort. I’m healthy, eat a clean diet, and get plenty of exercise. At age 57, I take no medication and feel better than I did in my thirties.
I developed my headache a day and a half ago and attributed it to allergies. I was occasionally sneezing and had “teary eyes.” However, after taking ibuprofen at bedtime and applying ice packs to my forehead, I still had no relief. I woke up several times during the night and finally at 3:45 am decided to get up.
I have 3 fitness classes to teach this morning and it wasn’t going to be pretty; simply getting up and moving around made me feel like I had a horrible hangover. So how was I going to teach? I decided I’d try to drink some water and eat something to see if that would make a difference. I had already increased my water intake when my head started throbbing; I know dehydration can cause headaches. But that didn’t seem to help. I walked downstairs to make some “bulletproof coffee” which is simply coffee with grass-fed butter and coconut oil hoping that would help.
I have two vices coffee and peanut butter! I mean that’s not bad….right??
Peanut butter is a good source of protein and healthy fats. Here are some additional benefits of consumption: Health Benefits of Peanut Butter. Be careful and buy a healthy brand though; you can find more info in my article: Are There Dangers Lurking In Your Peanut Butter?
However my number one vice, coffee contains antioxidants and caffeine to help boost physical performance and muscle recovery.
Therefore my two little vices can’t be that bad- right?? Unless it’s caffeine withdrawal.
I tend to get into trouble when I get off schedule and that’s what happened to bring about my misery. I suddenly remembered as I walked into the kitchen at 4 am and gazed at my coffee maker that I drank instant decaf coffee the morning this all started. Which meant NO CAFFEINE FOR AN ENTIRE DAY AND A HALF! BINGO- I had a headache that only caffeine would cure. Sure enough after drinking my first cup I began to feel better. This made me realize the need to cut down on my caffeine consumption. The article –Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms
Caffeine withdrawal is no laughing matter and can be very debilitating for those who are suddenly without caffeine.
This made me realize how truly tormenting it must be to have an addiction to something more serious such as alcohol, cigarettes, painkillers, cocaine, etc. I mean even with my simple caffeine withdrawal headache, I was desperate to get some caffeine to see if it would make me feel better. A good but painful lesson. Now hopefully I can get more sleep and be refreshed to teach my classes. Wish me luck 🙂
These poses really compliment runners to help lengthen the hamstrings, stretch the hip flexors and quads. Hold each pose 1-2 minutes really focusing on a slow inhale and exhale.
Ready for an intense workout that will get your heart pumping and will help you create lean, defined abs?
It’s the weekend, don’t let it destroy your progress and hard work you put in during the week 🙂 It’s ok to plan one cheat meal but offset it with a little more activity and clean eating the rest of the day.
The abdominal muscles can be the hardest to uncover and define as it is one of the areas many people store fat. To see definition in the abs requires a clean diet and a workout plan that includes cardio, weight training and core work. Check out my ab circuit that will help get you started.
We all struggle with making peace with our food choices, finding time to exercise and balancing family life. So learn to enjoy each day with a goal to do the best you can by making healthy food choices and increasing your activity during the day. Lose the guilt when you can’t find time for your workout or if you slip up and cave in to that piece of pizza or doughnut.
Life is a roller coaster ride; learn to find balance and peace by losing the “all or nothing” attitude and always picking yourself back up and getting back on track. Fuel your body with what it needs to stay healthy and active most of the time but learn to enjoy, splurge and celebrate life’s special moments without the guilt.