My Current Health and Fitness Routine

My Current Health and Fitness Routine

Read on for my plan on how to get back in shape. This is a lifestyle change so don’t think of it as a diet. I’m offering diet tips for healthier eating and exercise plans. If you follow this plan strictly for the next few weeks, you will definitely see some positive changes in your physique and overall health. Stay focused and buddy up, if you can. You can do this! Will you join me?

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How to Not Fear Yoga with Emey Robinson

How to Not Fear Yoga with Emey Robinson

Going to your first yoga class at a yoga studio can be an incredibly rich experience.But going to a yoga studio can also be REALLY intimidating if you’re new to the basic practices and expectations that most studios follow. Some people have a few misconceptions about what takes place in a yoga class and can either end up disappointed or enlightened. So this weekend, I took a yoga class at Studio Ohana, then sat down with Emey Robisnon, yoga guru extraordinaire, to talk about these myths and how to overcome any fears you may have regarding yoga.

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How To Stay Fit During The Holidays

How To Stay Fit During The Holidays

The last three months of the year for many people are basically a food fest. So many different holidays and you eat so much food be it candy or turkey for all of them. Here's a quick post on how to stay fit throughout all the holiday mess.

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Full-Body Circuit Workout — No Equipment Needed Part Two

Hello Lovely,

How did yesterday's workout go for you? The second set works the same way as the first set. Do a light cardio warm up, perform one rep, rest 60 seconds, then do a second rep.

You can alternate between circuits 1 and 2 throughout the week or even try these other workouts below.

What's your favourite workout to do? Share with us how your workout journey has been going so far this month in the comment section below!

Full-Body Circuit Workout — No Equipment Needed Part One

Hello Lovely,

If it's anything I've learned from my 21 Day Simply Fit Board Challenge, it's how easy it can be to make excuses to not workout. I started three days late due to an illness and I haven't been the most consistent with using the board, but I have done my best to stay active. With only 8 days left, I know that I won't have the best results but I do have a renewed outlook on exercise. I always knew that I liked easy workouts, but now some exercises don't feel so difficult. And you don't always need fancy equipment to get a good workout either. So today we're sharing the first out of three circuits you can try this week, if you only have a few minutes to spare and no equipment.

Not only can you do it almost anywhere, but you don't need any special equipment (just a wall and a chair or bench). The entire workout takes about 20 minutes; first warm up with about five minutes of light cardio, then repeat each of these circuits twice. Rest for about 60 seconds in between each rep. Your cardio can simply be walking or jogging laps around the house.

See! Told you it was easy! Tomorrow we're sharing Circuit 2. If you keep it up, you'll have your summer body in no time!

Friday Favourites: 5 Workouts to Try this Weekend

Hello Lovely,

I have officially finished the first 5 days of my 21 Day Simply Fit Challenge and I feel great! I may get sleepy, but I wouldn't say that I've felt tired since I started working out (not counting the level of tired I feel during the workout). If you've started your own workout challenge this month, it may be easy to use the weekend as cheat days. Sure you need rest days but if you use the weekend as your rest days, it's harder to get back into the swing of things on Monday. 

If cardio is your thing, you'll definitely want to Crush Calories With This Epic 45-Minute, Cardio-Boxing Workout. It's a great way to stay in shape and get you motivated to tackle all of your weekend errands.

Okay we get it, after an entire work week, you feel sluggish and the last thing you want to do is bounce around for an hour. Low impact workouts are just as effective. If you've got resistance bands, pull them out and use them to make your workout more intense. If you don't have any bands, don't worry, you'll still get a great workout without them!

Get the workout here: Torch Calories With This Low-Impact High-Intensity Workout

Or maybe you're the kind of girl that prefers to dance off the calories. We've got the perfect pre-club workout for you! In this 25 minute dance workout, you'll learn some great moves that you can totally steal for when you go to the club later on with your friends.

Find the workout here: The Cardio Dance Workout Celebs Love

Just in case, cardio really is your thing and you don't want to repeat the same workout, this 30 minute workout will help you to burn major calories at home and feeling ready to tackle the work week!

Get the workout here: At-Home 30-Minute Cardio Workout to Burn Major Calories

Find the workout here: The Cardio Dance Workout Celebs Love

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Lastly, keep it simple with our  No-Squats Butt Lifting Workout. After all, 2017 is going to be the year of the flat belly and big booty

No Squats Butt Lifting Workout

What is your favourite way to stay in shape on the weekends? Share your favourite weekend workout plans with us in the comment section below!

21 Day Challenge Simply Fit Board

Hello Lovely,

2017 is a brand new year and the perfect time to put our best foot forward when it comes to fitness. It's easy to give you guys a workout plan or healthy meals, but you have no way of knowing if any of it really works or if we're really doing it. So this month, I'm sharing my own personal fitness journey with the 21 Day Challenge for the Simply Fit Board. Lately my clothes don't quite fit like they used to and I refuse to buy clothes in a larger size. I'd rather just lose the weight and keep my clothes. I also want to work on my booty. It's way too small and that is not going to cut it in 2017, mmkay?

On my vacation, I walked every day and eventually purchased a Simply Fit Board for $40. I used it for 30 minutes every day for about four days before I had to return home. It was the easiest workout I've ever done. I would work for a bit, then take a break, hop on the board and twist for five minutes once an hour while watching TV. Breaking up the workout in 5 minute segments made it easier to manage instead of finding a convenient time to drop everything for half an hour (especially when I hadn't worked out seriously in months).

Shortly after purchasing the board, I found out about the 21 day challenge and immediately signed up. I took my before pictures (which I look a lot better than my first before pictures before I used the board at all), entered my last known weight and measurements and ate healthy leading up to today. I knew that exercising before starting the challenge would throw off my results so I held off until today.

I'm super excited to start this journey and I'll be happy to share the results with you at the end of the month. If you want to join, go to www.simplyfit21.com to sign up. Get the Nutrition Guide here and a Workout Calendar to plot all of your workouts up to May!

If you don't have the Simply Fit Board and you're not able to make that investment, you can try our other available workouts for 21 days and share your results using the hashtag #GetFit2017!

So will you be joining any fitness challenges this month?

Let us know in the comments! And good luck on your first challenge…

7 Exercise Hacks to Try While Getting Ready to Go Out

Let’s be real: Working out isn't really that fun (unless you’re doing Zumba). Sure, it’s basically the healthiest thing you can do, but working out can be exhausting, expensive and inconvenient. And if you’re already juggling a really hectic schedule, whether it be the kids or a demanding job, or school work, working out is the least of your priorities. But what if I told you that there are sneaky ways to get fit while getting ready to go out at night, or while you’re getting dressed for work in the morning? And they don’t take any extra time because you can do it with your routine! Sure these moves aren't major calorie burners, but every little bit counts right?

1. Stretch in the shower.
 The warm water while showering will help your muscles to relax, making it a perfect time to stretch!

2. Use your kitchen chair.
Waiting for that coffee to brew or that microwave to go off? Use your kitchen or dining room to do some easy triceps dips (these are what they look like.)

3. Raise up!
Next time you’re brushing teeth, applying makeup, curling your hair, or checking out your outfit in the mirror, try doing some calve raises. Raise up onto your toes and lower down slowly, or raise one leg behind you, then alternate.

4. Squat!
Instead of sitting down to apply make-up or dry your hair, do a squat hold instead for a few seconds every couple of minutes.

5. Add weight while blow drying.
This is genius: Add wrist weights to your arms before you start blow drying your hair, or using other hot tools. Depending on your hair length and thickness, it could take over 20 minutes to completely dry. By adding weight on your arms, you’ll be challenging your muscles as you style with your (probably heavy) dryer and a hairbrush!

6. Run don’t walk.
Like the old people say, “Watch pot never boil”. So instead of standing there waiting for the food to cook, try jogging lightly in place. Or instead of walking to the bathroom, try jogging. This may even give you an extra burst of energy in the morning!

7. Ready to start the day?
Not a fan of running? Do some lunges as you make your way around the house or down the hall way and out the front door on the way to work.

5 Different Ways to Plank

Don't call it a resolution.

I'm thinking about...... maybe........... depending on how I feel, the temperature, which way the wind blows, how I happen to look that day, what's on the menu for the day................getting back into exercising. And yes it does depend on all of those key factors!

I am a lazy girl! I am partially ashamed of this fact. The hardest I work in when baking and shopping. That doesn't count, does it?

I've also been considering getting into recording some of my tutorials instead of writing them. That way there would be a visual aid.

So today, I'm talking about my first fitness video called 5 Different Ways to Plank. (And I'm not talking about that crazy fad either).

Planking can actually be fun. It's really intense on the core muscles and super versatile. Short on time? Don't skip the strength-training session — get playful with the plank! By doing multitasking variations of this basic move, you can target your arms, back, core, legs, and booty to chisel out a stronger, more toned you. You can't beat planks for toning your entire body. Here's how to keep them interesting!

What are your fitness goals this year?

Let's see how long I stick to mine.

XoX

Olivia