Workout Love

Source: Lithe Method

Have you ever been in love? Like “can’t stop thinking about it, funny feeling in your stomach, can’t imagine life without it, change your schedule for more time with it” love? I am right now- with my new workout, Lithe Method. For me it’s the perfect combination of upbeat moves, muscle exhausting reps, flirty atmosphere, fun props (like resistance bands and barre work), and quick results.

But I guess we call can’t be as lucky in love as I am right now *hair toss* but it got me thinking about how to choose a workout that is right for each person. Obviously, since everything has already been created in this world (thanks internet) a quick search of Google told me that indeed, there are many people who have already figured out a way to help people find the perfect workout for them. Here are some of them:

Best Workout for Your Body Type– Women’s Health
What I like about this workout selector is that it is designed with the idea that workouts shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all instead they figure out what areas you’ll want to work on the most judging by your body type. *Bonus each body type comes with a meal plan!

Self Workout Finder– Self Magazine
This one cracks me up as a workout fairy godmother grants your workout wishes. But it’s a great resource that lets you decide if your workout will take place at home or in the gym or with equipment or without etc. and it finds the perfect workouts for you.

Choosing a Workout– Real Beauty
This is a good place to start if you’re just getting into working out. It asks you questions about your lifestyle and personality and gives you a workout that would round out your life.

24 Hour Fitness put together this nifty infographic.

Although some of it is a bit obvious. Oh you like dancing? You should try DANCE!

Also, here are some of my favorite at home videos that I do:

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 1

Cassey Ho’s Pop Pilates for Beginners

Are you currently in workout love? What’s the lucky workout?

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3 Easy Drinks to Make You Healthier

I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me feel healthier than downing a glass of something I know is good for me. Whether its a fresh juice, wheatgrass shot, lemon water, or tea I love the instant healthy feeling I get from hydrating myself with something that packs some added health benefits. Here are 3 super easy/simple/basic drinks you can add to your day to add an extra punch to your day.



Lemon Cayenne Water
Reminiscent of the Master Cleanse, this drink will shock your metabolism into overdrive! I usually drink it in the morning, but it works well as an afternoon metabolism pick me up too.

  • 16oz Water
  • Juice from 1-2 lemon wedges
  • Tiny pinch of Cayenne (you do NOT want to go overboard)

Benefits: 
Lemon juice and cayenne pepper are both anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxifying.
Lemon juice aids digestion, destroys bacteria and supports the liver and kidneys to get rid of toxins.
Cayenne pepperincreases metabolism, stimulates the circulatory system, aids digestionand helps regulate blood sugar.
Recipe and picture from EatSimpleLoveYoga.com

Chia Water

  • 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon of light agave nectar
  • 1-2 fresh lemon wedges
  • 16 ounces of water
  • Shake all of the ingredients together, wait about 10-15 minutes and enjoy!
Benefits:

Chia seeds– contain 11g of fiber, Omega-3s, 18% of your recommended daily dose of Calcium, the gel that surrounds the chia seeds helps clear out your digestive tract.

Lemon juice aids digestion, destroys bacteria and supports the liver and kidneys to get rid of toxins.


Lemon, Honey, Ginger Green Tea

This tea is a delicious addition to your diet. If you have decaffeinated green tea you can drink it before bed.
  • 1 green tea teabag
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 wedge lemon
Green Tea is there anything it doesn’t do? Aids in digestion, contains antioxidants, lowers risk of heart attack

Ginger there are way too many to list. You can check them out here. Some highlights are: anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory

Lemon juice aids digestion, destroys bacteria and supports the liver and kidneys to get rid of toxins.

Honey- reduces risk of some cancers and heart disease, antibacterial, anti-fungal, increases athletic performance.


Beating a Cold

I knew I was getting sick last week and I spent this past weekend and yesterday recovering (except for staying out late at a Halloween party Saturday night…I’m not perfect). But I did a bunch or research (read: looked over a few online articles) about some of the best and worst foods for fighting colds. Here are some of the foods I ate this weekend and why they were good or bad for my cold. Maybe you can learn from my mistakes/good choices.

Do Drink:
1. Cold-Pressed Fresh Juice (aka the ones that are like $6-9 a bottle)
Cold-pressed juice ensures that all of the fruit’s nutrients remain intact unlike heated pasteurization which robs the fruit of most of it’s nutrients. Drink juice in moderation when you’re sick and try to stick to a green juice that will be less sweet than say an apple juice.

Evolution’s Super Green Smoothie is delicious and even has a snip of
wheatgrass in it which gives it an extra cold-kicking punch! 

Don’t Drink:
2. Most grocery store juices
Even the ones that claim they are “not from concentrate” can still be held up in big metal containers for months before the manufacturer sprinkles in some “natural flavors” and ships it off to you. You can read about how your whole orange-juice drinking childhood was a lie here. Also, the extra sugars inhibit white blood cells from properly fighting infection.

Do Eat:
3. Chicken Soup like this one that I made on Sunday.
Chicken soup has been proven to actually help battle the body’s immune system battle early stages of the flu! It also gets your white blood cells all amped up (which helps fight sickness). You can read all about chicken soup here.

Don’t Eat:
4. French Onion Soup (especially at 3AM, yep I did that)
Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE a good french onion soup, but the amount of sodium and fat from the cheese makes this soup not worth it when it comes to battling a cold.

Do Eat:
5. Garlic
Don’t let me tell you. I’ll just quote some smart dude: Dr. Tariq Abdullah, a prominent garlic researcher stated in the August 1987 issue of Prevention: “Garlic has the broadest spectrum of any antimicrobial substance that we know of — it is antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiprotozoan and antiviral.”


Don’t Eat
6. Jalapeno Poppers (yes I ate those too)
While spicy foods can help clear up nasal passages for a bit, greasy, fried foods can make you feel sicker and upset your stomach further. (They weren’t even that good).

Do Eat
7. Oatmeal
“Animal studies have shown that beta-glucan from oats can help prevent upper respiratory tract infection, and a few controlled trials have suggested that beta-glutan consumption can alter white blood cell activity in humans, as well.” –Health.com


Don’t Drink:
8. Alcohol
I mean, this is no surprise but it’s always good as a reminder. Alcohol dehydrates your body, what’s the one thing you definitely shouldn’t do while sick? Dehydrate your body. On top of that you are going to be ingesting tons of sugar which will inhibit your white blood cells and it’s probably safe to say you will not be resting your body or getting as much sleep as you should if you’re drinking. Unless you’re rubbing whiskey on your gums like in the olden days, then I say go for it!