We’re growing our roots to get ready for the New Year. Tree pose (Vrksasana) is a classic yoga pose that grounds, lengthens, strengthens, opens hips, and encourages correct posture. The busy month of December is the perfect time to root down, ground ourselves, stay balanced, and foster growth into 2016. To perform tree pose, stand strongly and balanced on one leg, while bending the other knee so that your foot is resting on the ground, your standing ankle, or above your knee. Once balanced, place your hands in prayer position and then slowly move them to reach upwards to grow your branches. This month, you’ll be alternating between tree pose and chair pose to maximize grounding and growing. To perform chair pose, (Utkatasana) stand straight up, with weight evenly dispersed in both heels. As you inhale, reach arms up as you bend your knees and squat down, keeping knees and thighs together, as if you’re sitting in a chair. Keep arms and torso up at a slight angle and roll shoulders down. Stay in the pose at least 10-20 seconds to maximize benefits. Chair will not only ground you down, it will also fire up your glutes and thighs to burn some serious calories. Just print, pin, or save the calendar below and commit to grounding and growth all month long! Think of it as preparing your body and mind for what’s to come as the holiday season ramps up and we turn the corner into a fresh, new year of opportunities.
Happy June! This month, it’s all about the clamshell, the best beachy exercise for the booty and inner thighs. To get clammy, lie down on one side. Bend legs to a 45 degree angle at knees and hips. With heels stacked, open top knee and close like a clamshell, keeping heels together. Save, print, or pin the image below and clamshell your way right into beach season!
Guess what…we’re lunging right thru March and stepping into spring! Here’s how to lunge: Stand up tall. Keeping your upper body straight, take a big step forward with one foot. Lower hips and bend front knee to a 90-degree angle. Repeat on the other side. Lunges work the entire leg and core, especially the glutes, hamstrings, and abdominals. Focus on these muscles when executing each lunge to maximize benefits. Some people like to place their hands on their hips and others like to hold them in front of them for balance. Commit today and print or pin the calendar below. Complete each set on BOTH legs (so, when it says 3 lunges, that’s three lunges each side for six total!)
Introducing “Workout. Eat. Repeat” with fitness and food expert, Anke Albert of Anke’s Fit Bakery. Anke is an expert in fitness and food to fuel your body. She’s going to be sharing a workout and recipe with us in this new segment, so get ready to workout, eat, and repeat!
Squat. Eat. Repeat. Squats are one of the most effective workouts for a number of reasons. Not only do squats work the largest muscle group, the glutes, the muscles that burn the most calories, they also engage the core, legs, back, and more. Squats are a basic exercise that you never grow out of, they are the fastest way to get from A to B, aka to get fast results. The more muscle you have in your legs, the more calories you burn overall. Start small with light weight or just your body weight and increase as you get stronger.
To squat properly, spread feet wider than hips with feet flat. Remember eyes up, chin up, chest out, butt out. If you can keep this position, you can squat. Inhale as you lower down and exhale to push up, squeezing your glutes and keeping your form. You should be able to do about 8-12 reps before exhausting yourself, so increase your weight accordingly. It’s best to hold the weight on your upper back, right where the tissue is thickest. That way, the weight will not make you lean forward and sacrifice form. If you’re just beginning, get the form down by holding a broomstick or very light barbell, this will force you to keep your chest and butt out.
Front squats, a bit more advanced, are done with the weight by the collarbone and heels elevated, which adds more of a challenge. Split squats (standing lunges) are another great exercise in the squat series that work numerous muscles, one leg at a time. It’s very important to ensure that your form is correct in order to gain benefits and avoid injury. If you’re not sure, ask a trainer at the gym or watch some squat videos online before you start squatting. When you do incorporate squats into your workout, you’ll feel and see the results before you know it!
In order for you to be strong and see results from your workouts, you must fuel your body properly. Here’s an easy seasonal recipe that is packed with protein, carbs, and taste!
Recipe: Fall Turkey & Squash in One:
- 1.5 lb boneless turkey breast
- 3.5 lb butternut squash – peeled & cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 tbsp fresh finely chopped rosemary
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp salt
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Season the turkey breast with salt & pepper.
3. Spray a large non stick pan with cooking spray.
4. Brown turkey breast on both sides.
5. In a bowl, mix the squash, onion, cranberries, maple syrup, rosemary, salt & oil.
6. Add the vegetable mix to the pan.
7. Place plan in the oven for approx. 40 min or until done. Makes 4 servings.
One Healthy Breakdown: Enjoy your meal, enjoy your workout, enjoy your results.