Skinny-Teatox / Workout Pictures
Hello all, it’s me Cassandra again, and I am I back with a regular gym day routine for you. I want to point out a few things that are very important.
Whenever working out always remember this and never forget it, “form over function”. You NEVER want to sacrifice your form over performing the exercise. You can injure yourself very fast that way. So, when training, grab a weight that you can maintain the perfect form with. Of course, you don’t want to grab a 3lb dumbbell and do your biceps if you know you can curl 10lbs. The movement obviously should create some discomfort, and burn. But it shouldn’t cause you to start leaning the wrong way or hyper-extending your body in any way. Form is the most important component of an affective training day.
By: Megan Harvey
Behold the power of juice! No I’m not talking about the orange drink found in a plastic jug on your supermarket shelf; I’m talking about using a countertop appliance to extract the juice from fresh fruits and vegetables. For some of you die hard ‘jug juicers’ this concept may be completely foreign, so let me start at the beginning.
What is juicing?
Juicing has always been around but in more recent years we have moved from manual juicing (think those little lemon juicers and manual presses) to incredible motorized juicing machines. If you have ever owned a TV I’m sure you’ve seen the infomercial for Jack Lalanne’s Power Juicer and maybe you seriously considered buying one. Don’t forget that Jack lived to an amazing 98 years old, and swore by juicing and a healthy diet that did not contain any processed food. He lived by "if man made it, don't eat it" seems pretty simple doesn’t it?
By: Lily Johnson
It can be hard finding the motivation to go the gym, especially in the winter. The thought of having to drag yourself out of bed before work or college early in the morning when it's still dark is far from appealing - much easier just to stay in bed, right? Then it gets to the end of the day, you've finished work and surprise surprise, it's dark out once again, the most attractive option is to head home and snuggle.
So instead of letting the winter months put me off of working out completely and instead of leaving my quest for my ideal bikini body up until the death when summer is just around the corner, I've been working out at home, after all summer bodies are made in the winter. I've been trying to work on my abs, desperately seeking a more defined stomach, here you will find some of my favourite home workout exercises. For me, music plays a key role in my workouts, without it I struggle to find the motivation. So, before you start make sure you've got an upbeat playlist!
By: Kayla Kobela (shown above)
Everyone goes through a point in their lives where they hate the way they look, but many don’t have the motivation to change themselves for the better.
In December of 2014, I decided I had had enough with the way I regarded myself. In only two weeks, I dropped a pound, lost four inches around my waist, fit into jeans I hadn’t worn for years, and I felt confident.
The first step to starting a transformation is motivation. I weighed myself, and then took a few pictures of how I looked in my bikini. My starting weight was 164 pounds and I wasn’t happy with that, but in my transformation, I began to realize that the number on the scale didn’t mean as much as how you feel about yourself. The pictures I took became my motivation. I hated what I saw and whenever I felt like giving up, I remembered them.
By: Georgia Conway
I hate the thought of being on a treadmill for 20 minutes. Especially when one minute on a treadmill feels like 10 normal minutes (well at least to me it does!). I used to avoid the treadmill at the gym, and not even look at it until a friend mentioned doing high intensity interval training (HIIT). I will admit that at first I was sceptical but now I am hooked!
HIIT is an amazing workout for burning fat, it incorporates intense bursts of exercise with short recovery periods breaking up those long treadmill minutes.YOU set the level you want to work at making it so easy to build up fitness while fat burning along the way.
By: Kenzie Thomson
I know ladies who, like me, are a little more... well, endowed than some. It is a constant struggle to not feel like my bra buddies are hanging to the floor. On the flip side of that, I have a few girlfriends who have always wanted to have a little extra ‘oomf’ on top.
Where do we get better boobs without the use of a pushup bra or padding?
Here are three EASY exercises to do at home or the gym that will give that little extra perk you are looking for!
And, no, I'm not talking about the type of bra. Good ol’ fashioned military push-ups are one of the best ways to lift your ta-tas! Not only is it working your pecs, its also engaging your shoulder, back and core muscles! Remember to keep your hands shoulder-width apart on the floor, your spine straight and keep your stomach tensed to get the most out of this exercise!
By: Alix Hecht
Demanding schedules are often the thing which leads us to make subconscious unhealthy choices.
Unhealthy food choices are alright (even encouraged) in moderation, food is an important part of our overall happiness and treating ourselves to the occasional slice of chocolate cake isn't a sin. However, continual unhealthy patterns are what generally results in weight gain over time, or not being able to shift pesky pounds which often leave you feeling perplexed as to why.
Many of us feel that we lead relatively healthy lives, and sometimes we feel that the scales/skinny jeans simply don’t reflect our actions.
On the flip-side there are also many of us who know we make bad choices but simply don't have the time or money to change our lives drastically enough to live a better life.
That's why I've compiled a list of 18 ways to help you to lose weight without trying. These are my simple 'hacks' for combining a hectic life with healthier choices. My hope is that you can drill down to the source which is keeping you from your goal.
1- As Bob Marley said "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
Turn the lights out when you sleep or wear an eye mask.
Now there are actually two reasons why your bedtime light is keeping you from losing weight; natural and artificial light ( the kind you get from your phone, street lamps or bathroom light ) wreak havoc on your metabolism. Now, the science behind it is pretty complicated, but there have been several studies performed which prove that light disturbs your sleep ( which is the second reason light is dangerous because this could cause you to wake up and eat ), and reduces your resting metabolic rate; which is SO vital for weight loss.
2- Arrange Your Work and living space to be organized and clean
We've all heard the phrase, cleanliness is next to Godliness and that also might be said for 'slim-ness'. Our work stations, study desks or home being in disarray actually create a sense of chaos in your mind. It can throw you off your eating schedule ( and schedules are really important for a healthy life ). Cleaning up your work station or home will also boost your self-esteem, relaxing you and helping to avoid emotional or stress eating.
3- Carry around a re-usable water bottle wherever you go
I absolutely adore my water bottle; it's plastic, with a cute pink lid with sparkly butterflies and I just adore looking at it. Carrying it in your daily bag wherever you go will means that every time you reach into to your shoulder purse to look at your phone, grab your wallet or apply lip balm you'll see the water bottle and be reminded to take a sip. I don't need to mention how imperative hydration is to overall health and weight loss.
By: Sarah Gerbig
Do you find the gym a little intimidating or even frightening? To be fair, a building full of strange machines and overly-buff dudes, is not exactly an inviting environment. But with a little bit of pump-up music and these tips, soon you'll be able to confidently strut to the gym like a regular!
By: Heloise Vuong
Working out might seem like a drag sometimes and let’s admit it- we’ve all butchered our workout session a couple of times here and there. Exercising regularly can be tough, but it’s totally worth the effort! Although physical activity is crucial to a healthy weight loss and to maintaining weight, it has many other unexpected physical and mental benefits. Whether you’re a gym rat or more of a mall-walker, these benefits kick in regardless of your fitness level, only 30 minutes a few times a week can let you benefit from all this goodness, so get inspired to live a healthier and happier lifestyle through these 5 extra reasons to workout:
So many fitness crazes come and go, but one that has been around for a while and is becoming very popular among the online community is yoga, and below I'm going to show you my favorite top 5 yoga channels on YouTube.
But first some background. Yoga is a Hindu, spiritual discipline said to combine the body, mind and soul through breathing, meditation and postures.
It gets better. Practicing yoga has some of the most amazing benefits! The main four that people go in for is better strength, balance, flexibility, and posture. Not only does yoga do that, other benefits include: strengthening your lungs through relaxing breathing techniques, improving heart health and boosting the immune system! My personal favorite benefit is that it helps curb unnecessary food cravings!
Now sadly, yoga classes don’t always run cheap. You can sometimes find community classes taught by instructors-in-training for less than $10, but another great way to get your daily dose of yoga (for free) is through YouTube! Along with all of the fitness channels out there, there are also yoga-specific channels. Searching for the right yoga channel isn’t always easy. Sometimes the channel doesn’t have a particular type of practice you want, or they don’t have a tutorial for a pose. Well, look no further because I’ve rounded up what I think are the top 5 yoga channels on YouTube currently, and whom they could appeal to the most.