Morning Workouts!
Morning Workouts!
Take The Ultimate Push-Up Challenge with Me!
My upper body is WEAK but that is all going to change in June. Popsugar recently posted a 30-day push up challenge and I am going to actually finish this one this time. Who's in!? 1. Basic Push Up - Come into plank position with your arms and legs straight, shoulders above the wrists. - Bend your elbows out to the sides and lower your chest toward the ground. Stop as soon as your shoulders are in line with your elbows. - Inhale to straighten the arms. - This counts as one rep! 2. One-Leg Push Up - Begin in plank position. Extend your left leg straight behind you so it's parallel with the floor. Try to keep your left heel in line with your hips. - With your left leg extended and your right toes on the floor, exhale to bend the elbows, lowering into a push-up. - Inhale to straighten your arms. - This counts as one rep! After doing your left arm reps, switch to your right arm! 3. T Push Up - Begin in plank position. - Exhale to bend your elbows, lowering into a push-up.Inhale to straighten your arms, and at the top of your push-up, lift your left arm straight up overhead, rotating your torso to stack your shoulders, and turn your heels to the right, making a T-shape with your body. - Exhale to place your left palm back on the ground and lower into a push-up.Inhale to straighten your arms and lift your right arm up overhead, rotating your torso and turning heels to the left. - Exhale to place your right hand back on the ground.Doing a T push-up on both sides counts as one rep! 4. Diamond Push Up - Begin in plank position. Place your hands together, directly under your sternum, with the tips of your index fingers and thumbs touching. Your fingers and thumbs should form a diamond or triangle shape. - After an inhale, exhale to bend your elbows, lowering your chest toward the floor.Inhale to straighten the arms. - This counts as one rep! Grab the print-able version here!
Beauty Tricks for When You Oversleep
We've all done it - the alarm didn't go off, we hit snooze too many times, or we just lay in bed staring at the ceiling too long in the morning. Oversleeping is just a part of life, but not everyone needs to know you do it! Here are four simple tips for looking awake and put together even though you got dressed in about 2 seconds on your way out the door. Puffy eyes Too much alcohol, late night pizza, or too little sleep in general can lead to those nasty bags under your eyes. Quick fix: Grab an ice cube, run it under water to get it slick and wrap it in a paper towel. Massage the cube around the orbital area—circling the eyes—for a few minutes to soothe and deflate bags. You can also try sleeping with your head raised on two pillows so fluid (the stuff that fills that area of your face and makes you puffy) can drain while you sleep. Sleep lines These temporary wrinkles happen when skin is folded over for a long period of time (aka: you passed out with your face smashed in your pillow), causing a crease. Quick fix: To reduce their appearance, do a couple jumping jacks to increase circulation and get blood flowing to the indented areas. Then apply a moisturizer, which draws water into skin to temporarily plump it up. Dirty hair When there’s no time to suds up your strands, reach for the next best thing: dry shampoo. Quick fix: Spritz on some dry shampoo along your hairline and part to quickly cover the most visible areas. Or use oily hair to your advantage and create a sleek top-knot. Blah skin Limited time in front of the mirror means streamlining your makeup to just the essentials! Quick fix: Start by applying a tinted moisturizer all over to even out skin tone and fake a rested glow. Then go for a light mascara and lip gloss to give your features a little pop!
How to Be an Awesome Home-Yogi
Sounds simple, right? Just a few stretches in a quiet room, maybe a little soft music, some dim lighting? It's actually so much harder than it sounds! It's easy to turn what could be a powerful workout into nap time when it comes to home yoga. On second you're excited to relax your mind and the next you're thinking about the laundry waiting for you to do. How do you find the motivation, concentration, and commitment to be a successful home yogi? Here's a few ideas: Start slow: There's a reason why there are so many "...for beginners" workouts offered for new yogis! It's not an easy practice to start! Find a quick workout (under 20 minutes) that works for your fitness level and build up from there. Starting with something that is too hard for you can discourage you from trying again. Timing's everything: Try to find time every day for a yoga practice, even if it is just ten minutes of stress relief before bed. Soon working out will become a habit and you'll find your body craving the routine! Pick poses wisely: Find one pose that makes you feel confident, graceful, powerful, and in control. Personally, Warrior 2 will always be that pose. If you find that Child's pose brings you to a calm and powerful place, harness that energy and hit that pose! Create a sacred space: Make a sweet home for your practice. Whether it's a corner of your bedroom, or your living room floor, find a place where you'll have ample room for your mat and for fluid movement. Have the essentials on hand: Start with a mat and a water bottle, then as you evolve in your practice begin using towels, heat, resistance bands, and even weights. Try out these simple home workouts: Tightening and Toning Your Butt Ultimate Stress Reducing Sequence 15 Minute Morning Energy Routine