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Heated Workout Tips

Heated Workout Tips

The summer heat can be killer (Literally and figuratively)!

With heat indexes getting into the 100's, you should know how to stay safe when exercising in the heat. This also pertains to those of you who enjoy heated classes!

First, if you can avoid it, do it. If you need to hit a class, do a workout at home in your house, or go to the gym, that is the best option. Avoid the dangerous heat. Also, if you are not used to exercising or being active in the heat, then you will be at higher risk for heat induced illness. You should be acclimated to the heat. If you would like to start going to heated classes, your body needs time to adjust to this.

If you do need to do it outdoors (if you are training and don't have access to a treadmill)…

Here are some tips to prevent heat related illness…

1-Do your workout early in the morning, before the sun comes up if possible. You might lose some sleep bu Temps will much lower.

2-Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing

3-Wear sunblock! Sunburn affects your body's ability to cool itself

4-Drink plenty of fluids, at least twice what you normally drink in normal temperatures

5- If you are training, you should adjust your pace and expectations when training in hotter conditions. You will not feel the same and you will not have the same energy levels that you do in normal weather conditions.

Be sure to take these precautions doing workouts in the heat, Indoors OR Outdoors!

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Minute Daily Fitness Challenge Week 4

Minute Daily Fitness Challenge Week 4

Time to tighten those laces 👟 for this week's one minute exercise challenge! This week we are going to do a full body exercise and the advanced version has some plyometrics for an added benefit! 
BURPEES 🙌
I have a love/hate relationship with burpees. They are great for you but let's face it, they're not easy. If you don't know what a burpee is...just check out the video demos. Good thing there are plenty of ways to modify them to your level. Do your best. If you can't make it one minute, stop when you need to. Hopefully by the end of the week you'll be able to hit one minute! If you hit one minute and you feel good, you're not working hard enough so bump it up to the next level up.
If you're just tuning in, I am doing daily 1️⃣ minute exercise challenges. The exercise differs each week and targets a different muscle group. 💪🏻💥
Follow along in my Instagram and Facebook stories and join me on this journey to a stronger YOU!

📍Don't forget to turn on your post notifications to stay in the loop so you don't miss out on the next exercise!

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One Minute Daily Fitness Challenge Week 3

One Minute Daily Fitness Challenge Week 3

Join me on Instagram and Facebook in my stories every day for the next 6 weeks for a less than one minute daily fitness challenge. Set the alarm on your phone and join us in taking these small steps toward a stronger and healthier YOU!
This exercise challenge will be different every week and target different areas of the body. You will be given modifications for ALL levels (beginner-advanced) and some change ups for the more advanced in my stories! 

The first week was Push-Ups and last week we did a one minute squat hold. The week we’re changing it up to a one minute plank!
Join me in my stories every day and do a plank for one minute. ☝️

The video Demonstrates a few versions of the plank. The advanced version is on your hands/elbows and feet. You may put your knees down for the intermediate version. For Beginners you can put your hands or elbows on a bench or chair and hold the plank.

One Minute Daily Fitness Challenge Week 1

One Minute Daily Fitness Challenge Week 1


Looking for a New Year's Challenge you can stick with? 
How about a fitness challenge that takes no more than one minute?!
Join me on Instagram and Facebook in my stories every day for the next 8 weeks for a less than one minute daily fitness challenge. Set the alarm on your phone and join us in taking these small steps toward a stronger and healthier YOU!
This exercise challenge will be different every week and target different areas of the body. You will be given modifications for ALL levels (beginner-advanced) and some change ups for the more advanced in my stories! 
Week 1
PUSH-UP's one set to failure
This means do as many as you can until you can't do any more. 
Swipe for video demos for 4 different variations.
If you can do more than 20 push ups easily doing an easier version you should do the next level up and do less. 

Push Ups (Advanced), Push-ups on Knees (Intermediate)

Wall Push-Ups/Incline Push-Ups (Beginner)

Importance of Recovery

Importance of Recovery

When weekend is packed with activities and things to do, any time of year or when you are on vacation, it is a great time to give yourself some recovery days. Sleep in a bit and take a break from working out every now and then.

Would it surprise you to know that in The Refine YOU Program, I make sure that clients are getting enough rest? Some of my clients are often surprised that they are exercising LESS while in my program and they are getting better results!

Here's why...
📌Rest prevents Injury
📌Muscle Recovery- When you lift weight you are basically tearing muscle fibers and you body needs time for them to repair and this allows your muscle to grow
📌Rest helps you sleep better
📌Rest helps you burn FAT- If you do not allow your body enough rest and recovery your immune system can get too stressed out which will make you STORE fat and not burn it.

So don't feel bad about not getting to the gym every single day and enjoy the rest and recovery!

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3 Reasons Why Women Should Hit the Weights...

3 Reasons Why Women Should Hit the Weights...

There is a bit of a stigma around women and weights. For years, we’ve been told that weights are for boys and that lifting heavy things will make us big and bulky. So...we’ve stayed out of the weight room and hung out on the elliptical….which isn’t quite giving us the results we want.

Not convinced you need to explore the weight room a bit? Here are three reasons you should give strength training a try:

Strength training builds lean calorie burning muscle.

The only way to get lean and look toned is to increase your muscle mass. Because women lack the testosterone needed to bulk up, their muscle gains are going to be small. However, lifting weights is the only way to build that muscle.  The more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism will be. It is estimated that for every pound of muscle you gain, your body burns 35-50 more calories per day. So, 4 pounds of muscle means 120-200 more calories per day burned, which is 10 pounds per year.

Strength training shapes your body.

Without weight training you can lose weight, however, you will simply become a smaller version of what you were. If you want to shape your body into a lean, toned, fit looking physique, you are going to have to build some muscle while shedding those unwanted pounds.

This means your overall weight loss might not be as rapid, but with a solid strength training program, you will see fat loss, and get a leaner, more shapely version of you.

Strength training strengthens your bones.

Weight training not only builds muscle, it builds bones as well. Increasing your bone density fights against osteoporosis later in life. In addition, it can keep you from injury in terms of small fractures. In the same way you increase the need for your muscles to work hard during a strength training workout, you are also requiring your bones to work...thus strengthening them as well. One study found that women who did high-intensity weight training two days per week for a year were able to increase their bone density by one percent, while those not in a weight training program actually decreased their bone density. This was the case in more than one study, showing the positive benefits weight training has on bone density.

The weight room is your friend, my friend! Honestly, I could have listed far more benefits to weight training and will likely expand on some of these things at a later date. Until then, it’s time you stepped on over to the free weights section and start lifting heavy. The results of an effective weight training workout when paired with an intentional nutrition plan are absolutely incredible.

P.S. If you are interested in learning how to pair intermittent fasting and carb cycling with effective HIIT and strength training workouts, check out my FAT Loss Online Program. It has everything you need to burn fat effectively, increase your energy levels, and build the body you want!

Fat Vs Muscle

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Fat Vs Muscle

Hey gang!
Do you struggle with the scale? Are you constantly weighing yourself and getting frustrated? You are NOT alone in this battle.  You need to know about fat vs. muscle!

Fat vs Muscle!
In the pic, both of these "people" are the same height and weigh the exact same. The person with more muscle and less fat is visiably smaller than the other even though the number on the scale is the exact same. This is because FAT takes up more space than muscle so if you have more FAT you will look... larger. Also, fat is less dense so the more fat you have the more "loose" your body appears.
More lean muscle supports bone health, burns more calories at rest, as well as helping you look fit and toned.
Muscle does not build by itself. You will not build much muscle by running an hour everyday. Nor do you gain muscle by severely cutting your calories. Your muscles need a certain amount of protein and carbs to grow. To help you body build lean muscle, your nutrition and your activity should support this, not hinder it.

When participating in a program, do not set yourself up for failure by using a body weight scale as the only method to track your progress. 
Remember, the number on the scale may not budge, or it may go up, but the way you FEEL combined with results of other measurements can show that you are succeeding in so many ways! If the scale is not budging, especially in my program, you are most likely gaining muscle, losing fat, losing inches, and fitting into your clothes better. During my program, I encourage my clients to NOT weigh themselves and despite this I always have a few that do.  Then, they contact me frustrated that they are not losing weight. I reinforce to them the importance of not weighing themselves and the importance of losing the inches and not focusing on the scale.  At the end of the program the measurements are in. They are amazed at dropping 13+ inches to up to over 20 inches and only losing less than 10 lbs!

What matters most? The scale? OR dropping sizes in your clothing, feeling more energized, sleeping better, improving your sex life, lowering your blood pressure/cholesterol, bettering your overall health, etc.?  It might be difficult to break up with the scale and rely on other methods, but once you do, it is totally worth it!

Do not let the scale or unrealistic expectations rule your life and pull you away from reality! You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than a picture of someone else that you think you should look like. Your mind, body, and spirit deserves more! Once you step away from the scale and focus on what matters... the way you feel, you will gain control and a sense of satisfaction.  The most important transformation that takes place is the transformation that is not visual but the one that happens in your mind and spirit. 

If any of this seems impossible for you to do on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone in this struggle.  Get your family involved or a friend. Enlist the help of a health professional, like myself, with a program for you to follow and tools to guide you to success. Having someone there for guidance and having support from others who are in this journey with you, a "tribe," is a game changer. This is the primary reason my online fat loss programs go in "rounds." Every 7 weeks a new program starts and everyone, even though everyone has their own program, they go through it together. We share recipes, celebrate each other's wins, and lift each other up when we are down.

With any program or change, take it all in and learn from your wins AND failures. Remember, to achieve long term results, it is important to approach a new program with a good mindset and with a positive attitude. After all, this is a lifestyle change not a quick fix.

The Refine YOU Program is a jump start to a lifestyle change. It is a 7 week online program that is customized to your needs, your goals, and your level. We incorporate cutting edge nutritional strategies along with effective workouts to lose fat, gain muscle, regulate hormones, and improve your hunger and energy levels.  To learn more about the program, hear from some of my clients, or to contact me click here. I would love to help you on your journey gain control and live a healthy lifestyle.

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Cajun Meatloaf

Cajun Meatloaf

A fan favorite with a kick!  My modifications make this great for low carb day!