It’s Valentine’s Day coming up just around the corner, and I couldn’t resist sharing this interview with Sheila Keely.
If anyone has the moves, this woman has the moves. I distinctly remember during the intermediate video in her S-factor series, I was following her instructions and had one of the most pleasurable “me moments” ever. Sometimes I’m surprised at the degree to which we just fall out of communication with our bodies and ourselves.
There are some smokin’ hot speakers on this year’s WISH lineup and I know your inner tigress will be purring like never before.
For now, why don’t you tune into this call and then turn on your own S-factor. As Valentine’s Day approaches, falling in love with your own curves and graceful movements is the best gift you could give to yourself (and your lover!)
You can listen to this interview here:
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When you hear “strength training” what does it make you think of? It’s easy to overlook strength training, and feel like we don’t really need it to be healthy. But, the truth is, cardio alone will not help you build a beautiful, strong body.
The benefits of strength or resistance training include:
1. Increasing your lean muscle mass actually increases your metabolism, meaning you burn more calories while working out AND while doing nothing. This means its easier to release weight and excess body fat.
2. Your heart becomes more efficient, which means you’ll have a lower heart rate.
3. Bone density increases giving you stronger bones and reducing your risk of osteoporosis.
4. Tendons and ligaments also become stronger reducing your risk of injury.
5. Strength! You get stronger, you feel better, you feel energized and confident, daily and household tasks become easier.
Resistance training doesn’t have to be done in a gym, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. To add tone to your muscles, you can use light weights (3 to 5 lbs.) or, your own body resistance.
Try this simple routine:
1. Bicep curl and Squat:
Stand with feet shoulder width apart, arms straight down in front of your legs. Grip weights, palms face out.
Bend at the knees keeping your back straight, as if you’re going to sit in a chair. As you bend at your knees, bend your elbows lifting the weights toward your shoulders. Bend knees about 90 degrees, hands should reach your shoulders. Straighten knees, bring hands back down to starting position. Do 12 to 15 repetitions, 3 sets.
Tags: bicep curl, bodybuilders, building muscle, fitness, health, Jenn Givler, lunging, rowing, squats, strength training
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by Joanna Steven
When alternatives to the Standard American Diet are discussed, protein is on everyone’s mind. There are many reasons why someone might want to eat a plant based diet, whether for allergy concerns, health reasons, or more variety. But nagging doubts often come up; Are plant proteins adequate for athletes and body builders? Are they really the preferred protein source of the human body? Are they better than animal based protein or are they just consumed for environmental reasons? To answer these questions, why not ask the experts: triathletes, professional dancers, bodybuilders and extreme sport racers? Here are the answers from some of the most competitive athletes in their respective fields.
Over the past 3 years, Tim VanOrden has transformed himself from a sedentary couch potato, suffering from severe depression and chronic fatigue, into one of the world’s fittest 40 year old athletes. He did this by adopting a simple raw vegan diet.
Looking to expand the limits of human possibility, Tim has re-written the record books in some of the world’s most grueling sports. In September of 2008 Tim shocked the world of skyscraper racing by defending his title at the 75 story US Bank Tower Stair Climb in Los Angeles. Not only did he best the two most dominant stair climbers in US history, but he smashed the course record in the process.
Tim is opening the eyes of athletes around the world to the possibility that a simple, raw, plant-based diet can provide performance and health beyond that which has been previously experienced. In the winter of 2009 The Food Network will for the very first time venture into the world of raw foods, airing a prime time show that follows Tim and his adventures with the Running Raw Project. Read more »
Tags: almonds, athletes, avocado, fitness, greens, hemp seeds, Joanna Steven, KOya WEbb, protein, raw men, stregnth, Tim Van Orden, Tonya Kay
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~ by Kathryn
If you need some motivation to get moving this Monday, then you MUST read this recent letter from Kathryn. She’s currently taking part in the Green Smoothie Queen’s buttertart busting 24-Day Countdown to Christmas program. We challenged our participants to follow the advice in an interview between Tera Warner and Pete Cerqua that overcomes ANY “I just don’t have time to workout” excuse.
Find out why Kathryn had to pardon her language, what she had to say about our challenge, and where YOU can take our next green smoothie program!
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by Michelle Rankin
Hula Hoop is a registered trademark of Wham-O, Inc. so for the purposes of this article, we’ll simply use the words hoop and hooping, which I feel fairly confident that no one owns.
As usual, I’m not an expert; just the girl that volunteered to write the article and my qualification this time is that I absolutely love my hooping hobby. I use it as a quick break when I’ve been in my head working on a project too long, hooping helps return me to my body and grounds me, and I use it as a hip loosening fertility exercise. As a Mayan Abdominal Massage Therapist, I incorporate hooping as a warm up to loosen hips and lower backs as well as the hearts and minds of my clients.
In fact, I was introduced to grown up hooping at my Mayan Abdominal Massage training. A beautiful girl named Chaya brought two hoops and reunited many of us with our childhood hooping hobby. I was such a hooper as a child that my mom kept my pink peppermint smelling hoop all these years for memory sake. The thing that concerns me is that it still smells like peppermint after some 30 years but that aside, I’m glad she kept it. On numerous occasions I’ve picked up my old hoop and given it a whirl only to find Read more »
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