The most important ingredient to being your best self and living your best life… is you. What an obvious statement, but too often we forget to take care of ourselves or we run out of time and energy. The funny thing is, the only way to give yourself more energy is to nurture yourself: mind, body and soul. I hope to provide you with some inspired reading and health tips that will remind you to listen to yourself and make your dreams of healthy living a reality.

This week’s blog is focused on healthy living- BODY!!!

Good morning, my friends! It’s another really cold one here in ND, and in order to get some good cardio we need to do all of our work outs inside! We’re bracing for another big snow storm tonight/tomorrow, so I figured this might be a good work out to get in before we are all trapped inside for a few days.
First start with Strengthen your body and then move to cardio. This workout doesn’t
STRENGTHING: These few exercises focus on toning your muscles rather than building your muscles.

1. Wall Push-Ups
Stand about 3 feet away from a wall and lean forward, placing your hands shoulder-width apart against the wall. Bend your elbows and bring your chest toward the wall (your heels may come off the floor), then push away until your arms are straight again. Repeat 10 times.

TONES: Chest muscles, to keep your upper body lifted
2. Scapula Squeeze
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your elbows and keep arms up, with palms facing out (to form a W with your upper body). Then pull your shoulders back and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold for 3 seconds and release. Repeat 10 times.

TONES: Upper-back muscles, to prevent slouching

3. Modified Plank
Start on your hands and knees. Place your forearms on the ground with your shoulders over your elbows, and extend your legs. Lower your knees to the ground. Hold for 10 seconds, rest and repeat 3 times.

TONES: Abdominal and spinal muscles, for a strong torso
Okay ladies in order to get that pudge from your stomach to disappear you need to RUN and EAT HEALTHY. On the days where I tone my muscles I usually do more running.
1. Start by warming up by walking at a slow pace on the treadmill ( you know your body , so walk at the pace you think is bearable )
2. Then speed up with a slight jog (again you know your body, so jog at a pace that you think is bearable) – jog for the first half of a mile.
3. Now speed up so that you are now running- run the last half of mile.
– REPEAT THESE STEPS 1-3 for a total of three miles.