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3 Home Workouts for Women That Will Have You Turning Heads by Summertime

3 Home Workouts for Women That Will Have You Turning Heads by Summertime

Are you the kind of person who, when thinking about exercising, you’re are suddenly overwhelmed with a strong desire to do something else? Anything else? Yea me too. Or at least I used to be.

Exercise is one of the most difficult activities to integrate into most of our lives. It’s incredible, because the pros of exercise outweigh the cons by a landslide. I won’t go over them again (it’s everywhere, and if you don’t know by now then I don’t know if I can help you) but they are tremendous and life changing. It seems like a no-brainer to exercise as often as possible,  but alas, our logical minds are found to be mutinous again. We find ourselves filled with dread every time the word “workout” comes to mind even though it’s one of the best things we could possible do for ourselves.

It doesn’t make sense and, for the time being, it doesn’t have to. It doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that you just do it.

Don’t think about it. Thinking is not necessary.

Don’t weigh your options. You have none.

Don’t think of all the other things that need to be done that are more important. There isn’t anything more important.

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Don’t find an excuse. There aren’t any excuses to find.

Just do it.

Once you’ve come to this point, here are the three home workouts for women I highly recommend. They have worked for me, and for thousands of women everywhere, and they will work for you if you just do it. The best part is you don’t even have to leave the house to get in amazing shape

Kettlebell Workouts

Kettlebell Workouts

    I got into kettlebell training by accident. I had been out of shape for a long time, and I was browsing the fitness section in Wal-mart when I saw this weirdly shaped dumbbell. I knew that my current fitness program wasn’t working because I wasn’t doing it consistently, so I bought the kettlebell thinking that the change would make things more interesting.

    Wow. These things are incredible. Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights slimmed me down in 7 weeks. Now I know a lot of kettlebell fanatics will exclaim that she’s not executing with perfect form, and I can’t say I agree or disagree with that, but nevertheless, this exercise program works.

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    You can use it like a regular dumbbell if you want, but kettlebells have their own uses that are great if you want to get in shape. They are especially useful to shape your backside. The workouts are really different and fun, so if you’re tired of training with traditional dumbbells, try the kettlebells: you’ll feel the results immediately, and you’ll get into shape fast.

    If you’re an absolute beginner, I don’t recommend going with the Jillian Michaels DVD. I love her workouts because they get the best results, but they tend to also be the hardest. If you haven’t worked out in a decade, stay away from Jillian.

    Here are some other alternatives that are easier.

    Gin Miller’s Calorie Burner Workout with Kettlebells

    This DVD is perfect for the absolute beginner. It builds your confidence while also giving you a nice workout, so you finish feeling healthy, but not exhausted.

    Power Body: Kettlebell Bootcamp with Angie Miller

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    Angie Miller’s kettlebell video is good for the beginner, but not the absolute beginner. I can’t remember a time where I’ve done more squats in my life—she will really work out your legs.

    The only thing I don’t like about this video is that both of the women who train with you never stop smiling. It’s inhuman to have the same facial expression for forty-five minutes, but maybe that’s just me.

    Zumba Fitness

    Zumba Fitness

      Zumba is so much fun, you don’t even know that you’re  working out. If you’re too shy to go to a class, you don’t want to waste the time driving to the gym and back, or if you don’t have a membership to a gym, these videos are the way to go.

      I like to do Zumba with my Xbox and Kinect. It’s the best way to find out whether you are doing the moves correctly. There are three videos games that go with the Xbox: The first one, Zumba Fitness Party, is for the beginner. The second one, Zumba Fitness Rush, is a little more advanced, but manageable and a lot more fun. The third on, Zumba Fitness Core has the most variety of dances and some really special moves to work out your belly.

      This is the only thing I use the Xbox for and it’s so worth it. You can put together your own routine with your favorite songs in Zumba Rush and Zumba Core, and in all of them you can have dance-off competitions with your friends online. If you don’t have a Xbox, don’t fret: Zumba Fitness has put together an entire package of awesome videos for you to follow too. I’ve never done them myself, but they get really great reviews.

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      This is the best way to get your cardio in. Running is boring! Swimming is too inaccessible! This is just pure fun and sweat.

      Lots and lots of sweat.

      Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones

      This video is so amazing and awesome that I am considering it as a type of workout on its own. It’s only one video, but it is the video you need to have if you want a killer body in the least amount of time.

      Jillian choreographed this video specifically with women in mind. All of the body parts we complain about—abs, inner thighs, under the arms, saddle bags—are targeted in this intense 45 minute workout. This is not for the faint-hearted! You can do the modified moves, but regardless, I recommend that you be at least marginally active before trying this workout.

      As always, consult with your doctor before beginning any fitness program to make sure you’re healthy enough to handle the stress. This is especially true if you have any current medical conditions. 

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      Last Updated on May 21, 2020

      The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

      The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

      You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

      Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

      Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

      An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

      Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

      1. The Paleo Diet

      The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

      The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

      In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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      How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

      The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

      With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

      It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

      Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

      2. Whole30

      The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

      With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

      During the month you are eliminating:

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      • sugar
      • alcohol
      • legumes
      • grains
      • dairy
      • soy

      Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

      At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

      Finding Out How Food Impacts You

      Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

      With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

      This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

      3. The Mediterranean Diet

      The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

      For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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      With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

      • Fruits & vegetables
      • Whole grains
      • Legumes & nuts
      • Replacing butter with olive oil
      • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
      • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
      • Moderate amounts of red wine

      Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

      Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

      With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

      4. The Alkaline Diet

      The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

      The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

      Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

      The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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      People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

      One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

      Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

      There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

      The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

      What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

      The Big Takeaway:

      Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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