#NikkiFitnessNews: Roundup of Fitness Studies this week!

 

 

 

11 Ways to Stop Overeating After Your Workout

TIME

If you’re always hungry after you exercise—regardless of whether you ate … But a 2014 Iowa State University study found that not all devices are …

 

   

Study: ‘Fat-shaming’ doesn’t help obese people lose weight

FOX31 Denver

But a new study out of the UK says one thing that doesn`t work to help people lose … “I have tried a whole variety of different diets and, again, exercise

 

 

Running While Drunk: Hilarious and Odd Study Says It’s Pretty Much the Same as Running Sober

Bustle

As Evelyn Parr at Australian Catholic University’s School of Exercise Science told Outside Online, “Athletes, if they are actually athletes, would have no …

 

Drink Soda? Take 12000 Steps

New York Times (blog)

But the risk drops substantially if those people get up and move around, even if they don’t formally exercise, two new studies found. Most of us have …

 

 

5 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise

Bustle

Exercise is often sought out when one wants to get slim or toned, but … One study found that exercisepromoted skill retention for 24 hours after and up …

 

Apple Watch could fare well, study finds

SiliconBeat

That’s because the survey found smartwatches were the second-most-desired wearable device behind fitness gadgets, and the Apple Watch will …

NikkiFitness “Back to Shape” Fall Faves

Fall is around the corner, and while kids are going back to school, our barely-clothed beach jogging turns to bundled up runs, indoor gym classes and DVDs indoors again. My newest NikkiFItness Faves include tech gear that bends like a yogi, fitness clothes that look as good as they work, healthy fruit to keep summer sunshine in your veins, and tools to help everything from cracked, calloused feet to sore muscles.

 

Wearable-

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Product: Athleta – white and silver to keep shining after summer is over.

 

Benefits: Feel weightless in tissue-weight, breathable Crunch Tank tops. The sheer fabric is great for layering over colorful sports bras, and the non-fitted shape great for hiding those last 5lbs you’ve yet to lose. Speaking of lightweight, save your back with a hot gym bag: slouchy shopper style tote is made from metallic fabric. Carry your change of clothes, and NikkiFitness DVDs, in a NikkiFitness Fave, the city-chic Serevina Carry-all bag by Mo&Co. When the fall breeze cools your outdoor runs, the Fast Track Jacket is the most comfortable seamless base layer ever that puts breathable, wicking performance right against your skin plus unsinkable technology so you can wear it more and wash it less. Finally, go from yoga class to nightlife in the Chaturanga Tights made from Pilayo® fabric that gives a performance advantage for your practice and everything else you do.

 

Where to find it: http://athleta.gap.com

 

Price: Crunch Tank $34.00/Silver Shimmer Mo&Co bag $60.00/Fast Track Jacket $98.00/ Chatuanga Tights &69.00

 

 

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Product: Geluxury Slippers

 

Benefits: Summer flip-flops are fun, but with fall, I’m recommending some slippers. One of the most embarrassing things that can happen while walking into a yoga class is looking down at your bare feet and noticing that it’s going to take more than lotion to quickly fix your running and plyometric-ravished feet. Pedicures and constant lotion application take time and money. I discovered a product that works while you relax.

Geluxury super-hydrating slippers are an all-natural way to restore moisture with a patent-pending gel formula. They hug your feet when worn while lounging at home or to sleep for an overnight cure for cracked heels. Geluxury leaves skin noticeably smoother, richer and revived. The gel is non-greasy and requires no cleanup after use – the gel lining does all the work! The key to their healing ability is the 7 botanical oils (Avocado, Olive, Jojoba, Grape Seed, Canola, Soybean and Mineral) found in the silky smooth gel lining. The gel will last the life of the product, eliminating the need to purchase moisturizing treatments.

Where to find it: http://www.geluxury.com

 

Price: $49.95

 

 

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Product: Octa “Tablet Tails”  Whale Kit and Monkey Kit

 

Benefits: Fitness DVDs are becoming Apps and Downloads, but how do you make your tablet as perfect for working out as your wall-mounted TV? Octa designs neat and super-flexible accessories for tablets, which allow users to wrap, grip, loop and hang their tablets from just about any surface imaginable. For those who love to take their workout outdoors, get their fitness on at work during lunch breaks, or even work out in the comfort of their own home when the rain, snow and wind whip up, Octa allows fitness gurus to prop their tablet in a position that’s both secure and visible – what a great way to try my NikkiFitness ITunes app with all my videos!

 

Where to find it: http://www.octa.com

 

Price: Whale Kit #39.99/ Monkey Kit $69.99

 

 

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Product: Curamin Pain Remedy

 

I recently suffered a herniated disc, which gave me the opportunity to sample the next product. I had been taking Aleve and Advil, but worried about their “stomach bleeding” side effects so I tried Curamin. It contains a super-absorption curcumin called BCM-95, known for its ability to balance the body’s natural inflammatory response in published clinical studies to provide consistent and long-lasting effects. So from a serious injury to muscle soreness, this could work for you too.

Where to find it: Find their list of stores and online suppliers at www.curamin.com/

 

Price: $39.99

 

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Product: Arctic Ease Instant Cold Wraps

 

Benefits: This easy and effective treatment works just about anywhere BUT the back, and easily wraps around elbows, knees and other injury-prone spots. They provide hours of cool relief from pain and swelling without going in the freezer and without the discomfort of ice or the irritation and odor of menthol.

 

Arctic Ease cold wraps absorb heat energy from the body. The absorbed heat is then removed by evaporation allowing for hours of targeted cold therapy.

Arctic Ease wraps are a two-in-one solution, _that provide cryotherapy and compression. They can be used before during and after exercise for reducing pain and swelling, whether from arthritis, muscle pains, strains, sprains, repetitive motion injuries, or bruises for hours.

 

Where to find it: www.arcticeasewrap.com

 

Price: $9.99- $14.99

 

 

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Product: Swipe, a pocket-sized, biodegradable, single-use deodorant wipe

Swipe is the newest, innovative product in personal hygiene and MUST-HAVE gym bag essential. The box comes with three wipes infused with a natural tea tree extract that not only provides protection, it also eliminates body odor.  The small and discrete packaging makes Swipe® travel-friendly and ideal beach bags as well. I even keep them in my purse to replace that travel-size deodorant that always crumbles and loses its lid!

Where to get it: www.itswipes.com as well as Amazon.com.

Price: $3.99 for pack of three, $6.99 for pack of 10, $14.99 for pack of 25

 

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Product: Arctic Zero (you can’t believe you can eat ice cream)

Benefits: When my husband and four-year-old eat ice cream at night, I no longer feel left out. Arctic Zero is a healthier alternative to ice cream. Each pint is only 150 calories, offering 12g of protein and 8g of fiber. Unbelievable! My favorite flavors are the cookies n cream and orange cream, but there are so many to chose from, you should try them all.  I love the chocolate covered popsicles even better than the pints  - you can’t believe they’re not ice cream!

Where to find it: http://www.arcticzero.com to order online or use their store location on the site (Whole Foods and many more).

Price: 45.98 for a six-pack online, or buy singles in stores, prices may vary.

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Product: Zespri Kiwifruit

 

Benefits: Don’t stop eating your fruit when the weather gets chilly. I recently enjoyed a tasting event with a new twist on the kiwi!  Two flavors of New Zealand-grown Zespri Kiwifruit are arriving in grocery stores now, and will be available through fall.
 Zespri’s traditional, tangy-sweet Green Kiwifruit is a fuzzy brown fruit that packs a tangy punch. The fruits come in both conventional and organic varieties and are beloved for their full-bodied, sweet-and-sour flavor. Zespri has also added a new member to its kiwifruit family: SunGold Kiwifruit, a refreshing blend of tangy and tropical flavors that took 10 years to develop. Kiwifruit are nutritional powerhouses and are a great source of micronutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium and antioxidants. They’re high in fiber, have a low glycemic index, and two fruit have fewer than 100 calories. The website has great healthy recipes (and they also make great cocktails.)

 

Where to find it: http://www.zesprikiwi.com

 

Price: Varies, see your local grocer.

NikkiFitness Noise: Music Playlist Sept 2014

What I’m working out to and playing in classes lately!

 

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#NikkiFitnessNoise
Nicole Glor is the founder and president of NikkiFItness and GT Media LLC. She is a 37-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, a freelance fitness writer, and the star of 10 fitness DVDs including the new 2014 Beach Ball Body Workout, the 2013 Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout video, Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics DVD, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor.She is also the “spokestrainer” for Huggies Little Movers and SilverSports antimicrobial fitness gear. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School. Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter, to get the free #movesoftheday and #mantrasoftheday. Her music playlists, video demos and DVDs can be found at  www.nikkifitness.com

 

The Early Bird Gets The Workout

There is a new study explaining that “waking up later makes it harder to keep a fitness routine.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2648962/Why-night-owls-shun-exercise-Waking-late-makes-harder-fitness-regime.html#ixzz33laAyWXI

I couldn’t agree more, but there are things you can do to either turn into an Early Bird, or fit a workout into your Night Owl lifestyle.

First, some reasons why going to bed and waking up late are workout barriers:

1) People sit more if they are up late: at work, at restaurants, in front of the TV, at the theater, at a bar, at computer

2) If you wake up at 11am and plan to work out at noon, there are a lot of other distractions that happen at noon. Business meetings pop up, friends in town, a child needs you, errands to run, etc. NO ONE usually can  hijack your schedule if your workout is before 8am (except for the kids sometimes, but if you have kids, you are probably an early bird by now anyway). The post office is not open at 5:30am, neither is the grocery store, your office, or your friends.

3) Night Owls may be more prone to hangovers if out till 2am, and not feel good enough to work out. Even early birds like to party, but happy hour tends to get in your way less.

4) If you don’t set an alarm you feel more on lazy, vacation mode. You should set alarm, put it in your schedule, make a meeting with yourself.

5) If you are a night owl who can work out at 9pm, there may be less fun fitness offerings, like classes, available in your area.

 

How to get in more workouts and turn that Night Owl schedule into Early Bird Gets the Workout

1) Get motivated, something to look forward to like a great playlist or an audiobook, that you can only listen to, and hear what happens next, when you are out jogging for example.

2) Caffein – coffee, green tea, 5 hour energy, ginseng… there are options to put more bounce in your step and therefore, more calories burned.

3) Go to bed earlier… can’t sleep at 10pm? If you had a hard workout earlier that day you COULD. Workouts make you tired which helps you sleep earlier and more sound/quality sleep

4) Prepare: sleep in your workout clothes, put keys/ headphones, or the DVD by the bed. Throw on sneakers, brush teeth and go! Save time by cutting out steps. If you want to eat first, eat and have coffee asap.

5) Get a personal trainer or workout buddy that you have to meet. Make your playdate fun and try new classes and adventures! Do DVDs/downloads if it is too cold/rainy/snowy to go outside, or for fitness when you travel (Like my Fit Travel Workout DVD).

Fitness – fit it in, early OR late! Get more tips from my book, the Slimnastics Workout, daily mantras from following @NikkiFitness on twitter, or get my DVDs (www.nikkifitness.com) so you don’t have any excuses!

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BIO

Nicole Glor is the founder and president of NikkiFItness and GT Media LLC. She is a 36-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, a freelance fitness writer, and the star of 10 fitness DVDs including the new 2014 Beach Ball Body Workout, the 2013 Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout video, Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics DVD, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor.She is also the “spokestrainer” for Huggies Little Movers and SilverSports antimicrobial fitness gear. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School. Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter, to get the free #movesoftheday and #mantrasoftheday. Her music playlists, video demos and DVDs can be found at  www.nikkifitness.com

3 MOVES FOR ENDURANCE TRAINING

Take a trip to Summer Camp with these no-equipment strength-training moves that will get you in hiking, biking and swimming shape in no time!

Watch my free video tips for KnowMore.tv here:

Link: http://knowmore.tv/fitness/get-ready-to-take-on-summer-with-3-endurance-moves/81368

Let’s start with hiking. When you’re trudging up those hills, you don’t want to be the last one in the pack. So you want to build some power with those lunges. You’re going to lunge to the floor here. Right leg in front, left leg in back, touch the floor. Use your back hand on your legs for support. Hop up with a leg that’s behind, coming up to hip level. If you want to make this more challenging you add a hop and then level three is not even letting your lunging foot touch the floor, hover it and hop. Hover and hop. So the whole time I’m on my right leg and my left leg is moving. That will really start to build that endurance and strength in the quad and glutes that you need for hiking up trails. Do 15 on each leg, three sets all together. Moving on.

Now we’re moving to a move that’s actually called the Swimmer to get in swim shape. Come down onto the floor all the way onto your stomach. Arms over head. You’re going to lift your right arm with left leg and lower. Then left arm with right leg and lower. Once you’re here you can maybe lift everything off the floor and then just tap, tap, tap, tap. This is important because it works your upper back, your lower back and your glutes. Part of your core which is strong and healthy in swimming, hiking and biking. The core is supper important for all outdoor sports so you never want to ignore that part. I would do this for 30 seconds and then take a rest and then counter stretch in child’s pose.

Then we’ll move on to the bike.

So for the bike we lay back, hands behind the head. It’s important to keep your elbows away from your head, not here because as you move you’ll hurt your neck. If you keep the elbows out it’s all about the shoulders. So starting out you’ll just do shoulders one side up and then down. Then we’ll really get into the bike by kicking those feet out almost like you’re pedaling a bike. This works your core again and gets your heart rate up. So that when you’re biking you’ll be strong and steady and won’t lose your balance. I would do 30 of these and then repeat all three of the moves hiking, biking and swimming.

Fitness – Fit it in! Nikki

BIO

Nicole Glor is the founder and president of NikkiFItness and GT Media LLC. She is a 36-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, a freelance fitness writer, and the star of 10 fitness DVDs including the new 2014 Beach Ball Body Workout, the 2013 Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout video, Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics DVD, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor.She is also the “spokestrainer” for Huggies Little Movers and SilverSports antimicrobial fitness gear. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School. Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter, to get the free #movesoftheday and #mantrasoftheday. Her music playlists, video demos and DVDs can be found at www.nikkifitness.com

NikkiFitness News: Fitness Studies This Week

The top new exercise and fitness studies, wellness finds and fitness features/style out recently – my picks of the week – May 19-26 2014 in #NikkiFitnessNews

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Mushrooms Are Magic for Women Trying to Lose Weight http://thebea.st/1vIXxtK   via @thedailybeast #NikkiFitnessNews

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The answer to the question, if you put a wheel in the forest, will anything run on it? Yes- its our NATURE to want to move and play! #NikkiFitnessNews http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/science/study-shows-that-mice-run-for-fun-not-just-for-lab-work.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140520&nlid=16434582&tntemail0=y&_r=1

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The Beautiful Skin Effects Of Exercise

The outer skin level, before the exercise program, had thickened. … “We were very surprised by the results of the study,” says researcher Simon Melov.

4-The Time of the Tummy

By SHIVANI VORA

The bared midriff is everywhere you look, thanks in part to the rage for crop tops.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/fashion/Bared-Midriff-fashion-red-carpet-crop-top.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140509&nlid=16434582&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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4 Days, 11 Pounds

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS

A new study suggests that minimal calories and maximal exercise can significantly reduce body fat in just four days — and the loss lasts for months. But can that kind of weight loss be maintained?

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/4-days-11-pounds/?emc=edit_tnt_20140522&nlid=16434582&tntemail0=y

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Here’s Proof That Exercise Changes Everything

That’s not to say that shorter bouts of exercise aren’t worth it. … a 60 percent lower risk of any type of cognitive impairment, according to a 2012 study.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/22/exercise-effects-benefits-sedentary_n_5359172.html

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Big Ball, Little Belly: Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout Now Available!

Big Ball, Little Belly…..
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If you want to really work your entire body while you mind gets a mini vacation, gazing at a Caribbean beach, this is for you.

The Slimnastics Stability Ball workout with NikkiFitness provides a way to challenge your abs while working your arms, legs, chest, glutes and back. The key is instability! A stability ball will put you off balance to add an extra level of core toning to each full-range-of-motion Slimnastics move. With a mat and free weights, you work biceps and abs, triceps with abs, booty with the belly, and so much more. Summer beach bodies are made in the winter, so this is the perfect way to start a resolution and get the beach body you crave, quick.

Available for $19.99 at Createspace https://www.createspace.com/399831

Or Amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/Slimnastics-Stability-Workout-NikkiFitness-Nicole/dp/B00K7N9F1A

And the APP can be found at iTunes by searching “NikkiFItness”


Nicole Glor, NikkiFItness, is a 36-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, a freelance fitness writer, and the star of 10 fitness DVDs including the new 2014 Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout, the 2013 Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout video, Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics DVD, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School. Search for “NikkiFitness” on

NikkiFitness is Now the Huggies Little Movers Fitness and Baby Movement Expert!

Moms and babies prepare to have some fitness fun!

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Here is an article I wrote for the Huffington Post with simple ways for you to get started exercising together with your little mover…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicole-anikkifitnessa-glor/simple-ways-to-get-tot-moving_b_5111941.html

Fitness – fit it in! Nikki

 

3 Plateau-Busting Workouts to Celebrate Your ‘Fitness Birthday’

By Nicole Glor (NikkiFitness)

I have a secret that will turn your ordinary workout routine into something that you’ll want to post about on social media, talk about in a holiday card, and maybe turn into an annual adventure with your friends! Even better, it’ll help you bust through anyweight loss plateaus.

If you’ve been sticking to the same fitness regimen for the last year, you might be noticing that the scale isn’t budging and your body isn’t changingas much as you’d hoped, despite your hard workouts and calorie counting. In order to break through this cycle, you need to trick your body by changing up your routine. Your body knows what to expect when you do the same exercises religiously, so it isn’t as challenged. You can make your workouts more effective by mixing it up. Want incredible results? Here’s what I propose: Pick a day on the calendar that you deem as your ‘Fitness Birthday’ and make a bucket list of things you want to try.

On my fitness birthday each year, I list at least three ‘cray-cray’ activities (that I can do alone or with friends) that take me out of my comfort zone and make me feel sore in the best way possible. Plateau? How about a lava-covered mountain of fitness fabulousness!?!

Here are three Fitness Birthday bucket list ideas you can work into your fitness routine so you can continue to surprise your body with new exercises that will burn more calories. Feel free to get creative with your activities! See what your community has to offer or plan a vacation where you can tackle a fun bucket list item! The only rule? It has to make you sore and you need to practice to achieve it. (And of course, get pictures to share!)

Fitness Birthday Bucket List 1: Train for an open water swim!

3 Plateau-Busting Workouts to Celebrate Your 'Fitness Birthday'You don’t need to go all the way and do a triathlon. Instead, get your feet wet first and fill your bucket list with water. It’s less intimidating to hit one of the three triathlon aspects, and also less routine than running and biking your brains out. Facilities likeAsphalt Green in New York City have multiple water classes, “master swim teams” and personal swim training programs that get you lapping your plateau. Why not train to swim across your local waterway this summer and plan a clam bake on the other side! And maybe next year you can aspire to do the ‘tri.’

Fitness Birthday Bucket List 2: Find your inner gymnast!

Even if you’re not a flexible person or can’t even handle a front roll in your kid’s gym program, you can still do amazing things with your body and you’ll feel like a kid again. Adult gymnastics classes, specifically doing a back handspring, was actually on my very own bucket list this year. I had been a college cheerleader, but was the only one who never took gymnastics classes, so I had to do extra (and I mean extra!) time learning it in college. Now, at 36, I decided, “Lets see if I can ever do a back-handspring again!?” My husband was like, “Who are you?!”  My thought, “Good; keep him guessing!” – that might be good relationship advice too, but I’ll leave that for the KnowMore relationship experts!

At Chelsea Piers, and many other gymnastics facilities across the country, they offer adult gymnastics classes. For $30 I went for the 1.5 hour class. When personal training is much more than that, it’s a bargain for really surprising your body. The warm-up included crab walks, plank jump-back and skipping, then we practiced handstands, cartwheels, back rolls into handstands, round-offs, and cartwheels-to-handstands on the boingy floor, which is so fun to even just jump around on. Then the great part: they have ball pits (think Chuck E. Cheese’s as a kid) to fall into; huge padded wheels and mats to practice easy and safe front walkovers and handsprings from, and spotters for the back handsprings. I nailed it after a few times (with a spotter). It was like riding a bike… if that bike was throwing yourself backwards and upside down hoping to land on your hands!

(So proud of my almost 37 year old self!) VIDEO HERE!

Fitness Birthday Bucket List 3: Fly

3 Plateau-Busting Workouts to Celebrate Your 'Fitness Birthday'No, not skydiving… practicing Antigravity Yoga! If you like yoga, this is for you. If you get bored at yoga, this is also for you. There is nothing like it, and it’s always such a release you forget you’re working out. Classes like Crunch’s Antigravity Yoga allow you to do Down Dog and Warrior III in a silk hammock. Not only does this relieve pressure on your joints and spine (I’ve always had a few back issues, and all I can say is I feel a ‘creaking door’ opening in my spine each time) but it’s almost equivalent to getting a massage. And, heck yeah, you hang upside down with no hands on the floor. It’s so Ohm-azing you just have to try it.

Spend some time perfecting these 3 Fitness Birthday Bucket List suggestions (or your very own originals) and you ALMOST don’t realize the massive changes in your body while having this much fun and adventure!

One thing? Send us your photos!

 

Baby Bootie Camp DVD and Workout Segment on Fox & Friends

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Transcript from today’s show:

 

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend so I’m bringing some family fitness from my Baby Bootie Camp workout video (Amazon, $19.99 or get the App for 9.99) on Fox & Friends today, Friday, at 7:30am.

 

We are joined but lots of moms in comfy workout clothes and my son’s favorite workout outfit when we made this routine- Huggies Little Movers diapers. I partnered with then as a baby movement trainer -The newest Little Movers have comfy, dry fit that lasts with double grip strips, and we have a gift for these moms who joined us at the end of the segment. (Stay tuned this Tuesday for a future announcement about my partnership with Huggies!)

 

I shot the workout with my son who was 4 months at the time, and worked out with him to it until he was a little past walking age. He just got a little too big to do this today with so I’m using ateddy bear instead.

 

Move 1: The first move is baby squats. Mom gets into a plie to work inner thighs, butt and glutes and baby exercises his legs while jumping with mom.

 

Move 2: Do this for about 15 reps then transition to biceps, shoulders and chest with baby rockets. Just be careful not to hinge at the hips because we want the back in a safe zone with good posture.

 

Move 3: Now work obliques with a tick tock sway that provides cuddle time, soothes your baby and sculpts mommy and let’s you hold your little love whole working on love handles. It’s good for the baby to get comfortable with going upside down for when he’s active later on in playtime programs like at MY Gym where they do forward and back rolls on the equipment.

 

If you do my entire video routine it’s 15 mins throughout the day, so you can work out together instead  of having to wait until she naps to fit in your workout. It works all important muscle groups.

 

And all the moms here go home with the DVD, a month’s supply of Huggies Little Movers and a gift bag from My Gym.

 

You can get more information on these programs and items on my twitter, Facebook (@NikkiFitness) or blog at NikkiFitness.com

 

Have a happy and healthy Mother’s Day!