A popular saying around the gym is “summer bodies are made in the winter.” If that’s true, then springtime is the time for the procrastinators! If you’re like a lot of people, pulling out your warm-weather clothes in the spring can be fun, but trying them on can be scary after a winter of hearty eating, skipping workouts and too much hot coco on the couch. Don’t worry, it’s not too late if you try my “one move, mantra and must-have” each week. My new blog will help transition you from hibernation to healthy habits just in time for summer!
The Bear Crawl is from my Anti-aging Walking Workout (www.nikkifitness.com) and tones your arms, chest, abs, glutes and legs):
Start in a standing position. Bend your knees to squat, then walk your hands out on the floor for a count of four, so that you end up in a plank, keeping your feet in the same place where you started. Your hands should be directly under your shoulders, and your head, hips and heels in one straight line while balancing on your toes. Then, keeping the abs tight, walk your hands back toward your feet and use your leg strength to help you stand up.
Make it harder (additional chest and cardio): walk hands out to plank, then add a push-up, and when you walk hands back into feet and jump into the air with your hands reaching to the sky!
Sweat is just fat crying! (Many people avoid working out because they don’t want to sweat. I say, don’t be afraid to sweat, embrace and chase it, and this mantra makes me laugh through grunting during the workout!)
One MUST HAVE
Healthy eating is made easy when the temperature rises. Forget your heavy crock-pot meals or comfort-food takeout and instead chose salads, light protein and smoothies! If green juices and smoothies (think milk shakes that taste naughty but are actually good for you) seem like too much work and planning, I found a great company to get you started on a smoothie-a-day-habit! Greenblender delivers flavorful superfoods high in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins and fiber, nationwide, to bring you everything from more energy to weight loss.
Each week, for about five dollars a meal, they send you five new smoothie recipes and all the pre-portioned organic ingredients you’ll need to make 10 smoothies (I say share one with a loved one each weekday for breakfast!) They even have diabetic-friendly tips and recipes like “How to Naturally Sweeten Your Smoothie,” that you can reference online at https://greenblender.com/smoothies/?s=diabetic
Try this recipe to kickstart your new good habits and come out of hibernation, because It’s not too late to get your “summer body” after all.
Raspberry Basil Smoothie Ingredients
- 2 1/2 ozgrape tomatoes
- 1 ozraspberries
- 4 ozpineapple
- 4 leavesbasil
- 2 tbspgoji berries
- 1/4 cupwalnuts
- 1 cupwater
- 1 cupice