Archives for July 2015
Summer time calls for beach days, pool parties and vacations, a quick workout before we throw on the bikini will make us feel good and look even better! Here’s a bikini HITT workout, that is quick, high intense, and can be done just about anywhere.
Perform all the exercise back-to-back for a total of 5 sets or however many sets you can perform in 20 minutes:
Push-ups or Knee Push-ups for 10 reps
Mountain Climbers for 20 reps each leg
Burpees for 10 reps or Front to Back Lunges for 10 reps each leg
Jump Squats of 10 reps
Plank to Elbow for 10 reps
Rest till heart rate goes down and begin again.
If it starts to become too easy, increase the total sets or speed up the workout. And always remember to have fun with the workout so add music or find a location with a great view. Just enjoy the fact that it’s summer!
There are always new recipes my sister and I are testing or are dying to try. Here are a few healthy summer recipes that make the list.
Something about hot summer days makes us crave seafood. So for those seafood lovers, here are meal prep recipes to try:
With summer BBQ occurring every week, here are a few recipes to include among the various, but yummy, BBQ staples:
Hot days require treats that keep us cool and refresh. Here are recipes that keep our sweet tooth satisfied without the guilt.
An awesome concept I recently read in “The WillPower Instinct” by Kelly McGonigal, is to build will power by increasing your sense of future self.
How many times do we catch ourselves saying, “I will start my diet next week,” or “I will study later.” We have this internal need to delay responsibilities or hardships. We view our future self as more discipline, not as busy, and less distracted. Some how we believe our future self is a better version of our current self. Therefore, it’s best putting things off.
By postponing our commitments, the future self has the additional five extra pounds to shed, pay the unused gym memberships fees, or have health issues that never existed.
Here are a few tips to increasing your sense of future self
- Put yourself in the mindset of the future self. Will the future self be glad that you lost those two pounds? That you aced your exam? You can even write a letter or note to your future self, thanking your self for having the will power to get started.
- Be aware of what is causing the delay of gratification. By knowing the root cause, you can make adjustments. For example, if you can’t seem commit a workout, maybe you need to get more sleep or prioritize your workload.
By being in touch with our future self, it can be a step closer to building will power. I know it has helped me and hope these tips help you.