8am – Pretend you’re in Greece while you complete a morning workout!

I’m in dying need of a travel break! Whether it’s to a major city or a European escapade, count this girl in. Although working full-time doesn’t permit much time for travel, I admit to planning my own Royal Caribbean Mediterranean Cruise and bookmarking stops along the California Coast on my travel Pinterest boards (hey, it could happen one day).

For those of you daydreamers who keep on saving for your next venture, you’ll love this workout series I just found!

It’s called Tone it Up and these girls do the best they can to make you feel like you’re NOT working out in the middle of a living room! With workouts ranging from 5 minutes to full-on cardio sessions, it’s easy to squeeze into a busy schedule. 

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Workouts are provided on a weekly basis. Although I have to admit, I haven’t followed their full workout regimen, adding a few of these workouts into my morning routine was quite simple. For example, try this quick Santorini Bikini workout before work to boost your metabolism and torch calories throughout the day – or wake-up with the Sunkissed Abs workout.

Although the Tone It Up series may be sub-par to my typical workout intensity, I’ve learned that adding it into my workout routine has an awakening effect! It’s easy to feel rejuvenated and refreshed after a quick workout. 

Will this series increase my muscle tone and change the way I look? Not quite sure, but it will change the way I feel. Let me know if you’re interested in hearing more about this series. I’d be more than happy to share! Otherwise simply visit http://toneitup.com

 

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9pm – Quick but killer arm workout (I’m sick but want to inspire you!)

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While resting may seem easy, it’s always been difficult for this on-the-go girl.  So I first of all wanted to thank all of my friends who have kindly reminded me how to slow down, drink fluids and most importantly: stay in bed! While I have taken time out of the gym to heal, I haven’t stopped brainstorming short and effective workouts for you, my followers! Here’s a workout I tested recently and found to be an effective and speedy workout.

This workout will have your arms feeling stronger, leaner and more toned! Start with a 5-10 minute cardio warm-up. Be sure to alternate each strength exercise with a cardio-boosting exercise to increase calorie burn. Not challenged enough? Up the cardio exercises to 1-2 minutes! Be sure to challenge yourself.

How did it go? Be sure to let me know in the comments. PS drink lots of water!

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-Jordana

7pm Celebrate Earth Day – Bake A Healthy Kale Inspired Recipe

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Happy Earth Day! As many of you have the environment in mind, I wanted to inspire you with a new green food I recently discovered at the local market: It’s fresh. It’s crunchy, and it’s all the rage with fitspo bloggers and health enthusiasts around the world – kale.

I discovered the new green when I was at the local market. A man took a heaping mound of kale and placed it in his basket when I asked how he would suggest preparing it. He suggested using it for juicing, but has seen others use it as a lettuce alternative in salads since it packs in more nutrients. I thought it was worth a try and took some home myself.

I later learned that kale was not only more nutritious, but it also had the following benefits:

  • It’s high in vitamin K – a necessity for preventing various cancers
  • It’s great for cardiovascular support and can lower cholesterol levels
  • It’s filled with fiber and sulfur and can detox your body and keep your liver healthy

And so much more!

It’s very easy to prepare and add to various dinner dishes. However, this versatile food also makes a great snacking alternative. Kale chips are growing in popularity as a healthy, low-cal alternative to potato chips and other high-carbohydrate snacks.

This Parmesan kale chip recipe from Do It Delicious is easy to make and requires ingredients you probably have sitting around at home. It requires kale, olive oil and Parmesan cheese! Simply place kale on a baking sheet and cover with olive oil, bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes until crisp, let cool, then sprinkle with salt and Parmesan!

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Have you ever made anything with kale? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear!

Jordana

12:30pm WorkOUT Of Comfort Zone (Cool workout provided)

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After venturing into many gyms, I learned they all have that one “area” typically far to the back that I like to think of as “Never Ever Land.” It’s the spot where the beefiest of men congregate to pump some iron. All of them have a spotter and grunting is heard whether you want to or not. Can you see it now? Planet Fitness may say they are showcasing “gymtimidation” but I just think of it as general “discomfort.” Who wants to pick up 15-lb weights when the guy next to you us lifting just as much as you weigh?

Last week, however, I learned that this wonderland of heavy weights is the only place where I can truly improve myself. From the smith machine, to the weight bars – If I want to improve myself, I’m going to need to get out of my comfort zone – judgement or not.

 

I found a 12 week workout program online that forced me to try something new and to be honest, I’m already feeling a difference in my body’s tone. Here’s the workout so you can try it for yourself after work! You’ll feel it in your shoulders, triceps and biceps – I promise.

Bench Press 3×8-12

Bent Over Row 3×8-12

Dumbell Shoulder Press 3×8-12

Lying Tricep Extention 3-8×12

Barbell Curl or Dumbell Curl 3×8-12

It also doesn’t hurt to rock a Deadmau5 shirt at the gym.

 

PS Reppin’ Deadmau5 at the gym…got a lot of compliments:

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1pm: Know When To Recover And Stop Workouts

ImageThe flu season is here and thankfully, I don’t quite have it yet. Yet I did see my fair share of those infected this weekend as I dragged myself into the Walgreens Walk-In clinic with a hot head and a sore throat. At 12pm I was number eight in line to see a nurse practitioner- meaning I’d be seen close to 4-5pm. Thankfully, I found another nearby clinic and was seen around 1:30 ( I can’t believe how many people are sick this time of year!).  I made it out ok with an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection and I was fine knowing it could be way worse.

But none of that matters. What does matter is that I’m learning to properly relax and take care of myself and my body.

If you’re like me, you never slow-down. It’s difficult. It’s like placing a jar of candy in front of a child and telling them they can’t have any. Rest is an important element to recovery. You can work and put in 50% effort each day, but until you relax, you will never get back to 100%.

Over the weekend, I made the following changes:

  • Extra water- Before I was drinking less than a bottle a day
  • Healthy foods- Added blueberries, greek yogurt, toasted turkey and cheese sandwiches, apples
  • Soup! Shout-out to Annie’s lower-sodium Minestrone, one of the ONLY store-bought soups I enjoy
  • Hot Tea – Currently sipping on some Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger
  • Tylenol as needed
  • ZERO workouts. That’s right- I went there.

 It was difficult to let go of workouts, my “stress-reliever” but I know it’s necessary to heal. I’m giving this relaxation thing all my effort so I hope it works. For all my blogging friends and followers – take a moment, be thankful for what you’ve accomplished, know when your body needs to recover and just breathe.