Chelsea Crockett

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Why Weightlifting is Good For You

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. I think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts are saying that weight lifting…

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. I think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts are saying that weight lifting is just as or even more important than getting that cardio in! When I say weight lifting I don’t mean getting huge bulky muscles or bench pressing your body weight. Light lifting can actually help you get slim, toned, and in the best shape ever! Here is the deets.  416F66RTE0L._SX300_

  1. You will melt more fat: For real. Researchers have found that people who lift weights shed 6 more pounds of fat than those who only did cardio.
  2. Boost your metabolism: As you get older you begin to lose muscle mass, which can tank your metabolism. Lifting weights and building muscle keeps your metabolism kicking!
  3. You will burn through more cals: Your body continues to burn calories even after your workout is done when you lift weights. This is because your muscles have to work extra hard to repair their fibers!
  4. You will catch more Zzz’s: Strength training helps you improve your quality of sleep and helps you fall asleep faster.

In the past, weight lifting has not been my favorite thing in the world, but I have been making sure to work some weight training into my exercise routines because I know it will help me maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle!

XOXO, Chels

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Early Morning Workout: Why Yoga?

I’ve always heard both amazing and not-so-amazing things about yoga.  Some people swear by it while others don’t give it the time of day.  I’ve always wondered why some people…

I’ve always heard both amazing and not-so-amazing things about yoga.  Some people swear by it while others don’t give it the time of day.  I’ve always wondered why some people use it as their main form of exercise so I decided to do a little research!  Here’s why you should check out yoga for yourself! 🙂

  • It increases your muscle strength.Chelsea Crockett - Yoga Believe it or not, yoga isn’t all about relaxing.  It actually takes a lot of strength and can challenge you more than you expect.  There are lots of different moves that require strength endurance and strong muscles!
  • It straightens your posture. I know for me I could use a little help on my posture!  Yoga helps align and strengthen your spine which, in turn, strengthens your posture.  I never even thought about that but it really does help!
  • It increases your ability to focus. Yoga takes a lot of focus on your breathing and movements.  One of yoga’s biggest purposes is to learn how to focus on the present and relax!  Studies have actually shown an increase in coordination, focus, memory, and other things, as well!
  • It helps the upkeep of your joints. Along with an increase in flexibility, yoga moves your body in ways it isn’t used to moving in.  It helps move your joints in several different motions which helps loosen and stretch them out and makes them even healthier!

Get out of bed and get your stretch on!  You won’t regret it!

XO – Chels

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5 Well-Known Myths About Dieting

Dieting can be a tricky subject.  Some people aren’t sure how to do it quite right which can result in actually gaining weight or hurting your body.  There are certain…

Dieting can be a tricky subject.  Some people aren’t sure how to do it quite right which can result in actually gaining weight or hurting your body.  There are certain myths that revolve around the topic of dieting and I wanted to clear up a few of them!  This way, you can get the most out of your dieting! 🙂

  • You should skip meals to lose weight faster.  DO NOT do this!  Skipping meals and eating less is not the way to diet.  There are certain diet plans that will sometimes have you eating more rather than less!
  • It’s not good to eat after 8 or 9 PM.  WRONG!  Whether it’s 3 pm or 3 am, your body will still metabolizing the calories you eat regardless.  Instead of not eating after 8, try to cut out that unhealthy midnight snack!
  • You have to go on a diet to lose weight.  This isn’t always true!  Simply eating healthy can still do the job just as well.  That being said, if you want to diet, find one that works for you!
  • You don’t have to exercise as long as you’re on a diet.  WRONG!  As I mentioned before, these two go hand-in-hand.  Of course, you can lose some weight if you’re solely dieting, but the best results happen when you’re both exercising and eating healthy!
  • As long as the label says low-fat, then you’re good to go.  WRONG!  Just because it’s low-fat doesn’t mean there aren’t other things you should be worrying about.  Labels can trick you so be careful!

Did you think these were true, as well?  I know I did before I actually looked into them!

Good luck! – Chels

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Flat Abs Do’s and Don’ts

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the…

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the faith and keep going! Here are 3 things to do daily that get rid of belly bloat and sculpt your core to help you on the road to flat abs this summer.

  1. Workout in the A.M.: Starting the day with an ab workout that targets your core muscles helps kick start your metabolism and tones your tummy for the day to come. If you are planning a day on the beach or something tighter fitting, doing an ab workout in the morning can tighten your ab muscles and act like a corset, helping define your waist.
  2. Eat some breakfast: Eating breakfast is key to flat abs. Your first meal of the day kicks your metabolism into gear and prevents you from making bad morning snack decisions (AKA donuts. Mmmmmm.) Eating dairy or salty fatty foods for breakfast can cause bloating, so avoid them if you want a tight tummy! Also, to shrink your tummy and prevent bloating, eat oatmeal.
  3. Bump up your cardio: All exercise is good exercise, but when it comes to shrinking your tummy, interval workouts are the best! High-intensity workouts burn calories the fastest. Try a treadmill interval workout or a sprinting workout to mix things up.

Say hello to summer with these daily flat ab “do’s”!

XOXO, Chels

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Travel Workout, No Equipment Required

I have been traveling around a lot lately promoting my new book (YAY!), and I’ve noticed it is taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and…

I have been traveling around a lot lately promoting my new book (YAY!), and I’ve noticed it is taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and make it a point to exercise during the week, but my travels have thrown me off of my groove! I want to stay in shape while I travel, but sometimes hotels don’t have gyms or there is no equipment available. That is when it is important to have a workout like the one below up your sleeve! Here is a full body workout, no weights required.

50 jumping jacks

10 burpees

40 Russian twists

10 crunches

10 lunges (on each leg)

10 wide leg squats

30 vertical leg crunches

30 jumping jacks

10 tricep dips

10 squat jumps

10 pushups

25 bicycle crunches

50 jumping jacks

1 minute wall sit

Repeat 2-3 times

I guarantee if you do that two or three times in a row you will feel like you got a 5 star workout in. You didn’t even need to pick up a single weight!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Tone Your Back in Time for Prom

If you are wearing a backless dress or a dress with some back showing for prom, then listen up! Today I am going to give you a few exercises to…

If you are wearing a backless dress or a dress with some back showing for prom, then listen up! Today I am going to give you a few exercises to do that will help get your back toned and tight for prom! A lot of times we skip workout out our back and shoulders because we want to avoid getting “man shoulders” but these exercises aren’t meant to make you bulk up, they’re to tone. Plus, all you need is two dumbbells in your desired weight. I go for 5 pounders.

  1. Dumbbell shrugs: Grab a dumbbell in each hand and hold them down by your sides. Raise your shoulders as high as possible, meaning shrug them, and then lower them. Do these as many times as you want.
  2. Rocking plank: Get into your normal pushup plank position and then roll forward on your toes so they are pointed and flat on the floor. Then roll back to your starting position. The rocking motion is what tones up your back!
  3. Dumbbell front and side raise: This move works both your arms and your back. Score! Hold your dumbbells in both hands with your palms facing down. Make sure to keep your legs shoulder-width apart and to keep your elbows straight. Raise your arms in front of you, then out to the sides. Repeat until it burns!
  4. Side plank: These are great for sculpting your back as well as your side abs! If you don’t know how to do these, it is super simple. Just lay on your side, then push up on your forearm. Do for 30 seconds, then switch sides.

I can’t wait for prom, can you?!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Tips to Tone Your Back in Time for Prom

If you are wearing a backless dress or a dress with some back showing for prom, then listen up! Today I am going to give you a few exercises to…

If you are wearing a backless dress or a dress with some back showing for prom, then listen up! Today I am going to give you a few exercises to do that will help get your back toned and tight for prom! A lot of times we skip working out our back and shoulders because we want to avoid getting “man shoulders,” but these exercises aren’t meant to make you bulk up, they’re meant to tone! Plus, all you need is two dumbbells in your desired weight. I go for 5 pounders.

  1. Dumbbell shrugs: Grab a dumbbell in each hand and hold them down by your sides. Raise your shoulders as high as possible, meaning shrug them, and then lower them. Do these as many times as you want.
  2. Rocking plank: Get into your normal pushup plank position and then roll forward on your toes so they are pointed and flat on the floor. Then roll back to your starting position. The rocking motion is what tones up your back!
  3. Dumbbell front and side raise: This move works both your arms and your back. Score! Hold your dumbbells in both hands with your palms facing down. Make sure to keep your legs shoulder-width apart and to keep your elbows straight. Raise your arms in front of you, then out to the sides. Repeat until it burns!
  4. Side plank: These are great for sculpting your back as well as your side abs! If you don’t know how to do these, it is super simple. Just lay on your side, then push up on your forearm. Do for 30 seconds, then switch sides.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s prom pictures!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How Long to Wait to Workout After Eating

What and how you eat during the day can make a huge difference in your workout performance. Fueling your body the wrong way can hinder your performance, but also eating…

What and how you eat during the day can make a huge difference in your workout performance. Fueling your body the wrong way can hinder your performance, but also eating too much before exercise can interfere with your workout goals.

When it comes to eating before exercise, timing is everything. No matter the time of day that you exercise, you need to make sure to plan your workout two to 3 hours after your meal. Too much food before a workout will make you feel sluggish and can lead to stomach aches and
digestion problems. Most experts agree that you should eat a small snack about an hour before you workout to fuel your body, such as a little carbs and a little protein. Even if you workout first thing in the morning, eat a small piece of fruit to fuel your body with the nutrients your workout needs.

Exercising can make you feel energized and healthy, but first you have to fuel your body right!

XOXO, Chels

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20 Minute No Running Cardio Workout

I love working out at the gym, but sometimes you just don’t want to leave your house to get your cardio in. Plus, running on a treadmill or even outside…

I love working out at the gym, but sometimes you just don’t want to leave your house to get your cardio in. Plus, running on a treadmill or even outside can get boring. Here is a great running substitute that you can do from your living room!

  • 1 minute jogging
  • 1 minute mountian climbers
  • 1 minute jump rope
  • 1 minute jumping jacks
  • 1 minute ski jumps
  • 1 minute power skips
  • 1 minute front kicks
  • 1 minute high knees
  • 1 minute squats
  • 1 minute butt kicks

If you don’t know how to some of these moves, google them! This workout is great because it goes by so quick. It never gets boring because every minute the move changes!

XOXO, Chels

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Treadmill Workouts to Tone Your Tush

Running on the treadmill is an awesome way to strengthen your heart and slim down your waist, but it is also a great way to tone your booty! Here are…

Running on the treadmill is an awesome way to strengthen your heart and slim down your waist, but it is also a great way to tone your booty! Here are three simple variations to add to your treadmill routine to tighten your tush.

  1. Hill workouts: The next time you step onto the treadmill, don’t stick to a flat workout, add some hills to the routine. Setting your treadmill to incline keeps your workout interesting and also targets your glute muscles.
  2. Lunges: Adding walking lunges to your treadmill workout is a great way to warm up before a run. Lunges are also key in obtaining a perky backside. Set your treadmill to 2.5 or 3.0 miles per hour and a 15% incline during your lunges.getty_rf_photo_of_woman_on_treadmill
  3. Back it up: Go backwards while your treadmill is inclined! Walking backward strengthens your glutes, calves, and quads.

These treadmill workouts are a great way to perk your booty right up.

XOXO, Chels

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Why You Should Always Change Your Clothes After the Gym

When I have time, I love to hit the gym and workout.  With that being said, I’d be lying if I said I never break a sweat when I exercise. …

When I have time, I love to hit the gym and workout.  With that being said, I’d be lying if I said I never break a sweat when I exercise.  You might not even be aware of what can happen to your body after going to the gym, but here are a few reasons why you should always change out of your clothes after a hard workout!

  • We all know how acne appears right?  When our pores get clogged, especially after a sweaty workout, acne starts to pop up around our body, not just face.  Leaving damp, dirty clothes on for long periods of time suffocates and clogs our pores!Chelsea Crockett - Exercise
  • Okay, this one might be the grossest.  Bacterial infections love to feed off of sweat.  When you leave on damp, sweaty clothing, you’re leaving little to no room for your skin to breathe.  This is the perfect opportunity for bacteria to grow! 
  • When it comes to feet, we all know they can get pretty smelly at times.  If you’re someone that works out every day and leaves your socks and shoes on for hours at a time, they have no room to air out!
  • A lot of the time when we workout, we wear tight clothing such as leggings, sports bras, tanks, etc.  Just like acne, inflamed hair follicles can appear from suffocating your pores.  If you’ve ever had one before, you know how uncomfortable and painful they can be!

Crazy, right?  Well, now you know!  Make sure you’re always keeping your body clean and fresh!

Chelsea

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Runners: Here is How to Fuel Your Body

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is an awesome way to get in some cardio! I have been running a lot more lately and am really…

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is an awesome way to get in some cardio! I have been running a lot more lately and am really starting to love it. In order to get the most out of your run and be successful, you need to give your body the right fuel. Here are a few fueling tips to help you optimize your runs and fuel your body the right way.

  1. Before your run: Before your run you need to eat foods that are filled with natural sugars that are easy to burn for energy. Bananas are one of these foods! Plus they are a great source of potassium and are delicious. Apples are also an awesome source of natural sugars.866e0349ae5b537d154bb93ba5c67c5c
  2. During your run: If you are doing a long distance run, it is important to continually fuel your body so you do not run out of energy. Starbursts are great for this! They are easy to chew while running and pack a sugar punch.
  3. After your run: Eat some oats! Oats are rich in carbs and high in protein and fiber. Grab a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk and fruit for the perfect recovery snack!

Happy fueling!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Keep the Winter Weight Off

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once…

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once you’ve got those pounds off you feel amazing! But, life happens, you get busy (and maybe lazy) and the weight starts creeping back. Here are 5 tips on how to maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Even a few minutes of exercise makes all the difference: If you can only get 15 minutes of exercise in, it is better than nothing. I get it, life is busy! But if I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise, like jumping jacks and sit-ups while I watch TV, I am still getting my heart rate up and my body moving.
  2. Follow through: If you plan to work out, actually do it! You will feel accomplished and proud of yourself.learn-to-love-your-healthy-lifestyle-to-keep-the-weight-off-880x880
  3. Mix things up: I can get stuck in the same exercise routine, and I find myself dreading working out because it is boring. To prevent this, mix up your exercise tactics! Do yoga one day, run the next, and maybe try some zumba! Keeps things interesting.
  4. Think positive: When you think about working out, or about skipping a workout, focus on how great you will feel afterwards. You know that great tired feeling you get in your muscles and the endorphin high you feel? Focus on that. It will motivate you to get your booty to the gym or out on the trail!
  5. Work out, even when you’re sore: That doesn’t mean go out and run ten miles. It means take a nice walk or do some yoga to work the lactic acid out of your muscles and stretch you out. It will help your muscles recover!

Maintaining your ideal weight isn’t a walk in the park, and it takes work, but you can totally do it, and you will feel so good about yourself!

XOXO, Chels

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Hairstyles for Runners

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping…

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping back and forth, I hate it when braids hit my back, and I cannot stand hair in my face! There are only a few hair styles I approve of when going on a run for those reasons. Here are my favs!

  1. Low pony: This is the easiest style of them all. Low ponies are better than high because they don’t swoosh around when you’re running. They’re quick to do, and to keep the flyaway hairs out of your face add in a headband.fullsizerender-61
  2. French braid: This one is my go-to running style. I love it because, like a low ponytail, it doesn’t swoosh around when you run, and the braid keeps the hair off of your forehead. Plus it is super cute!
  3. Mini Ponies: This last style is the most complicated, but that being said it is still very easy to do. It is great for ladies with long hair or lots of layers. Grab the section of hair at the top of your head into ponytail. Tie it with an elastic. Gather another section further down and secure it into an elastic, including the top section. Keep this going until you secure the final ponytail with a more durable band.

Having my hair secured while I run is essential for me to have a successful workout. Without having to worry about my hair falling out or getting in my face I am free to run as I please!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Killer Cold-Weather Ab Workout

Don’t let the cold weather creep up on your summer body you worked so hard for! Just because the seasons changed doesn’t mean your body has to. Keep fit by…

Don’t let the cold weather creep up on your summer body you worked so hard for! Just because the seasons changed doesn’t mean your body has to. Keep fit by mixing up your workouts. Cardio some days, strength others, and mix them every so often! Here is a great ab workout to keep that winter muffin top away.

50 crunches

15 pushups

1 minute plank

30 second side plank

1 minute bridge

15 pushups

1 minute plank

30 second side plank

50 crunches

1 minute plank

1 minute bridge

50 crunches

You will be feeling this one the next day, I guarantee it! I love the sore feeling I get the day after a great workout, don’t you? It reminds you how hard you worked. On days when you aren’t able to get a full work out in, little quick exercises like the one above can really come in handy! Any workout is better than no workout.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Cardio Workouts for Non-Runners

If you’re like me, running is a way to get in shape and relieve stress at the same time!  It’s one of my favorite things to do when I have…

If you’re like me, running is a way to get in shape and relieve stress at the same time!  It’s one of my favorite things to do when I have the time.  Some days though I don’t always feel like going for a run but still want to get some cardio in.  Or maybe you absolutely hate running and want a way to get cardio in without having to do so.  Here are some substitutions for a cardio exercise!

  • Go for a bike ride!  Biking is an awesome workout to do if you’re not into running.  It tones your legs and gets your lungs pumping.  Not to mention that it’s fun and enjoyable!
  • Try out a boxing class!  Chelsea Crockett - Workout JumpsI wish I could get more into boxing.  So many celebrities and models swear by it!  It tones your whole body and is a great cardio workout.
  • Do an interval workout.  Interval workouts are up to you what you choose to include in them.  I always like mixing in jumping jacks, burpees, stairs, etc.  Whatever gets your heart pumping!
  • Go for a swim.  Swimming is such a good workout.  If you have access to a pool, wake up early and go for a swim!
  • Give Zumba a try!  Zumba not only gets your body moving but lets you have fun while doing so!  Get some of your friends to go with you and get your bodies moving!

Do you like to run?  Or are one of these workouts your go-to?  Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

XO – Chelsea

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