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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8 Reasons to Start Running

Lately I have started to work out at a crossfit gym to keep in shape and stay slim. I love crossfit because it pushes my muscles and my mind, but…

Lately I have started to work out at a crossfit gym to keep in shape and stay slim. I love crossfit because it pushes my muscles and my mind, but I have to admit that my first love is running. I love being able to put my headphones in, lace up my shoes, and drown the world out for a while. Running is a great way to get/stay in shape and improve your health. Here are 8 reasons why you should start running regularly (even if it is not your favorite).

  1. Running is simple: It doesn’t require a lot of equipment, it is easy to get into, there is no gym required, and everyone knows how to do it!
  2. You can do it anywhere: It is such an accessible sport. You can run in the park, on the trail, on the treadmill, in your neighborhood, anywhere! I recommend that if you are running in a rural area that you take someone with you for safety reasons.
  3. You can do it any time: In the morning, in the evening, during your breaks from class, if you are on vacation, you can do it any time! If there is bad weather, you can even run indoors.
  4. Helps you lose weight: Running not only helps you lose weight, it helps you keep the weight off for good.
  5. Reduces stress: If you are feeling stressed, running helps you boost the endorphins, or feel-good neurotransmitters, in your brain.
  6. Strengthens your immune system: Running helps protect your body from illness by strengthening your immune defenses.
  7. Makes you glow: Sweating is one of the body’s best ways of cooling down and helps you release toxins from your pores and skin. The more miles you rack up, the more toxins you get rid of, and the clearer your skin will be.
  8. Gets you to eat healthier: Athletes know that you are only as good as your diet choices. To make the most of your workout, you need to eat right. Running forces you to really stop and think about what you are putting in your body.

Running too much can be bad for your body and can wear you out, so make sure you are listening to your body and not overdoing it.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Winter Ab-Blasting Workout

The struggle to keep belly fat away during the winter is real. SO REAL. Where I live it is so cold, and sometimes it is too icy or snowy to…

The struggle to keep belly fat away during the winter is real. SO REAL. Where I live it is so cold, and sometimes it is too icy or snowy to leave the house to go to the gym or exercise outside. I am always looking for new and creative ways to get workouts in at home. Here is one of my favorite killer ab workouts!

Do 4 rounds of this:

  • 30 V-ups
  • 60 bicycles
  • 30 weighted sit-ups
  • 60 flutter kicks
  • 30 toe touches
  • 60 mountian climbers
  • ¼ mile run

If you arent sure how to do some of the moves you can look them up! This ab workout will have your tummy muscles burning up a storm. Getting a workout in every day, even If it is just 10 minutes, is so important to get your heart pumpin and muscles moving every day!

 

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Fitness Quotes to Keep You Motivated

Lately, I have started getting back into my workout grind. It wasn’t easy getting motivated, though. Yes, wanting to be healthy and fit is great motivation, but sometimes you just…

Lately, I have started getting back into my workout grind. It wasn’t easy getting motivated, though. Yes, wanting to be healthy and fit is great motivation, but sometimes you just need a little bit of a push to really get back into the swing of things. I have actually found that keeping motivational workout quotes around has, well, kept me motivated! On days when you think about skipping your workout, seeing a motivational quote can really make you want to get up and go work out. I know it sounds silly, but it is totally true and seriously works. Here are a few of my favorite motivational quotes that I found at Elite Daily.

  • Loving your body means taking care of it!

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  • Getting stronger takes time, but it is so worth it!

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  • Loving yourself is one of the healthiest things you can do.

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  • This winter, keep your workout routine up, don’t fall behind! It is so much easier to stay in shape than to try and get back in shape once you’ve stopped working out.

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  • It doesn’t matter how slow you go, you’re still ahead of everyone who isn’t working out!
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Keep these motivational quotes close by if you are in need of some, well, motivation! They will make you want to tie up your running shoes and hit the trails or head to the gym.

XOXO, Chels

 

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What You Need to Know About Running Outside

Running outside is something I really enjoy. The scenery, the crazy amount of calories you can burn, and a super toned lower body are a few great results of running…

Running outside is something I really enjoy. The scenery, the crazy amount of calories you can burn, and a super toned lower body are a few great results of running outside. But, you have to be safe and be aware of the injuries that you could cause when not prepared. Here is how to play it safe and get the most out of your outdoor runs.

  1. Pick a popular route: If you are just starting out, ask friends for their favorite routes, or research popular running trails in your area. You definitely don’t want to get lost! Also, by picking a popular trail, you won’t be alone and there is safety in numbers. I recommend grabbing a friend to run with, just to play it safe.df8f28845831b2802677c1d74f52317b
  2. Start soft and slow: Running on a treadmill is not good for your joints or your muscles, so if you are used to running on a treadmill and you start running outside, it will probably take some time to adjust. Also, if you are a beginner runner in general, start with short distances and slowly work your way up. It is better for your joints to start off slow. Also, surfaces like a running track, grass, or a bike trail are easier on your joints.
  3. Its more complicated than just running: Your running regime shouldn’t just be hitting the trail and then being done. Stretch first, then when you start running start off slow to warm your muscles up, then towards the end of the run slow down to start and cool your muscles off. Then stretch again. This is essential in preventing injuries!

Running outside is way different than running and working about inside, so you have to approach it totally differently. I never thought I would like running, but I gave it a try and now it is a great way to relieve stress and stay healthy!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Tips for Beating the “Freshman 15”

The “Freshman 15” is always under debate.  Is it real?  Can it actually happen to me?  Truth is, it can happen, but it can also be easily prevented!  Since I’m…

The “Freshman 15” is always under debate.  Is it real?  Can it actually happen to me?  Truth is, it can happen, but it can also be easily prevented!  Since I’m going to be battling it myself this year, I thought I’d come up with a few tips on how I’ll be staying healthy my freshman year.  I hope these help you, too!

  1. Stock your mini fridge with only healthy snacks.  If you only allow yourself to buy healthy food, then you won’t have the temptation to eat junk food!
  2. Cover your windows with dark curtains so you can assure yourself complete darkness when you sleep.Chelsea Crockett - Sworkit  You may not realize it, but sleep is very important when it comes to your mental and physical health.
  3. Set a fitness plan that works with your class schedule.  If you don’t plan out your workouts, you’ll find yourself with little to no time left at the end of the day!
  4. Practice a small-space workout that you can do in your dorm room.  For those days that you’re too lazy to leave your room, find a simple ab, leg, or arm workout that you can do in your own dorm!  There are plenty of apps like the one on the right that you can download that will plan out a workout for you!
  5. Wear your workout clothes to class and walk everywhere!  If you’re on a big campus, then getting your steps in isn’t hard.  Also, if you plan on working out straight after class, simply where your exercise clothes to save some time and encourage you to hit the gym!

What other tips do you use for keeping fit in college?  Let me know so I can try them out at my school, too!

XO – Chelsea

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Foods to Avoid if You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There…

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There are a few foods that you need to steer clear from if you want to be successful. So, if you want to shed a few pesky pounds or keep your weight where it is, avoid THESE foods!

  1. Frosting: I know I know, it is just SO GOOD! But, it is actually so BAD. It is packed with trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and can lead to belly fat! Plus, it can lead to inflammation and bloating, which is totally no bueno.LuckyCharms_Bowl
  2. Soda: We all know this one. Soda is something that should be out of your diet, whether you are trying to lose weight or not! One can of soda is like a can of water with 10 packs of sugar in it. For us gals, the recommended daily amount of sugar intake is 24 grams, and a soda has 39 grams! You go way over your daily sugar intake with just one soda.
  3. Sugary cereal: I will be the first to admit that I love me a big bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning, especially when I want a sweet, quick breakfast in college. But, sugary cereal can actually cause your skin to break out and become red because of the high gluten content! Yikes!

These are just a few of many not-so-good for you items that you need to nix if you are trying to melt away the pounds, but it is always good to start off small and work your way up! Good luck!

XOXO, Chels

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How Exercise Can Make You Feel At Home in a New City

If you’re going to a college away from home or are moving to a new city or town, you know that moving can be a stressful, nerve wracking experience. I…

If you’re going to a college away from home or are moving to a new city or town, you know that moving can be a stressful, nerve wracking experience. I am nervous about making friends and feeling at home in a new city! One way I know I can feel more at home is to get involved at a gym. Fitness classes are a great place to meet new people and make new friends, and they can help you regain a social life after moving to a new city. Here is how you can make fitness a way to make your new home feel like home.images (2)

First, find a fitness studio or gym that you want to try, or, if you are in college, go to your school’s fitness center. Then find classes there that you think would be fun to take. When you are there, make small talk with other classmates. Try to start conversations, or become part of other people’s. Once you feel comfortable around the group, ask a few of them to go get food after class. Getting to know people and feeling part of a group is so important in making your new city feel like home.

Next, walk or run around your city. Of course you need to be safe when you do this and be aware of your surroundings, but the best way to get to know your new home is to walk or run it! Take a friend with you to make sure you are safe. Instead of taking a bus or Uber or your car, walk. You will discover new shops, restaurants, cafes, yoga studios, parks, and all kinds of other cool landmarks in your city while getting a workout. If you don’t like running on the treadmill (who really does?) then hit the streets of your new home.

I definitely think that getting involved in a gym and in fitness classes will help anyone adjust in a new city and make new friendships. I plan on using this tactic when I move to Cali next month! Not only will you make friends, but you will stay in shape as well. It is a win-win!

XOXO, Chels

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FabFitFun: Get Yours Today!

I recently did an article on the Faithbox organization that ships you a monthly box filled with products and items to help you grow in your faith.  I love the…

I recently did an article on the Faithbox organization that ships you a monthly box filled with products and items to help you grow in your faith.  I love the idea of it and came across another organization that does something very similar!  FabFitFun sends a box straight to your house four times a year.  Keep reading to find out why you should sign up!Chelsea Crockett - FabFitFun Box

Here’s how it works.  First, you sign up online to receive your seasonal FabFitFun box every three months.  Of course, it’s not free.  For $49.99 four times a year, you’ll receive your box each season.  It may seem expensive, but each box contains over $200 worth of products inside to maintain a healthy, fabulous lifestyle!  All of the products revolve around “fashion finds, glam beauty secrets, and fab fitness gear.”  And another positive?  Free shipping!

One of the pluses of each box is that the products are full sized, not just little samples.  Last summer’s box included lip gloss, perfume, a towel, nail wraps, sunscreen, and much more.  It’s like Christmas but four times a year!

Go to fabfitfun.com to sign up to get yours today! 🙂

Love, Chels

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Muffin Top Melting 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 guarentee 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 arent 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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Lower Ab Blast

Summer break is only 4 months away! Now, I know that may sound like an eternity, but think of it this way, you have a whole FOUR MONTHS to start…

Summer break is only 4 months away! Now, I know that may sound like an eternity, but think of it this way, you have a whole FOUR MONTHS to start working on your beach bod! Wanna get started today? Then do this lower ab attack! It will get you off to a head start on blasting those abs into shape!

40 jumping jacks

15 flying toe touches

10 roll ups

3 lying leg raises

40 bicycle crunches

20 flutter kicks

10 knee tucks

5 roll-ups

3 lying leg raises

10 reverse crunches

10 lunge twists

30 jumping jacks

Plank as long as possible!!

I am ready to have a tight tummy this summer! What are YOUR pre-summer fitness goals? Comment below and share, you never know if someone’s goals will be the same as yours!

XOXO, Chels

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Wake Up, Work Out!

Starting your day with a workout is the best way to do it. You are waking your body up, getting your heart pumping and your body moving! Sometimes our days…

Starting your day with a workout is the best way to do it. You are waking your body up, getting your heart pumping and your body moving! Sometimes our days get so busy that by the time evening comes, you don’t have the time or energy to squeeze a workout in. That is why getting your workout in in the morning is so important! It makes sure you can get your exercise in. Here is a super quick, super easy workout that anyone can do.

  • 20 Jumping JacksSunrise
  • 10 crunches
  • 5 push-ups
  • 10 calf-raises
  • 25 Russian twists
  • 10 squats
  • 20 high-knees
  • 10 reverse crunches
  • 30 second planks
  • 15 side planks

Strat your day right- wake up and work out! You can do this easy set on your bedroom floor before you get ready for school!

Try it out and see what you think!

XOXO, Chels

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February Abs Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I stick to working out so much better when I have a plan or schedule to stick to. I’ve been looking for a good…

I don’t know about you, but I stick to working out so much better when I have a plan or schedule to stick to. I’ve been looking for a good ab schedule to stick to that tells me the exact exercises to do and how many of each to do. I have a hard time thinking of what exercises I should do when I am working out so it is super helpful to have something that tells you exactly what to do. I found the perfect ab plan! It is designed exactly for you to do it in February, which is coming right up, so it is totally perfect! Here it is:fab ab

 

So, do you think this kind of plan is manageable? Is it easier for YOU to stick with working out when you have a plan like this? Comment below if you like this kind of plan so I can post more!

XOXO, Chels

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Kick Booty Burpee Challenge

Burpees are probably one of my least favorite exercises on the planet, but they are such a good workout! They work your abs, your arms, your legs, your glutes, just…

Burpees are probably one of my least favorite exercises on the planet, but they are such a good workout! They work your abs, your arms, your legs, your glutes, just about everything! Usually when I am making up a workout routine I incorporate burpees into it because not only do they work a lot of muscle groups, but they also give you a great cardio workout! Here is a burpee challenge that is sure to have your muscles burnin and your heart pumpin! You are definitely going to feel this in your muscles the next day 😉

1 Burpee, 9 Squatsburpeeeee

2 Burpees, 8 Squats

3 Burpees, 7 Squats

4 Burpees, 6 Squats

5 Burpees, 5 Squats

6 Burpees, 4 Squats

7 Burpees, 3 Squats

8 Burpees, 2 Squats

9 Burpees, 1 Squat

Now rest one minute and then do the whole thing over again, but this time from the bottom up! So this means start with 9 Burpees and 1 squat and then go from there. I believe in you, ladies! Go kick some burpee booty!

XOXO, Chels

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Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake

After I work out, I like to make myself a protein shake to replenish my body’s energy and give my muscles the protein they need to help them grow nice…

After I work out, I like to make myself a protein shake to replenish my body’s energy and give my muscles the protein they need to help them grow nice and strong. There are a ton of different kinds of protein smoothies you can whip up, but the cinnamon roll protein shake is my personal fav! Who knew you could load your body up with protein ANNND get that delicious cinnamon roll taste!

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  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Sweetener to taste

Add all of your ingredients to the blender and blend it all up. How good does this sound!? I love how creative you can get with protein smoothies. Working out isn’t such a hassle when you know you get a sweet, protein packed reward after!

XOXO, Chels

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Wonderful Workout Cup

Are you ever in the mood to work out but you have no idea what kind of exercise to do? Or, are you constantly bored and want a productive way…

Are you ever in the mood to work out but you have no idea what kind of exercise to do? Or, are you constantly bored and want a productive way to pass your time? Then, ladies, I have a solution!

This cute, quick DIY will save you from your boredom and lack of workout ideas. All you need is popsicle sticks and 2 dc2b9baec297ab8ac023185fce42d528solo cups. What you are going to do is you are going to write workouts on each popsicle stick, they don’t have to be anything super special or long, and put them in one of the solo cups labled “workouts to do”. Then label the other cup “workouts done”. Once you complete a workout on one of the sticks, stick it in the “done” cup! It is so rewarding to see all of the sticks in the “done” cup as the number of sticks in the “to do” cup gets smaller and smaller. Here are a few workout ideas that you can put on the sticks: 25 burpees, 50 jumping jacks, 10 push-ups, 30 crunches, 20 squats, 60 second plank. None of the workouts mentioned require any equipment and can all be done at home! Have fun thinking of workouts and adding them to sticks! Once you have moved all of the sticks from “to do” to “done”, reward yourself! It is a great way to motivate you to work out, and it is also a creative way to pass spare time!

Can’t wait to make my very own workout cup!

XOXO, Chels

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