Chelsea Crockett

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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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Why You May Be Feeling More Forgetful

Lately I have been feeling more and more forgetful and I was having a hard time figuring out why. We all have spacey moments, but if you have been feeling…

Lately I have been feeling more and more forgetful and I was having a hard time figuring out why. We all have spacey moments, but if you have been feeling more forgetful than normal then something may be up with your health. Here are a few reasons that you may be feeling a bit more forgetful than normal.

  1. Lack of sleep: Sleep is vital for y
    our brain to recharge and store 91d7edc25a31b801b7c93f6fd7ce87f7memories. Lack of sleep worsens your ability to focus and learn, and sleep is necessary for storing memories so you can recall them in the future!
  2. More stress: When you are stressed or have anxiety your brain can become overloaded and discombobulated.
  3. High hypoglycemic foods: What you eat impacts your memory. Sugary foods cause a rapid spike and drop in blood sugar, and this negatively impacts memory. Foods like this are refined grains and sugary foods.
  4. Posture: We look down at our phones way too much. We carry a lot of tension in our head, neck, spinal cord, and brain. This effects our neurotransmitters which effect memory!

If you feel like you have been frequently forgetful, then one of these things could be the issue!

XOXO, Chels

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How To Burn More Fat When You Run

Sometimes I feel like no matter how much I run, my stubborn fat just won’t go away! I recently started discovering a love for running and I am so excited…

Sometimes I feel like no matter how much I run, my stubborn fat just won’t go away! I recently started discovering a love for running and I am so excited to its impact on my health, but sometimes I feel like I’m not seeing results. If you cut out foods that are high in fat and incorporate these tips into your next run, you can kiss that belly fat goodbye!download

  1. Mix up your pace: Interval workouts are a surefire way to boost your metabolism. Instead of running at one set pace for your whole workout, alternate between running at a fast pace for about a minute and then running at a slow pace for 2 and a half minutes.
  2. Turn up the time: Just doing crunches wont trim your waist. You have to put the work and the time in! Every 5 minutes of running at a ten-minute mile pace burns about 45 calories, so think about that during your next run and it will motivate you to go just a bit longer!
  3. Kick up your knees: One way to strengthen your core is to do one minute intervals where you run with high knees. Concentrate on using your abs rather than your leg muscles and get those knees as high as you can!

I cannot wait to use these tips on my next run! I am so ready to kick belly fat to the curb.

XOXO, Chels

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Why We Should Work Out with Friends

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out by myself. Long runs with just me and my music are great therapy. But, working out with friends has its perks too!…

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out by myself. Long runs with just me and my music are great therapy. But, working out with friends has its perks too! Here are the benefits of working out with friends, besides much-needed girl time.

Accountability: When you are forced to schedule your workout ahead of time or don’t want to cancel on friends, it is a great way to stay accountable!635980440725861308438135525_bd4e6a743aeb93e9e09220cf56b83739

Motivation: When the going gets tough, your buds can provide that extra boost of energy! We all have those days when the last thing we want to do is work out, so having a friend to get you off your tush and into the gym is always a bonus.

Learn more exercises: Your friends can teach you new moves and ways to work out! I love mixing up my exercise routines. They can teach how to use different machines at the gym or they can show you new fitness classes that you would never have known about if it weren’t for them!

Healthy competition: Everyone knows you work harder when you are competing against someone! 😉

It’s more fun!: Working out with a friend is just downright fun.

Get up, grab a friend, and hit the gym.

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Stay Healthy in College

I just started college a few weeks ago and am loving every minute of it! One down side? Being surrounded by thousands and thousands of people every day means sicknesses…

I just started college a few weeks ago and am loving every minute of it! One down side? Being surrounded by thousands and thousands of people every day means sicknesses travel fast! This is a well-known fact about college campuses. Also, being so busy with class and work and trying to maintain a social life leave little time for self-care! Having a busy schedule can cause you to neglect your health, so here are some tips on how to stay healthy in college! I will be following these closely, trust me, ain’t nobody got time to be sick, and nobody wants to gain that freshmen 15!download-2

  1. Have healthy dorm room munchies on hand: One easy way to avoid the feared freshmen 15 is to have healthy snacks around. When you are sitting in your room studying or hanging out with friends or have just had a stressful day, it is easy to reach for some comfort food. Keeping HEALTHY comfort food around can help keep you on track to keeping your freshmen 15 at bay. Also, eating healthy helps ward off sickness! When your body is healthy and strong it is less likely to get sick.
  2. Get that 8 hours in: Sleep, for heaven’s sake! I know that college is about having fun and making friends, but sacrificing sleep is a big no-go. Lack of sleep can cause you to gain weight, break out, get bad grades, and just be all around miserable. Plus, sleeping through class is not an option!
  3. Don’t get lazy: Most colleges have really nice work out facilities, so USE THEM! Grab your roommate or a new friend you met in class and hit the gym. Most people gain weight in college because they reduce their sleep and exercise and raise the amount of food they intake.

These are just a few tips on how to stay healthy during college. Best of luck to all of my fellow college students!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Feel Energized After a Bad Night’s Sleep

We have all had those nights when we feel like we toss and turn all night and wake up feeling like we never actually fell asleep. There is nothing worse…

We have all had those nights when we feel like we toss and turn all night and wake up feeling like we never actually fell asleep. There is nothing worse than waking up feeling exhausted! I have a feeling I am going to find myself having nights with little sleep during my college career, so I went on a search for ways to recover from a bad night’s sleep or from little sleep. Here are 4 of the best ways to feel more energized and awake after a rough night’s sleep. Just because you slept bad doesn’t mean you have to feel miserable!images (1)

  1. Watch out for caffeine: A cup of coffee in the morning is just fine, but try to avoid caffeine in the afternoon. If you drink anything with caffeine in it within 4 hours of bed time it can mess up your sleep.
  2. Drink plenty of H2O: Bad sleep leads to dehydration because you are up longer and are using up your body’s natural reserves. Being dehydrated can lead to you feeling even MORE tired, so keep water handy and drink up.
  3. Get some Vitamin D and take a walk: Getting 15 minutes of sunlight in the a.m. helps reset your body clock and increases your body’s levels of serotonin, which increases your mood and energy! Also, getting a quick walk in will help you reduce your fatigue and wake your body up.
  4. Take a cold shower: This doesn’t sound appealing to me at all! But, cold showers can give you a jolt of energy because the splash of cold increases your breathing and oxygen intake, which increases your heart rate and blood flow, which energizes you!

I know these tips will come in handy the next 4 years of college.

XOXO, Chels

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Why Exercise is Good for Your Friendship

I think we can all agree that, most of the time, working out with friends is more fun than working out alone. Not only is it more enjoyable, it is…

I think we can all agree that, most of the time, working out with friends is more fun than working out alone. Not only is it more enjoyable, it is also good for your friendship! If you are looking to strengthen your bond with your BFF, working out together is a great way to do so! Here is why.

  1. You spend more time together: This is an obvious one. When you work out together, you are getting to spend time together and talk and bond while you sweat your booty off. Setting a workout schedule and having a routine with a friend means more time with them.FullSizeRender (10)
  2. You’re making a transformation together: You get to see your body transformations together and get to congratulate each other! You have been there from the beginning of one another’s fitness journey, so you are able to see her improvements and how her body has changed. Having someone there who recognizes your success and can celebrate with you is a huge encouragement, and knowing that she has been there for you since the beginning of your journey will make you feel so much closer to her!
  3. You’re being vulnerable together: Working out isn’t pretty. You sweat, you grunt, you make funny faces and funny noises. Having someone see you at your worst and most vulnerable can make you feel closer to them. They have seen you at your worst, and at your best, and they still love you!

So, next time you feel you need some girl time or some quality time with a friend, take them to the gym or on a bike ride with you. Your friendship will benefit, and so will your body!

XOXO, Chels

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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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Foods That Help Ease Anxiety

Did you know that food can be instrumental when it comes to maintaining both physical and mental health? There are actually 4 foods that help manage anxiety and are a…

Did you know that food can be instrumental when it comes to maintaining both physical and mental health? There are actually 4 foods that help manage anxiety and are a good place to start if you are wanting to learn how what you eat affects how you feel. These foods work their wonders by helping you get enough nutrients for your neurotransmitters to work the way they should to lowering your blood pressure. While food won’t solve all anxiety problems, it can definitely help ease them!

  1. Almonds: These nuts have huge health benefits because they contain zinc, which helps you keep your mood balanced, and healthy fats for your neurotransmitters, and iron for brain activity. When your brain is tired, it can cause you to feel anxious.
  2. Water: Hydrating is so important because even the littlest bit of dehydration can have a huge impact on your energy and mood! Keeping hydrated helps keep your body feeling regulated and leads to lower levels of stress.download
  3. Eggs: Breakfast is so important, especially if you eat eggs! They are packed with B vitamins that help your brain be at its best, and they contain nutrients that help keep your brain from becoming exhausted and irritable.
  4. Avocados: Avocados are a super food! They are so good for your overall health because of their fiber and healthy fatty acids and vitamins, and they are also great for your brain! They have lots of potassium which helps lower your blood pressure and provide nutrients for your neurotransmitters.

Help manage your stress by eating yummy food!

XOXO, Chels

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Sleep and Skin Care

If there is one thing I wish I could get more of, it is sleep. When I am at school, all I can think about is going home and napping,…

If there is one thing I wish I could get more of, it is sleep. When I am at school, all I can think about is going home and napping, ha! Staying up late sounds good at the time, but the next day is sooooo not as fun. Makeup can hide the bags under your eyes, but it cant disguise your exhaustion! Here are 3 reasons why you should be getting more sleep, for your skin’s sake.

  1. Sped up aging process: When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin suffers. It speeds up the aging process of your skin and makes it dry out faster.images
  2. Increased Cortisol levels: cortisol is a stress hormone, and when you don’t catch enough zzzz’s, it gets all out of whack. Cortisol can also cause acne and trigger some skin conditions like eczema, or it can make your pimples worse!
  3. It changes your growth hormones: sleep deprivation also causes decreases in growth hormones that help thicken and moisturize your skin. This leads to dehydrated skin and, like we said above, faster signs of aging! Want glowing skin? Then you need those growth hormones!

Moral of the story? Sleep keeps your skin looking better and younger. Getting your beauty rest is so worth it!

XOXO, Chels

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Things to Never Do Before a Workout

When I work out, I want to get the most out of it. I am a busy gal, much like all of you, and the little time I have to…

When I work out, I want to get the most out of it. I am a busy gal, much like all of you, and the little time I have to work out has to be maximized! There are a few things that can limit the effectiveness/how much you get out of your workout, and most of them are done even before you start your exercise routine! Here are 4 things to NEVER do before you work out.

  1. Chug a lot of water at once: Drinking a glass of water before a workout is no biggie, it can actually help fuel your run! But drinking a lot of water before you hit the gym can actually cause you feel really full and prevent you from having a good workout.starbucks-coffee-258x300
  2. Stress out: When your body is under stress, it releases a hormone that is a “muscle killer.” It tells your body to store fat, and it breaks down your muscle tissue. So, when you are prepping for a workout, try to leave stress at the door.
  3. Drink a cuppa Joe: It goes with the tip above. Caffeine in coffee can lead to higher levels of stress hormones in your body, which we mentioned above is not good. It can also cause dehydration and rapid heartbeat!
  4. Workout hungry: Not good! Food is fuel, and before you burn calories you actually need to intake some! Now, this doesn’t mean have a heavy meal, a banana or a bowl of cereal is always a good pre-workout snack.

If you want to maximize your workout don’t do these 4 things!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Lately I have been having issues with getting a good 8 hours of sleep in. Between school, church activities, school, filming and editing, and spending time with friends, I have…

Lately I have been having issues with getting a good 8 hours of sleep in. Between school, church activities, school, filming and editing, and spending time with friends, I have a hard time getting my 8 hours in! Even though that is the case, I know how important a good night’s sleep is, and I try to take naps when I can to balance out my sleep schedule. Here are 3 ways you can get the most out of your sleep so you can have enough energy to conquer the world!

  1. The best time to nap is between 1-3 pm: Studies say that you are the most awake during the day between 7-9 a.m., and your alertness levels start to drop after 11 a.m. between 1 and 3 p.m. you are at the lowest energy level if your whole day. That is why this is the best time to take a quick nap! Now I know that you are probably in school during this time, but on breaks and weekends keep this in mind!images (1)
  2. Drink coffee before your nap: That sounds a little backwards, right? Caffine takes 20 minutes to start waking you up, so drinking a cup of joe right before you sleep will mean it kicks in right around when you wake up. This helps with that groggy “where am I and what year is it” feeling right after you wake up!
  3. Cut down the screen time: An hour or two before bed, it is important to limit the amount of time you are looking at your phone and the TV. The blue light that is given off from those devices has been shown to suppress the production of melatonin, which is what your body produces to help you sleep. If you are on your phone or watching tv before bed, dim the screen as much as you can to reduce that blue glow.

Hopefully these tips help you catch some zzzz’s.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

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: Even 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.LandingWeightLoss2
  2. Follow through: If you plan to work out, actually do it! You will feel accomplished and proud of yourself.
  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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Tea Tips!

Tea is so versatile. It is nature’s best health remedy! It can be used to treat many ailments from nausea to sleeplessness. Here is a handy dandy guide to show…

Tea is so versatile. It is nature’s best health remedy! It can be used to treat many ailments from nausea to sleeplessness. teaHere is a handy dandy guide to show you which tea to brew when you’re feeling blue.

For nausea: Ginger tea

For sleeplessness: Chamomile tea

For a speedy metabolism: Green tea

For the common cold: Elderflower tea

For stress: Lemon Balm tea

For bloated-ness: Peppermint tea

I love sipping a cup of tea at night before bed to calm me, and also drinking it in the morning to help wake me up and start my day off right! Tea is much better for you than coffee. I’ll have to remember these tea tips for next time I am bloated or need to de-stress!

What is your favorite type of tea? Comment below!

XOXO, Chels

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Pull Your Monday Out of the Gutter

Mondays aren’t so bad, really! They may seem pretty rough because you are just coming away from the weekend and you are probably a little sleep deprived and not ready…

Mondays aren’t so bad, really! They may seem pretty rough because you are just coming away from the weekend and you are probably a little sleep deprived and not ready to get into the work/school groove, but there are some easy ways to beat the Monday blues and get back into the swing of things! Here is how to make your Monday more tolerable.

DON’T SAVE ALL THE FUN FOR THE WEEKENDS

Fun doesn’t have to be reserved for Saturdays and Sundays only! Do fun things on weeknights too so that you don’t have to feel like you need to pack your weekends full of activities to make up for a boring week.

PLAN AHEAD SUNDAY NIGHT

Sunday night should serve as Monday morning prep. Pack your lunch for the next day, lay out your clothes, get anything done that could help get your morning off to a good start so that you are not rushing around stressed when you wake up!

DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST

This one is a no-brainer. Having a healthy breakfast sets you up for success! Avoid Monday crabbiness and bad moods by eating a good breakfast.image

DO A WORKOUT

Exercise makes you happy (thanks, endorphins!), so start your day off with a quick little workout!

DRESS UP FOR SUCCESS

When you are dressed good, you feel good. A good outfit can boost your confidence and give you a little pep in your step!

 

See, Mondays don’t have to be so terrible!

XOXO, Chels

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What Happens When You Stop Drinking Soda

Experts say that soda is an addiction that is similar to the addiction people have with drugs alcohol. It may taste good when you are drinking it, but it has…

Experts say that soda is an addiction that is similar to the addiction people have with drugs alcohol. It may taste good when you are drinking it, but it has terrible effects on your body in the long run. It negatively effects every part of your body, and your health will improve SO much when you replace it with water. Ill explain.

 

Brain: When you are tired, do you reach for a Diet Coke or a sugary drink? It may give you a temporary energy boost, but after a while soda can actually have a negative effect on your brain. Eventually it can lead to impaired learning and memory! This is because the sugars and saturated fat can influence your brain function. Prevent this by just not drinking soda.why-is-diet-soda-bad-for-you

 

Teeth: Soda absolutely destroys your teeth, so saying see-ya to it will lead to better teeth and gums. Soda can even do as much damage to your teeth as much as drugs can. Yuck!

 

Bladder: Soda causes you to need to go to the bathroom urgently and often because it is a diuretic. It also can irritate your bladder and cause infection! Keep your bladder healthy, avoid soda!

 

Weight loss: One of the easiest ways to lose weight is to cut out soda. Even cutting it down to one soda a day can make a world of a difference. It may be hard, but you will quickly start to see positive results!

 

 

I have cut soda out of my diet, now it is your turn! 

XOXO, Chels

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