Chelsea Crockett

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Nail Care Do’s & Don’ts!

Nail care seems pretty simple: clip them, file them, paint them.  It’s as simple as that!  But is it actually that easy?  I never knew that there were certain do’s…

Nail care seems pretty simple: clip them, file them, paint them.  It’s as simple as that!  But is it actually that easy?  I never knew that there were certain do’s and don’ts that can make your nail care routine 10x better!  Here are some tips to follow and things to avoid when taking care of your nails.

DO’S

  • Create your own nail care routine.  Chelsea Crockett - Nail Care RoutineHaving a nail care routine down is important for maintaining your nails’ health.  Don’t let them grow weeks on end without trimming them up!
  • Moisturize your cuticle area.  Your cuticle area can get very dry and sometimes even painful.  Moisturize the area so you prevent flaky skin and redness.
  • Keep your nail tools clean!  Nail tools can get dirty just like any other beauty tool.  Make sure you keep them sterilized and free from bacteria!
  • Take nail strengthening supplements.  There are supplements for almost everything: hair, skin, nails, you name it!  Nail strengthening supplements help make your nails thicker and healthier!

DON’TS

  • Don’t bite your nails!  This one is a given.  Biting your nails isn’t only a bad habit, but it weakens and destroys them!
  • Don’t soak your nails for too long or use an excess amount of nail polish remover.  I know it’s frustrating when you can’t get off that stubborn nail polish that you’ve been scrubbing at for 20 minutes, but using too much nail polish remover will dry out your nails!
  • Don’t pull/rip off hangnails.  It’s extremely tempting to rip off any annoying hangnails especially when you don’t have any tools to help.  But when you can, I highly suggest using nail clippers to remove them instead of constantly picking at it!

I hope these pointers help you take your nail care routine to the next level! 🙂

Love, Chels

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Tips to Get to Bed Ontime

Bedtime procrastination is a real thing. Our bodies give us cues to let us know that we are tired and that we should go to sleep, but there are so…

Bedtime procrastination is a real thing. Our bodies give us cues to let us know that we are tired and that we should go to sleep, but there are so many temptations telling us to delay bedtime. We all know we need at least 8 hours of sleep to be healthy, but let’as face it, we have all reached for our phone or the TV remote and have postponed sleep.  Sticking to a sleep schedule can be tough when you are used to procrastinating. Here are a few ways to get into a better sleep routine so that you can be the healthiest you can be.

  1. Establish a bedtime routine: Whether it is reading a book at the same time every night or setting an alarm to remind you when to start heading to bed, setting a regular bedtime routine is the best way to train your mind into recognizing when it is bedtime.4365576
  2. Work out: Exercising about 3 hours before you head to bed can be a great way to induce deep sleep.
  3. Don’t take your problems to bed: Try to go to bed happy (or if not happy, try to not be upset). Easier said than done, I know! Don’t dwell on your problems. They can cause restless sleep! Try journaling your problems or worries before bed to help calm your mind.

Sleep well!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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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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Benefits of Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Being thankful is a year-round job, not just a thing we do around Thanksgiving. Actually, it has been scientifically proven that being thankful has health benefits! Gratitude is something that…

Being thankful is a year-round job, not just a thing we do around Thanksgiving. Actually, it has been scientifically proven that being thankful has health benefits! Gratitude is something that we all can show every day. Showing others that we are grateful for them makes us happier, improves our relationships, productivity, health, and even our sleep! Here are 10 ways that having an attitude of gratitude can benefit you.

  1. Sleep: My favorite! By writing down a few grateful thoughts before bed, your stress levels are reduced and your relaxation response is triggered.
  2. Emotions: Being grateful reduces toxic emotions like rage, regret, and frustration. It reduces feelings of envy and makes our experiences happier and also helps us recover from stress!
  3. Relationships: Showing others you are grateful for them helps boost your friendships. Showing others kindness by doing things like holding the door and saying thank you makes you feel good inside as well as shows others you care. People want to be around people like that!
  4. Self-esteem: We perform better and act better when we are confident and happy. Gratitude reduces our feeling of jealousy because instead of feeling jealous or resentful about what other people have, we are grateful for what we have and are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

Having an attitude of gratitude can really change your outlook on life and brighten it! An easy way to get in the habit of being thankful is to keep a gratitude journal. Simply write down 3 things you are grateful for as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed. It can be things as simple as the sunshine, or even a great score on a test. Train your mind to default to positivity. It will change your life.

 

XOXO, Chels

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How To Get Back Into a Workout Routine

Trust me, I know how it feels to have zero time/motivation to work out. I have just recently started getting back into running and I try to do that as…

Trust me, I know how it feels to have zero time/motivation to work out. I have just recently started getting back into running and I try to do that as many days of the week that I can. It can be easy to talk myself out of going on a run though, and I have been looking for ways to avoid talking myself out if it and ways to stay in my routine. Here are my tips on how to bet back into a fitness routine and stay motivated!

  1. Lay your workout clothes in plain sight: In the morning, lay your workout clothes in a place that you will see them the most so they continually remind you that you need to put them on and hit the trail or go to the gym. You could even pack a gym bag in the morning so that you have it all ready to go after school!b07aeb4fb52774806ebcdfa3d3a3e03c
  2. Take a challenge: Start a “couch to 5k” or “30 day abs” challenge! Having a challenge makes you more likely to stick to it and will make you want to complete it!
  3. Break your workouts up: If you are running, set goals. For instance, look ahead and pick a landmark, tell yourself to keep going until you reach it, and then once you do set another goal. It will distract you and keep you going! If you are working out in the gym, say that you will do 10 or 15 more sit-ups and then you will be done. Simple breakdowns like that make all the difference!
  4. Bring a buddy: Grab a friend that wants to get in shape or a friend that will motivate you and take them on a run or to the gym with you. You will have someone to push you, someone to talk to, and someone to say “hey, get out of bed, let’s go to the gym!”

Getting back into a fitness routine can be rough. Your body takes a while to get used to it, and it is mentally tough too. I know you can do it, you got this!! Keep that winter layer of fluff away! I am going to have to work at it too, so we can work at it together!

XOXO, Chels

 

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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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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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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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How Your Body Changes From Your Teens to Your Twenties

Are you ever curious about what will happen to your body in the future? I hear women all the time say “I wish I had the same metabolism as I…

Are you ever curious about what will happen to your body in the future? I hear women all the time say “I wish I had the same metabolism as I had when I was your age” or “I wish I could have my 20-year-old body back!” So, what really happens to a women’s body as we get older? Here is how your body changes itself from a teen to a woman.FullSizeRender (26)

  1. The brain: Even in your teens and twenties, your brain is still developing, especially the frontal cortex which is responsible for decision making, judgments, short-term memory and risk taking.
  2. Your periods: One of the biggest changes is your menstrual cycle. As you move from your teens to your twenties, your cycle will become more regular and your hormone levels will also become more regular. Another development is the possibility of worsening cramps. Doctors have found that during your twenties are when cramps hit their peak because of high production of a hormone that prompts uterine contractions (which cause the cramps).
  3. Your skin: Your collagen levels, which cause softness in skin, are at their peak when you hit your twenties. One bad thing about growing up? The possibility of adult acne. Even if you rarely had acne in your teen years, there is a chance that you could develop acne later in life.
  4. Your weight: As you pass out of your teen years and into your twenties, your fat deposits will shift. Studies say that the under-the-skin fat in your cheeks, neck, boobs, and lower legs begins to shift and move to your waist, under your butt, and on your abdomen.

Now none of these changes are anything to worry about, they happen to every woman and are proof that our bodies are always changing, even when we think they aren’t! Love your body at every stage, because it is the one God gave you. J

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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Top 5 Skin Maintenance Rules

To the girls who have naturally clear skin: I envy you! Girls like me who have to work to have clear skin long to have your gorgeous “I woke up…

To the girls who have naturally clear skin: I envy you! Girls like me who have to work to have clear skin long to have your gorgeous “I woke up like this” façade. According to experts, there are a few “rules” that you need to follow in order to get fabulously flawless skin. Here are those very rules so you know NOT to break them!

  1. SPF all day every day: Wear a minimum of SPF 15 on a daily basis. This will help prevent skin damage, wrinkles, sunburn, and skin cancer.FullSizeRender (13)
  2. Get your <3 pumping: Exercise isn’t always the most fun activity on the planet, but when you get that heart pumping you are delivering oxygen to your skin! Plus, you are burning calories and toning that fab figure.
  3. Say no to cigarettes: Not only is smoking terrible for your health in general, it is also horrible for your skin. Smoking causes your lung capacity to decrease, which causes decreased oxygenation of your tissues and gives your liver too much work to do to process the toxins. This causes your skin to dehydrate, stop glowing, and become inflamed.
  4. Don’t pick at zits: If you pop your pimples, you can cause them to scar! The best way to zap a zit is to put an ice cube wrapped in a cloth on your pimple for a minute.
  5. Exfoliate: This can help get rid of acne scars and also allows skin products to absorb better and work more effectively!

These are just a few things experts say will help you get gorgeous skin. Seems easy enough, right?

XOXO, Chels

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How You Know It’s Too Hot to Run Outside

I love lacing up my running shoes and hopping on the trail. One of the best things about summer is sunny outdoor workouts! That being said, it is important to…

I love lacing up my running shoes and hopping on the trail. One of the best things about summer is sunny outdoor workouts! That being said, it is important to watch the weather, and temperatures, to make sure you are being smart about summer outdoor workouts.download

My summer workout advice? Always check the weather before you go outside for a summertime run. Why does this matter? The heat and humidity can have adverse effects on your health. Experts say you shouldn’t run if it is over 90 degrees or if the humidity is high. This is because running with humidity affects your heart rate. Your heart rate increases two to four beats
per minute in temperatures from 60-75 degrees, and up to 10 beats per minute in temperatures from 75-90 degrees. Increased heart rate can cause dangerous side effects! Running in cooler weather is much easier and comfortable for your muscles and heart. Run earlier in the morning or later at night to avoid the intense heat, and remember that if it is over 90 degrees and 70% humidity, it is not safe for you to run outside.

Exercising is great when you are smart about it. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

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Summertime Health Myths

Believe it or not, summertime is when we are most likely to be at our healthiest. Our immune systems are stronger because of our body’s natural circadian rhythms. Although this…

Believe it or not, summertime is when we are most likely to be at our healthiest. Our immune systems are stronger because of our body’s natural circadian rhythms. Although this is true, it doesn’t mean that we can slack on taking care of ourselves and protecting our body! Here are some common summer health myths that cause some people to stumble up when it comes to self-care.

  1. The sun will clear up your acne: I have had friends tell me that they go to the tanning bed because it helps them manage their acne. That is not the right way to treat acne! The sun, or tanning bed, won’t dry out your zits. A tan may help camouflage them, but so does concealer.2220101
  2. The sunscreen in your makeup is enough protection: Relying on the SPF in your makeup is a common mistake. The SPF in beauty products usually isn’t high enough to really protect your skin. Use a daily moisturizer with SPF in it in addition to your makeup for full protection.
  3. You are only sunburnt if your skin is red: Not true! Sometimes it can take hours for your burn to actually start showing. So, if you are laying out in the sun and it looks like you aren’t burning, you won’t always spot it is burning until it is too late. It can take up to 6 hours to start to show redness!

If you don’t know if something is true, ask your doctor or a trusted medical expert. Better safe than sorry!

XOXO, Chels

 

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30 Day Ab-Strengthening Plank Challenge

Planks are one of the best full-body exercises you can do. They work your arms, glutes and hamstrings, improve your posture and balance, and of course strengthen your abs! Planks…

Planks are one of the best full-body exercises you can do. They work your arms, glutes and hamstrings, improve your posture and balance, and of course strengthen your abs! Planks look relatively simple, right? Planks can actually be tough! Right now I am doing a 30 day plank challenge, and I thought you might want to join me! We can blast our core strength through the roof! Each day you hold the plank for however many seconds the chart says. Here is the 30 day plan:

Day 1: 20 seconds

Day 2: 20 seconds

Day 3: 30 seconds

Day 4: 30 seconds

Day 5: 40 seconds

Day 6: REST

Day 7: 45 seconds

Day 8: 45 seconds

Day 9: 60 seconds

Day 10: 60 seconds

Day 11: 60 seconds

Day 12: 90 seconds

Day 13: REST

Day 14: 90 seconds

Day 15: 90 seconds

Day 16: 120 seconds

Day 17:  120 seconds

Day 18: 150 seconds

Day 19: REST

Day 20: 150 seconds

Day 21: 150 seconds

Day 22: 180 seconds

Day 23: 180 seconds

Day 24: 210 seconds

Day 25: 210 seconds

Day 26: REST

Day 27: 240 seconds

Day 28: 240 seconds

Day 29: 270 seconds

Day 30: AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!!

Are you ready to have super spectacular abs? Do this plank challenge with me!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Why Laughter Is Good For You

I love to surround myself with people who make me laugh, because the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine” is so true! I love to laugh. When I am with…

I love to surround myself with people who make me laugh, because the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine” is so true! I love to laugh. When I am with my friends, you know there is going to be a moment of the day where you will be laughing until your stomach hurts. Not only is laughing a great feeling, but it is also proven to be good for your health! Here is how:

  • Increases your sense of trust in others which helps strengthen your relationship with them
  • Improves the quality of your sleepFullSizeRender (3)
  • Improves memory
  • Boosts your ability to problem solve and your creativity
  • Makes you more open minded
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Releases muscle tension
  • Boosts immune system
  • Puts you in a positive mood because it stimulates the release of endorphins
  • Raises your pain tolerance

Life is so much better when it is filled with laughter. I am so blessed to be surrounded by people who are constantly making me laugh and smile. Learn to laugh things off and not to take life too seriously. After all, you only live once!

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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