Chelsea Crockett

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How to Prepare Your Legs for Summer Weather

When you think about your summer wardrobe, I’m sure it consists of lots of shorts, dresses, skirts, and swimsuits!  And what do all of these things have in common?  Your…

When you think about your summer wardrobe, I’m sure it consists of lots of shorts, dresses, skirts, and swimsuits!  And what do all of these things have in common?  Your legs will show!  I always like to make sure my legs are in tip-top shape during the warm months, especially swimsuit season.  Here is a step-by-step guide to prepare your legs for the summer!

Step #1: Exfoliate.  Chelsea Crockett - ExfoliaterThis is the first step because it gets rid of any dead or damaged skin which prepares the perfect base for hydrating and shaving.  It evens out the skin and leaves behind what’s healthy and new instead of what’s dead and old.  And an even better tip?  Use an exfoliator with sea salt!    

Step #2: Hydrate.  Since exfoliating consists of scrubbing and roughing up your skin, you’ll need to follow it with a little hydration!  Look for lotions that have nourishing and replenishing properties, not just those that smell good.  This should thoroughly moisturize any dry skin cells and prepare them for a smooth, even shave!   

Step #3: Shave.  This step is pretty self-explanatory.  We all know that shaving makes our legs feel and look super smooth, which is perfect for shorts weather!

Step #4: Hydrate again/tan up.  Shaving, just like exfoliating, can sometimes dry out your skin.  I suggest hydrating again!  Then after you lotion-up, try a self-tanner that will leave your legs with a bronze glow!

I hope this guide helps you out this summer!

XO – Chelsea

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Are You Shaving Your Legs the Right Way?

Usually when we need to shave our legs, we simply like to get the job done.  But there’s certain things that we can do to make our legs smoother, more…

Usually when we need to shave our legs, we simply like to get the job done.  But there’s certain things that we can do to make our legs smoother, more hydrated, and better shaved!  Here are a few tips and tricks that will make you think twice about how you’ve been shaving your legs!

Before: With shaving, it’s all about making your legs as smooth as possible.  The day before (or at least before you shave), use a scrub to exfoliate.  Chelsea Crockett - Vaseline LotionThis will clear out any dead skin and leave your skin smooth for a gentle, clean shave!

During:  Before jumping in and shaving right away, wait toward the end of the shower.  The heat and moisture will loosen up your pores and allow for a better shave!  Although this may be obvious, make sure you’re shaving in the opposite direction of your hair.  Also, a gel or foam is the best product to use to prevent dryness, rashes, or razor burns!

After:  Especially when you shave, you’ll need to moisturize and hydrate your skin.  Try using a lotion that isn’t overly perfumed or includes a ton of alcohol like the one on the left.  This way you can make sure your legs are getting all the hydration they need!

If you’re not following these pointers, then I urge you to do so!  They really do make a difference!

XOXO – Chels

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Running Myths

Running is an incredible exercise, but many people claim it has its unwelcomed consequences.  From a body break-down to re-shaping your body in a negative way, many of these myths…

Running is an incredible exercise, but many people claim it has its unwelcomed consequences.  From a body break-down to re-shaping your body in a negative way, many of these myths keep people from soaking in all the amazing benefits running has to offer!  Let’s break down these myths once and for all and throw our tennis shoes on!Chelsea Crockett- run

  1. “Running will make you bulky.” Running is an extremely slimming exercise that burns body fat.  If you place a lot of pressure on your quads and do uphill running, then you risk the potential of having bigger thighs (the healthy way). 
  2. “I will start chaffing between my legs.” While this is very true for most people, it is an easy fix.  Try wearing leggings or spandex under running shorts to keep this from happening.      
  3. “You have to run every day to get better.” Running every day can be harsh on the body, especially if you are a newbie.  Switching up your routine (elliptical, bike, etc.) will improve your running as well!
  4. “Running is bad for your body and joints.” The only thing that comes from running is a healthy body.  Never push your body too far. 
  5. “Running is hard.” Running is one of the best stress relievers there is by releasing an abundance of endorphins to the brain.  You don’t have to be a long-distance or power runner to gain the benefits.  Going for a jog is very relaxing!

Who’s ready to go for a run with me?!

            Chelsea   

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Ballerina Workout!

Ballerinas are known for their long, swift movements. Without lean legs and a tight stomach, it would be hard to twirl and leap! Barre workouts have become the new “it”…

Ballerinas are known for their long, swift movements. Without lean legs and a tight stomach, it would be hard to twirl and leap! Barre workouts have become the new “it” workout. It incorporates ballerina moves and weight training to lengthen and strengthen your muscles. Going to a studio can be expensive; luckily it’s just as easy to do your own barre workout at home! Check out my favorite moves below!Chelsea Crockett- barre workout

  1. Who doesn’t want a nice booty?! Grab a chair and stand behind it. Hold on to the back of the chair, kick your leg back, and pump it up and down. Trust me, you’ll feel the burn! Try 3 sets of 15 reps for each leg.
  2. I love ballerina squats! Grabbing on to the back of a chair, stand on your toes about hip width apart and squat up and down. Try quickly squatting up and down to the beat of a song. Don’t worry about getting low!
  3. Try doing the same steps as #2, but with your legs together! It’s like a chair squat, but on your toes.
  4. For a leg and arm workout, grab a dumbbell in one hand and hold the back of a chair with the other. Extend the leg closest to the chair back and bend the other. Reach the arm with the dumbbell out and rep it close to your chest while bringing the extended leg in. Repeat 15 times before switching sides.

I hope you’ll enjoy and see results from these exercises!

            Chelsea

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Walking Workout!

Working out isn’t for everyone. The thought of going on a long run or weight-lifting is enough to keep many on the couch. If those options don’t sound appealing to…

Working out isn’t for everyone. The thought of going on a long run or weight-lifting is enough to keep many on the couch. If those options don’t sound appealing to you, going on a long walk can be just as beneficial! While a normal walk doesn’t reap the same benefits as a run, there are a few ways to pump up your walk to burn even more calories! Follow these simple steps to a great walking workout.

  1. Pumping your arms at a fast pace will increase your speed and give your arms some cardio!
  2. Do one minute intervals of small, quick steps!
  3. Set a goal for each day’s work out and don’t stop until you reach it!
  4. If you’re hiking or on a grassy terrain, use poles to help build upper muscles.
  5. Make sure to keep your back straight! When your bones and muscles are aligned you can walk faster and torch more calories!
  6. Keep the same pace!
  7. To add strength training to your work out, stop every 5 minutes and do one minute of push-ups, squats, sit-ups, etc.

Now you don’t have any excuses not to work out! It’s time to get up and get moving!

XOXO,

      Chelsea

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Best Equipment-Less Workouts

Seasons are changing and, unless you want to freeze your toes off, your workouts may be moved inside. Joining a gym can be pricey and buying expensive equipment can empty…

Seasons are changing and, unless you want to freeze your toes off, your workouts may be moved inside. Joining a gym can be pricey and buying expensive equipment can empty your wallet. I’ve found a few exercises that you can do right at home without any equipment at all!

To start off, you can work on abs. Try out the basics (crunches, sit-ups, etc.) then challenge yourself to some harder moves. Try a minute plank and two, one minute side planks. Chelsea Crockett - PlankAnother one of my favorite, although difficult, exercises is leg lifts. Find a room with enough space to lay down flat on your back with your legs straight out. Place your hands, palms down, under your lower back. Then, lift your legs, keeping them straight, at about a 45° angle with the ground. You can either hold them there for 30 seconds or lower your legs barely off the ground and lift them back up to complete a leg lift, however many times you can!

Along with some killer abs, toned legs are next to achieve! Since running outside in the cold weather isn’t the most inviting experience, you’ll have to find some substitute exercises. Wall sits are a great way to tone your thighs along with squats and lunges. If you want to incorporate some cardio into your routine as well, you can run stairs if you have them in your house. That will get your heart rate pumping and make your muscles stronger!

Now you can’t use the “it’s too cold to exercise outside” or “I don’t have a treadmill” excuse :)! Good luck!

Love, Chels

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