Chelsea Crockett

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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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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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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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Balancing Emotions

Emotions are a crazy thing. One moment you’re happy, the next moment you’re sad; one second you’re loving life, the next you’re angry at the world. What is going on?!…

Emotions are a crazy thing. One moment you’re happy, the next moment you’re sad; one second you’re loving life, the next you’re angry at the world. What is going on?! Learning how to balance emotions is tricky, but it can be done. Once you’ve learned how to control the way you feel, life will be a much happier place!Chelsea Crockett- worry

  1. When I am feeling stressed, upset, or unappreciated I always turn to my Bible. It reassures me that I am loved, taken care of, and that God will take care of anything that is worrying me.
  2. Make a list of everything you are thankful for. Every time you are sad or angry, read the list. You will realize how much you should be grateful for.
  3. Surround yourself with people that lift you up! If you notice a friend that is always negative or putting you down, it’s time to drop them. If they aren’t doing anything to benefit your life, it’s time to move on.
  4. Go for a run! Running releases endorphins, which, in the simple sense, makes your brain happy.
  5. Take time for yourself. I understand that school, work, sports, family, and friends can be a lot to handle at once, but it’s important to take time to breathe. Set aside 30 minutes to 1 hour a day to watch your favorite show, do a DIY project, or just hangout!

Life is good, so let’s spend it happily!

            Chelsea  

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Country Cardio Playlist

Are you a country music-lovin’ chick? If so, you definitely need a country cardio playlist to rock when you are sweatin it out! I know that the only thing that…

Are you a country music-lovin’ chick? If so, you definitely need a country cardio playlist to rock when you are sweatin it out! I know that the only thing that gets me through my tough workouts is my tunes. Here is my favorite country cardio playlist!

  1. “I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes
  2. “Done” — The Band Perry
  3. “22” —Taylor Swift
  4. “Put the Gun Down” — ZZ Ward
  5. “5-1-5-0” — Dierks Bentley
  6. “Mexicoma” — Tim McGraw
  7. “”Dirt Road Anthem” — Jason Aldean
  8. “Before He Cheats” — Carrie Underwood
  9. “Country Girl (Shake it For Me)” — Luke Bryan
  10. “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” — Randy Houser
  11. “Kiss a Girl”- Keith Urban

Kick off your cowboy boots, pull on your running shoes, and get to work!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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How to Make Running Easier

If you follow me on any social media whatsoever, you know that I love to run. Actually, I love to exercise in general! But running is my absolute fav. I…

If you follow me on any social media whatsoever, you know that I love to run. Actually, I love to exercise in general! But running is my absolute fav. I love how I can put in my headphones and just have some “me” time while pounding the pavement. For some people, running can be a method of torture. When your gym teacher tells you that you will have to run the mile soon, you die a little inside. Have no fear! There are a few easy ways to make running easier and maybe even enjoyable!images (18)

Make it fun: If you aren’t having fun, then you are totally going to have zero motivation to do it. Bring your best
friend or your dog along! Explore new running routes. Wear cute workout clothes! That one always motivates me ;). Listen to your favorite book on tape or songs while you run.

Slow it down: There is no reason that you have to start off your running routine with a 7 minute mile or 500 meter dash! Take it slow and steady. You should feel like you’re breathing faster than you would if you were just walking, but not huffing and puffing so badly that your lungs are burning. Let your pace feel natural!

Make time for it: in order for your body to get used to running and other cardio activities, you have to be consistent. Try to stick to a weekly running schedule! This will keep you on track and make sure that you are training your body the way it needs to be trained.

Running isn’t so bad once you get used to it! Try these tips and tell me how it goes.

XOXO, Chels

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Get Up, Go Outside, and Be Happy!

Nature is one of God’s most wonderful gifts!   It’s all around you, so why not take advantage of it?  It’s easier to be happy when you’re outside in the warm…

Nature is one of God’s most wonderful gifts!   It’s all around you, so why not take advantage of it?  It’s easier to be happy when you’re outside in the warm sun and cool breeze.  It’s much better than being stuck indoors!  Whenever possible, get up and go outside!  I promise it’ll make all the difference.

Your body recognizes when it’s outdoors and indoors.  Greenness, water, plants, and sun are proven to relax the body.  It does some good for the mind, body, and soul.  Just a few minutes outside a day can reset the body and reduce stress.  It’s also a great way to get vitamin D, which can be produced naturally in the body through sunlight exposure.  Vitamin D aids in a healthy immune system, helps us keep a healthy weight, prevents cancer, and can reduce inflammation.  It’s so important to be out in the sun!

Another benefit of being outdoors is your endurance!  When working out, it’s easier to run farther when you have beautiful surroundings to look at.  It’s a sort of distraction!  Try going for a Chelsea Crockett- run outsidelonger run than usual throughout a park or neighborhood or do pull-ups on a tree branch.  You can even do your ab work in the nice open field of green grass.  Your mind won’t even realize how hard your body is working!

I hope you’ll make an effort to spend more time outdoors.  Your body will thank you for it!

Love,

            Chelsea

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Get Up and RUN!

Working out can be tough.  It’s not only tough physically, but it’s really hard sometimes to fit it into your schedule.  With busy lives, sleeping in and hanging out with…

Working out can be tough.  It’s not only tough physically, but it’s really hard sometimes to fit it into your schedule.  With busy lives, sleeping in and hanging out with friends sounds like a lot more fun than working out when you have free time.  Surprisingly, working out CAN be fun!  I’m going to give you a few simple tips to pass the time while you work out. 

  • Listen to music!

Chelsea Crockett- runningMy favorite thing to do while on a run is to listen to music.  It puts me in a pumped up mood!  Create a “Workout Playlist” with energetic music to get you feeling upbeat during your run.  Every 3 or 4 minutes, you will get to enjoy a new song, which will keep you going.

  • Go outside!

Running on a treadmill can get old.  Although the air conditioning is nice, the run can feel longer than it really is.  Running outside and being around nature will put you in a better mood and make running seem shorter.  You won’t have to run in place.  Go explore!

  • Change up your routine!

Doing the same workout every day is extremely boring.  When you change up your routine, there is something new to look forward to each day.  Change your running route, go to the park, a school, or run the streets for a new experience each time!  Do arm, abs, and leg workouts on different days, so you don’t over work one muscle group.

                Working out is SO good for you, so get off the couch and go run!  Following these simple tips will make working out a little more enjoyable.  Get going Insiders!!!

                -Chelsea

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