Chelsea Crockett

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How Exercise Saves You Money

I love the feeling I get after a workout, when my muscles are sore and I am exhausted but also feel completely energized at the same time. New studies are…

I love the feeling I get after a workout, when my muscles are sore and I am exhausted but also feel completely energized at the same time. New studies are showing that, not only is exercise vital to your physical and mental health, it also saves you money!exercise2

How? Let me explain. Studies are showing that regular exercise can save you up to a couple thousand dollars a year in medical bills. Exercising for at least 30 minutes five times a week leads to fewer hospitalizations, and ER and doctor visits! I don’t know about you, but I will do almost anything to avoid having to go to the doctor. It is important,
though, that you are doing the right kind of exercise. Thirty minutes of moderate to intense activity, which is things like fast walking or lawn mowing, five days a week count. Also, 25 minutes of vigorous activity, like running or swimming, 3 days a week works too! Both of these options help boost your heart health and your overall health!

It is obvious that the most important reason to exercise is to keep you mentally and physically healthy, but if you needed even more motivation, just think of the money it saves you!

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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Super Easy Ways to Boost your Mood

Are you feeling down in the dumps? Do you need a quick mood pick-me-up, or a dose of happiness? Lots of times all you need to make you feel a…

Are you feeling down in the dumps? Do you need a quick mood pick-me-up, or a dose of happiness? Lots of times all you need to make you feel a bit happier is something small, like a walk around the block with your dog or a trip to Dairy Queen to treat your taste buds. Here is a list of ways to feel instantly happier if you are feeling “blah.”

  1. Get dressed up, just because you can
  2. Go on a run. For real, it works!
  3. Write a letter to someone you love
  4. Turn on your favorite song and just belt it outFullSizeRender (67)
  5. Go for a drive, windows down.
  6. Take a quick snooze.
  7. Take a warm bubble bath, and bring a book you love.
  8. Brew a hot cup of tea or coffee.
  9. Clean your room. It will look fresh and clean and make you feel totally zen.
  10. Set up a future dinner/ lunch date with your gals. It will give you something to look forward to!

Try one of these easy fixes next time you are feeling blue!

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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Cold Weather Workout Gear

As it gets cooler outside, working out in the great outdoors becomes easier. During the summer I can barely stand to be outside more than 20 minutes, let alone exercising…

As it gets cooler outside, working out in the great outdoors becomes easier. During the summer I can barely stand to be outside more than 20 minutes, let alone exercising outside! One plus to cooler workout weather is that you get to wear adoreable warm workout gear! Here are my chilly weather workout essentials.workout 1

  1. Cute thermal leggings: When I run outside in the fall and winter I have to make sure my legs stay warm. Even walking to the gym from my car is chilly! So, that is where adorable workout leggings come in. There are so many cool patterns and styles out there, and they come in a variety of lengths for whatever the weather requires! These stripped leggings with ruffles at the top are to die for!
  2. A cute workout hoodie: I love thin workout jackets that are still warm but do not weigh you down. If you are on a run or doing an outdoor workout, a lightweight workout hoodie is a must. You can easily take it off if you get warm and wrap it around your waist, but it is always a good idea to overdress in case it is cooler than you think out there!
  3. Adorable ear warmers: Some people may think wearing ear warmers makes them look silly, but they just haven’t found the right pair! Keeping your head warm will ensure the rest of your body stays warm, so keep those ears nice and cozy. Plus, these adorable ear warmers keep your hair out of your face!

I love cold weather workout gear, don’t you? Sometimes I wear it to school even when I am not going to work out. It is just too cozy to pass up! 😉

XOXO, Chels

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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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Stay Cool This Summer!

I don’t know about you, but where I live gets HOT HOT HOT in the summer!  If you don’t have a pool or an ocean near-by, staying cool outside can…

I don’t know about you, but where I live gets HOT HOT HOT in the summer!  If you don’t have a pool or an ocean near-by, staying cool outside can be tough.  I don’t want to have to stay inside!  I’ve come up with a few ways to beat the summer heat without keeping a bucket of emergency ice cubes nearby.

Staying hydrated in the heat is extremely important!  Sipping on an ice colChelsea Crockett- summer ice cubesd glass of sweet tea or lemonade is the perfect summer drink…until the ice cubs start to melt.  Try freezing tea, lemonade, juice, etc. into ice cube trays to add to your drink.  You can even throw in some fresh fruit.  This way, your drink will never get watered down while you’re trying to stay hydrated!  If you like to work out outside, go early in the morning or late in the evening.  You’ll notice, by going at a cooler time, that your workout will be longer and you’ll have more energy.  Wearing baseball hats on a bad hair day or outside is a must!  Before leaving the house, sprinkle ice cold water on top of your head before quickly placing your hat back on.  This will keep you cooler long.  You can even keep your sunscreen and aloe in the refrigerator for an instant cool down.

Be smart this summer, wear sunscreen, and remember to stay hydrated!  If it’s too hot outside, use your judgment and opt for a trip to the movies or mall!  Have a great summer Insiders!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Ballerina Abs Workout

Ballerinas have the most beautiful bodies ever. Long legs and tight abs! Do you want abs like a ballerina? Then do this ab workout! It will have you dancing to…

Ballerinas have the most beautiful bodies ever. Long legs and tight abs! Do you want abs like a ballerina? Then do this ab workout! It will have you dancing to “Swan Lake” before you know it!

                                                                              20 crunches

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30 lemon squeezers

5 lying leg raises

30 Russian twists

30 second plank

30 second side plank on each side

20 mountain climbers

30 bicycles

10 oblique crunches

30 second plank

10 lemon squeezers

10 mountain climbers

5 leg raises

30 Russian twists

Whew! What a workout! This workout will give you ballerina abs in no time! Do these exercises a few times a week to tighten that tummy.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Morning Habits of the Cheery

Good morning sunshine! They say the early bird gets the worm, and I have to agree! I feel like I have so much more energy and am amazingly productive when…

Good morning sunshine! They say the early bird gets the worm, and I have to agree! I feel like I have so much more energy and am amazingly productive when I wake up early.  Here is how to start your day off on a cheery foot!

  1. Start with positivity: When you wake up, don’t focus on the negative, give yourself some affirmation! Instead of thinking of how early it is and how tired you are, remind yourself of all of the things you have to be thankful for and thank God for giving you another day.download (4)
  2. Don’t snooze: Studies have found that hitting the snooze button can actually make you even more tired. Try getting to bed about 30 minutes earlier, putting your alarm across the room so you have to get up to turn it off, and don’t use your phone at least 90 minutes before heading to bed!
  3. Shower time: Take a nice steamy shower. Use this time to zone out, plan your day, or get a little prayer in!
  4. Sweat it out: Research shows that exercising in the A.M. leads to better sleep, helps you be more productive, and puts you in a great mood! And, it also ensures that you actually DO work out, so you cannot say “I just ran out of time!” at the end of the day.

Now you, too, can be a morning person!

XOXO, Chels

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Pre & Post Workout Snacks

I have been hitting the gym on the regular lately. I usually go right after school, so I am really hungry when I get there. There are a few snacks…

I have been hitting the gym on the regular lately. I usually go right after school, so I am really hungry when I get there. There are a few snacks that can help you maximize your workout, both before and after. Here are a few of the best pre/post workout snacks around!

Pre-workout:

  • Dried fruitstock-footage-bottle-pouring-milk-chocolate-into-a-glass
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice cake with almond butter
  • Banana with almond butter
  • Granola bar
  • Fruit smoothie

Post-workout:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Chocolate milk (yes, chocolate milk!)
  • Protein shake
  • Cottage cheese and berries
  • Hummus with carrots
  • Nuts

These healthy snacks will give you energy to get through your workout and protein to help your muscles recover after.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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One-Song Workouts

Do you have a specific song that always gets you pumped to work out? Or, do you have a go-to song that you always do abs or cardio to? I…

Do you have a specific song that always gets you pumped to work out? Or, do you have a go-to song that you always do abs one songor cardio to? I have a few songs that never fail to pump me up. I also like having a workout plan to follow when I am at the gym. So, imagine how excited I was to find workout plans…that go to specific workout songs! Ill explain.

On Buzzfeed they posted a few workouts that are called “One-Song Workouts.” These workouts last the length of one specific song, and they give you the specific exercises and reps that you do during the round. They even have little illustrations next to each move so you can see how to do it! Here is one of the one-song workouts:

Head HERE to see more one-song workouts! The best thing about them? All you need is the song and your body and you are ready to workout! No equipment needed.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Why We Weight lift

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. But, experts are saying that weight lifting is just as or even more important than getting that cardio…

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. But, 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, lifting can actually help you get slim, toned, and in the best shape ever! Here is how.Woman-working-out1

  1. You will burn more fat: Seriously! Researchers have found that those who lift weights shed 6 more pounds of fat than those who only did cardio.
  2. Max your metabolism: As you get older you begin to lose muscle mass, which can tank your metabolism. By lifting weights and building muscle, you are keeping your metabolism kicking!
  3. You will torch more cals: You continue 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.

Lifting weights is not my favorite thing in the world, but I make 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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Why Yoga?

Working out has become a big deal.  Everyone is trying to eat the healthiest, become the fittest, and discover the best type of workout plan.  While running and lifting weights…

Working out has become a big deal.  Everyone is trying to eat the healthiest, become the fittest, and discover the best type of workout plan.  While running and lifting weights are great, yoga seems to top them all!  It’s a great way to burn calories, build muscle, and relax the mind.  Find out why yoga is the most relaxing workout you’ll ever have!Chelsea Crockett- yoga

Yoga uses specific techniques to focus on your breathing which calms the mind.  It’s a way to release tension from all muscle groups, including your brain.  This, in turn, can actually boost confidence!  Another great benefit from yoga is that it’s a long-term workout.  Unlike running and lifting which can eventually wear down your joints, yoga has a low injury rate and can be practiced for years and years.  It also increases flexibility!

Like other forms of workout, it can help you lose weight and improve muscle tone and strength.  Yoga targets hard to reach muscles…some you may not even know existed!  Give yoga a try, especially if you’re looking for a new way to spice up your workout routine.  Your body and mind will be happy!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Oatmeal Cookie Dough Protein Smoothie

Lately I have been allll about protein smoothies/shakes. Since I have been stepping up my workout game I need to keep to give my muscles the goodies they need to…

Lately I have been allll about protein smoothies/shakes. Since I have been stepping up my workout game I need to keep to give my muscles the goodies they need to be strong and energized! I recently wrote about a thin mint smoothie, a cinnamon roll smoothie, and now I am writing about a oatmeal cookie dough smoothie! Read on if you want the 4-1-1 on this cookie filled combo!

Ingredients:Oatmeal-Cookie-Dough-Smoothie2

  • 1 small frozen banana
  • ¼ cup raw oats
  • ½ – 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla flavor
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter (or peanut butter if you so desire)
  • ½ cup vanilla almond milk (regular milk works fine too if that is what you prefer)

All you have to do now is add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend them together! This protein smoothie is a great post-workout snack, breakfast smoothie, or just a yummy snack!

Would YOU make this smoothie? Comment below if it sounds totally delish!

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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