Chelsea Crockett

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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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Metabolism Boosters!

Having a fast metabolism is a blessing in itself.  You could eat 10 donuts and not gain ANY weight.  Talk about jealous!  Unfortunately, not all of us were born with…

Having a fast metabolism is a blessing in itself.  You could eat 10 donuts and not gain ANY weight.  Talk about jealous!  Unfortunately, not all of us were born with a turbo speedy metabolism and it only gets worse as we get older.  Luckily, there are a few everyday things we can do to keep our metabolism up and running; plus, all of these tricks are super healthy for your body.  Check it out!Chelsea Crockett- healthy breakfast

  1. When you’re tired, not only does your body slow down, but so does your metabolism. Make sure you’re getting a good night’s rest.  Aim for 8 hours a night!
  2. Your muscles burn up a lot of calories during the day. To burn even more, try weight training to build up. 
  3. Do NOT skip meals! Eating breakfast as soon as you wake up is your metabolisms sign to get moving!  The longer you wait to eat, or the fewer meals you eat, your metabolism will stop doing its job. 
  4. If you love spicy food, then you’re in luck. The spicier the food, the quicker your metabolism kicks into gear.
  5. Drink water!! Water is amazing.  It not only speeds up your metabolism, but it gives you better skin, rids your body of toxins, and keeps you hydrated.  Keep a 64oz. water bottle with you and drink away throughout the day!

Happy eating, sleeping, and working out!

            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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Longer Workouts vs. Shorter Workouts

Ah the epic battle of working out. When life gets busy, it’s easy to put working out at the bottom of the list. Many people think that if they don’t…

Ah the epic battle of working out. When life gets busy, it’s easy to put working out at the bottom of the list. Many people think that if they don’t have a solid hour to set aside for a good workout, then it’s completely pointless. FALSE! While long workouts are certainly beneficial, they are not always necessary. Sometimes, you can get a greater fat burn in a quick 30 minute workout! “How” you may ask? Keep on reading…..Chelsea Crockett- HIIT

While doing the same workout over and over may be healthy for you, eventually, you will stop seeing results. If you want a toned body, you’ve got to try new workouts and change up your routine. Long workouts are great, especially for cardio. For the greatest results, boost your heart rate up by walking for 3 minutes and running for 5. That 3 minutes will give you a nice little rest, while the 5 minute run will force your heart rate to go up faster than a standard jog… burning more calories. For on-the-go days, a quick work out can give you the same results. The only catch? You’ve got to give it your all! Look up HIIT circuits (high intensity interval training). This is a mix between body weight training and cardio. On these days you can choose between arms, legs, abs, or a full body workout. If done properly, you can burn a crazy amount of calories! You also get the benefit of after-burn (burning calories once you’re done working out).     

All in all, it’s important to incorporate both into your weekly workouts. Keep your body on top of its game by switching things up!    

XOXO,

            Chelsea

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How to Lose Weight While Walking

You don’t have to be sweating your tail off in the gym or running 4 miles a day to lose weight, you can shed pounds by simply walking! Running and…

You don’t have to be sweating your tail off in the gym or running 4 miles a day to lose weight, you can shed pounds by simply walking! Running and other cardio exercises can be really hard on your body and cause a lot of wear and tear on your joints. Here is how to make the most of your walk!walking-shoes-530

Walk faster: By simply walking faster you can burn way more calories and really improve your fitness! If you walk briskly you also reduce the risk of heart disease more than a run that burns the same number of calories.

How to walk faster: Stand tall with your shoulders back. This helps prevent lower back stress. Bend your arms at 90 degrees and swing your arm as you walk. Also, roll off each foot and push off your toes at the end of every stride. This keeps your foot on the ground a bit longer making for stronger, shorter faster steps.

Slip on the right sneakers: Having the right shoes is important! You don’t want to injure yourself. You want shoes that are flexible and roll with each step. You also want beveled heels that helps with heel-to-toe rolling. The next important feature is that they are designed for walking not running.

You don’t have to be a runner to burn major calories! Lace up your walking shoes and get on out there!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Make Morning Workouts a Must

If you are like me, then the last thing you want to do after a long day is work out. When you are tired and have a ton on your…

If you are like me, then the last thing you want to do after a long day is work out. When you are tired and have a ton on your plate, it is hard to find the motivation to lace up those sneakers! Morning workouts are the simplest solution to this problem! People who work out in the morning tend to work out harder and longer than those who exercise in the evening. If you are the furthest thing from a morning person, then you will need to read these tips on how to make morning workouts a must!

  1. Be prepared: Set out your workout clothes and shoes the night before so that you aren’t tiredly fumbling around in the Morning-Workout-300x300morning trying to find your running shoes when you wake up. The easier it is to wake up and immediately put on your workout clothes, the more likely you are to actually work out.
  2. Fuel right: Working out on an empty stomach isn’t ideal, so pre-make a small morning snack like fruit or cheese.
  3. Hit the pillow: Make sure you get to bed early so that you are more motivated to get up early to work out! Set your alarm to a upbeat song so you get yourself moving and put it on the other side of the room so you have to get up in order to turn it off.

Now, get your booty up and get your workout on!

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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What would it Take to Work Off….

Do you ever wonder how long it would take to work off something you have eaten? I sure do. As I am sippin on that Dunkin Donuts iced coffee I…

Do you ever wonder how long it would take to work off something you have eaten? I sure do. As I am sippin on that Dunkin Donuts iced coffee I am thinking just how far I would have to run to work off its sugary goodness. I wonder the same thing about a lot of different foods. Well, wonder no more! Here is a handy dandy list of some of the foods we eat on a regular basis and what it would take to burn them off. Warning: the results may both surprise and scare you!

  • 1 glazed donut: 192 calories= 53 minutes of lunges
  • 1 M&M: 3.4 calories= walking the length of a football field
  • 1 slice of pepperoni pizza: 260 calories= 272 burpees..in a row. Owchie.krispy-kreme-original-glazejpg-21498b2b6b5a9441
  • 1 can of Coke: 140 calories= 17 minutes of jogging outside
  • 1 medium fry: 380 calories= 55 minutes on a stair stepper machine
  • 1 18 ounce milkshake: 780 calories= 65 minutes on the treadmill going 6 mph
  • 2 pancakes & maple syrup: 402 calories= 40 minutes of swimming laps
  • 1 chocolate cupcake: 240 calories= 27 minutes of beach volleyball
  • 1 small theatre popcorn & butter: 630 calories= 135 minutes on the elliptical

Kind of eye-opening, right? I have to admit, though, that it is nice to know what I am getting myself into when I grab myself a glazed donut.. 53 minutes of lunges, that is what! I hope you found these comparisons interesting and keep them in mind just like I am. J

XOXO, Chels

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The One Thing You Need For a Killer Workout

Getting a good workout doesn’t always require a trip to the gym or a track and bleachers.  So what’s the one thing you need for a killer workout?!  Believe it…

Getting a good workout doesn’t always require a trip to the gym or a track and bleachers.  So what’s the one thing you need for a killer workout?!  Believe it or not, your body contains its own secret weapon.  Body weight!  Your body can’t tell the difference between actual weights and body weight, so take advantage of what your body has to offer!

When it comes to using body weight, some of the most basic moves are the most beneficial.  Want toned arms?  Try pushups!  Want a solid core?  Try side and front plants!  Want Carrie Underwood legs?  Get down with squats!  It’s amazing how your body can sculpt itself!  Throwing in cardio moves like mountain climbers and burpees will burn more calories and fat!  It’s crazy to think that your body contains a total workout within itself.Chelsea Crockett- workout quote

Next time you feel like you need to work out, but don’t have time to run to the gym or hit the bench press, use your own weight!  Doing a few solid reps a day will whip your body into shape in no time!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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February Abs Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I stick to working out so much better when I have a plan or schedule to stick to. I’ve been looking for a good…

I don’t know about you, but I stick to working out so much better when I have a plan or schedule to stick to. I’ve been looking for a good ab schedule to stick to that tells me the exact exercises to do and how many of each to do. I have a hard time thinking of what exercises I should do when I am working out so it is super helpful to have something that tells you exactly what to do. I found the perfect ab plan! It is designed exactly for you to do it in February, which is coming right up, so it is totally perfect! Here it is:fab ab

 

So, do you think this kind of plan is manageable? Is it easier for YOU to stick with working out when you have a plan like this? Comment below if you like this kind of plan so I can post more!

XOXO, Chels

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30 Day Plank Challenge!

Planks look relatively simple, right? So, they should be pretty easy to do, right? WRONG. Planks are tough! The plank is one of the greatest exercises for core conditioning but it also…

Planks look relatively simple, right? So, they should be pretty easy to do, right? WRONG. Planks are tough! The plank is one of the greatest exercises for core conditioning but it also works your glutes and hamstrings, supports proper posture, and improves balance. 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 TOGETHER! 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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Rainy Day Runner’s Workout

I am a runner, so I know the “rainy day” struggle. You want to get out and run, but the weather says “sorry Charlie.” Fortunately there are workouts for us…

I am a runner, so I know the “rainy day” struggle. You want to get out and run, but the weather says “sorry Charlie.” Fortunately there are workouts for us runners that we can do out of the soggy wet mess! Here is a rainy day workout that works as a great running substitute.

This workout you will repeat 3 times, resting 20 seconds in between each round. This ends up being a 25 minute workout in all!

  • 1 minute walking lunges
  • 1 minute side plank (30 seconds on right side, 30 seconds on left)raining-and-training-image
  • 1 minute side lunges
  • 1 minute plank
  • 1 minute reverse lunges
  • 1 minute elbow plank
  • 1 minute squats
  • 1 minute plank

Remember, repeat this workout 3 times, resting 20 seconds in between each round! Get some fun tunes going to keep you motivated and to make the workout more fun!

Have a blast, and get a few friends to join in with you!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Benefits of Exercising in Nature

Exercising in nature is such an enjoyable experience. Hearing the birds chirp, feeling the sun on your face and the breeze on your back, there is nothing better! There are…

Exercising in nature is such an enjoyable experience. Hearing the birds chirp, feeling the sun on your face and the breeze on your back, there is nothing better! There are so many benefits of exercising in nature, and here are a few!

  1. Fresh air has more oxygen!fit_tip_outdoors-LFR-05122014
  2. More sensory stimulation: you are more stimulated, which means that your run is more enjoyable!
  3. Increases feelings of well-being and lowers depression! Those endorphins get you pumped full of happy feelings and make you feel super good!
  4. Vitamin D exposure: When you are exercising outside, the sun increases your vitamin D exposure and helps optimize hormones! And, as you ladies well know, us teenage girls need all the hormone optimizing we can get!

Working out in the great outdoors is as good as it gets. Running on the treadmill at the gym just isn’t the same, am I right? Go outside and take a walk with a friend or go for a swim. Your body will thank you!

XOXO, Chels

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Gym Hairstyles, So You Don’t Have to Wash It After

You really want to hit the gym, but remembered you have somewhere to be shortly after.  You’d only have 30 minutes to get ready; therefore you wouldn’t have enough time…

You really want to hit the gym, but remembered you have somewhere to be shortly after.  You’d only have 30 minutes to get ready; therefore you wouldn’t have enough time to wash your hair.  What do you do?!  Luckily, it is possible to have a cute hair style after hitting the gym and here’s how:

When you start to sweat, you scalp gets warm which creates a mold.  Because of this, there’s a large chance that your hair will stay the way you had it when you worked out.  It’s important to plan ahead!  If you want your hair wavy, then wear it in a French braid.  You could even start the braid at your bangs for an allover wavy look.    If you want your hair curly, then twist your hair into a top knot bun and secure it with bobby pins.  This way, you will avoid creases throughout your hair. Chelsea Crockett- french braid at the gym

Keeping your hair straight is a bigger challenge.  Wear your hair in a low pony tail using a fabric hair tie to avoid dents.  If you have bangs and want them to lay flat after your workout, pin them to the side using a bobby pin.  You can even part your bangs down the middle and secure them to each side.

Next time you think about skipping the gym because of an event, remember these simple hair tricks.  You have no excuses now!

-Chelsea

 

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Vacation Workout!

Ah vacation!  It’s the perfect time to relax, eat large amounts of food, lie in the sun for hours, and become the definition of a “beach bum”.  Even though you’re…

Ah vacation!  It’s the perfect time to relax, eat large amounts of food, lie in the sun for hours, and become the definition of a “beach bum”.  Even though you’re taking a break from real life, this doesn’t mean you should take a break from your mind and body.  Of course, this is all part of the fun, but it’s important to get up and moving during your vacation!  Check out a few simple ways to exercise while on vacation!Chelsea Crockett- hiking

  • Jog or walk the beach in the morning! The beautiful scenery will keep you wanting more, while each step in the sand works your calf muscles. Plus, if you get sweaty just jump into the water!
  • If you’re near the mountains, go for a hike or a long bike ride!
  • Try picking up a new sport like surfing, paddle boarding, or kayaking.
  • Who said you shouldn’t exercise your mind on vacation?! Try putting your phone away and reading a book or playing a game of Sudoku.
  • Find the nearest water park or amusement park! You won’t even realize how much you’re walking!
  • Hit your hotel or resort gym. Try out all of their fancy workout equipment!

Next time you take a vacation, challenge yourself to be as active as possible.  You’ll come back from vacation feeling refreshed!

Love,

Chelsea

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Make Working Out Easier!

Hi Insiders, Working out can be a drag.  It’s not typically someone’s favorite thing to do.  Some don’t realize this, but getting yourself to the gym is actually the biggest…

Hi Insiders,

Working out can be a drag.  It’s not typically someone’s favorite thing to do.  Some don’t realize this, but getting yourself to the gym is actually the biggest struggle!  Once there, you’ll be pushed to get on that treadmill and GO!  Here are a few simple tips to make your trip to the gym a lot easier.

  1. Bring a buddy!  Having someone to workout with is actually a huge motivator.  You may not even realize that you’re pushing each other to do better.  Plus, you’ll have someone to talk to.  You won’t even realize it, the time will fly by!
  2. Be sure to prep your body.  Drink plenty of water and stretch.  It’ll make your workout easier since you’ll be loose and hydrated.Chelsea Crockett- gym
  3. Make a killer playlist!  Music makes any workout 10x easier.  It drowns out the sound of yourself breathing, which can actually make you more tired.
  4. Don’t overwork your body.  If you haven’t worked out in a while, don’t try to be too ambitious.
  5. Change it up!  Running on a treadmill every workout can get extremely tedious.  Try doing other cardio workouts and have a different day for arms, legs, and abs.
  6. Reward yourself!  Set a goal each month and once that goal is reached go out to dinner or buy yourself a new outfit.  Little gestures like these will keep you going!

Get Active!

-Chelsea

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