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Why Weightlifting is Good For You

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. I think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts are saying that weight lifting…

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. I think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness 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 or bench pressing your body weight. Light lifting can actually help you get slim, toned, and in the best shape ever! Here is the deets.  416F66RTE0L._SX300_

  1. You will melt more fat: For real. Researchers have found that people who lift weights shed 6 more pounds of fat than those who only did cardio.
  2. Boost your metabolism: As you get older you begin to lose muscle mass, which can tank your metabolism. Lifting weights and building muscle keeps your metabolism kicking!
  3. You will burn through more cals: Your body continues 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.

In the past, weight lifting has not been my favorite thing in the world, but I have been making 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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Early Morning Workout: Why Yoga?

I’ve always heard both amazing and not-so-amazing things about yoga.  Some people swear by it while others don’t give it the time of day.  I’ve always wondered why some people…

I’ve always heard both amazing and not-so-amazing things about yoga.  Some people swear by it while others don’t give it the time of day.  I’ve always wondered why some people use it as their main form of exercise so I decided to do a little research!  Here’s why you should check out yoga for yourself! 🙂

  • It increases your muscle strength.Chelsea Crockett - Yoga Believe it or not, yoga isn’t all about relaxing.  It actually takes a lot of strength and can challenge you more than you expect.  There are lots of different moves that require strength endurance and strong muscles!
  • It straightens your posture. I know for me I could use a little help on my posture!  Yoga helps align and strengthen your spine which, in turn, strengthens your posture.  I never even thought about that but it really does help!
  • It increases your ability to focus. Yoga takes a lot of focus on your breathing and movements.  One of yoga’s biggest purposes is to learn how to focus on the present and relax!  Studies have actually shown an increase in coordination, focus, memory, and other things, as well!
  • It helps the upkeep of your joints. Along with an increase in flexibility, yoga moves your body in ways it isn’t used to moving in.  It helps move your joints in several different motions which helps loosen and stretch them out and makes them even healthier!

Get out of bed and get your stretch on!  You won’t regret it!

XO – Chels

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Why is Weightlifting Good For You?

In the past when I would think of working out, I would think of doing cardio. I would think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts…

In the past when I would think of working out, I would think of doing cardio. I would think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness 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 or bench pressing your bodyweight. Light lifting can actually help you get slim, toned, and in the best shape ever! That’s why I started crossfit. Here are the deets.

  1. You will melt more fat: For real. Researchers have found that people who lift weights shed 6 more pounds of fat than those who only did cardio.
  2. Boost your metabolism: As you get older you begin to lose muscle mass, which can tank your metabolism. Lifting weights and building muscle keeps your metabolism kicking!
  3. You will burn through more cals: Your body continues 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.

In the past, weight lifting has not been my favorite thing in the world, but I have been making 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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5 Well-Known Myths About Dieting

Dieting can be a tricky subject.  Some people aren’t sure how to do it quite right which can result in actually gaining weight or hurting your body.  There are certain…

Dieting can be a tricky subject.  Some people aren’t sure how to do it quite right which can result in actually gaining weight or hurting your body.  There are certain myths that revolve around the topic of dieting and I wanted to clear up a few of them!  This way, you can get the most out of your dieting! 🙂

  • You should skip meals to lose weight faster.  DO NOT do this!  Skipping meals and eating less is not the way to diet.  There are certain diet plans that will sometimes have you eating more rather than less!
  • It’s not good to eat after 8 or 9 PM.  WRONG!  Whether it’s 3 pm or 3 am, your body will still metabolizing the calories you eat regardless.  Instead of not eating after 8, try to cut out that unhealthy midnight snack!
  • You have to go on a diet to lose weight.  This isn’t always true!  Simply eating healthy can still do the job just as well.  That being said, if you want to diet, find one that works for you!
  • You don’t have to exercise as long as you’re on a diet.  WRONG!  As I mentioned before, these two go hand-in-hand.  Of course, you can lose some weight if you’re solely dieting, but the best results happen when you’re both exercising and eating healthy!
  • As long as the label says low-fat, then you’re good to go.  WRONG!  Just because it’s low-fat doesn’t mean there aren’t other things you should be worrying about.  Labels can trick you so be careful!

Did you think these were true, as well?  I know I did before I actually looked into them!

Good luck! – Chels

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Travel Workout, No Equipment Required

I have been traveling around a lot lately promoting my new book (YAY!), and I’ve noticed it is taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and…

I have been traveling around a lot lately promoting my new book (YAY!), and I’ve noticed it is taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and make it a point to exercise during the week, but my travels have thrown me off of my groove! I want to stay in shape while I travel, but sometimes hotels don’t have gyms or there is no equipment available. That is when it is important to have a workout like the one below up your sleeve! Here is a full body workout, no weights required.

50 jumping jacks

10 burpees

40 Russian twists

10 crunches

10 lunges (on each leg)

10 wide leg squats

30 vertical leg crunches

30 jumping jacks

10 tricep dips

10 squat jumps

10 pushups

25 bicycle crunches

50 jumping jacks

1 minute wall sit

Repeat 2-3 times

I guarantee if you do that two or three times in a row you will feel like you got a 5 star workout in. You didn’t even need to pick up a single weight!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Prom-Ready Arm Workout

Prom is just around the corner…are you ready? Or should I say, are your arms ready? They have been hiding out under sleeves and hoodies all winter and haven’t seen…

Prom is just around the corner…are you ready? Or should I say, are your arms ready? They have been hiding out under sleeves and hoodies all winter and haven’t seen the light of day in a while. Are they ready to be shown off in your prom gown? If you think they could use a little toning, repeat this arm workout during your regular gym time to get them ready to rock!

Repeat 3 times:

20 pushups

15 bicep curls

15 shoulder presses

20 tricep dips

15 hammer curls

10 front raises

I can’t wait to see all of you in your prom dresses! Tag me so I can check out your prom look!

XOXO, Chels

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20 Minute No Running Cardio Workout

I love working out at the gym, but sometimes you just don’t want to leave your house to get your cardio in. Plus, running on a treadmill or even outside…

I love working out at the gym, but sometimes you just don’t want to leave your house to get your cardio in. Plus, running on a treadmill or even outside can get boring. Here is a great running substitute that you can do from your living room!

  • 1 minute jogging
  • 1 minute mountian climbers
  • 1 minute jump rope
  • 1 minute jumping jacks
  • 1 minute ski jumps
  • 1 minute power skips
  • 1 minute front kicks
  • 1 minute high knees
  • 1 minute squats
  • 1 minute butt kicks

If you don’t know how to some of these moves, google them! This workout is great because it goes by so quick. It never gets boring because every minute the move changes!

XOXO, Chels

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Why You Should Always Change Your Clothes After the Gym

When I have time, I love to hit the gym and workout.  With that being said, I’d be lying if I said I never break a sweat when I exercise. …

When I have time, I love to hit the gym and workout.  With that being said, I’d be lying if I said I never break a sweat when I exercise.  You might not even be aware of what can happen to your body after going to the gym, but here are a few reasons why you should always change out of your clothes after a hard workout!

  • We all know how acne appears right?  When our pores get clogged, especially after a sweaty workout, acne starts to pop up around our body, not just face.  Leaving damp, dirty clothes on for long periods of time suffocates and clogs our pores!Chelsea Crockett - Exercise
  • Okay, this one might be the grossest.  Bacterial infections love to feed off of sweat.  When you leave on damp, sweaty clothing, you’re leaving little to no room for your skin to breathe.  This is the perfect opportunity for bacteria to grow! 
  • When it comes to feet, we all know they can get pretty smelly at times.  If you’re someone that works out every day and leaves your socks and shoes on for hours at a time, they have no room to air out!
  • A lot of the time when we workout, we wear tight clothing such as leggings, sports bras, tanks, etc.  Just like acne, inflamed hair follicles can appear from suffocating your pores.  If you’ve ever had one before, you know how uncomfortable and painful they can be!

Crazy, right?  Well, now you know!  Make sure you’re always keeping your body clean and fresh!

Chelsea

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Hairstyles for Runners

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping…

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping back and forth, I hate it when braids hit my back, and I cannot stand hair in my face! There are only a few hair styles I approve of when going on a run for those reasons. Here are my favs!

  1. Low pony: This is the easiest style of them all. Low ponies are better than high because they don’t swoosh around when you’re running. They’re quick to do, and to keep the flyaway hairs out of your face add in a headband.fullsizerender-61
  2. French braid: This one is my go-to running style. I love it because, like a low ponytail, it doesn’t swoosh around when you run, and the braid keeps the hair off of your forehead. Plus it is super cute!
  3. Mini Ponies: This last style is the most complicated, but that being said it is still very easy to do. It is great for ladies with long hair or lots of layers. Grab the section of hair at the top of your head into ponytail. Tie it with an elastic. Gather another section further down and secure it into an elastic, including the top section. Keep this going until you secure the final ponytail with a more durable band.

Having my hair secured while I run is essential for me to have a successful workout. Without having to worry about my hair falling out or getting in my face I am free to run as I please!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Killer Cold-Weather Ab Workout

Don’t let the cold weather creep up on your summer body you worked so hard for! Just because the seasons changed doesn’t mean your body has to. Keep fit by…

Don’t let the cold weather creep up on your summer body you worked so hard for! Just because the seasons changed doesn’t mean your body has to. Keep fit by mixing up your workouts. Cardio some days, strength others, and mix them every so often! Here is a great ab workout to keep that winter muffin top away.

50 crunches

15 pushups

1 minute plank

30 second side plank

1 minute bridge

15 pushups

1 minute plank

30 second side plank

50 crunches

1 minute plank

1 minute bridge

50 crunches

You will be feeling this one the next day, I guarantee it! I love the sore feeling I get the day after a great workout, don’t you? It reminds you how hard you worked. On days when you aren’t able to get a full work out in, little quick exercises like the one above can really come in handy! Any workout is better than no workout.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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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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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 weather is that you get to wear adorable warm workout gear! Here are my chilly weather workout essentials.

  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!fullsizerender-58
  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 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, they 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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How To Keep Your Metabolism Kickin’

Your metabolism is what helps your body burn fat. There are so many easy and healthy ways to keep your metabolism burning all day long that don’t require you to…

Your metabolism is what helps your body burn fat. There are so many easy and healthy ways to keep your metabolism burning all day long that don’t require you to take weird supplements or do anything crazy. It can be as easy as drinking a cup of coffee! Curious? Keep reading.

  1. Start the day strong: If you are a morning coffee drinker like me, then you will like this step. Caffeine in coffee and green tea naturally stimulates your central nervous system, so your daily cup of Joe can help boost your metabolism! Just make sure it is just one cup a day. Also, eating a healthy breakfast with whole grains fuels your metabolism and helps you burn energy all day long. Skipping breakfast is a no-no when it comes to fueling your metabolism.download
  2. Keep your body hydrated: After a fueled morning, keep the day going strong by drinking a lot of water during the afternoon hours. Drinking water aids your body’s fat-burning processes! If you aren’t a huge water fan, add fruit to it to make it taste better. Also, along with drinking a good amount of water, eating a high-protein lunch makes your body work harder to digest the foods, which means burning more calories and boosting your metabolism.
  3. Work it out: An afternoon workout is also a metabolism-boosting essential. Workouts like HIIT (high-intensity interval training) are great because they mix strength training with cardio. You could even go for an afternoon walk before or after lunch to increase your body’s fat-burning levels.
  4. End it on a good note: After a busy, stressful day, give your mind time to wind down. Stress actually slows your metabolism, so try and keep your stress maintained. Also, many studies have linked weight gain to lack of good sleep, so make sure you are getting at least 8 hours of quality zzz’s!

Keeping your metabolism burning all day long really isn’t that tough! These tips are simple and easy to work into your daily routine.

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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Why We Should Work Out with Friends

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out by myself. Long runs with just me and my music are great therapy. But, working out with friends has its perks too!…

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out by myself. Long runs with just me and my music are great therapy. But, working out with friends has its perks too! Here are the benefits of working out with friends, besides much-needed girl time.

Accountability: When you are forced to schedule your workout ahead of time or don’t want to cancel on friends, it is a great way to stay accountable!635980440725861308438135525_bd4e6a743aeb93e9e09220cf56b83739

Motivation: When the going gets tough, your buds can provide that extra boost of energy! We all have those days when the last thing we want to do is work out, so having a friend to get you off your tush and into the gym is always a bonus.

Learn more exercises: Your friends can teach you new moves and ways to work out! I love mixing up my exercise routines. They can teach how to use different machines at the gym or they can show you new fitness classes that you would never have known about if it weren’t for them!

Healthy competition: Everyone knows you work harder when you are competing against someone! 😉

It’s more fun!: Working out with a friend is just downright fun.

Get up, grab a friend, and hit 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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