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5 Hacks for Making Your Period Better

Ladies, our time of the month is never fun.  It’s annoying, painful, and sometimes we even have to plan things around it!  It’s just a part of life that we…

Ladies, our time of the month is never fun.  It’s annoying, painful, and sometimes we even have to plan things around it!  It’s just a part of life that we have to deal with.  That being said, there are certain things we can do to make them a little less awful!  Here are 5 hacks that will make you think differently about your period.

  • Buy a heating pad.  Heating pads work wonders when it comes to cramps. Chelsea Crockett - Exercise I suggest getting one that doesn’t have a cord so you don’t have to deal with the hassle.  Most are microwavable so they’re quick and easy!
  • Cut out the caffeine.  Caffeine can cause your body to retain more water which will make your bloating worse than it already is.
  • Start taking Advil/Ibuprofen two days before your period starts.  Your body starts releasing hormones a couple days before your period actually begins.  Stay ahead of all of the cramps and pain!
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise.  When you work out, your body releases hormones called endorphins that make your body feel good.  They work on canceling out the bad hormones from your period!
  • Go to bed early.  Periods often cause fatigue which leads to long, tiresome days.  A little extra sleep is never a bad idea!

Let me know what hacks you use for when you’re on your period!

XO – Chelsea

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Everyday Habits of Energetic People

Do you constantly feel worn out and exhausted? We all have that one energetic friend who never seems to be tired and is peppy and, well, energetic all the time….

Do you constantly feel worn out and exhausted? We all have that one energetic friend who never seems to be tired and is peppy and, well, energetic all the time. If you adopt a few daily habits of energetic people, you could find it a lot easier to stay pumped and positive! Here is how to keep your energy levels high and your mood even higher.

  1. Get enough sleep: Duh! If you want to be an energetic person, you need to make sleep a top priority. Getting between 6 and 9 hours of sleep a night is key.FullSizeRender (8)
  2. Workout daily: When you are tired and low on energy, odds are the last thing you want to do is hit the gym. But, working out is one of the best things you can do to boost your energy and protect your health! Making exercise a daily habit boosts your self-esteem, improves your mood because of the endorphins it releases, and fights fatigue.
  3. Have good posture: Yes, standing up straight and practicing good posture is a big deal! Poor posture causes your body to ache, and it can also cause more serious issues like depression and increasing your risk of developing certain diseases, mess with your circulation, and stress you out. Having good posture makes you feel and appear more confident.
  4. Fake it till you make it: Energetic people act energetic, even when they don’t really feel it. I know all of us have been in situations where you are with a group of people who are having fun and you are feeling tired or just aren’t into it, but you fake like you are having fun so you don’t bum others out. Acting like you have energy can actually trick your body into feeling more energetic, and this can be as simple as putting more energy into your voice!

If you strive to be the energetic, lively one in the group, follow these daily habits!

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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Beach Bod Burpee Challenge

Burpees are probably one of my least favorite exercises on the planet, but they are such a good workout! They work your abs, arms, legs, glutes, just about everything! Usually…

Burpees are probably one of my least favorite exercises on the planet, but they are such a good workout! They work your abs, arms, legs, glutes, just about everything! Usually when I am making up my own workout routine I incorporate burpees into it because not only do they work a lot of muscle groups, they also give you a great cardio workout! Here is a burpee challenge that is sure to have your muscles burnin and your heart pumpin! You are definitely going to feel this the next day ;).

1 Burpee, 9 Squats

2 Burpees, 8 Squats

3 Burpees, 7 Squats

4 Burpees, 6 Squats

5 Burpees, 5 Squats

6 Burpees, 4 Squats

7 Burpees, 3 Squats

8 Burpees, 2 Squats

9 Burpees, 1 Squat

Take a one minute break and then do the whole thing over again, but this time from the bottom up! So, start with 9 Burpees and 1 squat and then go from there. I believe in you, ladies! Go kick some burpee booty!

XOXO, Chels

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30 Day Ab-Strengthening Plank Challenge

Planks are one of the best full-body exercises you can do. They work your arms, glutes and hamstrings, improve your posture and balance, and of course strengthen your abs! Planks…

Planks are one of the best full-body exercises you can do. They work your arms, glutes and hamstrings, improve your posture and balance, and of course strengthen your abs! Planks look relatively simple, right? Planks can actually be tough! 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! 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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Protein Shake Featuring Cinnamon Roll

My favorite post-workout snack is a protein shake. Not only do they taste good, they help me to replenish my energy and give my muscles the protein they need to…

My favorite post-workout snack is a protein shake. Not only do they taste good, they help me to replenish my energy and give my muscles the protein they need to help them become stronger. There are tons and tons of different protein shake recipes out there, but this one is my fav when I do a morning workout. It is a cinnamon roll protein shake! Who knew you could treat your body to some protein AND treat your taste buds to a cinnamon roll!Cinnamon-Swirl-Protein-Smoothie-41

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Sweetener to taste

Put all of your ingredients to the blender and blend it all up.

How good does this sound!? I love how creative you can get with protein smoothies. Working out isn’t such a hassle when you know you get a sweet, protein packed reward after!

XOXO, Chels

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Summer Daily Ab Workout

Are your abs summer-ready? If you want rockin’ abs to show off this summer you have to put in the work and exercise them every day! Here is a daily…

Are your abs summer-ready? If you want rockin’ abs to show off this summer you have to put in the work and exercise them every day! Here is a daily ab workout that is sure to have those abdominal muscles burning and bikini ready.

30 crunches

30 bicycle crunches

20 reverse crunches

(rest)

30 crunches

30 flutter kicks

40 Russian twists

15 cross crunches on each side

(rest)

25 bicycle crunches

25 Russian twists

10 crunches

You can do this once or repeat it as many times as you want! And, if you arent sure of how to do some of the moves look them up on YouTube or google!

XOXO, Chels

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Adidas: Sporty vs. Stylish

Adidas has always been known as a sporty, workout brand offering lots of different exercise attire. Recently, people on Tumblr, Instagram, and other social medias have broadcasted the fashionable, street-style…

Adidas has always been known as a sporty, workout brand offering lots of different exercise attire. Recently, people on Tumblr, Instagram, and other social medias have broadcasted the fashionable, street-style side of Adidas. Most either know one side or the other, so here’s a little insight on both sides of the brand!

Let’s start with the side Adidas is known for. Ever since 1949, Adidas has been creating workout and exercise clothing for decades. If you waChelsea Crockett - Adidasnt a pair of shoes, Adidas has anything from soccer to basketball to running shoes. As far as apparel goes, tanks, leggings, shorts, etc. are patterned and unique.

Considering the fashionable side of Adidas, the picture above and to the left are perfect examples of stylish Adidas attire! Retro sweatshirts, t-shirts, and especially jackets are the new trend. They even offer retro-styled shoes that are spreading throughout social media. Pacsun and other stores even sell shirts and other clothing with the Adidas logo, so check it out! This is a perfect example of “street style” which is comfy but trendy. (What’s better than that?)

Let me know below which side of the Adidas brand you like better!

XO – Chelsea

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Daily “Do’s” for Flat Abs

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the…

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the faith and keep going! Here are 3 things to do daily that get rid of belly bloat and sculpt your core to help you on the road to flat abs.

  1. Workout in the A.M.: Starting the day with an ab workout that targets your core muscles helps kick start your metabolism and tones your tummy for the day to come. If you are planning a day on the beach or something tighter fitting, doing an ab workout in the morning can tighten your ab muscles and act like a corset, helping define your waist.FullSizeRender (59)
  2. Eat some breakfast: Eating breakfast is key to flat abs. Your first meal of the day kicks your metabolism into gear and prevents you from making bad morning snack decisions (AKA donuts. Mmmmmm.) Eating dairy or salty fatty foods for breakfast can cause bloating, so avoid them if you want a tight tummy! Also, to shrink your tummy and prevent bloating, eat oatmeal.
  3. Bump up your cardio: All exercise is good exercise, but when it comes to shrinking your tummy, interval workouts are the best! High-intensity workouts burn calories the fastest. Try a treadmill interval workout or a sprinting workout to mix things up.

Say hello to summer with these daily flat ab “do’s”!

XOXO, Chels

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How Music Takes Your Workout to the Next Level

Whether you are someone who loves to go to the gym or someone who loves going HOME from the gym, I think we can all agree that there is one…

Whether you are someone who loves to go to the gym or someone who loves going HOME from the gym, I think we can all agree that there is one thing that helps us through our workouts: a killer music playlist. In fact, science has actually proven that working music into your exercise routine makes you work harder! Scientists say that choosing songs that have the same beats per minute (BPM) as your heart rate (it should be around 120-140 BPM) help you stay motivated and increase your endurance! Here are some songs scientifically proven to intensify your workout:

  1. “Eye Of The Tiger” (109 BPM)7af2800a9e9d59dc0e0e3b66ad5e3709
  2. “Beat It” (139 BPM)
  3. “Push It” (130 BPM)
  4. “I Like To Move It” (123 BPM)

It is also good to make sure that the songs have a positive or motivational messages to keep you encouraged. Put these songs on your workout playlist and see if they help take your workout to the next level!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/psychology-workout-music/

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Quick Core Workout for a Tight Tummy

Ladies, spring break is around the corner, and summer will be here before you know it! You know what that means? Swim suit season. If you are looking to time…

Ladies, spring break is around the corner, and summer will be here before you know it! You know what that means? Swim suit season. If you are looking to time and tighten your tummy, try this evening ab workout at the end of the day!

60 second plank

30 toe touch crunches

30 bicycle crunches

30 crunches to the left

30 crunches to the right

30 reverse crunches

60 second spider man plank

This quick core workout will have your abs burning and ready for the beach!

XOXO, Chels

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No Equipment Travel Workout

I have been traveling around a lot lately, and I’ve noticed it taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and make it a point to exercise…

I have been traveling around a lot lately, and I’ve noticed it 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 grove! 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 guarentee 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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Yoga Tips 101

Yoga is one of those workouts that is much easier said than done. You may think it’s all stretching and relaxing until you finally try it out for yourself! As…

Yoga is one of those workouts that is much easier said than done. You may think it’s all stretching and relaxing until you finally try it out for yourself! As relaxing as it is, I thought I’d come up with a few tips to make sure you get as much out of your workout as you can… and to make it a little less hard on your body! Chelsea Crockett - Yoga Pose

  • Balance is one of the hardest parts about yoga. You have to be able to hold the poses in order to get anything out of the exercise. This is what the meditation and relaxation is for! Once you’re 100% focused, it’s easier to concentrate on your balance.
  • Breathing is one of the most crucial steps when it comes to relaxation. Of the few times I’ve actually done yoga, knowing when and how to breathe is very important! Take a few breaks throughout your workout to simply sit, breathe, and relieve stress.
  • One of the things I notice when I do yoga is pain in my wrists. A lot of the poses require using your hands to hold your body weight up. If they start bothering you, use your fingers more than your palm to hold you up. This will alleviate some of the pain!
  • Make sure you have the proper attire and equipment. A mat, water, and comfy/stretchy clothes are important not to forget! A sticky mat that has some grip will make your workout easier and comfier to hold poses.

Let me know what other tips you have for yoga beginners :)!

XO – Chelsea

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Prep Your Arms for Prom

Prom is in a little over a month…are you ready? Or should I say, are your arms ready? Then have been hiding out under sleeves and hoodies all winter and…

Prom is in a little over a month…are you ready? Or should I say, are your arms ready? Then 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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Best Post-Workout Drinks

After working out, the last thing you want to do is have a huge unhealthy meal. I always aim for the nutritious options: fruits, vegetables, smoothies, etc. This being said,…

After working out, the last thing you want to do is have a huge unhealthy meal. I always aim for the nutritious options: fruits, vegetables, smoothies, etc. This being said, I was unaware of the many drinks that actually benefit you after a run or workout. So why not share them with you lovelies :)?

Obviously you should Chelsea Crockett - Chocolate Milkhave already drank plenty of water prior and during your workout, but if not, drink up! Apart from H₂O, chocolate milk is great for your body after your exercise! You might be surprised by this, considering the fact that it’s solely a dairy product and is filled with chocolate. However, chocolate milk is just as (if not more) effective as some specialty sports beverages. It’s essential for muscle recovery.

Another good post-workout drink is green tea. Apart from its many nutritious minerals and benefits, it helps replenish any sore or damaged muscles after exercise. It also helps reduce stomach fat and avoids high intake of any unwanted calories. Cherry juice is also proven to decrease muscle damage. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for after a hard workout.

Let me know what you drink after a workout so I can try it out for myself!

-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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