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3 At-Home Lower Ab Workouts

Let’s face it, we all want some killer abs for summer, whether we admit it or not. But driving all the way to the gym or having equipment to use…

Let’s face it, we all want some killer abs for summer, whether we admit it or not. But driving all the way to the gym or having equipment to use isn’t always possible. I’ve learned 4 different lower ab workouts that are easy to do at home without all the hassle!

  • Instead of holding a simple plank, bump up the difficulty and add in leg rows! Pull each leg one by one up to your chest while continuing to hold your plank. You can either do this in reps or by setting a timer. I usually try to do about 20 reps or a minute. Do what’s best for you!
  • There are tons of different names for this exercise, but I call them hip tips! Lay down on carpet or a mat (whatever is comfortable) and lift your legs to a 90-degree angle. For me, I have to place my hands under me to be able to do it. But if it’s easy enough for you, place your hands under your head. Take your legs from 90-degrees to parallel with the ground.Chelsea Crockett - Russian Twists Don’t let them touch the ground as you lower them! Then raise them back up and repeat for as many reps based on your own ability.
  • If you haven’t heard of Russian twists, then get ready to be amazed! These don’t seem to be as hard as other ab workouts, but they work your lower abs just as much. Pick up your legs and upper body like the picture on the right. Move your arms from side to side, touching the ground after each movement. You can hold a weight or medicine ball, too. Seems pretty easy at first but just wait!

Which lower ab workout is your favorite? Share it with me so I can give it a try!

-Chelsea

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The “3 Miles or 30 Minutes” Exercise Rule

It can be hard to find time to work out, especially in the winter when the days are so much shorter and colder! That is probably why, during the winter…

It can be hard to find time to work out, especially in the winter when the days are so much shorter and colder! That is probably why, during the winter months, we start to pack on a few pounds. Dieting is never easy, and spending hours at the gym just isn’t realistic, so I found a great realistic workout plan! Ill explain.

It is called the “3 miles or 30 minutes” plan. It was created by a celebrity trainer! It is really simple. Every day you should either run or walk 3 miles, or if you cannot do that, work out for 30 minutes. 30 minutes of your day is nothing! This sort of plan downloadhelps you stay active during the week with little time commitment. It is easy to stick with this because you can easily do a 30 minute youtube workout in your living room, or if you have time, go on a 3 mile walk or run! Trying to do crazy hard bootcamps or strenuous workout classes frequently may make you dread working out and may discourage you from it, so just try this “3 or 30” rule out!

 

If you are trying to lose weight, stay healthy, or maintain your weight, try out this rule for yourself! It is totally easy to do and will get you in the habit of working out every day!

XOXO, Chels

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Muffin Top Melting 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 guarentee 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 arent 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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Winter Workout Trends

There’s an endless variety of exercise fashion. Nike shorts, Lulu Lemon headbands, and fun water bottles are just a few of the hundreds of popular trends for working out! With…

There’s an endless variety of exercise fashion. Nike shorts, Lulu Lemon headbands, and fun water bottles are just a few of the hundreds of popular trends for working out! With winter here, you won’t be wearing many shorts and tank tops on your daily runs. Since the temperatures have dropped, here’s what hot for the cold :)!

  • Patterned running tights are so cute and stylish to exercise in! Chelsea Crockett - Nike Running TightsTights, like the ones on the right, come in tons of different colors and patterns. You can find them almost anywhere including Target, Nike, Under Armour, online, etc. Some leggings are insulated with fur and others have cool reflector patterns so you can run at night! Check them out online or click here :).
  • Ear warmers are some of best things to own in the cold months. My favorite brand to sell these are LuLu Lemon. They have lots of different reversible patterns and colors. They don’t only keep your ears warm but can be worn with outfits apart from exercising!
  • High neckline hoodies and jackets have made a statement this winter. If you’re looking for one, Nike is definitely the place to find it! They have both zip-ups and hoodies that have a high neckline that keeps you warm when you’re out in the cold!
  • Lastly, puffy vests are fashionable and warm for the cold, outside temperatures. Most are insulated and zip up to protect not only your torso, but your neck from the wind and weather, too. You can find lightweight ones that are almost weightless to run in.

What’s your go-to winter exercise outfit? Let me know below!

Love, Chels

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Top 3 Nike Must-Haves!

I know I’m not the only one who scrolls through Pinterest to find the cutest workout clothes and wants to buy it all. Nike makes the exercise world go around…

I know I’m not the only one who scrolls through Pinterest to find the cutest workout clothes and wants to buy it all. Nike makes the exercise world go around with their endless amount of products that are both quality and stylish. I could go on and go about every cute sweatshirt and each pair of shoes, but I thought I’d narrow it down to three Nike must-haves!

  • One of Nike’s most popular trends right now are Nike Roshes. They’re a different style of shoe that look and feel great! I’m obsessed with all of the different styles and designs. You can even customize your own with NIKEiD! That way you can have a pair you can solely call your own!  
  • If you’re a runner, then I’m sure you already have a pair (or two!) of Nike Pro Training shorts.  I’m in love! There are so many different patterns and colors to choose from! They’re great quality so you don’t have to worry about them riding up while you run. All in all, they’re light, stretchy, and stylish… Chelsea Crockett - Nike TurtleneckWhat more could you ask for?
  • This trend was really big last year, and is still super popular for the upcoming cold months! The picture on the right shows a turtleneck zip-up that is perfect for exercising outside once temperatures start to drop. There are tons of sweatshirts and hoodies you can choose from (the one on the right is particularly my favorite!).  

What’s your go-to Nike trend? Let me know below lovelies :)!

XO – Chels

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How to Recover From a Workout

Do you ever feel like doing nothing but lay in your bed the day after a workout because you are so tired/sore? We have all been there, and the feeling…

Do you ever feel like doing nothing but lay in your bed the day after a workout because you are so tired/sore? We have all been there, and the feeling can make us not want to ever workout again. As it turns out, taking a few days off of working out is actually good for you and increases your performance! It allows your muscles to heal and strengthen themselves. Here are a few tips on how to recover from a workout so you can get right back to it!

 

1.  Everyone recovers different

If your running buddy is ready to hit the trials for another 5 mile jaunt the next day but you can barely walk, don’t fret! Everyone’s body is different, and we all recover differently and within different time frames.hydrate

 

2. Taking a break is optional

If you are feeling pretty good the day after a tough workout, you don’t have to be a couch potato the next day if you feel tired or sore. The best thing is to get up and get moving a little bit. This could be something as simple as some yoga or swimming. This will increase circulation and move your fibers and tissues so they get hydrated and heal quicker.

3. Food matters

Watch what you eat before and after you work out. Your workout snack can vary depending on the activity you will be doing, but foods that are high in carbs and protein are always a good choice.

4. Sleep is vital

Getting in that 8 hours a night is so important! Exercise can improve sleep quality, and sleep can improve your energy to complete the workouts! It’s a win win.

So next time you hit the gym or the trails hard, follow these simple tips to make sure you recover right and are back at it in no time!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Ballerina Workout!

Ballerinas are known for their long, swift movements. Without lean legs and a tight stomach, it would be hard to twirl and leap! Barre workouts have become the new “it”…

Ballerinas are known for their long, swift movements. Without lean legs and a tight stomach, it would be hard to twirl and leap! Barre workouts have become the new “it” workout. It incorporates ballerina moves and weight training to lengthen and strengthen your muscles. Going to a studio can be expensive; luckily it’s just as easy to do your own barre workout at home! Check out my favorite moves below!Chelsea Crockett- barre workout

  1. Who doesn’t want a nice booty?! Grab a chair and stand behind it. Hold on to the back of the chair, kick your leg back, and pump it up and down. Trust me, you’ll feel the burn! Try 3 sets of 15 reps for each leg.
  2. I love ballerina squats! Grabbing on to the back of a chair, stand on your toes about hip width apart and squat up and down. Try quickly squatting up and down to the beat of a song. Don’t worry about getting low!
  3. Try doing the same steps as #2, but with your legs together! It’s like a chair squat, but on your toes.
  4. For a leg and arm workout, grab a dumbbell in one hand and hold the back of a chair with the other. Extend the leg closest to the chair back and bend the other. Reach the arm with the dumbbell out and rep it close to your chest while bringing the extended leg in. Repeat 15 times before switching sides.

I hope you’ll enjoy and see results from these exercises!

            Chelsea

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Tips to Take Back Your Workout Routine

Trust me, I know how it feels to have zero time/motivation to work out. Luckily I am on the Tennis team this year so I get a workout almost every…

Trust me, I know how it feels to have zero time/motivation to work out. Luckily I am on the Tennis team this year so I get a workout almost every day, but before that it was a struggle to keep a fitness routine! Here are my tips on how to take back your fitness routine and get back in the swing of things!

1.    Lay your workout clothes in plain sight: If you are most likely to work out after school, lay your workout clothes in a place that will continually remind you that you need to put them on and hit the gym. You could even pack a gym bag in the morning so that you have it all ready to go after school!

2.    Take a challenge: Start a “couch to 5k” or “30 day abs” challenge! Having a challenge makes you more likely to stick to it and will make you want to complete it!

3.    Break your workouts up: If you are running, set goals. For instance, look ahead and pick a landmark, tell yourself to keep going until you reach it, and then once you do set another goal. It will distract you and keep you going! If you are working out in the gym, say that you will do 10 or 15 more situps and then you will be done. Simple breakdowns like that make all the difference!

4.     Bring a bud: A while back a friend and I both got gym memberships together and it really helped us stay motivated to work out! We had someone to push us, someone to talk to, and someone to say “hey, get out of bed, let’s go to the gym!”

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Getting back into a fitness routine can be rough. Your body takes a while to get used to it, and it is mentally tough too. I know you can do it, you got this!! Keep that winter layer of fluff away! I am going to have to work at it, too once tennis is over, so we can work at it together!

XOXO, Chels

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Pros & Cons of Running

Running is an amazing exercise. Of course, I’m not always pumped to go on a run, but when I do, I feel refreshed and in shape! Some of my friends…

Running is an amazing exercise. Of course, I’m not always pumped to go on a run, but when I do, I feel refreshed and in shape! Some of my friends are very passionate runners and run miles on miles every single day. But then again, some doctors and adults think running can have more negative effects than positive on your body. I did some research, and here’s what I came up with.Chelsea Crockett - Benefits of Running

Let’s start with the cons. Running is an exercise that opens up a higher possibility to injury. It’s hard on your joints and can hurt your knees, shins, feet, etc. Running is obviously a more stressful, intense form of cardio exercise. If you run on a daily basis, you have to know what you’re doing. Keeping hydrated and listening to your body are two of the most important running pointers! If you overdo it, your muscles and joints could have some long-term damage.

Now onto the pros. One of my favorite things about running is feeling like I accomplished something after I finish. Exercising in general gives off endorphins that make you happy. Running also builds muscles and improves your stamina, which is always good when it comes to exercise. Stress levels decrease and you get a feeling of accomplishment. It’s an individual sport, so you set your goals and only you can accomplish them!

You decide for yourself. Do the pros outweigh the cons? In my opinion, running is an awesome exercise :)!

-Chelsea

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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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Shape It Up with a Fitbit

I’m sure you’ve heard of the newest fitness trend called the Fitbit!  It’s a flexible wristband that you can wear when you are working out.  It tracks your all day…

I’m sure you’ve heard of the newest fitness trend called the Fitbit!  It’s a flexible wristband that you can wear when you are working out.  It tracks your all day activity like how many steps you take, the distance you’ve traveled, the floors you’ve climbed and the calories you’ve burned. 

It’s fun to set daily goals.  It will encourage you to walk the extra mile and make good choices throughout the day.  Your Fitbit will also measure your sleep quality at night.  It comes with a silent alarm that will vibrate on your wrist so it won’t wake your roommate! Chelsea Crockett - Fitbit

Another bonus to the Fitbit is that it syncs to your computer or iPhone.  It will show your progress in charts or graphs so you can keep track of your goals.  My friends and I have a little competition some days to see who walked the most steps. It really encourages me to take the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator!  Why not try the Fitbit and have fun with your workout!

XOXO, Chels

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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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Why You 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 what I live for. But, working out with friends has its…

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out by myself. Long runs with just me and my music are what I live for. But, working out with friends has its perks too! Here are the benefits of working out with friends!

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!0567

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 is always a bonus!

Learn more exercises: Your friends can teach you new moves and ways to work out! I love mixing up my work out routines.

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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Water Workout!

Summer time = swim time! Swimming is super good for you, and it is super fun to do! I knew swimming was great for your health, I just didn’t know…

Summer time = swim time! Swimming is super good for you, and it is super fun to do! I knew swimming was great for your health, I just didn’t know HOW good! Here are 3 reasons why you should hop in the pool this summer, other than to show off your 5 star cannon ball!

 

1. Easier on your joints: Swimming is an awesome way to exercise and be easy on your joints. Workouts like running are super rough on your joints and can really damage them in the long run, so swimming is a great way to avoid that!

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2. Increased muscle tone and strength: Have you ever seen a chubby dolphin or a chunky fish? I doubt it! That is because it takes a lot of energy and strength to move through water. Swimming or water activities is considered resistance training because you are pushing against the water and “resisting” it, and it is well known that resistance exercises are the best way to build muscle tone and strength

 

3. Full body workout: Unlike working out at the gym where you focus on one part of your body at a time, such as arms or legs, water exercise works all of your muscle groups at once. It also increases the movement and flexibility of your joints!

 

Now go hop in the pool and get your workout on!

XOXO, Chels

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Cardio vs. Strength Exercise

We all know how important it is to get outside and exercise.  Most of us sit in school all week long and are guilty of being on our phones for…

We all know how important it is to get outside and exercise.  Most of us sit in school all week long and are guilty of being on our phones for much too longer than we should. Exercise is so important for our health, and most teens aren’t getting enough of it! Staying active will help Chelsea Crockett - Benefits of Cardioyou maintain the performance of your heart and lungs and to burn off extra calories to help you stay fit. The great debate is over which exercise is best for doing just that!

The big question is which exercise is better, cardio or strength?  The answer is both!  Building strong muscles through strength training is so important because muscles burn calories.  Therefore, activating your muscle building boosts your metabolism for longer amounts of time.  Cardio, on top of strength training, burns fat and keeps your heart healthy.

Exercising can be fun and enjoyable especially if you find a friend to do it with.  Bike riding, running, aerobics, and rollerblading are all examples of cardio exercises.  While yoga, free weights, and Pilates are all good strength training activities.  Be sure to include both cardio and strength training in your weekly workouts.  You’ll be pleased with the results and not only your endurance but your mood will be boosted too!

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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