IM IN LOVE WITDA COCO

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I don’t struggle with muscle cramps often, but on days that I do…

Hold on…

This is starting to sound like”The Most Interesting Man in the World” Dos Equis Ads…

Let’s re-group. 🙂

On days that I struggle with muscle cramping- which is usually on the days that I do longer cardio sessions- I throw back some coco water for the electrolyte boost.

This stuff packs 325mg of Potassium + 22mg of Magnesium + 110mg of Sodium in just 8 fl. oz!

Do you like coconut water? Sound off in the comments below! 🙂

(Please note: If you suffer from excessive cramping- it is best to see your healthcare provider to rule out any underlying medical conditions. This post is primarily for anyone who suffers from occasionally muscle cramping due to excessive sweating.)

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The Most Underrated Ab Exercise

PLANKS.

It may not look like much, but the Plank can’t be beat for building a strong core from the inside out.

MASTER THE PLANK

It’s essential to master the basic front plank before moving on to more advanced variations, because it teaches the foundational cues that make all planking movements effective. And when done consistently and correctly, it will—not can, will—confer mega strength benefits.

Start off by getting into a basic plank position: propped on your forearms, elbows in line with your shoulders, legs shoulder-width apart, and your toes planted firmly.

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The most important element of a good plank is a neutral spine or “flat” back. The most common problem I see in planks is a sinking low back, but the second-most common problem is an arched back with the hips in the air. To keep a neutral spine, imagine pulling your belly button back towards your spine.

Another element of a good plank is proper shoulder position. Be careful not to shrug the shoulders up toward your ears. The final element is head position. Do your best to keep your head neutral, like it is when you stand straight and stare forward. Resist the urge to crane your neck up or let your head droop down towards the floor.

If you do it right, your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles. If this isn’t easy, good. Planks are not supposed to be easy. 🙂

Once you’ve mastered the basic plank, you can move onto some fun variations!

LIKE A BIRD

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In Honor of Glute Day, here’s one of my favorite stretches- Pigeon Pose.

This yoga pose opens up your hips by stretching the hip rotators (booty area) AND hip flexors (the long muscles that run along the front of your thighs & pelvis). I try to do this stretch before every workout because my hips are often tight. I’m talking everyday tight.

So, what causes tight hips?

First, modern life requires sitting all day, which keeps your hips from the rotation, flexion, and extension they need to remain agile. Second, common sports such as running and cycling—and even an everyday activity like walking—demand hip strength but not flexibility. The third culprit is stress, which creates tension in your body, especially in your hip area, which is a complex cluster of powerful muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Even a little bit of stress-induced clenching can really lock them up.

So, short of tossing out your chair and entirely eliminating stress from your life, what can you do to unstick your hips and get them gliding freely again? For starters, you can start to incorporate Pigeon Pose into your daily routine.

Try it out! 🙂 Use the basic photo below for guidance.

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WINTER CHALLENGE!

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Enrollment is now open for my Winter Challenge! Looking for motivated individuals who want to make 2016 the year of their best body yet! 🙂

Click the ‘Challenge’ tab from the menu bar for more details!

#NEVERMISSAMONDAY

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Waking up for a Monday morning workout can be extra tough, especially if you spent your whole weekend on the couch or enjoying marvelous foods and spirits. (Hello Holidays!) Whether it’s before work, during lunch time, or after work- Not missing your Monday workout is important if you want a routine that you will stick to for more than a couple of weeks.

Here’s 4 Reasons Why:

1. Working out on a Monday will set momentum for the rest of your week. Never underestimate the power of momentum. Starting your week off on the right foot will give you the push you need to finish off strong.

2. When you train, your body releases endorphins and this can be a great way to get over your case of the “Mondays” that we all seem to experience.

3. You will be more likely to eat healthy throughout the day, as you will be in a healthy mindset.

4. Sticking to your scheduled Monday sweat-sesh will make you feel in control of your week, and that you can take on anything!

If you need additional motivation, don’t hesitate to search the #nevermissamonday hashtag on social media! 🙂

MY GIFT TO YOU!

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MY FREE GIFT TO YOU! 🙂 Don’t forget to download your Guide to Surviving the Holidays!

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WHAT’S YOUR ‘WHY’?

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Why do YOU workout?
Please share in the comments below!

I workout because I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. 🙂