Kick-start the New Year’s Resolution!

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First off, I would like to start by saying THANK YOU to all of the past and present members of the United States Armed Forces. Happy Veteran’s Day, and thank you for your service.

It’s hard to believe we are already into mid-November! Where has 2013 gone?! The holidays will all-too-soon be upon us, with all of their sweets, treats, and feasts! This season, I will be posting some alternative versions of your favorite holiday treats, as well as workouts to help keep you motivated throughout the season.

While a Thanksgiving feast or a series of holiday parties can surely throw anyone’s diet plans for a loop, it’s important to allow yourself to enjoy these occasions too. Healthy living is a lifestyle, not just a diet plan. Where diet plans don’t allow “wiggle room” for that extra slice of pumpkin pie, adjusting your mentality and approach to these events can enhance your appreciation of the treats of the season. What I mean is, when you are focusing on living a healthy lifestyle, you can enjoy a variety of foods without the guilt of “cheating” on a diet. That’s not to say you can eat whatever, whenever, but if you are truly working to modify your lifestyle, the rest will fall into play as well.

As the year comes closer and closer to a close, what are some of the goals you set for 2013 that you have yet to reach? Do you have big plans for the holidays? Do you know what you are going to wear for the parties? What areas do you want to tune up to look stunning on New Year’s? Do you know what your New Year’s resolutions are going to be for 2014? Leave your workout requests, resolutions, and holiday plans in the comments below!

A Tough HIIT Workout!

Ok, guys, this workout takes it up a notch! This is a HIIT-type workout, which stands for “High Intensity Interval Training.” These type of workouts allow you to burn a lot of calories, hit a lot of muscle groups, and tone up in a short about of time. Try to make it through this workout 2-3 times. Ideally, HIIT training should be going as hard as you are capable for about 20-30 minutes. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

CARDIO & STRENGTH

10 Jumping Jacks

20 Push Ups (You can do these on your knees, just make sure to keep your back       straight and eyes forward!)

30 Lunges (15 on each leg! Make sure you are coming down straight with both knees   at 90*)

40 Bicycle Crunches (Pull your belly button in to your spine and focus on bringing your Shoulder towards your knees, not your elbow!)