The Best 10 Workouts You Can Do at Home for 2016

Hello New Year! How are those resolutions coming? Are you staying on top of your nutrition and fitness goals? Statistics say by the third week in January, a vast majority of people have thrown in the town on their new-year goals.

If you set fitness goals for yourself this year, I want to give you a new boost of motivation. So I’m writing a new, revamped version of one of the most popular posts I’ve ever written, The Best 10 Workouts You Can Do At Home to give you yet ANOTHER 10 awesome home-based workouts.

No excuses. No gym membership needed. Minimal gear required for some of these. 

You ready????

Here are the BEST 10 Workouts you can do from home (or anywhere!) for 2016

1. Beach Babe Booty. Here is another great booty workout from Lita, a dancer who blogs on Tumblr as Back on Pointe. This girl is truly ON POINT at shaping your booty.

photo & workout compliments of backonpointe

photo & workout compliments of backonpointe

A 100% at-home without a single piece of equipment required. Let’s get it!

2. 3-Minute Workout – ARMS. Who cares about arms in January? You do! Summer bodies are made in the winter! NYC-based fitness trainer Anna Altman designed this no-equipment arm workout to get you ready for tank tops in no time. 

Beginner Arms | thewellnessscientist.com

Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed

3. SELF Magazine’s 6 Moves That’ll Work Your Abs, Butt, And Thighs In The Best Way. 

Reshape-in-6-moves

Photo courtesy of SELF.com

This total-body workout was designed Tracy Carlinsky, founder of Brooklyn BodyBurn to give you a total body burn. Some of these moves are done against a wall, so make sure you have a sturdy spot with plenty of room to move. 

Do the routine two times, switching sides for moves 3, 4 and 5. For best results, do 3-4 times per week. You can watch the workout here to learn the moves.

 

4. 6 Minute Sexy Thighs Workout. Cassie Ho (aka Blogilates) is my go-to girl for sculpted thighs. Everyone LOVED her Inner Thigh Workout that I included in the original Best 10 Workouts post.

Grab a mat, and try this workout 3-4 times a week for sexy thighs!

Need a mat? Check out this one on Amazon:yoga mat

photo and workout courtesy of Blogilates

photo and workout courtesy of Blogilates

 

5. At-Home Barre Workout. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard about the ballet-inspired barre workout. I finally tried a barre class just a few weeks ago, and although I’ve been doing Pilates for about four years I still felt sore in places that I’ve never felt the next day.

photo courtesy of SkinnyMom.com

photo courtesy of SkinnyMom.com

This video from SkinnyMom.com will guide you through an at-home barre workout. And don’t worry if you don’t have a ballet barre at home … you can use a sturdy chair or even your countertop to do these moves. A squishy ball is used for some of the moves. If you don’t have one, you can find one for under $10 on Amazon. 

 

6. The Foam Roller Workout. I have super tight hamstrings and hips, and the foam roller is my favorite way to stretch and relax after a workout. If you are a runner, maybe you already have one that you use to roll out muscles. I love the idea that this prop can also be used to sculpt lean muscles!

Photo and workout courtesy of womenshealthmag.com

Photo and workout courtesy of womenshealthmag.com

You can view step-by-step instructions for all of the moves on the Women’s Health magazine website here

 

7. Total Abs Workout. Dying to have those abs of steel? I like this workout called “Total Abs,” which is one of twenty from Neila Ray at trimmedandtoned.com. You can browse all twenty if you’d like OR start sculpting your abs NOW and hit the floor.

Photo and Workout from trimmedandtoned.com

Photo and Workout from trimmedandtoned.com

 

 

8. 7-Minute Workout. This one is a favorite from @workouts_daily. You don’t want to miss this 7 minutes workout. Yep, I said 7 minutes. You can’t tell me you don’t have SEVEN minutes! And if you have more time, perform another set or two. 

Workout and photo courtesy of @workouts_daily

Workout and photo courtesy of @workouts_daily

 

9. The Bra Bulge Workout. Say goodbye to “bra bulge” and annoying back fat with this great little workout from TheScienceofEating.com. 

Bra-Bulge-Workout

photo and workout courtesy of TheScienceofEating.com

Complete the listed number of reps for each of these moves (this is called a circuit.) Then perform the circuit 1-2 more times.

“Pin” this pic to make it easy to find next time. Say “Good Riddance!” to back fat.

 

10. 5 Minutes to Leaner Legs workout. Got 5 minutes? Then you’ve got time to sculpt long, lean legs. 

5-Minutes-to-Leaner-Legs

Photo courtesy of GetHealthyU.com

Perform 12-15 reps on each move (on each side, as applicable). Five minutes, and you’re done! For more detailed instructions of these moves, check out this link.

I hope you found some must-do workouts in this updated list! Don’t forget to warmup for about 5 minutes before starting your workout, and stretch when you are done.

 

Spring Superfoods You Need To Eat

Spring is in the air, and it is time to go green — literally!

Take a walk through the produce section, and you’ll see green everywhere. Seasonal eats available in spring go a long way to helping you detox from the cold winter months, provide you with many a nutritional boost, and lean you down in no time. Here are three greens to pile on your plate this spring.

Spring-Superfoods| www.thewellnessscientist.com

 

Asparagus

asparagus| thewellnessscientist.com

You can find asparagus almost all year-round thanks to the lengths grocers go to in order to keep these greens in stock, but nothing beats the flavor-rich freshness of locally-grown asparagus during the spring. A cup of asparagus boasts a healthy dose of vitamin K (essential for your bones to absorb calcium) and immune-boosting vitamin A.

Asparagus is also know to de-bloat your tummy, so eat up before you hit the beach for a lean & defined physique!

Artichokes

Artichoke | thewellnessscientist.com

Artichokes contain a compound called cynarin, which are not to stimulate your taste buds & make bland food taste better. They are also rich in inulin, which promotes growth of good bacteria in your gut.

Also a good source of antioxidants, fiber, and folate, these tasty veggies are a nutritional powerhouse that are hard to beat!

Ramps

Wild-Leeks

Ramps, also known as wild leeks are a spring delicacy available only for a few weeks in spring, beginning mid-April. If you haven’t tried ramps, hit the supermarket or farmer’s market for this delightful veg you can use in any recipe that calls for leeks.

In addition to vitamins A and C, you’ll get a dose of iron as well as immune-boosting selenium.

 

 

 

The Best Juice Recipe for Glowing Gorgeous Skin

Great Skin Juice Recipe

 

As much as I swear by my beauty products for keeping my skin radiant and younger looking, I know that what I put in to my body even more important that what I slather on it. 

Stress, caffeine, alcohol, sugar-laden treats and pollution cause a build up of toxins in our bodies that can leave us with dry, flaky and even acne-ridden skin that need to be eliminated in order to rebalance the body. 

I prefer blending to juicing, since most of the fiber and other good stuff gets left behind when you use a juicer. I love making fresh green juices in my Vitamix, and it’s perfect for making a big batch of this skin-clearing smoothie that’s chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to cleanse your body of toxins and leave you with glowing, healthy skin. 

This Asian Green Tea Smoothie packs a serious antioxidant punch with tons of nutrient-rich veggies and green tea. Green tea is known for its ability to fight the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, sagging and sun damage, while the mega-dose of green veggies in this juice will provide even more antioxidants to give you that healthy glow. 

Try this vegan, non-dairy recipe with a spicy boost to complement your regimen and get radiant skin from within.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Green tea (freshly brewed, then chilled)
  • Juice from 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup organic spinach
  • 1 Kaffir lime leaf
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (peeled & chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla extract

 

Directions

  1. Coarsely chop romaine, lettuce, and Kaffir lime leaf. 
  2. Place all ingredients in the order listed into a high-speed blender (such as Vitamix) and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 1.
  4. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  5. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. 

 

 

Fitness Friday: Work Out at Work

Hey everyone! Happy Friday. I took a few days off last week for some much needed R&R, but I’m back to give you another great option for fitting a workout into your work day as part of the Workouts You Can Do Anywhere series.

Let’s talk about the work day…

Some of you have a desk job that leaves you kind of folded in half & hunched over for the majority of the day, (been there!) while others may do work requiring standing on your feet for most of the day. Whatever your current situation, I’ve got some ideas for how you can squeeze in a workout while you’re at work!

I’m sure one concern is getting sweaty and not the having time or facility to shower in the middle of day. Lucky for us, there are several AWESOME No-Rinse Bathing Wipes on the market that you can throw in to your handbag that will nip that problem in the bud!

The Desk Job Workout

I love this infographic from NanoWorkout.com that gives you several ideas you can do while still parked at your desk. You can try these while you are on a conference call or during a break.

Work Out at Your Desk | thewellnessscientist.com

 

Time to get out of your chair too? Even better! Walk around the block to warm up & cool down before & after doing one set of these exercises.

Now, for those of you who are standing most of the day at work …

The good news is, you are already burning an average of 50 calories more per hour that people who sit during the day. And if you are doing a job with extra activity while standing (cooking, styling hair, giving facials) then you are burning that many more calories!!!!

While you’ve got the advantage here, you still need to crank up the intensity a bit to get that cardiovascular workout you need.

Take advantage of adding a little pep to your step on the way to work. Park farther away than you do now & try and get a 5-10 minute walk from your car both before & after work. Got lots of stuff to haul with you?  Great! That’s extra resistance — but make sure you are balanced! You don’t want to injure yourself by carrying 25 pounds on one shoulder!

Park in a parking garage? Take the stairs instead of the elevator when going to and from your car. Three flights of stairs three times per day burns off about 45 calories. Doesn’t sound like much, but over time it can make a huge difference!

Take the Stairs | thewellnessscientist.com

 

On your break, try walking to pick up lunch vs. ordering in. Go for a quick walk around the block to push through that afternoon slump instead of grabbing a coffee that might lead to poor quality sleep later that night.

Hope these tips for How To Squeeze a Workout Into your Work Day were helpful!

SO TELL ME …

Is there a special part of your commute or daily routine that you thought of that can be changed to help you burn a few extra calories? Share it with me below!

 

Fitness Friday: The Kitchen Workout

The Kitchen Workout

 

I put out some feelers this week to find out where you really need help and how I can best provide that help and support to you. One of the most requested topics was How To Fit In a Workout. I’ve previously given you posts featuring 15-minute workouts, workouts focused on specific trouble zones, and workouts you can do from home.

I’m taking it down to an even MORE PRACTICAL level & hoping that you find this new series called “Workouts You Can Do Anywhere” easy-to-implement & do-able in almost every situation.

Today is the first post in the series, and we’re starting in a room in your house where you likely spend a great deal of your time — THE KITCHEN.

You’ve heard the expression “Abs are made in the kitchen?” Well today, we’re not just making abs by eating a clean diet. We are literally sculpting abs (and other muscle groups) from the convenience of your kitchen! Each move takes only about 30 seconds to complete. Try these moves while you’re: waiting for the coffee maker to do it’s thing or the tea kettle to boil, while your toast is in the toaster, or ANY time  you have a minute or two while going about your normal routine in the kitchen.

Let’s get started…

1) The first move is Leg Swings. Stand perpendicular to the counter and place the hand closest to the counter on top of the counter for support. Swing your outer leg frontwards & backwards (like a pendulum). One complete forward & backward swing is considered one rep. Keep your glutes in tight and leg muscles engaged.

Aim for 15 reps, then turn around & switch to the opposite hand for support & opposite leg for swinging performing 15 reps on that side. If time allows, do one more set (15 more reps on each side).

When I do this exercise, I feel both my glutes and hamstrings engage.

2) Second is Wall Pushups. This is a type of supported push-up that allows you to build upper body strength. The movement is exactly what it sounds like. Facing a wall, (or again, using the edge of the counter if there isn’t a free wall in your kitchen) start on your tiptoes with arms and elbows straight and palms against the wall. Bend elbows to come in towards the wall, then push away until your arms & elbows are fully extended. Try and squeeze in 10-12 reps. Trust me, you will feel this after a few reps if you are doing it correctly and keeping those elbows close to your body. If time allows, perform another set.

3) Bicep curls (with cans or water bottles). Grab a couple of 28-ounce cans from the pantry (these are usually canned tomatoes in my kitchen!). If you don’t have any, grab a couple of filled water bottles to complete this exercise. If you have a set of handweights, you can use these too!  Just trying to keep this geared towards you using your few spare minutes to squeeze in some exercise! Really focus on those bicep muscles and curl those cans up at the same time to complete one rep. Do 15 reps. Again, if you have time, go for a second set!

Give yourself a good stretch when you finish these three moves. Stand facing the counter with straight arms, both hands resting on the counter’s edge. Slowly lean forward with a straight back (you can bend your needs slightly if you need to in order to keep a straight back). Hold for 20-30 seconds. I feel this stretch in my back, hamstrings, and in both arms.

BONUS MOVE: Before you stretch & if time allows,  drop down and plank it out!! Start with holding a 30-second plank. Each time you do this, try and hold for a couple more seconds. You will definitely feel your abs shaking as well as your arms as you hold a strong blank.

What did you think of The Kitchen Workout? I’d love it if you’d leave a comment below & let me know how you felt after trying one or all of these moves!

Hope you enjoyed this first post in the Workouts You Can Do Anywhere series! Next week, we’ll be doing simple moves for just a few minutes in another place you already spend a lot of your time.

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Fitness Friday: Lower Body Blast

Happy Friday! So many people LOVED my previous post, The Best 10 Workouts You Can Do at Home … especially the Kill Those Calves workout. That workout alone received more than 1400 repins on Pinterest!

If its lower body you want, then that’s what you’ll get!! 🙂

I’m working on more lower body toning myself, and I have reviewed TONS of lower body workout pins on Pinterest, YouTube videos, as well as my print magazine archives.

Today I’m going to share one of the BEST lower body workouts that I found.

This was a segment from one of Jillian Michael’s videos that I discovered on YouTube. I’m having you repeat each move three times to get that lower body burn that will equal GREAT RESULTS.

I’m calling this workout the Lower Body Blast. I did this 2 days ago, and I can still feel the burn (in a good way!)

Lower Body Blast workout

Tack on this 20-minute session after 30 minutes of cardio or do on its own to create shapely glutes & thighs. To watch each of these moves performed, check out Jillian’s demo here.

WORK HARDER THAN YOU THINK YOU DID YESTERDAY!

 

 

 

Meatless Monday Recipe: Super Clean Green Smoothie

 

Does the idea of choking down a glass of liquified lettuce and kale make you more than a little queasy? I have to admit, I have tasted a green smoothie or two that was truly awful! Enough to turn me off completely until I found this one … the Green Smoothie from Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse. It’s yummy enough that I want to drink it all the time, not just during a cleanse.

Dr. Oz Detox Smoothie

Photo courtesy of www.doctoroz.com

It’s super easy to make, and if you despise one of the raw ingredients (like I despise raw celery)  just leave it out!! In my opinion, the pineapple and coconut oil are what make this smoothie a winner, so try to include these if at all possible!

Here’s what you need …

How To Make A Green SmoothieIngredients:

  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup kale leaves
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened pineapple chunks

Preparation:

Simply add all ingredients to a blender, blend well, and enjoy!

Green Smoothie Recipe

 

 

 

Fitness Friday: 5 Effective 15-Minute Workouts

Five Awesome 15-Minute Workouts

No time to workout? Surely you can spare 15 minutes! Here are five insanely effectively workouts that will help you lose fat and tone muscle. Pick one and get started!

The 15-minute Fat Blaster Workout

  • Targets core, upper, and lower body. You also get some cardio in this one.

15 minute fat blaster workout

 

 The Fearless Workout

  • I like the sound of that! This is an awesome core workout from the Nike Training Club demonstrated by dancer Sofia Boutella. Check out her abs!!! Must be effective.
Courtesy of Nike Training Club

Courtesy of Nike Training Club

 

Perfect Alignment Workout

    • Another good one from #NTC! This one focuses on core, hips, and glutes. 15 minutes and YOU ARE DONE!!!

Straight Leg Flutters - Nike Training Club with Gabby Douglas

Leg Sculptor Workout

  • Lean legs means you can dare to wear short shorts year-round! Get ready to lunge, jump, and squat your little heart out!

Leg Sculptor Workout

and last, but certainly not least…

The Arm Definer Workout

  • Get your tank top to go with those short-shorts! 15-minutes to AH-MA-ZING arms!

Arm Definer Workout

Meatless Monday Recipe: Easy Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Arugula is my new all-time favorite salad ingredient, and it’s so versatile! After a few nights of a simple “rocket and parm” salad, I wanted to sweeten things up a bit.  I love adding dried cranberries and bleu cheese to my salads, especially in the winter. This one was super easy and did not disappoint!

Here’s what you need to serve 4 (or 2 people who always go back for seconds 🙂 )

Easy Arugula Salad

Easy Arugula Salad

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp bleu cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup large croutons
  • Homemade balsamic vinaigrette (recipe below)

Directions:

  1. Add arugula, cranberries and bleu cheese to a large salad bowl.  Gently toss.  Add croutons and dress with salad dressing (use as much or as little as you prefer)
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic-vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 Dorot crushed garlic cube (or 1 clove minced garlic)
  • 3 Dorot chopped basil cubes (or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a salad dressing shaker or empty container of your choice.
  2. Shake until ingredients are well blended.

Note: You can find the Dorot brand garlic & herb cubes in the freezer section at your local Trader Joe’s, or check their website for other locations.

Question: What is your favorite winter salad? Share a link in the comments below!

Fitness Friday: Perfect Alignment Workout from Nike Training Club

Happy #FitnessFriday! Today we’ll be focusing on our core, hips, and glutes … those common problem areas. Nike Fitness Club has added some great new workouts! Today, I’m sharing the 15-minute Perfect Alignment Workout from Gabby Douglas. This workout has a total of 5 moves that you will repeat three times.  Are you ready?  Let’s do this!

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download the Nike Training Club #NTC app FREE of charge. This is one of the many at-home workouts & stretch routines available to you.

You do not need equipment to do this workout.

The first move in the Perfect Alignment Workout is the Side Plank with Leg Lift.
1)  Start on your side, with your arm directly under your shoulder, hips lifted and bottom leg bent.
2)  Keeping your abs in tight, lift and flex your top leg. Keep your hips lifted off the ground as you return to start position.
3)  Repeat this move for 30 seconds on each side.

Check out this YouTube clip to see this move performed.

The second move in this workout is Side Leg Circles.
1)  Start on your side, with your legs out straight and head resting on your arm.
2)  Lift your top leg, pointing your toes to contract the muscles in your leg.
3)  Keeping your form, make small circles with your leg.
4)  Repeat for thirty seconds, then switch sides and repeat.

Side Leg Circles - Nike Training Club with Gabby Douglas

The third move in this workout is Straight Leg Flutters.
1)  Starting on your back, lift your legs, point your toes, and touch your heels together.
2)  Pressing your abs into the mat, lift your arms and bring your shoulder blades off the floor.
3)  Flutter your hands up and down as fast as you can without losing form for one minute.

Straight Leg Flutters - Nike Training Club with Gabby Douglas

The fourth move is Side Leg Lifts.
1)  Start on your side, with your legs out straight and head resting on your arm.
2)  Lift your top leg, turning your toes in towards the ground.
3)  Flexing your foot, lift your leg up and down until time to switch sides.
4)  Repeat for thirty seconds, then switch sides and repeat.

The fifth move is the Roll Up.
1)  Start on your back, with your hands above your head, legs straight and toes pointed.
2)  Pressing your lower back into the mat, roll from your shoulders into a crunch and reach for your toes. Roll back to start.
3)  Continue for one minute.

Roll Up - Nike Training Club with Gabby Douglas

Repeat each move 2 more times for a total of three sets.

Congrats! You are DONE!

If you did this workout, come back tomorrow and let me know how you feel. Do you feel it more in your abs or legs?  Let me know!