Archives for July 2012

Exercise Routine Derailed? Here Are Ten Tips To Help You Get Motivated Again.

Have The Wheels Fallen Off Of Your Workout Schedule This Summer? 

Summer schedules can be tricky.  Kids are home from school, you’re trying to get away for a few days of vacation, or maybe you’re indulging in a staycation.  On top of that it’s hotter than you-know-what.

All of this can lead to not enough time, not enough energy, and not enough enthusiasm to keep all of the balls in the air.  One of the first balls to drop is the scheduled exercise time.

It happens to everyone now and then.  The good news is it doesn’t have to be permanent. Here are ten tips to help you get all of the wheels back on the bus and you back on track with your workouts.

I Followed Rule #5 - My monetary investment was these super cool nylon headbands.

1. Ten Times Three – Just because you don’t have an hour to go to the gym or meet with your morning waking or running group doesn’t mean you should forget about exercise altogether. Take the advice of Dr.Glen Gaesser, a professor and director of the Health Lifestyles Research Center in Arizona State University, who recently completed research on the benefits of three 10 minutes workouts a day.

Dr. Gaesser does not suggest that the 3 X 10 regime will turn you into an athlete, but it will provide an amount of physical activity adequate to prevent health issues like high blood pressure. If you have ten minutes to do any kind of physical activity three times a day, this will get you through until you have bigger blocks of time to devote to your exercise program.

2.  Digital Personal Trainer – There are a lot of apps out there and you may have tried several of them.  If you’ve found one that still works for you, stick with it.  If you’re looking for something new, Gain has released a digital personal trainer app that will build a customized workout just for you.  Gain has released the app and it’s is available for Android and iPhone and has plans to release one for the iPad. The good news is, it’s free!

3.  Set A Goal – Not just any goal.  Set a stretch goal such as running your first 5K this fall.  If you get started now following Cool Running’s nine week Couch to 5K program, you’ll be ready by October 1.  You can download a copy of the program here.

Go ahead a pick out a race while you’re at it.  The best way to stay motivated to train for an event is to sign up for one.  Invest a little money.  Put it on the calendar.  If you’ve already done a 5K, move the goal up to a 10 or 15K event or even a bi or triathlon. When you add a swimming or biking leg to your race you’ll involve a wider variety of muscles, increase your overall fitness level, and have a new challenge to work on.

4.  Find a Fitness Icon And Follow Them On Facebook and Twitter – Who’s your fitness icon?  I follow Cathe Friedrich and Chalene Johnson on Facebook.  Throughout the week I receive newsletters, invitations to events, and daily motivation from both of them.

You’d be surprised by the amount of inspiration that can be delivered by following high energy people. These fitness rock stars are successful because of their ability to create excitement.  Pick someone that you can relate to that will excite you and give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter.

5.   Make a Monetary Investment To Help You Reach Your Goal – I linked to Stacy Johnson’s article in the Link Love post on Friday because I think this is good advice and there are so many options and ways to do this.  I have a Facebook friend that recently posted a picture of her new compression socks.  She is super excited about them and claims they are helping her meet her goals when she runs.

Compression socks might not ring your bell, but something out there will and you don’t have to spend a lot of money.  A new tank, hat, pedometer, workout DVD or head band are some ideas for a way to make a minor investment that could have a big payoff.

I love peace signs so I purchased a couple of peaceful head bands before I ran the half marathon in April.  (The picture on this post is of my peace sign head bands.  Don’t you love them?)

6.   Back Up Whatever You Do With High Energy Music – Whether I’m at work trying to get through a long afternoon, on a morning jog, cleaning house, or getting ready for guests having high energy music playing will keep my spirits up give me that extra push I need to complete the task.

I like re-mixed fitness music that takes familiar tunes and adds a little extra boom to every song has a certain number beats per minute. Some good options for this are Power Music and Dynamix.  Pandora has even added workout mixes to their library. GNC came out with a free fitness music download a few months ago which gives you a chance to try out a re-mixed fitness download before you purchase one.  You can read more about the GNC mix here.

7.  Read Something Inspirational – Reading about health and wellness will help you stay focused on your own goals.  I recently gave away a hardback copy of “The Wellness  Code” in the hopes of providing some brain nourishment to someone.  My primary intent was to provide a tool that would help the winner maintain their motivation.

A book more specific to exercise and weight loss is “Making The Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You” by Jillian Michaels.  True to form, Jillian’s book takes a no-nonsense approach to getting rid of those unwanted pounds.

8.  Try Something New – Boredom can kill motivation faster than just about anything.  If you’re in a funk you need to try something new.  Interval training, a fitness class you’ve not tried before, or a session with a personal trainer can help you get engaged again.  What about a HIIT or Tabata workout?  If you’ve been doing the same workout forever, a different method can provide a new and unexpected challenge.

Get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Not only will it be good for you physically, it will wake up your brain!

9.  Don’t Allow The Weakest Link To Impede Your Progress – I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately and I’m sure a full length blog post is coming relative to this topic. For now I’ll be brief:

How often do you allow someone else’s negativity or lack of motivation to bring you down?  If you’re depending on someone else to motivate you to attend a Zumba class, go for a morning run, or take a walk over your lunch hour, there’s a good chance your motivation will wane as soon as your buddy loses interest.  Having a workout partner is a good idea, but don’t allow their excuses to become yours.  Developing the autonomy to be able to head out on your own when someone bails on you is fundamental to your success.

10.  Lead The Way – If you’re following #9 this will be easy for you.  The idea is to be an inspiration to those around you that have similar goals. Rather than depending on others to motivate you, take on a leadership role and make it a goal to help and inspire others. Once you have people looking to you for encouragement it will be easy for you to stay motivated because you won’t want to let them down.

Over To You

What do you do to get re-charged when the dog days of summer, the holidays, or the stress of daily life gets in the way of your workout plans?  Please share.

Say Hello To Wello, FitWire and the Most Outrageous Fitness Moments In Music Videos.

It’s Friday, I’m In  [Link] Love 

I love Fridays when I get to share a whole bunch of links with you.  This is a collection of need-to-know stuff that I’ve found this week, but haven’t had a chance to share until now.

Also, we have a winner to the Wellness Code book giveaway.  Announcement on Saturday! A big thank you to everyone who entered.


It's Friday, I'm In Love.

Say Hello To Wello –  This was all over the web this week. Wello is a new video-service that offers a wide variety of fitness classes and instructors, plus personal training options for people that want a gym-style workout without going to a gym.  The on-line fitness club has over 100 instructors for you to choose from once you register.  You pick the class, instructor and the length of the workout.  The catch is each workout is individually priced and, in my opinion, a little pricey.  In most cases a 25 minute session is $25.  The link to is here.  (BTW – if you check it out I would love to know what you think.)

Olympians Defend Jones On Question Of Fitness – Leisel Jones has won eight medals in swimming for Australia and will compete again this year in London.  The primary concern – for some in the Australian press – is her appearance.  Some of the media outlets went so far as to poll readers to see if they thought she was fat.  It’s raised a storm, but other Olympic athletes have come to her defense which is refreshing. Read about how her fellow athletes are sticking up for her here.

The Unproven Claims Of Fitness Products – Beware of claims that weight loss and fitness products can help you melt fat, lose weight and improve performance without having to put out much (or any) effort.  Most – if not all – of those claims are unsubstantiated according to Dr. Matthew Thompson, a senior clinical scientist at the University of Oxford.  Dr. Thompson examined the claims made in advertisements for sports drinks, oral supplements, footwear, clothing and devices like wrist bands and compression socks.  You can read what they learned here.

FitWire Health and Fitness Social Networking Site Connection Fitness Professionals With Prospects – If you are a fitness professional and would like some help getting connected to clients, FitWire may be able to help.  “The site connects regular users seeking fitness experts and their advice with health and fitness professionals.”  The site is for personal trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, athletes, athletic trainers and other service providers.  The site launched on July 24.  Read more about it here and visit the FitWire site here.

Small Investment In Fitness Can Lead To Major Boost In Motivation – If you’re in a slump and finding it hard to stick with your exercise and nutrition programs spending a little cash on an item that will help you reach your goal is well worth is according to Stacy Johnson.  In this article she talks from personal experience about some of the things she’s purchased to stay motivated.  It may give you some ideas to get back on track too.  Read the full article here.

The Most Outrageous Fitness Moments in Music Videos – Just for fun, check out Huff Post’s outrageous fitness moments in music videos here.  Some of them are scary but maybe that’s because I’m old enough to remember them.  Keep in mind – laughter is medicine.

The 10-Minute Workout, Times Three – While it might not be new news, it is reassuring that studies continue to show that even if you don’t have an hour and a half everyday to work out you can still make improvements in your health in as little as 30 minutes a day.  Even if those 30 minutes are divided into three ten minute sessions.  Dr. Glen Gaesser, a professor and director of the Health Lifestyles Research Center in Arizona State University oversaw a new study about the effects the 10 minute workout, times three on high blood pressure.  Read about Dr. Gaesser’s findings here.

Fire Roasted Tomato Gazpacho from Eat Better America – Not in the mood for hot soup?  I bet you’ll change your mind with this cold – but firey – gazpacho.  Prep time is 15 minutes but it needs to chill for at least an hour and a half before serving.  It’s delicious! Eat Better America is my favorite healthy recipe web site. Check out the gazpacho recipe here.

Happy Friday, share the love, and have a great weekend!


Winner! The Wellness Code Book Give Away

We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Ruth – the winner of the Wellness Code book giveaway.  Thank you to everyone who posted a comment, is a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower.  This was my first give-away and I totally enjoyed it!

 Coming Soon . . . . . .

As promised, in August I’ll be giving away Cathe Friedrich’s CrossFire DVD.  It is a mixture of HIIT, Tabata and strength training circuits. CrossFire is a powerhouse workout that you can do at home. I posted a clip of the DVD awhile back.  You can watch it here.

Stay tuned for details on how you can win.


Why You Should Try My Super Fruit Trifecta

Stock The Fridge With Seasonal Cherries, Kiwi and Strawberries
For A Nutritional Boost

If you always have plenty of fresh fruits on hand you can mix them up for a quick fruit salad, or use them as dessert with a dab of lite whipped topping.  Some fruits that are abundant in the summer are a stockpile of nutrition and stand alone without a lot of fuss.

My super fruit trifecta is a powerhouse of nutrition.

The top three are:

1.  Cherries – What makes cherries so special is that they contain anthocyanins which are used by the body to produce essential amino acids.  Anthodyanins are a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatoy that inhibit the production of COS-2 enzymes in the same way over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol and Ibuprophen do.  Cherries have the ability to reduce the symptoms of gout, arthritis and cardiovascular disease, and may help eliminate post-workout stress and muscle pain.  Cherries also contain vitamin C and melatonin, the chemical that helps regulate sleep cycles.

The growing season for cherries is relatively short.  May to August is the optimal time to purchase fresh, locally grown cherries at farmer’s markets and grocers.   Out of season, frozen and dried cherries can be substituted.  Once pitted, cherries make a good snack, can be added to plain Greek yogurt, and can be the main ingredient in your favorite fruit smoothie.

Recipe Tip:  For a spicy cherry salsa dice  ½ pound of fresh cherries (pits removed).  Combine with 2 shallots, 1 jalapeno pepper diced, 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro and the juice of 1 lime.  Add sea salt to taste and chill until ready to serve.

2.  Kiwi – This little green, furry fruit is exceptionally high in vitamin C.  Kiwis have more Vitamin C than citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits.  They also contain phytonutrients that protect the DNA in the nucleus of the human cell from oxygen-related damage.  This vitamin C-rich fruit has been shown to protect the respiratory system against ailments that include wheezing, asthma, chronic cough and runny nose.

Kiwi is also a good source of potassium, may lower the risk for blood clots, and reduce triglycerides in the blood.  Once peeled, kiwis can be eaten as a snack, sliced and added to fruit and green salads, and – like cherries –can be added to your favorite smoothie recipe for an extra dose of Vitamin C.

Recipe Tip:  For a nutritious salad, slice two kiwis and arrange on top of about 8 cups of raw spinach.  Sprinkle with sliced almonds or walnuts, a drizzle of vegetable oil and raspberry vinegar.

3.  Strawberries – Strawberries are an amazing fruit that have an unusually high amount of antioxidants.  Did you know that strawberries rank fourth in nutritional value and antioxidants out of all fruits?  And they taste so good!  Research has shown they have the ability to help regulate blood sugar.  They contain C-reactive protein which provides levels of inflammatory markers that are beneficial in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Strawberries are a good source of fiber, Vitamin C, and manganese, and contain a variety of anti-inflammatory nutrients including flavanols – also found in dark chocolate – and anthodyanins.  They can be used in green and fruit salads, added to yogurts and smoothies, and are the ingredient for numerous summer desserts.

Recipe Tip: For a quick low-fat, on-the-go smoothie, combine a banana with a heaping cup of fresh strawberries, and a cup of almond milk.  Blend together in a smoothie maker or blender until smooth.

Fruits, Vegetables and Disease Prevention

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables each day can help keep weight at healthy level and reduce the risk for chronic disease.   Fruits and veggies are low-calorie, high nutrient foods that provide vitamins and minerals not found in other foods.

Most fruits are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.  My favorite way to serve fruit is to layer them in a long stemmed glass and enjoy them just as they are

You Don’t Have To Go To An Upscale Restaurant To Enjoy Cucumber Water

Cucumber Water – One More Way To Beat The Heat

Adding sliced cucumbers to water also adds antioxidants.

You may have noticed I’ve been focused on low calories refreshing beverages this summer.  Here in Illinois we have had record heat day after day.  Outdoor running, teaching classes in a hot gym, gardening and yard work can be draining.

Staying away from refreshing looking drinks that are loaded with sugar – sometimes up to 15 teaspoons – is the goal.  One way to do that is by making a pitcher of cucumber water that you can store in the refrigerator.   It’s perfect for quenching your thirst, serving guests that stop by, and can even add some nutrition that you can’t get from plain water.

Sliced Cucumbers From Our Garden 

Sliced cucumbers from our garden.

Did you know that cucumbers contain Vitamin C and caffeic acid.  Both are antioxidants that can help protect skin from sun damage.  Studies have shown that Vitamin C boosts collagen and elastic and can help keep skin looking young.  The caffeic acid helps protect skin cells from radiation.  Cucumbers also contain silica which is essential to connective tissue.

A Delicious Pitcher of Cucumber Water To Serve By The Pool  

Impress your guests with a fresh pitcher of cucumber water.

Cucumber water is classy, pretty, hydrating and refreshing. Plus it tastes great.  If you find it hard to keep pushing down plain water, even when the thermometer hovers at the 103 mark, adding sliced cucumbers and a mint sprig will encourage you to drink more.


You Still Have Time To Win A Copy of The Wellness Code

Excerpt From The Wellness Code by Briar Munro 

“Motivation and Goals –– This may seem like an odd thing to be looking at when we talk about health.  However, if we dont’ have a clear vision of where we want to go in our lives then what’s the point of being healthy?  We need to have a dream, a vision for our future in order to motivate us to move forward, to get up each day.

What is you dream? How can you start to reach your goals?

So what is your dream?  What makes you happy?  What do you want to achieve while you are on this earth?  If you were to die tomorrow what would you like to leave behind?  How would you like your friends and family to describe you?  What do you believe in?

Having a dream gives us direction and motivates us to continue our journey.” — an excerpt from “Mastering Your Body”, a chapter in The Wellness Code by Briar Munro.

About Briar – When Briar was 12 years old she was diagnosed with Perthese – a degeneration of the bones.  She has had two hip surgeries and deals with ongoing hip pain but has not let that stop her from reaching her goals. She is a certified personal trainer and lifestyle coach.  You can learn more about Briar at her website

For a chance to win a hardback copy of the Wellness Code where you can read 27 chapters of inspiration from some of the top health and wellness experts, just drop a comment on this post, or one of the other posts from this week.  Be sure and mention if you are a fan of my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter – you get extra points!

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Is It A HITT Or Tabata Workout, And Which One Is Better?

Is A HITT By Any Other Name Still A HIIT?
Let’s Call It A Tabata And Mix Things Up.

It’s hard to get and keep people motivated in the world of fitness.  As workout trends come and go there’s always something new to try to keep us on top of our game.  I’m a big fan of interval training and  HIIT workouts.  I’m really fascinated by the Tabata concept and the idea of spending less time to get more done.  But, where does the HIIT workout end and the Tabata begin?

Here’s the basic design of both workouts.


A jump rope is an excellent tool for HIIT and Tabata workouts.

A HITT Workout is based on a warm-up followed by six to ten repetitions of high intensity exercise, followed by medium intensity exercised, followed by a cool down.  Most HIIT programs follow a pattern of 30 – 40 seconds of high intensity exercise followed by a period of 15 – 20 seconds lower intensity.  Do six cycles for a total of at least 15, but no more than, 20 minutes.  Maximum heart rate during the high intensity segments should be between 70% and 90%.


The Tabata follows a different breakdown of high to low intensity and takes the Hiit workout up a notch.  A typical Tabata workout calls for a warm up followed by 20 seconds of ultra-intense exercise with a 10 second rest period.  During the rest period you are resting.  Repeat the cycle seven or eight times for a total of about 10 minutes (including a warm up and cool down). Maximum heart rate should be between 90 and 100% during the 20 second bursts.  In other words, you’re going full out!

The primary difference is that the HIIT workout is a 20 minute session of medium to high intensity exercise; the Tabata is a 10 minutes session of super intense exercises.  For people that are new to exercise the HIIT workout would be too much, and in my opinion, unsfe and the Tabata isn’t an option at all.

For people that are already fit, both workouts offer an option for getting the job done if you don’t have a lot of time. I wrote a post about the benefits of interval training awhile back. You can read more about it here.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, interval training burns more calories than longer steady-state cardio workouts.  Endurance athletes such as long distant runners, swimmers, and bikers can increase their speed by alternating interval workouts with steady state.  HIIT and Tabata shouldn’t be used as a total replacement for longer, lower intensity workouts.  Overdoing the HIIT and Tabata workouts can lead to injury.

Getting Started

Cathe Friedrich’s new CrossFire DVD – which you will have a chance to win next month – incorporates both HITT and Tabata segments in the workout.  It’s a high impact program that uses plyometric air jacks and squat jumps and running drills.  There are no steps to learn and if you’re looking for a way to take what you’re doing now up a notch, this would be a good option.

Amy Dixon has a Breathless Body DVD that is a true Tabata workout and all of the drills are shown at three different levels.  Breathless Body 2 is a HITT workout with longer intervals and duration.

There are plenty of free Tabata workouts on YouTube and, as always, I’ve reviewed several of them and have picked my favorite from FitFabCities which I’ve shared below.

A warm up and cool down – though not included in this clip – is recommended.

Over To You

So what do you think? Where do you go to find the best Tabata workouts or do you create your own?

What You Should Know About The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee: Now There’s One More

Coffee Drinkers Are At A Lower Risk For Basal Cell Carcinoma

Now we have one more reason to make coffee part of our daily diet.  As if we needed one.

This year there will be more than 2 million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.  Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, will make up most of those cases.  And while not as scary as melanoma – the deadliest of all skin cancers – basal cell carcinoma can spread when left untreated, requiring surgery that can be invasive and disfiguring.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School studied 112,897 people over a twenty year period; 22,786 developed basal cell carcinoma. The study determined that those at a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma were individuals that consumed caffeinated coffee and caffeine from other beverages including tea, cola, and chocolate.

Decaffeinated coffee was not found to have any effect on the development of this type of skin cancer. Nor was there any correlation found between caffeine consumption and the prevention of the two other most common skin cancers, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

More Good News For Coffee Drinkers

Not only does a couple cups of coffee help motivate up to exercise, it may even keep us working out for longer periods of time with less fatigue.  Coffee drinkers have also been found to have fewer instances of head and neck cancers, less risk of developing type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease and women who drink three cups a day are 15% less likely to develop depression over a 10-year period along with a lower risk of dementia, liver and prostate cancers.

As with any and all things, moderation is key.  Too much caffeine can lead to muscle tremors, insomnia, irritability, restlessness and upset stomach.

We know that coffee and tea are the two healthiest beverages on the plant. This infographic from The Greatist illustrates how good they really are for us.

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Coffee and tea, hot or iced, are your best choices for a healthy, low-calorie beverage year around.

Don’t forget to post a comment in the box for a chance to win a hardback copy of “The Wellness Code”.  Be sure and mention if you are a fan of my Facebook page or Twitter follower.  For more information on the book give-away, click here.

BLOG GIVEAWAY – The Wellness Code – Your Ultimate Guide to Health, Fitness & Nutrition

Happy Birthday to Put That Cookie Down Now!

My blog is one year old.  Happy Birthday to me!  And, to you because to celebrate the first birthday of my blog, I’m giving away stuff that will help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals.

The first give away is the the newly released best-seller “The Wellness Code – Your Ultimate Guide to Health, Fitness & Nutrition” With The World’s Leading Experts. (Keep reading for details on how you can enter to win.)

Bestselling Book Give - Away Starts Today

The Wellness Code

“The Wellness Code” is a motivational resource and inspirational tool for someone that has decided to take charge of their life and be the healthiest individual they can be. The newly released book is a compilation of writings by the world’s leading health and fitness experts, including Mallory, a fitness and personal development guru and celebrity weight loss expert. Here’s a run-down of some of the chapters and the expert authors that you’ll find in “The Wellness Code”.

“Bad Habits Be Gone” by Mallory Cargile – Mallory is the owner of Tusscaloosa Adventure Boot Camp, LLD.  She is a NESTA certified Adventure Boot Camp instructor, an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor and fitness enthusiast.  In the chapter “Bad Habits Be Gone” she admits that despite all of her fitness certifications, getting people to change their habits is harder than it looks.  She gives tips and offers suggestions on what she has found to work.

“Dandelion Dreams” by La-Verne ParrisWarren, a best selling life coach and educator is known as the Miracle Worker.  She is regularly sought by actors, athletes, musicians and writers for her “unique and uncanny ability to guide them to their next level of self-actualization”.  “Dandelion Dreams” lays out the 10 Steps To Serenity that will help you see the positive qualities in yourself and help you reach your goals.

Truth or Dare” by Warren Martin – In “Truth or Dare” Warren discusses common misperceptions that set people up to fail when they are trying to establish healthier behaviors.  For example, “I gained weight this week because I ate that cookie.” Warren says we all have a tendency to blame our failures on the wrong things.  Warren has a BS in Wellness Programming/Fitness is certified through NASM in performance enhancement and corrective exercise.  He is a trainer of pros, a strength coach and has over ten year experience in professional work in fitness. His chapter in the book will set you straight on some of the myths that may be tripping you up.

“Change Your Lifestyle, Change Your Life by Justine SanFilippo – “You look in the mirror one day and you don’t recognize yourself . . .” In this chapter Justine shares ten simple steps that you can apply to your own life to achieve wellness and balance and be proud of what you see when you look in the mirror everyday.  Justine is a certified health and nutrition coach, author of “Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind”, and is pursuing a masters degree in holistic nutrition through the University of Bridgeport.

There are a total of 27 chapters from experts like the ones mentioned here. Other expert authors include Joe Martin, Lisa Mercier, Gavin Kent and Linda M. McCarthy, Ph.D.

Enter To Win

I’m going to make this so easy for you.  The only thing you have to do is comment on one of the blog posts that I publish this week.  If you are a fan of my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter, be sure and mention that in your comment.  You’ll get extra points!

The give away starts now and ends on Tuesday, July 24 at midnight.

Please pass this book give-away offer along to your friends and family.  The more the merrier. Share, Tweet, Google+, whatever you need do to. Good luck!

Coming Soon . . . . Cathe Friedrich’s CrossFire DVD giveaway.

Be Fit’s Yoga For Weight Loss With Sadie Nardini Isn’t For Sissies

Be Fit’s Yoga For Weight Loss Premieres Here

Liongate’s Be Fit YouTube channel has added a weight-loss yoga workout to their programming.  Yoga for Weight Loss with Sadie Nardini takes you through a series of poses designed to strengthen the core, sculpt lean muscles and burn calories.

Sadie does some difficult poses in this 15 minute workout. You may want to watch it one time through before you follow along, and modify the deeper moves as needed.

I’ve posted the Yoga for Weight Loss program below so you can take a quick look.  Be sure and visit the Be Fit Channel where you’ll find a variety of workouts. Be Fit offers everything from Hip Hop dance to the Jillian Michaels’ shred series, and Dancing With The Stars workouts. By subscribing to Be Fit you’ll receive notice as a new workout is added each week.  For a previous post that I wrote introducing Be Fit, click here.

Sadie Nardini – Yoga Rock Star

Sadie Nardini is called the rock star of yoga.  She is the author of “Core Strength” and the creator of the Total Transformation Yoga DVDs; both bestsellers on Amazon.  She brings the ultimate of flow technique to yoga and uses cutting edge strategies to cue her students on alignment and anatomy. It’s a mistake to underestimate the challenge of her workouts, including the one posted here.

As a teen, Sadie dealt with an undiagnosed central nervous system illness that caused her to be nearly paralyzed for over two years. For the 10 years that followed, Sadie fought back and used yoga, nutrition and mental focus to conquer a disease that doctors believed to be incurable.

You can read more about Sadie here.

Be Fit Updates – I’m excited about Liongate’s Be Fit Channel and their commitment to offering a variety of free, quality workouts that are for public consumption. It’s absolutely possible that they are the answer to the beloved Exercise TV, may it rest in peace.

You can expect regular updates from me as new workouts are released to the Be Fit YouTube site. If you don’t want to miss out, please subscribe to this site or become a fan of my Facebook Fan page where I regularly offer blog posts updates in the news feed .