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Get in the Swim!

Have a pool close by? Looking for a great low impact workout? Water jog! Grab some water weights, a few friends, and pump those weights while you run back and forth to your favorite tunes!

It’s all good….get some vitamin D, burn calories and tone those muscles. These low impact moves keep your muscles toned without putting stress on your joints.¬†

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AQUA DUMBBELLS

Aqua 6 Piece Fitness Set, Water Aerobics, Aquatic Low Impact Workout, Flotation Belt, Resistance Gloves, Barbells $29.99 with Free Shipping

AQUA FITNESS SET

Aqua AFT11203 Fitness Body Sculpt Ergo Dumbbells $17.99 with free Shipping

Water Aerobics Aergo dumbells

 

If you are looking for some aqua fitness videos…..

Check out this Aqua Fit Workout with your new gear!!

AQUA FIT ANIMATED PICS

Dear Friends,

Thanks for swinging by and I hope you grab some of these ideas and head to the pool.

Cheers to summer, sunshine and staying healthy!

ūüć∑Laura

 

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Try These 3 Quick + Easy Healthy Tips!

News Year’s resolutions for me have always centered around diet, exercise and….for those of you who know me….timeliness. This is the first year that not only did I not make a resolution, I didn’t even think to. Maybe my subconscious mind decided that it wasn’t necessary to keep setting myself up for failure, or that my memory was going, or perhaps both, but I’m still committed to these three self inflicted goals.

So here they are….3 simple quick + mindless tips to a healthier and happier you.

TIP 1…..Move.

This is a great tip for the anti-exerciser! Choose 1 commercial on television a day and move your feet side side to sideEXERCISE STEP TOUCHOR

if you have an exercise ball collecting dust in your closet, dust it off, sit it and bounce holding soup cans. (remember to hold the cans close to your body to keep your back in alignment) That’s it!
EXERCISE BOUNCING ON A BALL 2

TIP 2….Make AND take time for YOU.

Take 1 hour a day and do something for yourself. One hour…that’s it! Whether its reading a magazine with your feet up, taking a walk, watching a show on televisions, looking up things on the internet….no matter what it is…take time for you. This time doesn’t need to be regimented every day or even at the same time. That adds to stress. At some point say to yourself…”My time,” and take it.

Personally, my anti stress therapy is an hour walking around Homegoods. I love looking at all of the new dishes, linens and things to decorate my home with. I don’t even need to buy anything (hard to resist) but I just love to look.

This brings us to the all important step…choosing the right foods AND the right way to prepare them.

TIP 3….Making good food choices.

EXERCISE DANCING CARROTS

If you live in an area where I do, we are cooped up in the winter and mindless eating…aka snacking, can be a serious disorder. Essentially snacking isn’t such a bad thing, but just how many carrot and celery sticks can one consume???

I have found that combining tip 2 and tip 3 works for me. Aiming at turning easy + delicious foods into healthy, easy + delicious foods has been a fun and yummy challenge.

Scour the internet and pinterest for healthy foods. Hate broccoli? Find a better way to make it, or skip it and look at something else. I’ve even discovered a healthy version of fettucini alfredo, if that’s possible!

Not a big lover of eggplant, but my Steve certainly is, I recently discovered a clever disguise for one of his favorite dishes on Pinterest…eggplant parmesan. This clever version is super easy and delicious. Slicing the eggplant super thin is the trick….Check it out…

SHEET PAN EGGPLANT PARMESAN

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil
  • 1 (25 ounce) jar tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • julienned fresh basil, optional


Instructions

  1. Spread the sliced eggplant in a single layer onto paper towels. Generously salt the eggplant and let it sit for 15 minutes. Flip the eggplant, salt the other side, and let sit for another 15 minutes.  Rince the eggplant with water and pat dry with clean paper towels. (This process will draw out the excess moisture and bitterness from the eggplant.  I have seen some skip this step entirely.)
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Combine the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, dried basil, dried oregano, and garlic powder in a shallow dish.  In a separate dish, lightly beat the eggs with the water.
  3. Dip the eggplant slices in the egg and then the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the panko mixture onto the eggplant to evenly coat both sides.
  4. Drizzle a foil-lined sheet pan with the olive oil and spread it around to cover the whole pan.  Place the breaded eggplant in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, flip the slices, then bake for an additional 10 minutes on the other side. Spoon sauce onto each slice and top with shredded cheese.  Return to the oven and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.  Top with fresh basil right before serving.

Dear Friends,

Thanks for swinging by today!

PLEASE feel free to contact me if you are looking for an easy and lighter way to make a favorite dish.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If there is anything to take away from reading this, I hope that you will remember to be good to yourself.

Cheers and Happy New Year,

Laura

Here are a few of my finds for the New Year! Happy Shopping!

Exercise Stability Ball Chair with Hand Pump Use For CrossFit, Yoga, Balance & Core Strength Training, Non-Slip & Anti-Burst Extra Thick Fitness Ball(Multiple Sizes) $17.99 + Free Shipping

EXERCISE STABILITY BALL

Sivan Health and Fitness Balance Fit Chair with ball and pump $63.49 + FREE SHIPPING

EXERCISE BALL CHAIR

Simply Fit Board – The Abs Legs Core Workout Balance Board with A Twist, As Seen on TV $29.90 + FREE SHIPPING

EXERCISE SIMPLY FIT BOARD

Z By Zella High Waisted Blocked Crop Leggings $24.97

EXERCISE ZELLA CLOTHING

 

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D I E T is a FOUR LETTER WORD…and other thoughts on health and fitness

WHAT’S FOR DINNER TONIGHT?

THAI STEAK SALAD

thai steak saladThis salad is light with bold flavors! (serves 4)

Combine in a small bowl and set aside:

1/3 C. fresh lime juice
2 T. minced jalapeno
2 t. fish sauce
2 t. minced garlic
2 t. fresh ginger
3 T. canola oil
2 T. Asian sesame oil
Preheat grill to medium high.
Pat dry a 1 lb. flank steak and season with salt and pepper.
Oil the grill
Grill steak, turning once until medium rare, about 6 min.
Transfer to a cutting board, rest for 5 min., then thinly slice across the grain.
In a bowl, combine:

1 ripe mango, cut into small pieces
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
10 oz. romaine lettuce cut in 1 inch pieces
2 T. fresh cilantro.
Toss with enough dressing to coat.
Divide among 4 plates & top with steak.
Drizzle remaining dressing over the steak.
Sprinkle with remaining cilantro & serve.

I’ve decided, that through all of my years of struggling with my weight in hopes of trying not to¬†get fat, that it’s a matter of calories in vs. calories out.¬† Mindless eating and empty calories also top the list. (That includes my not so secret obsession with bbq potato chips:() Taking an active role in maintaining my health through both diet and exercise,¬†and accepting the physical changes that inevitably occur with age, have become a priority for me.¬†exercise-health-quote

The whole concept of diet and exercise comes down to two little words that carry heavy meaning…self image. How we see ourselves and view ourselves, particularly as women, affects our daily lives; literally everything from the way we deal with stress to handling relationships.¬†I vividly recall an episode of the Dr. Oz show where Dr. Oz asked a group of women to look in the mirror and tell him what they saw, not specifically visual. ¬†Each identified something negative about their appearance.¬†Self image is essentially that¬†mirror image reflecting back to us which can be¬†real or distorted, positive or negative. mirror

The accumulation of experiences throughout our lives which affect the way in which we see ourselves, that self-image, can change over time.  Unfortunately, as we get older, our physical appearance changes and our ability to accept those changes and commit to staying young in both heart and mind can make a difference.  Teaching aerobics for over 20 years, has enabled me to see not only the physical effects of exercise, but the emotional impact as well.  I teach a step/sculpt class and in the summertime, I teach an aqua noodle class. The age range in both classes, 20-75, varies as does the attendance, but all will agree: exercise needs to be fun and motivating!

My best advice? JUST MOVE! 

¬†¬†In my classes, it doesn’t matter who is keeping up with my routines,¬†what they are wearing, or how often they come to class. I want them to keep moving! Some of my girls just come to keep track of their steps and typically meet their quota in the hour they are with me. Others enjoy the music and the routines as well as the friendships. Coming into a structured fitness class for the first time can be intimidating. I have been asked everything from, “Do I have to wear makeup?” to “What should I wear?” My answer? “It’s not a fashion show and no one cares. Just come.” And they do.

In my Aqua Noodle class, we are in the shallow end of the pool and are moving constantly in the water, while using the noodle and the resistance of the water for muscle conditioning. It’s hard to believe that we can get such a great workout with little impact on our joints. Many of the girls who strive to track their steps have found this¬†great

                            waterproof fitbit $259.99 from Amazon.

 Have access to a swimming pool?

Get in and jog!

  • ¬†jog in place
  • jog or skip across the pool
  • move backwards and forwards
  • hop on one foot and the other¬†
  • do jumping jacks in the pool
  • play music and twist
  • Have fun and move like no one is watching!

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                         POOL NOODLE $14.99 & free shipping from Amazon NO FITNESS CLASSES OR SWIMMING POOL???

                      CRANK UP THE MUSIC AND DANCE!

NO FREE WEIGHTS OR FITNESS EQUIPMENT?

  • GRAB A COUPLE OF SOUP CANS, TUCK YOUR ELBOWS TO YOUR WAIST AND DO BICEP CURLS.

ON DIETING………

Over the years, there have been so many fad diets:

  • South Beach
  • Mediterranean
  • The Zone Diet
  • Atkins Diet
  • Paleo Diet
  • Volumetrics
  • Raw Food Diet
  • Macrobiotic Diet

AND THE WINNER IS……(DRUM ROLLLLLLLL)

WEIGHT WATCHERS!

My daughter, Jodi, ¬†has been an avid Weight Watcher’s follower, and though she no longer attends their meetings, the balanced diet they promote has become a lifestyle.

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Eating in moderation
  • Enjoying the foods you love

Suggestion:

  • Instead of dieting, commit to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Shifting the focus from how you look to feeling good and having more energy.
  • Set yourself up for success by laying out workout clothes, snacking on fresh fruit & veggies, and getting rid of unhealthy snacks in your kitchen…(yep, even the chips!)
  • If you ‘slip,’ tomorrow is another day. Don’t beat yourself up!
  • Be a friend to yourself and pep talks are always appreciated!
  • Know what triggers your eating…boredom, stress? Find a positive way to deal with it by taking a walk, or listening to music.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Web MD suggests “Practicing Mindful Eating.” Eat slowly and give your tummy a chance to let your brain know you’ve had enough.

Thanks for popping in today! Looking forward to hearing from you with ideas, suggestions, or recipe requests!

Cheers!

Laura