Keep it Tight and Toned: Online Cardio Videos That Kick Booty

Tone it up girlGUYS, like I have told you before I am a BIG fan of at home workouts.

I don’t have the energy to pack up my kid every day of the week and head to the gym. TRUTH is you don’t need the gym, because of the internet you can find workout videos to get that tight little tush.

All you need is space in your home where you can move and sweat, a computer, yoga mat, and to kick it up a notch 3-7 lbs weights.

Even if you haven’t worked out in months, start with a good basic cardio video. Just get moving– start every day by moving for 30 mins. It’s life changing, starting my day MOVING puts me a in a good mood the rest of the day.

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Hopefully these will help you start moving every day- -30 mins just start with doing something for 30 mins.

Side Note: I really have fallen in love with PopSugar at home workouts, they are the best!

Let me know if you have any favorite at home workouts, I am always up for trying something new!

XO

Whitney

+ Check out my favorite At Home Arm Workouts 

+ Don’t forget those sexy ABS- – my favorites online videos are HERE for you!

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Embracing My Mom Bod

unnamed-1Over the last few years I have really started to see my body as a piece of artwork. I only started to view it this way after I had my daughter. Watching my body carry and give birth to a baby allowed me to give myself some grace in the body image department.

A mother’s body, is beautifully and wonderfully made, I only wish I could have learned this type of grace when I was younger. The struggle to have positive body image has plagued my life since before I can remember. I was never thin enough or toned enough. I always had to many stretch marks and cellulite. This toxic thing called “PERFECTION” ate away at my soul little by little.

I recently shared a guest post on the website KNOW.BE.RAISE, about my journey to loving and accepting my ever changing body. Our bodies help shape our lives and tell our stories. I hope by sharing my story, it will encourage women everywhere to embrace their mom bod.  Head to KNOW. BE. RAISE to read the full post and interview questions.

xo- Whitney

How To Reduce Cellulite, Is It Possible, Lets Talk About It

unnamed-7.jpgAlright babes it’s time to tackle the topic of cellulite.

We are living in a time of flawless #fitspiration photos that have taken over our Instagram feeds. HELLO… reality is 90% of women have cellulite ( me included)!  I will be the first to admit that I wish my body was smooth and cellulite free, but it isn’t. I’ve learned that depending on my weight, workout routine and hormones levels my cellulite can all of the sudden be more visible.

Now listen, I know this can be a touchy subject and some people don’t care one bit about cellulite, and if you are one of those women– more POWER to you! But that is not me, I’m always trying to improve myself and my health & body! I feel like society tells us to just airbrush every flaw away but I believe there are solutions to try to better those flaws! And although I haven’t been able to fully get rid of my cellulite, these life-changing tips have helped reduce the appearance of my cellulite A LOT.

Remember it’s so important to apply all of these tips consistently to help get toned, fit and confident.


What is this thing called Cellulite?

Most of you probably know what cellulite is but if you don’t it’s due to fat cells under the skin that bulge causing a dimpling effect. The Scientific American tell us this, “From 25 to 35 is when you start seeing the appearance of cellulite. Estrogen has an impact on the blood vessels. When estrogen starts to decrease, you lose receptors in blood vessels and thighs, so you have decreased circulation. With decreased circulation you get less oxygen and nutrition to that area, and with that we see a decrease in collagen production….”

Nutrition is Key!

Okay Okay so you have heard it many times but nutrition really is everything. To reduce cellulite I’ve learned I had to lower my body fat a little so that meant eating clean. I constantly load up on nutrient dense foods, which are important for my metabolism and keeping my body fueled. Reach for plenty of raw vegetables, fresh fruits, clean proteins. Guys, if you want to dive even deeper in the world of nutrition and health. Consider getting a Live Blood Analysis done, basically you get to look at your blood under a microscope. This will allow you to find imbalances, conditions, and issues before they become major problems. Pretty darn cool if you ask me!

Tone Your Backside

Toning up that booty is a must if you want to see a smooth backside. I wanted to share some of my favorite moves that I have been doing NON STOP in 2018. These are the types of excercises that have made a huge difference in reducing my cellulite because they specifically target the thighs and butt. I make sure to do 40-50 reps of each exercise   move into every workout, even on arm day!!!  Dumbbell curtsy lunge, weighted bridge and dead-lifts!. Check out my Pinterest for more workout videos.

Roll Out, Roll Out

 I foam roll everyday or I at least try to roll out everyday. The last 6 months I have really increased my lower body workouts which means super sore legs & butt. So the 411 on Foam rolling is it helps my recovery post workout and increases my circulation/ flexibility. Foam rolling manipulates and releases the fascia layer helping to smooth out your back side!

If your a first time “roller” let me introduce you to the queen or foam rolling and detoxing Lauren Roxburgh.  This article from GOOP has so many great tips on banishing cellulite and Lauren Roxburgh shows you 8 foam rolling moves to incorporate into your life. Or if your a visual person here is a video I have been using from Lauren (Runner’s Workout) that is only 15 minutes long! AND- the exact foam roller I use here. Your back side will thank you for foam rolling, I promise!

Shower Essentials 

Pre-shower I make sure dry brush, it increases circulation and gets any stagnant toxins moving. The technique for dry brushing is to make sure your doing long and upward strokes towards the heart. Start at those feet and work up your legs, then booty and stomach. I also LOVE dry brushing pre-shower because it opens up my pores and allow products to penetrate the skin better. Like a coffee scrub ( recommended in that GOOP article and the only one I have tried) or you can totally DIY your own Coffee Scrub.. They say good ole’ caffeine is cellulite’s #1 enemy, it increases circulation and tightens the skin!

Self Acceptance 

At the end of the day we have to embrace and love our bodies, it is something that have to work on everyday #truthbomb. I remind myself daily that if I’m doing everything possible to be the healthiest and strongest me, than that is good enough. EVEN if that means I have a  little bit cellulite on my tush!

Hope you all have a fabulous week, until next time!

xo- Whitney

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Vivora Luno Ball For Luxury Active Sitting or Exercise

Happy New Years Weekend! Like many of you know I am a fan of using an exercise ball for at home workouts. It’s a great tool for toning from head-to-toe while engaging your core, so I was thrilled when I was introduced to the Vivora Luno ball. The Luno ball does everything an exercise ball does and more! Besides using it to workout I have been using it as a desk chair, which is so nice because it allows me to shift and wiggle while constantly engage my core! You can also find the Luno rolling around our living room at times because it makes the best footrest! What also makes the Vivora Luno different than other exercise/ stability balls is the fabric cover. It’s so appealing unlike the typical plastic exercise balls, it adds that extra bit of flair to your house.  Check out the variety of colors and styles that Vivora offers here. They now are offering a worn hazel suede leatherette cover, which is my personal favorite!

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Vivora also offers something for your kiddos, Niko buddies with cute animal faces are perfect for kids with problems such as ADHD or kids who have a hard time focusing and sitting still! The Niko ball allows your child to wiggle while they work, releasing that energy in a positive way. Check out the variety of animals faces they offer Brown Bear, Koala, Panda, or Polar Bear and Polar Bear cub buddies! Click below to order the Niko and my Luno favorites on Amazon right now!!

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Vivora Luno: Marble    Lululemon top: Similar OnSale  Figur Activ: Mesh Leggings

Use your Luno with these home workout videos

Ball At Home Workout Video

At-Home Workout video with a stability ball 

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*Sponsored post but all opinions and thoughts are my own! 

 

Channel Your Inner Yogi, 5 At-Home Yoga Workout Videos

At Home Yoga Workouts

At home projects, the blog, my two year old have me running around like a mad women the last week. This weekend I had to step back and take a breather, just clear my mind with yoga time.

Since having my daughter I only practice at home, but at home yoga workouts are the best! It’s important to mix up your daily fitness regime with gentler routines, like yoga! Whatever level your at in your fitness game, I swear this is beneficial to everyone.

Okay guys so why do yoga? Well it will help you improve flexibility, core strength and posture. But for me it give me such mental clarity, a way to slow down my thoughts and connect to my body! I have my Check out my top five favorite yoga workouts.

I hope you enjoy these routines and they revive your spirit!!

At Home Yoga Workouts

 

 

Lets Talk Upper Body: Arm Workouts With Real Big Results

arm workoutsLook no further!

I have put together my FIVE favorite arm chiseling workout videos just for YOU!

All these workouts will help strengthen and sculpt every single inch of your biceps, triceps, shoulders and back.

Don’t you forget to get those SUPER chiseled arms even faster- – it’s important to include some high intensity cardio into your workouts! I’m all about leaning out before SUMMER, so you gotta burn MAJOR calories to help boost our metabolism.

But keep it short and sweet, do your 30 mins, get in, sweat and get out of there!

+  Don’t forget that CARDIO– my favorite at home cardio workouts are HERE!

My Current Workout Playlist

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A good workout for me includes good music! When I have a great playlist to listen to I put more effort into my workout. I realized how important music is at the gym after I had Miss B! The first couple post baby gym sessions can be discouraging, but my workout playlists made it fun and put pep in my step. So I thought I would share my current workout playlist!

Remember two things– 1. I don’t discriminate, I like all types of music   2. I am a girl of the 90′s….don’t hate!


1. SPICE GIRLS- SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

2. BECKY G- BREAK A SWEAT

3. FIFTH HARMONY- WORK FROM HOME

4. NO DOUBT- I’M JUST A GIRL

5. LIMP BIZKIT – ROLLIN’

6. BRITNEY SPEARS- STRONGER

7. OFFSPRING- COME OUT AND PLAY

8. SIA- UNSTOPPABLE

9. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE- CAN’T STOP THE FEELING

10. YELLOWCARD- ONLY ONE

Happy Working Out!

5 Things To Help You Feel Bikini Ready

1. Protein World – The Vanilla Slender plan is a great and healthy way to start off your day.  I really like Protein World’s powder because it tastes so good, it does contain whey protein (just fyi). If you want some completely dairy free try the Tone It Up Protein Powder, it has a pretty good taste for being plant based and gluten free.

2. Booty Band– Who doesn’t want a Bootiful Booty. Once I had Miss B I realized that my back side needed some strengthening and toning. I spent ONE month really focusing on squats and using my booty band and let me tell you…. the difference was incredible and it was worth it! Check out my Pinterest page for some amazing booty workouts, you WON’T regret it!

3. Water Water Water- Your kidneys and liver can’t do their job in the body when your not properly hydrated. It is SO important to stay hydrated for your overall health and to help boost your metabolism. I’m kind of obsessed with watermelon water, if I’m gonna drink a lot of water I want it to taste delicious

4. Foam Rolling– Pain has never felt so good people. I try to foam roll everyday to help release and lengthen my muscles. If you find yourself going to bed or waking up sore, it’s time to invest in a foam roller.  Again, on my Pinterest page I have some great starter videos that will you through the foam rolling process.

5. Workout in clothes you L.O.V.E ❤ It’s a fact when you feel good and look good in your workout clothes it boost your overall workout performance ( society is crazy!!). But I kind of have to agree when I am comfortable in my workout clothes and shoes I definitely push harder than than usual.

Also, GUYS don’t miss my 5 favorite at home workout videos for your ARMS, CARDIO, ABS .

xo- Whitney