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Workout of the Week: The Burpee Sandwich

Ooooh… a burpee sandwich!

What in the world is that?!?

Uh, only the best way to order your burpees, of course!

In all seriousness, burpees are instant fat burners for a reason. They get your heart pumping, yet they also engage your arm and leg muscles.

Now before you jump into the gym and start knocking burpees out until you collapse, here me out for a sec…

Burpees are BEST done when combined with other exercises. Since they check a lot of boxes already, you’re free to mix them in with almost any workout routine you typically do.

Here’s one we’re calling the burpee sandwich, and inside is a patty made of planks. Hmm, maybe we should trademark all this…

(Don’t forget to keep up to speed with our blog for more useful fitness, lifestyle, workout, and recipe tips!)

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How to Get the Washboard Abs of Your Dreams

Let’s do a simple exercise.

I want you to picture yourself with a six-pack. I want you to see your beautiful, bold self as lean and ripped, like one of those Greek god statues they carved out hundreds of years ago.

Maybe you’ve never even pictured yourself with a six-pack. Or, perhaps you feel you COULD get a six-pack but you don’t have the time or discipline for it.

Washboard abs aren’t only for the people you see on TV or in magazines. You can get some, too!

You heard me right.

There’s no better time than the summer to tone your abs and get in shape. After all, wouldn’t it be awesome to rock that bikini bod at the beach, the water park, or poolside?

While most people WANT abs, they don’t know how to get them. It’s not as simple as doing sit-ups until your stomach caves in on itself…

…but it’s definitely not that complicated, either.

We’re going to give you a few pointers on how to chisel that core of yours down to abs and muscles. This is stuff you can do today, so don’t be afraid to jump right in and start your ab routine ASAP!

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How Laughing Improves Your Health

Nothing beats the cathartic release you experience when you let out a long, hearty laugh.

Think about it, when was the last time you let loose and had a good laugh with the people you love?

Hopefully your answer was just the other day, because laughter really is the best medicine when you’re feeling stressed!

Laughing daily has many benefits that not only improve your health, but also your overall sense of self worth.

When you’re laughing, you’re happy. And when you’re happy, you have the motivation to keep striving for greatness – whether that be in fitness, work, or your hobbies!

Laughter is something that briefly rescues us from our troubles and anxieties to give us a breather from the stress of daily life.

So the question is, are you laughing enough?

Here’s some ways laughter will greatly improve your mind and body – and certainly convince you to take a few minutes out of your day to watch that video of a cat falling off the table.

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Workout of the Week: Jump Around

Juicy thighs? Strong quads? Ripped calves?

Uh, yes, yes, and yes!

Today’s workout of the week is all about toning those legs like a BOSS—with jump exercises!

Now, you might say, “I’m not a marathon runner or a basketball player. I don’t need strong legs!”

Hmm, well what about when you chase your kids in the backyard? What about those steps you have to climb to get to the second floor of your work building?

What about walking, something we do anything everyday?!?

You use your legs more than you probably think you do.

So let’s turn those walking sticks into walking muscle. Start out with these jump exercises…you’ll feel like walking all day, every day!

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Why Eating Breakfast Helps You Lose Weight

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”

How many of you heard your parents’ voices when you read that phrase?

We may have rolled our eyes at the time, but the funny thing about growing up is you start to understand what the adults were talking about back then.

Breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day!

We’ve heard some pretty common excuses for skipping breakfast – such as not having time in the morning or wanting to sleep in longer.

But the most silly of them all, quite frankly, is skipping breakfast in hopes of losing more weight because it’s “less calories” to consume in the day.

Say what!?

The reality is quite the opposite, eating breakfast actually helps you lose weight! And here’s how:

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Tips For Staying in Shape Before the Wedding

Remember when you were a little girl and you would dream about your wedding day?

Your dress would shimmer in the sun and be as poofy as a white cloud. Your dashing husband would be smiling at you at the end of the aisle. And, of course, all your favorite stuffed animals would be in attendance.

Now, the day you’ve been dreaming of is finally becoming reality. But wait a second, it’s not nearly as picture perfect and carefree as you imagined!

Wedding season is upon us, which means thousands of women across the nation are drowning under the stress of guest lists, cake options, wedding venues, flower arrangements, and the pressure to stay in shape to fit into that fairy tale wedding dress.

We’re here to help relieve some of that wedding madness! We’re going to give you some tips on how to keep up with your healthy lifestyle amidst your busy schedule.

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Workout of the Week: Burn for the Whole Body!

Who said upper body day couldn’t include a cardio also?!?

That’s exactly what you’re getting in this week’s workout of the week! Time to tone those arms AND thighs!

The 45 degree rows, burpees, and L raises will build those arm and shoulder muscles. With some lunges, your legs will also get in a nice workout. Finally, we’ve thrown in some jumping jacks, cross jacks, and jogging in place to get your heart rate bumping and pumping.

If you’re in a crunch for the week but need a quick workout that covers a lot of your body, this is the one! Just set aside 15 minutes—yup, only 15—and you’re golden!

Let’s get that form and focus down!

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Workout of the Week: Buns and Thighs Builder

Who doesn’t love buns and thighs?

In this case, we’re not talking about biscuits and fried chicken – we’re talking about toned, sculpted glutes and quads!

We get it – it can be intimidating being surrounded by seemingly flawless bodies, especially when it’s time to hit the beach. Don’t let another Summer pass feeling self-conscious and unhappy with your body!

Try out this short, 15 minute buns and thighs workout so you can confidently strut your stuff on the beach in no time. Be your own body goals!

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Why You Need Rest Days Between Workouts

You know that exciting burst of inspiration you get when you’ve been working out for a couple of weeks and finally see results? You feel so pumped and ready to keep pushing forward that you forget to take a breather. Then suddenly, you’re so sore that you can’t even sit up in bed.

When we first start working out, we typically get so caught up in the great results that we want to keep working out day, after day, after day with no rest.

Like most things in life, too much of a good thing can be damaging. Like when you eat a lot of chocolate in one sitting and end up feeling like you’re going to hurl.

Exercising consistently is great, and extremely important to your overall health. Some of the many benefits of working out includes raising your endorphins, boosting your energy, reducing your risk of heart disease, increased strength, and improved self-confidence.

With all these amazing benefits, it seems crazy to not want to go hard in the gym every day, right?

While regular exercise will keep your body in tip top shape, it’s also important to remember that your muscles need time to recuperate after intense workouts.

Here’s some reasons why you should take rest days between stretches of workout days to maximize the results of your fitness journey:

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Recipes: Greek Omelette Waffles

In the morning, there’s nothing more inviting than the warm smell of freshly cooked breakfast. Especially eggs.

One of the most delicious ways to eat eggs in the morning is in an omelette—a scrumptious egg disk stuffed with vegetables and meats. Unfortunately, omelettes are often packed with too many unhealthy ingredients, resulting in a meal that LOOKS healthy but really isn’t.

Today’s Greek omelette is made into a waffle shape that’s easy to eat, even when you’re out of the house! The best part? It’s only 279 calories—nearly half the amount you’d find in a normal omelette! You can even substitute in other veggies to fit your taste without sacrificing any nutritional value.

Let’s get to it!

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