The BEST Home Workouts for Women

When we make a decision to start working out we have our personal health and fitness in mind. Working out is a selfish decision because we focus on the care and outcome of ourselves. Being selfish isn’t always a bad thing, because if we aren’t healthy and strong we can’t help others.

Maintaining top physically health is essential as we grow older. Engaging in a fitness routine from home makes it easier to accomplish a work out every day.

Working out in a gym is popular but working out at home is just as effective and returns the same results as found in the gym. The road to happy healthiness involves cross training, and that can include incorporating workouts in or near the home. Working out from the comfort of your home is a step away from a constricting gym. At home workouts offer flexibility, variety, and a change of routine.

Ask yourself the following three questions when considering working out from home.

  1. Who could use a little extra time in their day?
  2. How do you add variety to your workout?
  3. If you could find the right routine, would you stick with a workout?

These three concepts will help you step outside the gym into a new arena of fitness workouts.

Save Energy by Saving Time

One of the beautiful things about working out at home is the time factor. Think about all the time you will save when you roll out of bed or walk through the front door and your right where you need to be to workout.

All you need to do is throw on your gym shoes, and you’re working up a sweat in the comfort of your living room or out the door to a run, bike, hike, or swim. No driving to the gym, no sweaty machines, and no wasting precious time caught in a long winded conversation about your colleague’s bad day at work.

Another tremendous time saver is the reduction in time needed for workouts. Without the use of machines, working out with a streamlined DVD, specially designed fitness program, or tailored routine focuses attention on muscles and cardio. Targeting your muscles and cardio more intensely reduces the time needed to achieve desired results.

Flavia Del Monte, creator of Curvalicious Body Sculpting System, is an uplifting and captivating instructor with a workout that targets weight loss and muscle toning for women. She focuses on key workout principles and aims to blast fat and tone muscles. When working out from home, it is crucial to your success to find an effective instructor to guide you in cardio and muscle training.

Cross Training with Home Workouts for Women

It doesn’t take much to get started with working out at home. A few hand weights, a mat, and your favorite workout video are enough to get started. Incorporate the items found in your home like chairs, towels, and tables to assist you as you twist and tone.

Choose a mix of video workouts that target muscles with cardio workouts in or outside the home. When you target muscle groups and incorporate a variety of cardio routines you are essentially cross training. Cross training is effective as it interrupts muscle and brain memory from becoming accustomed to a routine. Results don’t happen overnight you must be committed and determined to see a difference.

Incorporating a variety of workouts and routines such as these examples will give you options and keep you interested and committed.

  •  Running is meditative with wind on your face, fresh air to breathe, and natural sounds to hear
  • Swimming can be invigorating with the cool and salty water energizing your soul   
  • Lift weights through toning exercises and resistance training from a video
  • Biking or hiking on a trail will add some challenges to your muscles and mind
  •  Natural moves like yoga or step training engage the muscles and can be done in your living room

You will be more likely to stick with a routine if you love it and enjoy participating in it. Our energy increases, joints and bones become stronger, and we reduce our chances of becoming ill when we engage in daily fitness activities.

Choosing the Right Workout

If you’re a health fitness nut looking for a way to ramp up your routine, check out Rusty Moore’s focused routine.  Rusty Moore, of Visual Impact for Women,  is a respected fitness instructor and he has designed a specialized routine called “Visual Impact for Women” that promises to boost your health and fitness goals. Finding new and innovative ways to enhance or shake up your fitness workout is crucial to keeping your body, muscles and mind challenged. 

Choose workouts that are enjoyable to your soul and physique. Working out five times a week will reduce your risk of illness, increase your energy level, and keep you young at heart. Pick a goal to achieve. Some of the oldest marathoners are in their seventies, eighties, and nineties.

Longevity is achieved by eating healthy, working out and staying fit. The options are endless for choosing which workout routine is right for you. The options to staying fit outside of a gym are abundant; with videos of motivational instructors, detailed workout plans, cross training routines and the great outdoors.

At home workouts for women don’t have to be boring or unconventional. Cross training to incorporate a variety of routines will keep your muscles, mind, and overall health challenged and in shape. Choosing the right routine is imperative to your continued engagement. When you work out at home, pick a motivating instructor and choose fun and challenging routines that blast fat and tone muscles. At the end of the day, it’s not about what you accomplished; it’s about how you feel. Working out makes you feel good.

Maximize Your Personal Fitness Workout!

Staying fit is essential to one’s overall health and well-being. Starting a personal fitness workout to stay healthy can be a daunting task and sometimes it’s easier to choose the elevator over the stairs. Choosing a healthy lifestyle and keeping in shape is a personal choice and commitment. Engaging in physical activity is only accomplished by 22 percent of American adults. That leaves a large percentage of adults who are unhealthy and inactive.

An unhealthy person puts themselves at risk for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and a plethora of other health dangers associated with an unbalanced and sedentary lifestyle.

What percentage are you and how well do you know your body? 

It’s time to get moving if you live a sedentary lifestyle. If you’re in shape and desire to kick up your level of health it’s important to know what motivates you physically. Choosing the right workout will keep you motivated and interested in continuing to work out every day.

Working out 5 times a week keeps the body, mind, and spirit balanced for a healthier you.

 Balancing Your Life with Personal Fitness Workouts

Each of us has a unique body with a personalized chemical make-up. Honing into that uniqueness is imperative to optimal balance and complete health. A person benefits the most from a fitness regimen when they understand their unique make-up and what drives them to keep running, walking, biking, hiking or lifting weights.

Working out is a daily struggle for some but only because the routine is boring, hard or un-motivating.  To keep fit and balanced a person needs to find the perfect workout that meets their desire and needs through body build, chemical, and physiological aspects.

If running gets my blood flowing I am not going to be happy stuck at the gym on the Stairmaster. Do you live in a small apartment with minimal room and no equipment to sculpt muscles?  Then the gym will be the perfect place for you to sweat and sculpt.

Figuring out what works best for you and your needs physically and mentally is important. Find the workout that suits your individual needs and keeps you motivated to workout at least 5 days a week for thirty minutes. The opportunities to move the body are endless.

  • Zumba to Yoga classes are fun, energetic, and relaxing
  • Running, biking, and swimming can be done in nature
  • Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do teach self-defense
  • Weight Lifting burns fat while building lean muscle

These are just a few ways to incorporate a personal fitness workout into your daily routine. If you have never committed to staying physically fit before it can be tough and challenging to begin a workout.

Where do you begin?

 Beginning a fitness routine and making the commitment to stick with it is the hardest part. Realizing the benefits of working out will encourage anyone to begin. It doesn’t matter what age or level, now is the time to begin to stay fit and healthy. We are taught as a culture, that as we begin to age we need to slow down, not true. The statistics don’t lie, “after age 44, upwards of 30 percent of women are sedentary”.

Sedentary is when a person stays seated or is inactive the majority of the time. Becoming active now will help to maintain vibrant health as you grow long into your golden years. Women who are physically active reduce their risk of osteoporosis, arthritis, and heart disease. Take baby steps to become accustomed to what your body feels comfortable with and gradually increase the activity.

  •  When shopping choose to park at the farthest spot from the door. Briskly walk to and from the store.
  •  Grab a partner that will help to motivate and keep you accountable to your fitness goals and levels.
  •  Begin working out at home to feel comfortable with your fitness level before venturing to the gym.
  •  Choose the stairs over the elevator, ride your bike the long way to the store or work.
  •  Adopt a high energy dog and walk or run every day with your new furry friend.

Jump Start Your Routine

Fitness encompasses all aspects of staying healthy from cardiovascular to weights. Choosing the right personal fitness workout to maximize your results for a stronger and healthier you is easier when you know your body’s needs and condition. Moving through cardiovascular activities will help anyone remain active but incorporating muscles enhances the results. Building strong and lean muscles keeps the body balanced. Adding new challenges to your routine helps to awaken the muscles and jump start the mind and body to new concepts and patterns.

Introducing synergistic workouts where muscles and cardio are combined will help struggling health nuts achieve a higher healthier self. Weights don’t have to bulk a person up. Using weights effectively can be a tool to increase muscle mass, sculpting the body for a sleek and lean look. When you introduce weights while incorporating cardio it helps to keep the overall body strong and flexible. Jump squats are an example of combining cardio with muscle building. Jump squats spike the heart rate while building leg muscles with resistance.

Think of new and invigorating ways to incorporate physical activities into your daily routine. New workout strategies will keep the body strong, mind sharp, and overall fitness level balanced. Don’t worry about bulking up or being perfect at your performance. The best thing to do is just get moving. Keeping fit is paramount at any age level and will ward off diseases and other health risks.

Understanding your body and maximizing the elements that work best will enhance your workout and increase flexibility, stamina, and endurance. Working out and keeping in shape helps to balance the entire mind and body which results in a vitally healthy person.

Cooking on the New Outdoor Griddle

Recently, I purchased an outdoor griddle (Blackstone) and now that the weather is good I thought that I would make a post about how to use this thing. The great thing about outdoor griddles as opposed to the standard grill, is that the temperature is evenly distributed across the entire surface. The flavor of the food is also different because all of the juices get soaked into the griddle.

This outdoor griddle is propane powered and can feed up to 20 people with the surface area that it has. Most people have the idea that these outdoor griddles are used for cooking pancakes but you can use them to cook vegetables, has browns, meats and just about every other thing that you can imagine.

There are a variety of good cookbooks and I recently bought The Flippin’ Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook which has some amazing cooking tips and recipes and I would highly recommend it.

If you’re going to be getting an outdoor griddle (which I would highly recommend) I would watch some videos first on youtube on how to set everything up. It’s a bit different than an outdoor grill and requires a bit of seasonisng and other protection measures to ensure that it stays in good shape.

The great thing about the outdoor griddle is the ability to cook seafood, which my family loves. Fish and shrimp are great on it and the smell is unbeleievable. The temperature of the surface get’s up to almost 600 degrees, so you’re done cooking your food in about 2 minutes. Especially with vegitables you have to be extra careful not to burn them.

Without going into too much detail about different recipes there is not much more I can say about the outdoor griddle. If you care about your health and want to prepare amazing tasting food, then I would definitely recommend this.

The food has probably never tasted better, probably because of the whole outdoor experience and the oils that linger inside the griddle as your cooking.

Mixing Up My Routine with Pole Dancing!

Pole dancing has been taking the fitness world by storm over the recent months, and one look inside one of the classrooms or one look at the glowing face of a woman who does it and you can understand why. Pole dancing is all about getting to know your body, fun, and feeling good about yourself. Each class mixes in pleasured faces, erotic dancing, and music intended to keep you moving at all times.

Whether you are just looking to spice things up compared to your usual aerobics class, or want to get serious about your fitness and learn how to climb up a pole, pole dancing fitness might be just what you are looking for.

Twirl, spin, and swing your way around the pole as you improve your self-esteem, burn calories, and look sexy while doing it all. You can even take advantage of extra tips on table dancing and striptease that will make things a little more exciting at home as well.

If you still aren’t convinced enough to give pole dancing a try, just look at some of the benefits this type of exercise can bring to your life:

Toning and Building Muscles

Learning how to support yourself with one arm and manoeuvring around the pole will build muscle in your upper body, while your core works overtime as well. Regular pole dancing can lead to more muscle definition in your thighs, arms, and bum.

Burn Calories

A pole dancing workout can actually burn as much as 250 calories, which is the equivalent of a good, hard workout at the gym.

Cheer Up

The exertion that takes place in your body from pole dancing helps cheer you up and can get you out that funk you often feel in the winter. Learn how to be sexier and release endorphins that will keep you happy, healthy, and more energetic.

It is time to face the facts. Pole dancing isn’t just something that you have to practice on your special anniversaries. It is a regular form of exercise that can help you look and feel better. The only major difference is that pole dancing is a whole lot more fun and feels like a lot less work than most other workouts out there today.

If you don’t believe it then get out there and give it a try for yourself, after one lesson you are sure to understand why so many women swear by pole dancing for their toned bodies.

Are Probiotics For You?

Most everyone is familiar with antibiotics. Doctors prescribe them to fight and prevent infections from bacteria, fungus and certain parasites. The antibiotics enter the body and go about killing bacteria, or at the very least prevent them from growing. Trouble is antibiotics kill microorganisms indiscriminately, without any discernment between the good bacteria and ones actually causing the infection.

That’s right, there are good bacteria. A lot of them. Hundreds of species of microorganisms are at work inside your body, keeping your digestive system functional. You need these little workers in order to stay alive! Widespread unhealthy eating habits combined with the widespread misuse of antibiotics have led to a near nation-wide epidemic of digestive problems…

Infections people take antibiotics for:

colds and flues are caused by viruses, not bacteria

most sore throats are caused by viruses (with the exception of strep throat!)

most nasal infections can be fought off by the body without antibiotics

The Vicious Cycle of Antibiotics

As the good microorganisms are killed off without mercy, the body’s ability to extract nutrients from food is compromised. As the body becomes malnourished, immune systems are put in jeopardy. You may wind up with another infection, and your doctor may prescribe yet another antibiotic-maybe a stronger one this time! This vicious cycle is a major contributor to antibiotic resistance, a growing problem in many parts of the US.

Combat this vicious cycle with PROBIOTICS!!!

The Life Coach Advantage!

Work, family, friends, chores, errands, traffic, favors, deadlines … and underneath it all … invisible pressures, fears, feelings of inadequacy, resentment, regret, stress, hidden insecurities, superficial insecurities, deep-seeded issues that few really make the time to heal….

Keeping so much bottled up inside can have devastating effects on your psychological and physical well being, including stress headaches, exhaustion, depression and anxiety, chemical dependency (most commonly caffeine), insomnia, nightmares, and a jeopardized immune system….

Personal empowerment begins by admitting you need a change in your life–But where do you start? What will be your strategy? How will you change today? … Jump-starting palpable change in your life can feel almost impossible when your body and mind are already overwhelmed.

Most people need more than admitting they need change … they need support for that change … some one who can offer strategies for a balanced, healthy life … some one with a fresh perspective you can trust … in other words, a Life Coach!

As your Life Coach, I can help to jump-start change that will be sure to empower, inspire and rejuvenate your sense of possibility:

-Restore balance in your life

-Get your feelings off of your chest so you can perform at your maximum ability

-Carve out time for yourself

-Importance of setting goals and sticking to them

-Importance of FREE days/vacation

-How to invest in yourself and follow your passions…

Contact me today!

What is Pole Dancing Fitness?

Unless you have been a couch potato for the last year or try not to talk about fitness at all, you have probably heard about pole dancing exercise and how many women are devoted to it all over the world. You have probably even heard of all the fitness benefits that pole dancing can bring into your life, and how it can make you feel better and be sexier all in one.

But what exactly is pole dancing fitness? Why are so many people swearing by this form of fitness and what exactly makes it so much fun?

The answer to both of those questions really is quite simple. The combination of funky music, sexy faces, and fun moves help tone your body while hiding the fact that you are actually working your body hard.

A normal pole dancing routine will involve movements such as spinning, swinging, hanging, and climbing around the pole. You will work muscles you never knew you had and bring out a sexy part of you that you might not have known existed.

The reason the pole dancing is so effective for many women is the fact that the movements can build muscle for women that lack strength in their upper body. Most women do not want to lift weights or strive for a lot of definition, but pole dancing tends to let them get the perfect mix of toning and strength. Add that onto the fact that the movements also improve posture, build confidence, and increase flexibility and you have all of the makings of a top notch workout, without all of the hassle and boredom.

The truth is that women that partake in pole dancing exercise on a regular basis prove to gain core and arm strength rather quickly. Women can also look forward to more definition in their thighs and a more toned behind as long as they dedicate themselves to regular pole dancing workouts.

All you really have to do is get ready for the excitement pole dancing can offer, and the results that are sure to come soon after. Just remember to start off slow and work up to more advanced pole dancing movements in order to have the most fun. In doing so, you will soon be one of many women that not only look sexier but feel sexier deep down as well.

Should You Use Natural and Organic Sunscreen?

With summer solstice coming up-the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere-now is as good a time as any to remind everyone not to forget their sunscreen. According to the FDA, over 10,000 people die each year from skin cancer. Unless you plan on staying out of the sun all summer, sunscreen is your #1 protection from UV rays and indirect DNA damage that can lead to cancers like melanoma.

Yet, even though UV rays are carcinogens for the human body, weakening the immune system and radiating skin, why do so many people leave their sunscreen at home? I’ve heard every excuse in the book.

“I’m only going to be on the court for an hour.”

“I never wore sunscreen as a kid.”

“My skin doesn’t burn.”

“I’m wearing a hat today.”

“It’s cloudy out.”

Why take the gamble? UV rays are practically everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a hat, sitting in the shade, or the gray morning haze has yet to burn off. Even if you never feel burned from the sun, damage from UV radiation is not something to mess around with. Play it safe, protect your skin, and have fun in the sun this summer!

My Top 5 Tips for FAST Weight Loss

1. Drink water, water, water. Our bodies are made up of 60-70% water so it stands to reason that we
should drink it not only for health but for weight loss as well. It’s been proven that water will help to
metabolize fat. It also helps to flush any salt, sugar or caffeine that you have been in taking
throughout the day

2. You absolutely need to do weight training. Incorporate it into your existing workout or increase it if
you are already doing it. Weight training burns 9 times more fat per calorie than just cardio. This
leads me to the next point.

3. Cardio and more cardio. I’m not saying do an hour of cardio every single day-seven days a week
but you must do some form of cardio. This is what burns calories. The equation is calories in,
calories out.

My advice is to do a half an hour every day or 45 minutes 3-4 times per week. You can
also do a high intensity cardio plan for twenty minutes three times per week.

4. Eat!!! Eat every two to three hours. Make sure you get a balance of everything. DO NOT cut 
anything out. The answer to permanent successful weight loss is to get all your dairy, fat,
carbohydrates, protein, vegetables and fruit in. If you eat every few hours you will speed up your
metabolism, thereby allowing your body to be more efficient at burning fat.

5. Use the FITT principle in every aspect of your workout plan. FITT stands for frequency, intensity,
time and type. Every week you should use one of these factors. For example for intensity:

Cardio– You are already doing a certain level on a machine or going a certain speed, increase it by a
level or move faster.
Weights– You are lifting a 25 pound bar for chest press, increase it to a 35 pound bar.
Stretching– You are stretching to a point where you feel a light stretch. With the FITT principle you
are going to try and hold it and stretch it out further.

My 2018 New Years Resolution

A New Year!  We have lived another year or have we? Are you sure? I just spent New Year’s Eve at a beautiful hotel in new york – wyndham hotels. There were parties going on everywhere. I chose to go to a party that had live music from the 60’s and 70’s, yes, that shows my age. What was shown to me there was amazing. In one room there were the living and what I call the walking dead. That may sound like a judgment, but I call them like I see them.

The walking dead, are people who look like they are living and breathing, but are they truly living?  Watch them carefully and you will see a different story all together.   Look in their eyes.  There is no one home. They are not fully in their bodies.

I sat down at a table where there were four other couples.  I sat next to a man whom I had never met before.  He look to be in his 70’s and his wife looked to be in her 60’s. We started up a conversation.  They were wintering in San Diego, living there on their Yacht  He looked tired and held his head in his hands.  He leaned over and said to me, “I don’t know why I am here. In fact, I should have been gone years ago.”  He continued through the night closing his eyes, and looking uncomfortable.  He then got up and left the party.  His wife and the other couple left soon after.

Then there was the couple who had joined us earlier.  They were friends of friends.  We spent the weekend together.  The woman had just been diagnosed with cancer and had told her friend that she was resigned to die soon.  She and her husband sat quietly through the night, said little and did little.  When asked  to dance, they said no, you go.  The sitting went on all weekend.  When we did ask to go for a walk the next day along the waterfront, they weren’t sure they wanted to go.  They followed along for a short distance and asked to turn back.

This was the anniversary of the day I discovered I had breast cancer three years earlier.  What I came to know from going through the process of facing a life threatening disease is that you have a choice to make at that time.  I chose not to die and here I am three years later with no cancer and no disease.  I have worked to heal myself.  Yet here I was surrounded by people who did not chooselife.  Some of them were conscious of this fact and some were not.  What this showed me was that it was not enough to decide that I did not want to die.  I needed todecide that I wanted to live.  Live life to the fullest.  Dance, sing, make love, smell the roses, surround myself with others that wish to live.  That is why I called to myself the living dead.  So that it was so clear to me that I had not only chosen not to die, but I had chosen to live.

I by the way danced my heart out.  Not only did I walk along the bay in the dawn of the new year, but I danced to the music coming out of the hotels as I passed along the way.  I had made a new agreement with myself.  The agreement was to LIVE!  Happy New Year.


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