I'm a local Health and Fitness Coach and Active Travel Specialist. I've been kickin' around NoHo for years getting involved in our community and charity projects, helping people with their wellness goals, and organizing and leading active excursions throughout LA and the world. I love this community and really enjoy blogging about all the things we do together and tips to keep us fit !
You've may have heard it from your mom or dad or a teacher while growing up: "Sit up Straight"! Sitting up straight is indeed very important, especially as we spend more and more time in front of our computers. A slouched sitting posture not only affects your back, but your neck as well, and interupts proper breathing and comprimises your energy levels.
Ok gals, I know it's unfair that women tend to deposit much of their fat on the thighs. So let's just take action right now and get those "Thunder Thighs" and "Saddle Bags" under control. It's all about slimming down your inner (adductor muscles) and outer (abductor muscles) thighs. You'll also want to incorporate some front thigh (quadriceps muscles) and back of the leg (hamstring muscles) too for the complete toned up look.
So, I want you to do these 4 resistance/weight bearing type exercises at least 3x per week for your thighs/legs, along with a daily cardio (at least 30 min.) routine for all around fat loss (jogging, stationary bike, elliptical etc.)
1. Lie on your side and lean up on your elbow. Place your top foot over your lower thigh.
2. Maintaining this position and raise your lower leg keeping it straight.
3. Repeat for 25 repetitions and then repeat with the other leg. 3 Sets each leg.
Hip Abduction with Ankle Tube
1. Place an ankle tube around your ankles and stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
2. Slowly extend one leg out to the side and then bring back to the starting position and repeat.
3. Keeping your hips level repeat to the other side for 25 repetitions. 3 sets each leg.
Stationary Body Weight Lateral Lunge/Squat
1. Start by placing your hands behind your head and your feet placed with a wide stance.
2. Shift your weight and hips to one side and squat down so that your hips drop down behind that foot.
3. Return to the starting position and repeat the same movement to the other side.
4. Alternate this movement back and forth completing 50 total repetitions (25 each side). 3 complete sets.
Prone Hamstring Curl with Ball
1. Lie on your stomach and place a stability ball or large medicine ball between your legs and hold it with the inside of your lower leg.
2. Curl your legs up while holding the ball until the ball reaches your butt.
3. Return to the starting position, and repeat for 25 repetitions. 3 sets.
Do your calves and ankles lack a defined indent? Do you feel like you have thick ankles? It may be hereditary and/or it may be excess body fat depositing itself in your calf/ankle area instead of your thighs, hips, or belly.
With summer here now, it's real important to make sure you stay properly hydrated. Since heat related illnesses often follow dehydration, staying hydrated is key. But how do you know when you are dehydrated? One simple method is to check the color of your urine. I know it sounds kind of gross, but it's a simple and quick way to get a gauge on things.
Are you tired of your arms flappin' in the wind? Do you ever wish you could just snip off some of that arm fat? It's time to roll up your sleeves and get down to work on exercises for your arm.
You can feel it in the air! Summer is just around the corner. The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and you'll be dipping in the pool or soaking near the sand with a smile. Here's 10 quick tips to get you fitting into your bikini or bathing suit in no time, and enjoy your sun worshiping.
Try enhancing your traditional ab and core exercises like "crunches" and "sit ups" with these dynamic variations for ultimate results:
Your body is like a hybrid car. It can use various forms of stored energy for fuel such as carbohydrates, fats, or proteins. It can switch on and off between these energy sources. During exercise, fat and glucose are the major sources of the fuel. So how do you get it to use most of your stored fat for fuel?
Belly Fat: It's like a bad inlaw, it's the first to arrive and the last to leave. You'll need some patience when trying to get that "flab" off from your waistline, but once it starts going, it's"syonora"! Here's a few tips to uncover your inner six pack abs.
We have so many great restaurants in NoHo, and many more on the way! For those of you who are looking for a healthy meal option, you don't have to look too hard, because within a few block radius in the NoHo Arts District the choices are plentiful.
Healthier employees use less sick days, are more productive, save on healthcare costs, and are a company's best asset. Here are some ideas on how to get exercise incorporated into the workplace:
When you start feeling stale and "out of gas" in the every day hustle and bustle of your life, you know it's time to recharge and get a new perspective on things with an "attitude walk". Just 30 minutes outside of your daily routine territory can do the trick. Here are 3 great attitude walks you do in and around the NoHo Area.
Yes 2012 is being pegged as the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar, but it's suggested that what it is really is a rebirth year. So how can you embrace that concept of rebirth for your health and wellness?
It's a time honored ritual, you buy your movie ticket, get some pocorn, grab your seat, and escape from reality for the next couple hours while watching a good movie.
It's everywhere! To your left..to your right..straight ahead..and right behind you: Processed Foods. Cheap to manufacture, easy and quick and addictive to eat, but causing disease, depression and obesity like nobody's business. This year, make it a point to wean yourself down from so much of it and you'll look and feel awesome! Here's how: