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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fitness Motivation - You don't have to go fast - Exercise Inspiration

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You don't have to go fast.

Oftentimes in the fitness world our perception of what' acceptable is clouded by an "all-or-nothing" mentality. All too often we operate under the misconception of "if I'm not going all the way I shouldn't even bother". "I don't have an hour and a half to workout today", "I don't have time to pack a lunch so I'll eat out 3 times today" and "I'm not as [fast, strong, good, etc] as ____ so I just won't bother" are among my favorite excuses I hear from people. Oftentimes these excuses give rise to increased levels of inactivity and unhealthy behavior.

So how do you break out of this cycle? What can you do now to make sure that you don't fall into the "all or nothing" frame of mind? First and foremost, remember this simple principle...

You don't have to go fast. You just have to go.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gym Core Workout - Best core exercises you can do at the gym - What I Worked Wednesday Series

"What are the best core exercises I can do the next time I go to the gym?"

I've said it before and I'll continue saying it - your emails always make my favorite blog posts!! I got this one from a reader and loved the idea! The next time I was in the gym I dedicated the whole time to some good ol' core strengthening and this is what I came up with! Here's an amazing core burner composed of exercises you can find the next time you're in the gym. Ready or not!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Running interval workout - Treadmill high intensity workout - Mount Kilimanjaro Workout

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Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa. Standing 19,341 feet, climbing this bad boy takes endurance, motivation, and dedication to get to the peak… exactly like this treadmill interval workout! Utilizing The idea of constant progression, today we are going to take our endurance and our results beyond what we thought we were capable of! Do so much more than just run on a treadmill - workout on one with intervals! Get ready for this one...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekly Workout Plan - Tone and tighten your whole body with this amazing week of free workouts!

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Hey everyone! Welcome to another week here on Tone-and-Tighten.com! Another Monday means another weekly workout plan - I've always found that my compliance improves if I can get things planned out before. The "Weekly Workout Plan" is my way of adding variety and excitement to my upcoming week and I hope you've been finding them beneficial, also!

This week we're hitting a complete, total-body routine. We'll focus on one body area per day for 5 days to sculpt and strengthen, tone and tighten! Hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful week, everyone!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Southwest Quinoa Salad Recipe

I have to be honest- I really haven't caught on to this quinoa kick that everyone is doing these days. However, I made this recipe earlier this week and fell in love with it. This dish is such a great way to get some vegetables and real food into your diet.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fitness Motivation - Greatness is for everyone - Exercise Inspiration

Dare to be great today.

How many of us fall into this category? Thinking that "greatness" is reserved only for the elitists, the superstars, and the champions. We see people in the gym, on TV, or even at work/school and we think to ourselves - "no matter how hard I try I will never be able to look like ____ ." These people have attained "greatness" - it was reserved for them and now that they have it I have no chance of getting there myself. These thoughts can be damaging, harmful, and completely derail an otherwise solid self-improvement plan.

So what do we do about it? How do we overcome this comparison and self-doubt?

The answer: Find Your Greatness

Click below to find out how.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to get rid of arm flab - At-home arm toning workout - Problem Areas Series

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Last week, I introduced you to my new "Problem Areas" series here on Tone and Tighten. The response to the "Muffin Top Workout" was pretty amazing! The idea for this series is a direct result of many of your emails and I thank you so much for your support of T&T!

And now onto week two! This week is dedicated to another common problem area: it's for those of you who want to go sleeveless without shame; who wish your arm stopped waving at the same time you did; and who desire your sleeves be filled with toned muscle rather than "other". Yes, today were talking about "Arm Flab" and how you can eliminate it from your life forever! This "Problem Areas" workout consists of 10 exercises designed to shred your arms, eliminate flab, and (of course) Tone and Tighten. Here we go!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quick total-body at-home workout - 20 minute AMRAP - Cardio and strength training at home

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What can you do with 20 minutes?

Some common answers include - "Watch a sitcom", "Make a sandwich", and "Surf around on the internet". Why not take the next 20 minutes and do something to improve your health?! That's more than enough time to shred through an awesome at-home workout... just like this one! A quick, convenient, 20-minute workout that requires little equipment and yields amazing results! Try this one out!! Or sit on the couch... just remember... tomorrow's results come from today's actions. Here we go!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Healthy and active trick-or-treat items - Give more than candy with these amazing gift ideas! - Candy alternatives

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Little fact that you probably did not know about me – I love Halloween! It's probably one of my favorite holidays! I love the monsters, scaring, decorations, and as a child, of course I loved trick-or-treating! I remember filling half a pillow case with candy and then rationing it to last until December!

Of course, now that I am a father myself, my kids health is paramount to everything else that I do. Combine that with running a health and fitness blog, and all of the sudden trick-or-treating becomes a little bit more difficult! This year, however, we are totally knocking things out of the park! I found 13 trick-or-treating options to stimulate activity, play, and creativity. Be the house on the block this year that EVERYONE wants to come to - get your ideas below!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lower Body Cardio Barre Video Workout - Low Impact

Looking for a workout that will target your entire lower body (thighs, hips, legs, butt, and even abs)? Well, look no further. Even though you don't use any weights or jump around, this killer workout will shape your lower body in no time!