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Monday, July 21, 2014

Whole Wheat English Muffin Vegetable Pizza

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Eating healthy when you are short on time can sometimes be a challenge- but this recipe will take care of that issue! English muffin pizzas could not be easier and you can substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand to top it off. The more veggies, the better!
So without an excuse, what's holding you back from not eating healthier?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Workout Plan - Best way to add variety to your workouts

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"My workouts always seem the same. How can I add some variety?"

Hey everyone! And welcome to another week! Every Monday here on Tone-and-Tighten.com we kick things off with a new "Weekly Workout Plan" - 5 days of workouts to get you through your week a sweatier and a lot healthier!
This week's workout plan comes from a reader email I got last week - a young mom of two who didn't have a lot of time who was looking to mix things up and add variety to her workouts. "I do pretty much the same thing every week and am looking to add some variety, I just don't know where to start." Anyone ever felt that way? I know I have. Luckily we've got the answer! Mixing your workouts with different styles / varieties is a great way to keep you motivated, active, and stretch your fitness style. With so many options available, this was a fun plan to develop. This week we're taking 5 great styles of workouts and turning them into your week's fitness activities.
So come on! Dare to try something new this week! You (and your results) will thank me!

Friday, July 18, 2014

10 of the Best Elliptical Workouts

Tired of the same ol' workout on the elliptical?
Here are 10 awesome workouts that will switch it up and burn some serious calories!

5 Reasons why you need to be trail running - Best benefits of leaving the road behind!

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I LOVE trail running. I'll never forget the first time a friend of mine asked me to get out and hit the trail with him. My first thought was - "Really? You want me to run this hike with you?!" I admit I was a little skeptical but decided to go along with him, anyway. To say the very least - it was exhilarating! To leave the (very literal) beaten path and get up where the air was a little fresher was an experience I'll never forget. I've got my "usual" runs around my neighborhood - my 2 mile and my 5k loops are the most popular; but now I've mixed in a few trails that are near my house that I'm sure to do about once/week. Today I'm sharing with you my top 5 reasons why you should hit the trail on your next run. Trust me, you'll be thrilled you did!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hanging Abs Workout - Best abs exercises you can do!

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The most effective way to work your abs. Period.

Tired performing hundreds of situps and crunches without seeing significant results? Looking for the most effective way to take your abdominal definition to the next level? You definitely came to the right place! You will simply never find more challenging yet effective abdominal exercises than these ones listed below. Hanging exercises work your abdominal muscles harder than practically any other exercise you can perform. Need a better understanding of what I mean? Try out the following ab routine at the end of your next workout. Trust me – you'll be glad you did! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fitness Motivation - Right now is the best time to start - Gym Inspiration

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"Maybe next week."

"When I get back from that vacation next month."
"When the kids get back in school I'll have more time to workout."

Ah procrastination. Does anyone else suffer from it the same way that I do? I feel like quite the hypocrite as I sit here and write this tonight - I've got things that have been on my to-do list since May. However this is a topic that's been on my mind a lot lately. I think it's because it's summer and, if you're anything like me, you feel like you barely have time to scratch your nose let alone sleep or yardwork or family reunions, etc. As schedules increasingly intensify there will always be one constant - "when am I going to have time to workout?" The simple truth is sometimes it's easier to simply let a day or two or seven slide rather than wake up early or go to bed a little later. Well the procrastination stops here because
RIGHT NOW is the best time to start!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Amazing chest workout - Amazing gym day to sculpt your chest! - What I Worked Wednesday Series

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Chest day has always been my favorite day in the gym. Whether you're a guy trying to get bigger or a girl looking to keep "things" "up" and "perky" this is the perfect workout for you! Four incredibly simple exercises to Tone and Tighten - it's the newest addition to our popular What I Worked Wednesday gym series. Check it out!

Monday, July 14, 2014

10 Minute Stir-Fry Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

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One of the questions I get from my readers all the time is "How can I eat healthy when I am short on time?" Well, here is a great answer: 10 Minute Stir-Fry Dishes.

I love stir-frying my food because you can use any combination of vegetables that you have on hand for a delicious and healthy meal.

Today I am sharing my favorite version of stir-fried chicken and vegetables, but feel free to experiment and find your own favorite.

To make this dish even easier, grab a bag of frozen stir-fry vegetables. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Best Strength Training Workouts - No Equipment Required - Weekly Workout Plan

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Do you strength train?

Hi everyone! And welcome to another week here on Tone-and-Tighten.com! It seems like I've been getting a lot of reader emails lately inquiring about strength training. "Is it good for me?" "Will I bulk up if I do?" and "Is it better than cardio alone?" My answers are certainly, not unless you supplement with thousands of calories and protein, and definitely! I'll drop in a few links to some of my past posts that I've written wherein I answer these questions in a little more detail. Today, though, is all about the "Weekly Workout Plan"! Every Monday I outline five specific workouts for you to do this week. Get away from "the norm" or from what your "used to doing". Step outside your comfort zone and try something new! It's to you, my strength-curious friends, that I'm dedicating this week. 5 of my favorite strength-training workouts that will keep you coming back for more again and again! One thing - strength training is NOT the same thing as gym membership! Most of these workouts you can do with some simple resistance like dumbbells or a few heavy cans. Have a great week, everyone!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Best Workout Songs of the 2000's - Great playlist for your next workout!

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I love these music posts - gives me a great chance to update my workout playlists!! Today we're dedicating things to the last decade - the 2000's. All the best tunes from 2000-2009 to keep you running, lifting, sculpting, carving and (of course) Toning and Tightening. Hope you enjoy!