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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!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Workout Plan - The Best Quick Workouts - 30 minutes or less!





Hey everyone! And welcome to another week here on Tone and Tighten! Another Monday means another Weekly Workout Plan - 5 days of amazing workouts to get you through this week a little fitter and pushing your limits a little farther!

This week we're going to hit it hard and we're going to hit it fast! 5 amazing, at-home workouts that are 30 minutes or less. Designed for those of us who are hard on time but big on desire to get shredded! Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

20-Minute At-Home Cardio Strength Workout - My favorite strength moves in cardio mode!

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Cardio? Strength? How about "Cardio-Strength"?!!!

Full disclosure - I am not a huge fan of cardio. I get that it's necessary for peak performance and weight loss and I have definitely found ways that I like to keep it interesting (Running Intervals and Treadmill Workouts are a few of my favorites!), but give me strength training any day! Well - today I thought "Why not get the best of both??" Which brings me to my "Cardio-Strength" workout for today!! I'm calling it "Crength"... or "Stardio"... either way it's taking 5 of my favorite strength moves and putting them together in a way that's designed to get your heart rate up and keep it there! Hope you enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Problem Areas" Series - How to get rid of your muffin top - Lose your muffin top with this at home workout!

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We've all got them. They are those small things about ourselves that we wish could just look a little bit better. "I wish my butt fit these jeans better." "I wish I could go sleeveless without worrying about how my arms look." "I have cankles." They often become our fixation as far as health and fitness goes – no matter how good everything else is looking the lack of progress in this one area becomes our obsession. Yes, my friends, these are our "problem areas"... and for the next 12 weeks we are taking them back!

I am stoked out of my mind to introduce you to the newest series here on T&T = the "Problem Areas" series! In response to your emails I've selected 12 of your most-asked about problem areas and turned them into a 3-month, melting, toning, shaping, get-rid-of-forever, holy-cow-I-didn't-know-I-could-look-so-good series!! From "cankles" and "thutt" to "arm jiggle" and "no-baby baby bump";  every week for the next 12 weeks I'll roll out another workout designed to eliminate your top problem areas!

We're kicking things off this series with one of the most-common problem areas I get asked about... "The Muffin Top". This is the little pooch (I can call it a pooch and not offend anyone cuz we're going to shred that bad boy away forever) that sits right above your jeans that makes your lower torso look like a delicious breakfast banana muffin. TODAY WE'RE TAKING IT BACK!!! Here's a workout designed to melt away the muffin top. Goodbye forever, favorite pair of spanks! You're not needed here anymore...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How To Cook A Spaghetti Squash (Healthy Recipe)



 

The first time I heard about spaghetti squash, I was really hesitant to try it. Have you ever seen a spaghetti squash? It kind of looks like a pale pumpkin/gourd. I wasn't sure how that was going to turn into string-like strands that resembled pasta. However, cooking it is simple and it makes a delicious and easy side dish (or main dish!).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fitness Motivation - If it doesn't scare you a little bit, it's probably not enough - Exercise Inspiration







Whether it's the weight,
the distance,
the sets, the reps,
the intensity,
or magnitude...
If it doesn't scare you, it's probably not enough.

This week's fitness motivation quote is brought to you by the comfort zone... and completely obliterating it! All too often in fitness (I would even argue in life, for that matter) we find ourselves getting comfortable. 

"I run X distance on the treadmill at X speed and that is that." 
"I lift X amount of weight X number of times and call it good."

The comfort zone is a dangerous place to find ourselves. It's a place where monotony starts to set in and progress goes to die. When you find yourself in the comfort zone, exercising is no longer new and exciting; it can become a tedious chore that has to be checked off your list just because it's on your list.

So how do we make things exciting again? How do you break out of your comfort zone and start seeing progression and results again? Easy - add a little fear....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Total body barbell workout - No rack required! Part of the "What I Worked Wednesday" series

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"So I've got a bar and a bunch of weights, but no rack. What can I do with it?"

Any of you find yourselves in the same predicament? Barbell with weights but no rack to put it on? I got this email from a viewer a week or so ago and LOVE the idea! What kind of workout can I come up with that utilizes the bar and the weights when you don't have a rack to rest it on?! Challenge accepted! Today I'm bringing you my "Rackless Barbell Workout" - 6 of my favorite moves you can do with your barbell and weights that don't require a rack. This one's a killer... check it out...


Monday, October 13, 2014

Total Body Strength Training Workout for Beginners (with Weights)







I have received a couple questions from many of you asking about strength training, specifically where to start if you have never done any type of strength training or weight lifting. This is a great workout to start with that you can do in the comfort of your own home. This video explains each strength training move and how to do it.

I recommend starting with 2-3 pound dumbbells if you have NEVER picked up a weight before in your life. If you have some experience and want to challenge yourself, try 5-8 pound dumbbells. For a more advanced workout, use 10-12 pound dumbbells (please only use these if you have experience with strength training).




Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekly Workout Plan - 5 days of dumbbell workouts to tone and tighten your total body! - Best dumbbell exercises





Dumbbells. Definitely dumbbells this week.

Hey everyone! And welcome to yet another week here on Tone-and-Tighten.com! Another Monday = another "Weekly Workout Plan"... 5 days of incredible workouts for you to do this week. This is an outstanding way to break out of your "normal" routine, try some new and exciting workouts, and start making gains that you never though possible!
This week I've dedicated to the dumbbells! Free weights are my favorite form of strength training (check out these posts: Free Weights vs Machines and Why You Need To Be Strength Training) and this week I'm sharing 5 of my favorite dumbbell workout routines with you! We'll hit as many body parts as we can over 5 days to strengthen and sculpt, tone and tighten! Let's do this!

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