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Hamstring Workouts that Can Help Improve Your Posture

Why hamstring workouts helps to improve posture? Here’s a great exercise that you can do from the comfort of your home - hamstring curls with bands or an exercise ball.  Well- developed hamstrings will help you maintain good posture, and prevent leg injuries. Because your hamstrings cross the knee and hip joints, they work to bend your knees and draw your hips backward. When executing the explosive movement, these muscles play an important part in shifting the load from your knees to your hips. The video below reveals one of the most effective ways to maximize your hamstring workout. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mbtAVUkONY[/embed] How to complete a hamstring workout using an exercise band Take a band and safely wrap it around a sturdy post. Place the band around your...

Studies Reveal Fasted Cardio Helps Burn More Fat

We have all heard you shouldn’t eat right before a swim. Now there’s a new study that suggests fasted cardio is one of the most efficient ways to burn fat and get the most out of your workout. Why Fasted Cardio? [embed]https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f2d0vYkWX0Y[/embed] The new trend is called fasted cardio and encourages working out first thing in the morning before breakfast. According to studies, the body will burn more fat. The body typically draws on carbs for energy. Without food, your body will only have existing fat to use for energy. Then, after the workout, studies say that your body will be better able to absorb carbs and proteins. The idea is that your body will use the food to restore energy instead of storing it as fat. Fasted Cardio...

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Results

Intermittent Fasting 101: How to Maximize Your Weight Loss Results

When most people think of “intermittent fasting,” they only think of starvation and tend to ignore the health benefits. Research studies reveal that reducing your daily calorie intake by 20 to 40 percent is an effective way to lose weight, improve cardiovascular, boost metabolism health, and prevent disease. However, most people find it difficult to eat less during the day, especially if their daily diet consists of eating five to six meals every two to three hours. Realistically, who would want to feel ‘hangry’? So before you adopt a new diet regimen, intermittent fasting, here’s what you need to know.   What is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent Fasting (IF) involves alternating cycles of fasting and eating. This eating system typically focuses on when to eat, not necessarily what...

Herbal Detox Teas

3 Detox Teas to Help You Lose Weight and Stay in Shape

If you are already a huge fan of tea, and you haven’t tried any of the detox teas below - then girl, YOU BETTER GET INTO IT! Detox teas are often used for weight loss, but can also be used for weight management. Drinking a detox tea is a method used to detoxify and rebalance your body. The teas are high in antioxidants and formulated to improve your liver function, as well as support your digestive organs. Most women are unaware of the correlation between digestive health and body weight. If the digestive system is imbalanced it will be hard to lose and maintain weight. So, here are three detox teas that are not only beneficial to your digestive health but overall well-being.   Lyfe Tea We all...

Body goals by Victoria

How to Gain the Body You’ve Always Wanted

I’m sure we all love hearing advice from health and wellness coaches about body goals and healthy eating habits. But, listening to a person that was once in your shoes gives you a different type of motivation. So, I decided to interview, Victoria, a teacher and former cheerleader that worked diligently for the body she once had.  Q: Prior to reaching your body goals, explain the state of your health? A: After graduating from college, I gained 25 pounds. As a teacher, I would drink soda and eat white cheddar popcorn almost every day. After a long day of running behind kids, I was exhausted after work. I felt lazy, sluggish, and I knew I wasn’t myself. Growing up as a cheerleader, I was always in...

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Don’t Shy Away From Powerlifting

When it comes to weight loss or wanting to maintain good health, most women shy away from powerlifting. They’re afraid of bulking and being compared to men. But, wouldn’t it be awesome to deadlift or bench press 300 - 500 pounds without losing your femininity? Absolutely and it’s totally possible! Brittany Jade Brittany Jade is a 31-year-old strength athlete and powerlifter from Las Vegas, NV. She can deadlift 565 pounds, squat 495 pounds, and bench press 320 pounds. Jade is also a drug-free female competitor, which means she doesn’t consume anything to enhance her body nor her performance. Now, this is #blackgirlmagic.         [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdF9t26Gm48[/embed] Benefits of Powerlifting Improve Strength   Powerlifting is a strength sport that incorporates exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and bench press.  While squatting works the muscles in your...

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Looking to Get in Shape? Follow a Fit Mom on Social Media!

Being a fit mom is no easy job! As women we tend to juggle it all - take care of the house, raise the children, be a good partner, and manage our career. With all that is going on in life, sometimes we can’t even make time to hit the gym. As a mother, you often find yourself putting your family first and health second. Unfortunately, if you aren’t giving your body the “me time” it deserves to stay motivated and fit everything else will fall apart.  Here are some women that continue to set examples for all future fit moms to follow. Natalie Nunn From Bad Girls Club to health and fitness entrepreneur, Natalie Nunn dedicated her time to get in shape prior to having her daughter...

The 81-year-old bodybuilder that’s defying all odds

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpBo2dl3PBc[/embed] When we think of bodybuilders, we often think of men and women who are young, athletic and ripped. One never thinks about an 81-year old black woman fighting the odds and becoming a record-holding world’s oldest bodybuilder. Well meet Ernestine Shepherd, she is motivating women around the world to become healthy and fit. At the age of 70, she started training to become a bodybuilder. Shepherd trains more than 30 hours a week in the gym and runs ten miles a day. Aside from participating in bodybuilding competitions, she conducts a workout class with a group of women every morning at her local gym. And here’s a secret - Shepherd works out in heels! If she can do it, why can’t we? This woman is the...

Top 3 Ways to Detox Your Body After the Holidays

New Year, New Body Goals! If you’re anything like me, I know you couldn’t resist all the delicious food during the holiday season. From the taste of macaroni and cheese and sweet potato pie, your taste buds were in heaven. However, despite the satisfaction of your taste buds, your body is yearning for nourishment. By this point, you might feel bloated and may have even gained a few pounds, but don’t get discouraged. Your body just needs to detox! A detox will help the body reset its metabolism so you can start incorporating a balanced diet. Here are the top 3 ways you can detox the body after indulging in some of your favorite foods. 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse – Drinking three green smoothies a day can help eliminate...

Protein Powder

Why Pea Protein is the Only Protein Powder to Use

For some of us, dealing with acne breakouts is a thing of the past. For others, we only have to really worry around our skin acting up during a certain time of the month when our hormones are already out of wack. And then, there are those few who seem to have breakouts more often than normal, and sometimes without reason. But, what if we told you that there may be a reason behind those “not so random” breakouts after all? It’s no secret that one of the most popular post workout supplements to hit the market in recent years is protein powder. And when you think about it, protein powder is the perfect match for a successful workout routine. A good one can help you lose...