Strengthen Your Body
Research found that strength training can reduce your chance of having multiple heart-disease risk factors—such as high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and obesity—by 37%. And you don't need to lift weights to benefit. This routine uses your body weight and a sturdy chair to tone and tighten. Don’t forget: Give your muscles time to repair themselves (and prevent injury) by taking two days off between strength training workouts.
General Tso’s [healthy] Chicken
In this healthy version of a General Tso’s Chicken recipe, I cut the fat and sodium in half from the original version by not frying the chicken and by using half as much soy sauce in this Chinese-takeout favorite. Serve with steamed baby bok choy or sautéed spinach and steamed brown rice.
Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
Serving Size: about 1 1/2 cups
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
If you have 1 minute
Focus on double-duty moves. Activities that work the lower and upper body at the same time are your best bet, since you'll burn the most calories. Set a timer and do jumping jacks, jump rope or simply march in place—touching elbow to opposite raised knee as you swing arms—for 60 seconds.
Go for a brisk walk. Adopt this motto: No stroll is too short. Research has found that when it comes to cardiovascular health and weight gain prevention, the intensity of exercise may be more important than duration. The key is to pick up the pace of your walk to the point where you're able to talk in snippets but not full sentences.
It's time to shift your rear into gear!
Today I officially launched my own company geared toward improving the health of others- PARADIGM SHIFT FITNESS!! My #OZone15 is comprised of 15 women who are ready to improve their lives, and they are trusting me to coach them. I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, "Because of You, I didn't give up."