Hey guys! Recently my fitness friend, Maiah & I have began vlogging fitness tips that we use to stay healthy and in shape. As a working woman it can be hard to balance working out and handling life’s daily challenges. We hope that our tips and suggestions help you throughout your fitness journey. Click here to subscribe to my channel and check out our recent videos below.
Are you in a relationship?
Do you have relationship weight?
First and foremost ‘relationship weight’ is defined as weight gained during a romantic relationship.
Often, when a person is single they often put in work to enhance their body appearance. Whether that’s being cautious of how they dress or the type of hairstyle they wear, people will try to impress someone they find interest in. On the contrary, when you become comfortable with someone and ultimately begin dating you care less about the way you look. You then fail to do everything you did to get them and may even gain weight, too.
Relationship weight is real, so if you find yourself in that predicament it’s important to realize the signs before you end up having to do a total body transformation. Instead of eating out all the time and doing activities that don’t require a lot of movement try to incorporate health-related benefits into the relationship. It’s extremely important to encourage your partner if you notice that they are starting to “let themselves go”. Caring about that individual means caring about their health and well-being, too. Going to the movies, etc can be nice, but activities like these don’t require a lot of mobility. Instead, suggest outdoor or recreational activities like bike riding, group exercise classes, or even hiking to get active.
Lastly, people can really lose themselves to a relationship. Don’t allow yourself to lose focus of caring for your body and well-being. When you make your health a priority it shows to others and when people know what you’re about they’re able to get on board, too. Now, relationship weight gain is all about positive choices (Click here to read on a study done on happily married couples that tend to gain more weight than others). If you’re prioritizing your physical condition and you’re happy — especially within the confines of your relationship — then you shouldn’t have any issues.
Hello fitness friends (:
I’m back with another ‘Get To Know You’ post on health, wellness and fitness advocate Victoria Guerra. She uses her faith in Jesus Christ to witness to others and show them how to properly care for the body as it is a temple. A DFW native, she’s always busy training and finding new ways to perfect her craft. Below she shares with us about her fitness journey and answers some other questions, too.
My friend and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, Regina Hill is here to discuss various face serums offered through Mary Kay. Serums are a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns, like wrinkles, etc. If you want a change in your daily face routine then I recommend trying out some of the products listed below.
Before starting with Mary Kay I never thought about using a face serum. I was a soap and water type of girl when it came to cleaning my face, but now knowing what I know serums I’m more cautious about what to put on my face. I like to tell people that a cleanser and moisturizer are used to balance the skin (add moisture for dry skin and remove excess oils for oily skin). Now, a serum can be used if you want to change something about your skin. What I mean by change is that if you’re wanting a more radiant and even skin tone, reduced dark spots, firm skin or reduced appearance of pores you’ll want to use a serum. Serums are able to change the appearance of your skin because their molecular structure is smaller and can penetrate deeper into the skin which allows them to deliver a higher concentration of ingredients.
So what kind of serums are there?
TimeWise Tone Correcting Serum (One of my FAVS!)
This lightweight, quick-absorbing serum works beautifully with all skin tones and skin types. TimeWise Tone-Correcting Serum dramatically evens your skin tone and is clinically shown to significantly improve skin brightness. The appearance of past damage, skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, dark spots and freckles are all helped by daily usage.
TimeWise Pore Minimizer (Another one of my FAVS!)
Did you know it’s estimated there are an average 20,000 pores on a person’s face? Persian silk tree bark extract and soy bean extract are shown to support factors important to skin, which may help tighten the look of skin overall and around your pores. Using TimeWise Pore Minimizer consistently significantly reduces the visible number of pores and is great to use with the Clear Proof Charcoal Mask!
Clear Proof Pore Purifying Serum (For acne prone skin)
Oil production in skin is impacted by hormones. As hormones spike, so does oil production. This is why so many teens experience and suffer from acne. Women also experience hormonal fluctuations throughout their life and into menopause, causing acne to return in their adult life and even for women 40 and up. This serum glides on smoothly and absorbs quickly to help minimize the appearance of pores and reduce shine. It acts like an exfoliant to unclog pores, which help prevent new blemishes from forming.
TimeWise Replenishing Serum +C:
Need a face lift? TimeWise Replenishing Serum +C has benefits that can do just that. This precious, antioxidant-rich serum is formulated with ingredients that enhance the production of new collagen and help keep existing collagen from breaking down. This remarkable formula helps skin appear lifted, firm and more resilient. It also contains ingredients known to support elastin, a protein that gives skin its elasticity.
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When most people think of a pole they instantly assume strippers will be involved. That’s not the case with this post. Pole Fitness is a type of group exercise class, which involves a variety of movements that strengthen your muscles and core. Most people leave a pole fitness class with a boost of confidence, feeling sexy and ready to conquer the world.
Some other benefits to taking a pole fitness class include:
- Cardio workout- you’ll sweat a lot and burn lots of calories, too.
- Strengthen your back- development of your back muscles
- Flexibility- lots of stretching
- Coordination & balance- you’ll learn to control spins, turns and pivots
Now, I took Donna’s class at Mind Body & Pole Fitness in Arlington , Texas and the class was so awesome. Donna is a great instructor and she breaks down each movement for you to learn step by step. She encourages you to channel your alter ego and really get into the movements. At the end of the class I was able to perform my own routine to my choice of music, which made the experience worth while.
Best of all, pole fitness classes don’t feel like exercise because it’s so FUN. You’ll be so in tune with learning all the different moves that you fail to realize you’re actually working your muscles, but rest assure you’ll feel it the next day. I know whenever I woke up the next day my arms were so sore, but felt super toned.
Mind Body & Pole Fitness is fitness with a twist, so the next time you’re in DFW you should definitely check them out. You won’t regret it! Be sure to request Donna as your instructor, too.
Recently, I visited Katy trail in Dallas and had the time of my life! Now, usually whenever I go to a trail I run, but this time I rode a bike (LimeBike), which was super fun and also made for a great cardio workout.
LimeBike is an app that allows you to locate and ride a bike in their operating cities/campuses. The LimeBikes are posted in various locations just waiting to be unlocked by a special QR code you get through the app. Carrying a bike in your vehicle can be a hassle when you’re trying to find a trail or park to ride on. This app makes it easier and faster to get around for a workout or just for leisure. Click the link to see how it works for yourself.
Once I unlocked my bike I pedaled both uphill and downhill for a total of six miles. I burned over 150 calories during this ride. Everyone knows that Texas heat is no joke, so I was so happy that there was a STOP N GO spot along the trail with water. This cool down area made riding along the trail bearable.
I highly recommend that if you’re ever in DFW to give LimeBike a try. With the Fall season approaching riding along Katy trail makes for a great date or outdoor activity with friends.
There’s so many health benefits to bike riding, too. like You can strengthen your thighs, hips and butt. I definitely felt a booty burn post-ride. Even your arms will get stronger if you stand to pedal as you ride uphill. Furthermore, The Dallas scenery along the trail was so beautiful that pictures don’t do it any justice. If you’ve ridden on Katy trail I want to hear about your experience. Leave a comment below!
Getting in shape is no easy task. Once you commit to going to the gym and get a good workout routine going you expect to see results, but often this isn’t the case. The reason why you’re not seeing results is because your workout routine SUCKS, and here’s why:
You are doing the wrong exercises for your body goal
For a lot of people working out means running on the treadmill and doing crunches. Although these exercises work the body people fail to realize that these exercises are not done with purpose. By this I mean that if you’re trying to tone your legs the exercises you do need to centered around that (Ex. squats and resistance band exercises for your inner and outer thighs). Go to the gym with a target area in mind that you are going to work out to reach your body goals. For suggestions on what exercises to do for specific body parts view this link.
You workout consistently, but haven’t changed your diet
Body transformations are 30% diet and 70% working out. You can’t expect to shed pounds by just working out without changing your eating habits. Being healthy both inside and out is a lifestyle change. Sacrifices must be made in order to reach your ultimate body goal. Try eliminating junk food from your diet and replacing those items with healthy snacks. Also, water needs to be the #1 component of your diet.
You are doing the bare minimum at the gym
Finally, when going to the gym push yourself to the limit even if you can only commit to 10-15 minutes. If you only have time to do 10 minutes on the elliptical then that 10 minutes needs to be the hardest 10 minutes of your life. Turn your resistant up and sweat like you never have before. A quality workout is better than spending 1-2 hours in the gym just chatting with a friend and not pushing yourself (Quality > Quantity).
By taking these three things into consideration you’ll be able to adjust your workouts and eating habits accordingly. You have one life to live, so take care of it while you can. Always try to be your best self!