Good morning from sunny California! I’m here visiting as part of a blogger event with Nature Made vitamins. Yesterday I got to tour the corporate headquarters and the packaging facility, learn about the Nature Made brand and their new product line called VitaMelts. More on all this soon…
For now, I want to do something a little different and share some advice I received from a friend of mine, Monica Nelson. She’s a fitness expert, personal trainer and the lady behind Moni’s Meals, a recipe site where she shares healthy comfort food recipes.
So jealous of her beautiful surroundings in California. How awesome would it be to do yoga here everyday?
In only a few short months I’m going to be walking down the aisle and like most brides, I want to look and feel amazing in my dress (and in my bathing suit on our honeymoon!). With this goal in mind, I reached out to Moni, told her about everything going on in my life and asked her expert opinion. As a health coach I know a ton about nutrition, eating natural whole foods and weight loss, but sometimes I feel like I’m lacking in the knowledge of what workouts I should be doing to reach my goals. It’s also nice to get tips from other health and fitness gurus…. you never know what ideas they might have that you never thought of.
See why I wanted her advice? 😉
Moni shared lots of great information with me! I thought her tips were super useful and asked her if I could share them with you all and she said yes! (She also kindly let me use her photos.)
DAY 1– CARDIO: 25-45 mins, HIIT IF YOU CAN but see how you feel, is it a hard intensity day or just a light-moderate day?
DAY 2– BODY PUMP CLASS, or body weight movements say from a DVD OR Incorporate 20-30 mins of pretty strenuous WEIGHT TRAINING
DAY 3– REST DAY or if you want you can have a light active recovery day; walking, light bike ride, light stretch and foam rolling
DAY 4-YOGA or if you want to do cardio and feel good, then go for it. 20-30 is great.
DAY 5-CARDIO: 25-45 mins, see how you feel, is it a hard intensity day or just a light-moderate day?
DAY 6– WEIGHT TRAINING Or another Body Pump or Circuit Class. The goal is to try to keep your muscles growing and getting worked. The more muscle, the more calories the body needs so it will use stored fat to replenish!
DAY 7– REST DAY or a light active recovery day; walking the dog, light bike ride, light stretch and foam rolling
I really value Moni’s advice and now that my knee is feeling a bit better, I’m going to try to start a consistent workout routine following Moni’s guidelines in the sample workout schedule above. I’m excited! I hope you all liked hearing Moni’s tips — definitely check out her site if you’re interested in learning more. And check out her recipes as well — she just posted a quinoa mac and cheese that looks delish.
Here’s to reaching my goals in 2013! Do you have any specific fitness goals you’re hoping to reach this year?
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