Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New favorite workout DVDs

I started off the new year with a few new workout DVDs to help change up my routine a bit, and I LOVE them both!

Core Fusion Boot Camp
Tracy Anderson's Mat workout

The boot camp dvd has a little bit of everything - stretching, yoga, weights, cardo, etc. I am literally dripping wet in the middle of it! I have quite a few of the Core Fusion workouts and this one I think is my favorite. It seems to target your WHOLE body in one workout. If you can't do the whole DVD, it is broken down into 10 min smaller workouts so you can pick and choose which ones you want to do.

I have been wanting to try Tracy Anderson's DVD for a while now. I keep hearing how she can really change your body no matter what your body shape or genetics. I can see how the mat workout will do that. Like any other workout regimin, I will have to stick with it and do it 3 to 4 times a week at least but I am willing to give it a try. She doesn't talk much or do much instruction, so the first time you might have to watch a little more than actually doing the moves, but I think her "method" could really work! It is more of a targeted trouble zone workout. However, even though there isn't cardio, I still felt like I got a good workout!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Need more fruits and vegetables in your diet?

We eat a decent amount of fruits and vegetables in our house but there is always room for improvement. Recently we purchased a juicer and have found a new love for fruits and vegetables.  We have put some crazy concoctions together and they still turn out great.  It is such an easy way to get in those fruits or veggies that you don't really like, but know that you should have.  If you blend all the flavors well, it will taste fresh and sweet.  My latest blend was broccoli, cauliflower, apples, pineapple, carrots, and spinach.  Sometimes the color of the juice isn't the most appetizing, but knowing all the nurtients I am getting and the taste of it outweighs the color.  It is also a great way to get the kids the nutrients they need as well. 

Another great item is the Magic Bullet.  My sister ordered one and then we bought the smaller "Bullet to Go" from her (which is basically the same thing.)  We

use this machine mostly for fruit smoothies.  It is small, portable and very easy to use.  It also has very little pieces compared to the juicer.  That is probably the juicers only downfall.

If you are looking to eat a little healthier this year, I encourage you to try both!  You will be surprised how well fruits and vegetables can taste!