Friday, February 17, 2012

Weekend Challenge

Here's a weekend warrior challenge for you: This weekend before the kids get up, before you have to get ready for church, before the President's Day weekend festivities start, before you step on the treadmill called "life," do this quick, fat blasting, heart pumping 10 minute workout a try. Do it right out of the gate and you'll set the pace for your day and get your workout out of the way.

Research suggests that morning exercisers tend to stick to their exercise habits in the long run and and that morning exercise improves sleep, a benefit that could also promote weight loss.  Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief exercise physiologist of the American Council on Exercise, explained the connection of sleep and weight loss like this:

"We know that if you have poor quality sleep, it influences certain hormones that control appetite. It is possible that by exercising in the morning - instead of evening - the exercise affects the body's circadian rhythm (your internal body clock) so you get better-quality sleep. Good sleep helps control the hormonal balance that helps control appetite."

So here it is. Easy Peasy. Repeat 2x's.

50 jumping jacks
5 pushups
20 sit ups
20 mountain climbers -
30 second plank
7 burpees - if you aren't familiar with how to do a burpee, watch this 20 second YouTube tutorial.

And remember, just because you just "worked out" doesn't mean you can now go put those calories back in with a stack of pancakes and sausage. Think of it like this, you just washed the car. You're not going to go drive through the mud puddles now are you? Think oatmeal. Fruit. A Funky Monkey ProFit smoothie. Yummmers!!!

Funky Monkey Ultimate ProFit Smoothie:
-1/2 cup chocolate almond milk-1/2 tbsp natural peanut butter
-1/2 banana
-1/2 cup ice cubes
-1 scoop Rich Chocolate Ultimate ProFIT
1. Add all ingredients into blender (liquid ingredients first).
2. Add ice and water as desired to get your preferred consistency.
3. Blend until smooth.

You can substitute the peanut butter with almond butter, macadamia nut butter, etc. to change it up.

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