• Advice

    Morning Workouts: Tips for Getting Your Butt Out of Bed

    I’m naturally a morning person, but becoming a morning exerciser was no easy task! The first few mornings of waking up early were really hard, but the more I forced myself to do it, the easier it became. Even now it’s not always that pleasant—especially when it’s cold and dark outside in the winter—but it’s a great way to start the day and now it’s part of my morning routine. Here’s what helps me break a sweat before sunrise.

    Tips to Get Hooked on Strength Training

    I haven’t always loved strength training. I used to be really intimidated by it, mostly because I had no idea what to do! And I dreaded ending up with big, bulky muscles. Now, however, I lift weights to keep my arms and legs toned and to sculpt new muscles I never knew I had. I even look forward to my Body Pump classes now! Here are a few stick-with-it tips that will help you look forward to strength training too.

    Body Pump: Tips for Beginners

    I receive quite a few questions about Body Pump, including tips for first-timers. Usually, I just reply in an email with my ideas, but I thought the topic would make a great blog post. So here’s what I tell people who want to attend their first Body Pump class.

    The Right Way to Foam Roll

    Foam rolling is a flexibility technique where you roll your muscles over a cylindrical piece of foam using your body pressure to massage knots out of your muscles. “By applying gentle force to an adhesion or ‘knot,’ the elastic muscle fibers are altered from a bundled position (that causes the adhesion) into a straighter alignment with the direction of the muscle.” [source] Basically, if you foam roll the tight muscle, it will help restore the fibers back to an optimal level of function and your muscle will work much more efficiently. Here’s how to do it the right way!

    How to Strength Train at Home

    If you’re a regular reader of Carrots ‘N’ Cake, you know much I enjoy Body Pump. I attend classes regularly and it’s a quick, dirty, and fun workout! But, I know not everyone has access to Body Pump classes, so here are some ways that I’ve incorporated strength training into my workout routine at home.

    Ways to Excuse-Proof Your Workout

    It happens every year: Once the summer ends, I struggle to follow a consistent workout plan. Most of the time I realize that I just need a little extra motivation, so I try to “excuse-proof” my workout with these ideas.

    No More Excuses: 4 Ways to Stick to Your Workouts

    Sometimes, the last thing I have time for (or want to do) is exercise, but I know if I don’t fit in some quality sweat sessions, I’ll ring in the new year a few pounds heavier—and it’s tough to feel festive when my pants are too tight! Here are some typical excuses for skipping your workout and how to overcome them.

    How to Take Your Workout Up a Notch

    There’s nothing wrong with an easy workout every once in awhile, but you don’t want to waste your time either. Wasting time at the gym is one of my biggest pet peeves, so here’s how I take my workouts up a notch.

    Get Out There and Run

    On the days when I’m just not motivated to run, here’s what I do. Seven tips and tricks to get out there and run!  

    How to Run on a Treadmill Without Dying of Boredom

    Watching TV is a great way to keep me from getting bored on the treadmill, but I don’t always have the luxury of watching my favorite shows. Here are some other things that I do to prevent myself from dying of boredom on the treadmill.

    Ways to Deal with Training & Cravings

    After gaining weight while training for my first marathon, I vowed not to gain weight the second time around. I still experienced plenty of cravings during training for my second marathon, but I didn’t fall into them (as much), so I didn’t gain weight.

    How to Make Fitness Fun

    Exercise shouldn’t be torture! Here’s how I make it fun!

    5 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn’t Working

    Ever logged countless hours at the gym and still the scale won’t budge? I’ve stared down that plateau before. For weeks, I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t progressing, until I zeroed in on six easy-to-miss factors that prevented me from seeing results.

    How to Start Running: Tips for Beginners

    Running is great exercise and an effective way to tone muscles, but it can be daunting to take the first step! Here are some tips to make it less intimidating.

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    Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick) January 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This was a GREAT idea for a page! I love your advice posts!


    Katie February 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    This are some really awesome tips, I am in the process of getting into better shape for my upcoming wedding in 6 months. I was doing the same workout over and over and not getting any results. I started to throw some DVD’s into the mix and I am back on track again.


    holly August 26, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I did the bridal bootcamp at Fuse Pilates before my wedding in combo with the slow carb diet and look fab for my wedding!


    Sheila January 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I follow your blog I got great tips on how to exercise and which meals to eat do u have any DVD workout suggestions? I dont go to the gym I like to be outside walking and I get bored have the same workout every day I love doing DVDs at home and use my body as strength pilates yoga.I’m looking on Tracy Anderson metamorphosis and Jillian Michaels 30 day shred.
    Any advice on it?


    Tina January 7, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I’m not a big DVD fan, but I liked the ones from Physique 57: http://astore.amazon.com/canca0c-20/detail/B005H0GLOC I’m also starting the fitmixer Boot Camp at home next week, which might interest you? http://fitmixer.com/store-3/?a_aid=CHaupert&a_bid=53768a9f


    Sheila January 8, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Thank you!


    Julie March 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I must admit that I still find it difficult to exrecise in the mornings. Do I eat or do I just get on with it, I can never make my mind up. I have found early evening suits me better but then I have never been a morning person.


    Roxanne April 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

    lol.. love when you said ‘it’s tough to feel festive when my pants are too tight!’ great advice. m just about to hit on how to start running, tips for beginners.


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