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January 12, 2018

Strength Training Workouts For Kids

strength training workouts for kidsStrength training workouts for kids, when done correctly, offers many benefits to young children and adolescents. Like yoga, strength training has become another one of my favorite non-competitive activities for my children to complete.

Strength training can add:

  • Increased muscle strength and endurance.
  • Sports performance improvement.
  • Better cardiorespiratory function.
  • Helps to protect the child’s muscles and joints from injury associated with other activities.
  • Stronger bones.

Like adults, the importance of developing early healthy habits can not be overemphasized. The most important aspect of any youth fitness and sports program is improved attitude regarding physical fitness. When starting early, strength training workouts for kids can help improve their outlook on youth sports activities and can help improve their own self-confidence when completing physical activities.

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January 8, 2018

Eating healthy on a budget 

eating healthy on a budget

Eating healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be a pain. Once you begin great habits and know your limit with sugars you will see better results, more importantly, you will feel much better about yourself.

Saving money by not eating out as much or buying artificial junk you can apply that money to buying healthier food items.
No, it’s not always possible to each healthy when on a budget and not everyone has access to a garden; so instead of buying canned vegetables, how about frozen.

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January 3, 2018

How to stay fit during family time

There are countless articles explaining why you should work out or why you don’t have time to workout. Everyone has a valid reason–it’s called LIFE. LIFE HAPPENS.

Trying to entertain small children while working during the day is a challenge. Trying to drag a toddler with you to the gym so you can workout–pure hell!! One of my daughters favorite movies is Frozen.

When you’re trying to fit in family time after working all week and the only thing you really want to do is just lie on the couch and be left alone, lay back, throw those legs up and do a few bicycle kicks. The best part of this is getting the family involved, especially if you have kids who love mimicking everything you do anyway. Try these exercises below. These moves will get the blood pumping and excite the kids as they wait for the next song. If you’re lucky by the end of the movie they’ll be too tired to do anything else except go to sleep!!

frozen-movie-workout

 

Not in to Disney movies? I’ve been know to do a squat challenge while watching “The Godfather”. (More on the daily squat challenges later.)

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December 28, 2017

3 exercises for toned a booty

 

favorite booty building workouts, exercises for toned booty

As a photographer, I spend most of my time doing various forms of squats and every other movement in order to get ‘the shot’ during weddings. Needless to say, I’ve built a pretty toned booty from all of this!! Because of the constant amount of walking and time on my feet, I began tailoring my summer workouts to help aide in better leg strength. Because of this, I’ve been working out my legs and booty a lot more.

Looking for workouts that will help tone and build that booty? Well, look no further!! Before we get started, let me tell you now there are better more effective ways to build that booty other than doing squats. So if squats aren’t your thing: congratulations this is not a squat post so you can keep reading! These three exercises for a toned booty are a perfect way to build muscle and lift that butt without overdoing it!

  • side kicks  50 per leg
  • plank knee tucks and glute extensions 50
  • donkey kicks 50 per leg

Check out the video below of one of my favorite exercises knee tucks.

Check out my Pinterest Board for more booty toning exercises!

 

 

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December 21, 2017

Ab Exercises that Work All Muscles

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I’ve been on a quest the last 8 weeks to work on my abs. Last summer I had done incredibly well, but with the many changes and unexpected 1000 mile move, I let a lot of my workouts slide and really only did the bare minimum. Now that I am back to a place where I can focus on my workouts again I’m sharing my current ab routine with you all. Finding in home ab exercises that work all muscles was easier than I thought.

I decided I would stop with the excuses and just do it. In just 8 weeks I’ve made a ton of progress, the most fundamental piece of ab development you ask? To see them.

No matter how many squats, crunches, V-ups you do if you aren’t incorporating a healthy lifestyle into your workout, you want to see your progress. If you want to reach 6-pack levels, increase the amount of cardio in your workout and start a healthier lean diet.

Once you get your diet in check and body fat percentage starts to drop-what next? Most people immediately start with crunches for their workouts. And why not? Crunches are the popular go-to workout for anyone beginning their fitness journey. But if you really want to target all of those muscles, not just the superficial ones, you need to do a little more than just your standard crunch.

 

Ab exercises that work all muscles

Recently, crunches are discovered to be one of the least effective ab exercises out there. So go ahead and take them out of your repertoire. I’m given you a ton of exercises that you can do at home with minimal to no equipment. Not only will these exercises help improve your core you’ll also be 100% energized and ready to kick ass throughout the rest of your day.

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December 18, 2017

7 Exercises Photographers Can Do to Strengthen Arms and Back

ways photographers can strengthen and tone back and arms

A photographer’s job is pretty physical. Heavy gear, walking, twisting, bending, kneeling–this all takes a toll on our bodies after a while. As a photographer of 14 years, I can attest to this fact. My body is worn out!! Spending hours on your feet, only to turn around and spend hours sitting behind a screen, will leave you with neck and back problems after a while. Want to know about the exercises photographers can do to help strengthen arms and back? Take a look below to find out!

exercises photographers can do to strengthen and tone back and arms

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December 15, 2017

Leg Day Friday: Seated Leg Press Machine

Fridays are made for legs. We are just starting our winter vacation here; what better way to keep in shape and moving this winter than working those gorgeous legs!!!

I’ve been demonstrating my favorite moves on the seated leg press machine and today is no different!! Having high foot placement on the seated leg press machine puts more emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings.

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December 14, 2017

Great Fall South Carolina Hikes for you and your dog 

Fall is here and boy am I happy! With the unbearable heat of the summer is was nearly impossible to get out and do anything fun towards the end.
Now it’s time to turn on our weekend warrior sign and get going with these great fall hikes for you and your dog.

If your like me, not only do you want to get in a great workout, but you also want to take some exciting photos as well; check out my recommendations below!


Twins Falls
I have always loved Twin Falls. Its one of the states more beautiful and serene locations. Twin Falls in Sunset, SC. To access the waterfall is an easy 15-minute walk along the .25 mile trail.

Rainbow Falls

If you’re more experienced ( and adventurous) how about a hike up Rainbow Falls? It’s a five-mile hike, but once you reach the destination the view is absolutely breathtaking. Can you image photos here? This rugged trail is absolutely perfect for the couple looking for capturing unique lifestyle photos for their upcoming engagement session. Pretty Place church at the top of the trail is well worth the hike, with magnificent photos waiting for you!

Isaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel

Hike to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel if you are looking for a fun and unique trip reminiscent of a pacific northwest adventure. This trail is perfect for beginners, so those wanting unique outdoor photos, but not yet ready to take on the more strenuous trails would love this place! With a 200 foot cascading waterfall, Isaqueena Falls is perfect year round for photography.

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December 11, 2017

Benefits of Kids Yoga:How Yoga Helped Calm My Children the Hell Down

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benefits of kids yoga

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If you are a parent it’s no secret sometimes children can be a little hyper. We all become restless and it’s perfectly acceptable to take some time and get your ‘wiggles’ out if necessary. So what are the benefits of kids yoga? Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improve.

Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. It gives kids a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do. Children that have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.

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