Author: healthyzengirl

6 Minute Hip Stretches

Need to loosen up throughout your lower body? Try this 6 minute series of stretches to help you loosen up! So often we think that more is better. Ditch the all or nothing mindset and aim for small steps when it comes to adding more stretching into your week. A little bit of daily stretching goes a long way when it comes to increasing your mobility. It’s so important to make time for flexibility, so that you can move better, become less injury prone and recover in between your workouts. So give yourself extra stretching this week, enjoy more hip mobility and watch how much better you move and feel.

Podcast Interview with Holistic Millennial

I was recently interviewed by Katie Ross on her podcast, The Holistic Millennial.  Katie and I both coach at Orangetheory Fitness, and we get to work together motivating people weekly. We dived deep on the podcast. I talk about the lessons of business failure, thriving despite anxiety and of course, we discussed health and fitness. This podcast episode speaks to both millennial women at the beginning of their careers, as well as moms who are trying to wear all the hats and balance all the things. I opened up for the first time about my experience as a small business owner, from conception to the day I had to close the doors, and the emotional and business lessons learned.   Katie is a talented and adventurous woman who is on a mission to help others connect to what drives them, so they can make their own mark on the world in a way that honors who they are at their core.  I so enjoyed our interview and hope you enjoy listening to it as well.  …

Total Body Workout for Your Next Vacation!

Vacation is in full swing, and I’ve got the perfect total body band workout that you can do while you’re having fun in the sun! Check out my workout video below, where I demo several exercises you can do as a 20 minute circuit. I’m using Pro Source Fit Bands, which come in a convenient satchel. Included in the bag of bands is an strap that you can anchor into any doorway. Now there truly are no excuses for not working out while you’re on vaca! Complete 2-3 Rounds of 20 reps for all Exercises. Experiment with your band resistances. Choose the correct color band to help your reach fatigue for each exercise. Make sure to work through your fullest range of motion. Total Body Band Workout •20 Chest Presses: Stagger your leg stance. Fire up your core and root into the ground as you push your arms forward with intensity. •20 Squat Band Rows: Sit in an imaginary chair. Bear you weight towards your heels, feeling strong through your glutes. Powerfully pull your arms …

How to Savor Summer

We get 13 weeks of “summer” in New England. And you better believe I’m enjoying every ounce of this unleashed, soul warming, daylight filled summer-and I hope you do too. Yes, I know that June 21st is officially the first day of summer. And that the season ends on Sep. 21, the fall equinox. However, I’ve always lumped up the care free splendidness of summer into the months June-August. Let’s face it-as soon as Labor Day is over the ease and flow that summer brings with it gets washed away with the back to school craziness. Planning out a care free summer may sound like a paradox, but the planning is half the fun! In fact, a 2010 study from The Journal of Applied Research and Quality of Life, shows that the anticipation drummed up from planning a vacation increases one’s happiness factor. So how does one plan for an amazing summer? Carve out some time, break out your calendar and reach out to the people you most want to include in your summer fun …

5 Energy Boosting Foods

Every day we make dozens of choices when it comes to how to fuel our body. We can choose to consume foods that have energy boosting powers or we can choose to eat processed foods that cause our energy to plummet and crash. While there’s no such thing as “super foods” (outside of the marketing world) there are definitely foods that deliver a big punch when it comes to nutrients and minerals. Let’s explore some foods that you can add to your diet to help boost your energy so you can thrive throughout your day! Eggs According to a 2009 study in Nutrition Today, eggs provide a sustainable source of energy that can benefit endurance athletes, and help with weight control. One egg provides 6 grams of protein and is rich in nutrients including: B vitamins, folate, and thiamin. They also provide 9 essential amino acids that aid in the delivery of glycogen to muscles. The doctors in the Nutrition Today study emphasized the importance of eating eggs in the morning to help with satiety …