Monthly Archives: June 2014

What is the Best Workout for My Body?

Like diets, one exercise routine does not fit all.  Some folks swear by a vegan diet while others are fully dedicated to Paleo.  While there are tried and true techniques and approaches to both diets and exercise, it’s important to find the routine that fits you best.  A foundation and basic understanding of the specifics of each workout is helpful. This also means trying a few styles before you pick which one is best for you.  Just as a diet often consists of eating healthy, well-balanced meals, it is also important to focus on a well-rounded workout routine that incorporates stretching, strengthening and cardio.  Be sure to change up your schedule once in a while since your body needs variation to keep burning fat and calories.  Beyond that, the best workout is one that you can commit to.

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Consistency is the key to maintaining your physique but it is also one of the hardest things to achieve.  The latest fitness craze can be exciting but if you quickly loose interest you’ll also loose motivation to move from your couch. Start with an activity that excites you.  What do you love to do?  That is what you should commit to doing because you are most likely to keep it up.

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Don’t be afraid to mix things up. A favorite workout from the past two or three years might not be resonating with you anymore, and that is perfectly normal.  Listen to those signs and adjust accordingly.  If you find your body no longer craves a specific workout or if you are getting bored, try something new.

Developing a consistent routine means being motivated on a daily basis to complete a workout you love.

– Zander Gladish

 

10 Active Date Ideas for Summer

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Having dinner and watching a movie or meeting for drinks are great ideas for summer dates. The downside? They all involve sitting and eating. We’re all for a romantic night out but you can also change up your dating routine to incorporate a few active adventures. You can always reward yourself and your honey with a meal at the end of the night.

Go on a bike ride. 

If you don’t have your own bike, plenty of cities have bike share programs. Take advantage and ride around! End your adventure with a healthy picnic in the park. Pack some delicious and healthy snacks and reward yourselves with a bottle of wine.

Take a workout class together.

There’s nothing sexier than working up a sweat together while burning some calories. Check out any outdoor workout events or summer boot camps happening in your city. Too hot to head outdoors? Open up your laptop and Booya together!

Volunteer in your neighborhood.

It’s a great feeling to help others and you can spread the love together. Find volunteer opportunities near you that you’re both excited about. Plenty of parks offer clean-up programs where you can join in and help out.

Take a dance class together.

Even if you end up stepping on each other’s toes, you’ll have a blast moving and shaking. Plus, you’ll learn some new moves to show off at that end-of-summer wedding on the calendar.

Plan a camping trip.

Take advantage of the warm summer nights and go camping. If you don’t have your own equipment or tent, see if your friends can lend you their gear. Uneasy about spending the night outside? Bring some blankets and picnic late in the evening instead. Watch the stars and enjoy the company.

Have a make-out session.

One minute of lip-locking can burn 2-5 calories. While that’s not enough to burn off your romantic meal, it can’t hurt to add it to your evening routine.

Pick summer berries.

Berries are in peak season during June, July and August. Have fun strolling around a local berry farm then keep the date going by using your newly foraged ingredients in the kitchen.

Take a late night stroll.

Warm summer nights are perfect for evening walks. Head to a park or just take a spin around the block.

Hike a mountain (or head to an indoor climbing wall).

Hiking and climbing are awesome ways to burn calories while strengthening muscle. Find a local trail and lace up those sneakers. Don’t have a park near you? Try out an indoor climbing gym.

Join a bowling team.

Head to your nearby alley and work for that strike. It’s great to bowl as a couple or join a group to make it a weekly event.

How to Perform a Proper Burpee

This post has been brought to us by Mark Merchant and George Vafiades of As One Effect. Check them out on BooyaFitness.com.

Ah, the burpee – one exercise that requires, mobility, flexibility, strength, systemic conditioning (full body fitness), core and shoulder stability – love the burpee.  The burpee is an integral part of the As One program  so, if you’ve taken class, you certainly know how to do this.  But, if you, or a friend, want to come in and check out a class, this is a perfect way to get ready.

How to perform the burpee:

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1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.

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2. Bend over to the  ground with your hands down.

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3. Jump your feet back as you lower your chest to the floor.

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4. Press up and in one motion jump your feet back to starting position.

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5. While standing up, jump up with your hands over your head.

Eager to try the burpee (aka squat thrust)? All of our bootcamp workouts feature the move!