A Fitness Perspective

ErinGetting into the fitness spirit is hard when you are trying to balance a hundred other things on the side.

Erin McCullough, a university sport player and avid exerciser, let me ask her a few questions on how she stays fit all year round:




What does staying in shape mean to you?
It means being able to run five miles and still want more. I really like to feel good about myself and I like knowing that others think I look good.

What sort of physical activity do you engage in?
I used to play hockey for Salve Regina University but I still play forward position in soccer. Soccer requires a lot of running so I like to keep my endurance up throughout the year.

How do you stay in shape during the cold winters?
I try to do crunches and push-ups everyday to keep my body toned. I love to run, so whenever the weather is bearable I get out there.

Can you give us an idea of  your regular eating plan?
I don’t think about my eating too much. If I want it, I eat it. I stay in good enough shape that it allows me to have an extra cookie, or snack a little throughout the day.

What comes first: school work, sports, or exercising on your own?
Exercising has become a part of my life. I don’t think of it as a inconvenient chore but more of a part of my day. The same way that I brush my teeth, get dressed, or make dinner everyday – I do some quick moves in the living room as well. The same goes for school work and soccer,  I signed up for these things – so, I’ve got to finish them too.

Thanks Erin!


Trust me, it’s INSANE – Insanity Workout Challenge

Richard Simmons Posing

Is it just me or is the image of Richard Simmons jumping and screaming on screen in his short shorts the most un-motivating thing ever? I always thought that at-home workout videos were a thing of the past.

Try this workout for 60 days.. it’s the perfect amount of time to get bikini ready!! The INSANITY workout is the new breakthrough, made by the same Beachbody.com that provided us with P90X. With only 3 payments of $39.95, your own personal trainer pushes you with 10 extremely intense workouts. Do this program correctly and you are guaranteed to see a different within a short 60 days. I’ve heard the best things from this workout, my best friends and sister live by it. This insane program has motivated me to eat better, sleep better, and feel 100% better about myself. I am actually seeing the results and cannot wait until the 60 days it up to show off my hard work! Keep the discs, and even when the 60 days is up – keep going. The more you work the better you’ll feel. I promise.

Can you imagine burning 1,000 calories in just one hour!? The trick is high intensity workouts with short rests in between. Scream as loud as you want, clear the living room, and sweat like you’ve never sweated before. The INSANITY workout is ideal for us at-home exercisers. Start the challenge today, it’s worth it.Image of Workout Program

Hop Into Those Heels

Sneaker HeelsI love my Nine West pumps just as much as I love my neon Nike Dual Fusions but I would have never dreamed of working out in them.

I think I just changed my mind…

ABC News shares Kamilah Barret’s newest secret in “High Heel Workout: High Fun or High Danger?” Kamilah instructs “Heel Hop” in her Los Angeles studio for “clients from New York City to Tokyo and Moscow.”

Dr. James Braxton Little does not recommend such activity but Kamilah is sticking to it! I wouldn’t mind trying out one of these all-high-heel 60-minute classes… talk about a calf burner!

It’s a fact, women look hotter, leaner, and taller in heels. I love the idea of feeling on top of the world when we’re busting our butts! So, what do you think ladies?? Break out those heels and do a few squats. Don’t forget to tell me how it feels.

Use That 10 Minutes Wisely

Motivational QuoteThis week has been crazy hectic for me! What about you ladies?! It doesn’t matter how busy or tired you are there is always room for a quick work-out. Here’s how to utilize that extra 10 minutes of your day!

1. Warm up: Get those juices flowing and lightly jog in place for 30 seconds.

2. Push-Up with a Side Plank: You’re going to do full push-ups (or modified push-ups by keeping your knees bent and your ankles crossed). Make sure you keep your butt down and abs tucked in, then lower yourself down and up. After you come up from each push-up, do a side plank. With your elbow under your shoulder, tighten your abs and push your hip off the floor, keeping your bottom knee on the floor, and hold for a second before releasing. Alternate sides after each push-up. Repeat this ab burner 10 times.

3. Lunge: With a 3 to 5 pound weight in each hand, step forward with one leg, bending at the knee. Drop your back leg down until the knee almost touches the ground. Be sure that the knee of your front leg doesn’t go past your foot. At the same time as you step into the lunge, lift your weights out to the sides with your palms facing forward. You want to make the shape of a T. Then push back into a standing position as you press your hands straight forward to complete the chest fly. Alternate legs each times. Repeat this 20 times.

4. Squats: Stand with your feet forward and shoulder-width apart, holding the weights at your shoulders. Bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Make sure that your knees don’t go past your feet and keep your back flat. Then push through your heels and stand up, straightening your arms and clinking the weights together when they’re above your head. Lower your arms back to shoulder height and repeat 10 times.

5. Jump and Squat: No weights this time. With the same stance as step 4, squat down and then push yourself into a jump. Recover your balance before squatting again. Squat and Jump 15 times.

6. Plank it: Prop yourself up on your elbows keeping your body in a straight line. Make sure your back in straight from your head to your ankles. Do 3 sets of 60 second holds.

7. Bicycle: Lay on your back and bring your legs up, have your calves parallel to the ground. Hold your head with both arms and bring each elbow to the other side’s knee. Only count one when both elbows have touched both knees. Finish off with 2 sets of 30 bicycle crunches.

8. Cool down: Legs shoulder width apart, bend at your waist and reach down toward the ground. Touch the ground between your legs and hold from 10 seconds. Make sure you come up slowly so that you don’t get a head rush!!