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2014 Weekly Challenge #30: BAM (Back and Arms)

2014 Weekly Challenge #30: BAM (Back and Arms)

2014 Weekly Challenge #30: BAM (Back and Arms)

 It is tank top season, and nothing makes a tank top look better than toned arms and a strong back. This week's challenge will help you get both in just 5 minutes a day!

Here's the workout:
Single leg rows (20 each side)
Rip curls (to center with knuckles facing, to front and to sides, 20 each)
Hammer curls (20)
Single leg kickbacks (20 each side)
Dips (20)

 Your challenge: Grab your hand weights and do the BAM series every day this week. Your back and arms (and tank top!) will love you for it!

2014 Weekly Challenge #26: Eat LOCAL!

2014 Weekly Challenge #26:  Eat LOCAL!

You hear it all the time: Eat Local! But why?

Here are 8 reasons to eat local foods (taken from about.com):

1. Local Foods Are Fresher (and Taste Better)
Food that was picked within the last few days tastes way better than food that was picked (unripened) and trucked thousands of miles to get to you. And fresh food lasts longer, too.

2. Local Foods Are Seasonal (and Taste Better)
It must be said: Deprivation leads to greater appreciation. When does a cozy room feel best? When you've come in from out of the freezing cold. Fresh corn in season tastes best when you haven't eaten any in 9 or 10 months--long enough for its taste to be a slightly blurred memory that is suddenly awakened with that first bite of the season. Eating locally means eating seasonally, with all the deprivation and resulting pleasure that accompanies it.

2014 Weekly Challenge #25: The Power of Encouragement

2014 Weekly Challenge #25: The Power of Encouragement

2014 Weekly Challenge #25: The Power of Encouragement

G. K. Chesterton, an English journalist, once wrote, “The really great person is the person who makes every person feel great.”

When two people interact, they are both changed. The change can be for the better, or not. Whether our influence is helpful or hurtful, positive or negative, depends on whether we give each other the gift of encouragement.

When you interact with someone, are you an encourager or a discourager?

2014 Weekly Challenge #21 - Use SUNSCREEN

2014 Weekly Challenge #21 - Use SUNSCREEN

2014 Weekly Challenge #21 - Use SUNSCREEN

It is starting to heat up outside and its a good time to remember to protect your skin from the sun. 

Sunscreen does double duty - The regular use of sunscreen helps protect your skin from cancer-causing sun exposure, and can help your skin look younger. Protecting your health AND your looks? Sounds great to me!

2014 Weekly Challenge #20 - Close the Kitchen!

2014 Weekly Challenge #20 - Close the Kitchen!

2014 Weekly Challenge #20 - Close the Kitchen!

Late night snacking can sneak up on you when you don't even see it coming. That last bite of something left on the kitchen counter, a few cookies during the evening news, a cup of hot chocolate... Because you are slowing down for the day, late night calories don't get burned off. Instead, they go to bed with you, stowed away as fat.

To avoid late night munching, try "shutting down your kitchen" right after dinner:

2014 Weekley Challenge #17 - Declutter and SWAP!

2014 Weekley Challenge #17 - Declutter and SWAP!

2014 Weekley Challenge #17 - Declutter and SWAP!

This week’s challenge is to de-clutter your wardrobe!

We've talked before about having too much stuff - Clutter can be draining and de-energizing. By getting more organized, you simplify and live a more meaningful life. I don't know about you, but when I'm surrounded by crap, I feel like crap and can't live my best life.

2014 Weekly Challenge #15: STRETCH!

2014 Weekly Challenge #15: STRETCH!

2014 Weekly Challenge #15: STRETCH!

Taking care of your body is an essential part of any exercise program. And yet it is one of the things we are most likely to skip. Everyone knows they should stretch before and/or after exercise, and that it is a good habit to have just as a part of daily living. But really...how often do YOU do it?

Stretching keeps you flexible, prepares your muscles for exercise and helps your body heal after a tough workout. Besides being good for you, it has the extra benefit of feeling GOOD (usually).