Posts tagged ‘fit’

September 30, 2013

BARRE HOPPING

 

Hi, my name is Marzia and I have currently been diagnosed with barre hopping. No, no that kind of bar with drinking (although I like to do that on occasion too), I am talking about the exercise barre.

 

As a fitness professional, I love to try new things. I don’t discriminate. I feel like that variety is great for the body. You need to work little and large muscle groups to get maximum results for a balanced body.

 

I fell in love with barre about 6 months ago. I have seen it on ads, media, FB, and groupon over the past few years. It intrigued me. I decided to purchase a groupon to see if it was worth it. Well, to my surprise, it was! I loved it. It was such a hard workout with no weights, I was shaking my first day and sore as hell! I was sold. The longer I did it, the more I researched it, I craved more. There are different types of Barre offered. So I signed up via groupon at a few different Barre places in my city. I actually loved the different Barre styles my city had to offer.

 

I love a challenge, so I decided to educate myself on barre and get certified. I found a great barre certifitcation here in Dallas called Vbarre created by a former ballet dancer named Veronica Combs. Her style of barre is ballet, pilates, strength and cardio fused together. It was a great blend that kept me sore for days. I learned 51 exercises and her method. I am looking forward to taking her next barre certification class. I don’t want to be “just good” at it, I want to be excellent!

 

Now that I got certified, I am so excited to teach it to my clients. Also, stay tuned for videos on our FB page.

 

Soon to be a barre expert,

Marzia

 

May 27, 2013

Green Energy—Yum!

green scene

Happy Memorial Day, Friends! It’s Brooke here with a few questions for you: Do ever have those days (or weeks) that you feel tired and sluggish, even after getting a good night’s sleep? Do you wish you had more pep in your step after lunch?  No, the solution’s not caffeine, although it does make my world go ‘round. Answer: Time to load up on the veggies and fruit! There are lots of ways to add green goodness to your life—you can grab some produce and munch away, create some amazing salads, throw some greens into your cooked dishes, or juice that precious goodness into a glass. But one of my favorite ways to enjoy the bounty of the earth is to make green smoothies.

The USDA’s recommended daily amount varies for each person according to caloric intake, metabolism, and physiology, but a good standard for someone consuming 2,000 calories a day would be at the very least 2-3 servings of vegetables (more if possible!) and about 1.5-2 servings of fruit per day. The average American gets only 1.5-3 servings of veggies and fruit—total!—a day.

pretty veggies

When you realize all of the amazing ways that fruits and vegetables can help you live a healthier, longer, more vibrant life, you will run—not walk—to your nearest grocery store or farmer’s market. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and energy from the sun. Studies have repeatedly shown that a healthy diet low in saturated fat, high in whole grains, lean proteins, veggies, and fruit reduces the risk of most chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and so on. Consuming the abundant vitamins and minerals found in vegetables and fruit helps improve our mood; boost energy; enhance immune function; maintain efficient digestion; impart radiant skin and hair; and reduce risk of chronic and lifestyle-related diseases. This is great news!

I love green smoothies for several reasons:

1) They appeal to my lazy side—with just a little prep work, I can throw everything into my blender and within 30 seconds, I have a pitcher full of happiness that supplies about 3 or 4 glasses throughout the day.

2) They are fun to drink—as I live my fit life, salads make up a good portion of my diet. But sometimes I get tired of dealing with all the fixings (my salads are always full of crunchy, tasty veggies, nuts, and fruit) and coming up with new ideas all the time. Smoothies are a nice change of pace.

3) They make me feel good—this can also be said of dark, green leafy salads as well as freshly juiced produce. I’m slightly embarrassed to say this, but when I first cleaned up my eating, this fresh energy from the abundance of raw vegetables was a new experience. I noticed this after eating a lunch of quinoa, black beans, avocado, and then a big salad (spinach, chard, arugula, etc. plus celery, carrots, green onions, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, and almonds). I didn’t get the charge of caffeinated energy I knew so well, but my insides felt so light and clean, not heavy and bogged down.

heart veggies distressed

Digestion is the most energy-consuming function that the body carries out. That’s why you are so sleepy after stuffing yourself on a large meal—your body uses much of its available fuel to process what you just ate. Let me put it this way: meat can take 2-3 days to completely pass through your system (yikes!), a regular full meal can take 6-8 hours to digest, and most fruits and vegetables are out of your system in 2-3 hours. By consuming green salads or (especially) smoothies and juices, you are able to bypass much of this effort because the produce is mechanically broken down into smaller, more bioavailable parts. Almost immediately, your body begins to utilize the vitamins and minerals to repair and renew your body. This is why you feel so much better and full of energy within a day or two of adding dark green salads, juices, and smoothies to your menu.

cute vegetables

Here’s one of my favorite recipes. The fun part about smoothies is that the sky’s the limit on what ingredients you decide to use. A good rule of thumb when you are starting out is 1:1—1 green vegetable to 1 fruit. Ideally, you want to use more veggies than fruit. Green vegetables are virtually dripping with nutrients that you need for a radiant glow and optimum health. Also, fruit does contain sugar, even though it’s natural—so just be mindful of those luscious gems, especially if you are tightening up your sexy body. You’ll see, however, in my recipe below that I used more fruits than vegetables, mainly because I was out of more vegetables and my peaches were very ripe and had to go!

Sweet Greens

Note: Use organic produce when possible.

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  • 2 c. spinach, raw
  • 1.5 c. water
  • 3-4 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 peaches, small
  • 1 pear
  • mint, small handful
  • 1 banana (optional)

Add spinach and water to the blender and blend on medium speed. Add celery in handfuls as it is incorporated with the spinach and water, increasing speed to high. Add peaches, pear, mint, and banana. Add some ice to add thickness if you like. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Makes 4-5 10-oz. glasses

Here’s to your brighter, healthier day—drink up!

Brooke

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Lovely and tasty!

 

January 28, 2013

HH UPDATES

The HH at the Dallas SAG award party.

The HH at the Dallas SAG award party.

Hey HH family!

I hope all is well. Here in HH land, we are busy working away to bring you a successful 2013. We have been working like crazy to get the new website up, a book, and even a monthly column is a popular health & fitness magazine! Let me share some of our fun endeavors we have coming up…

New HH website!

New HH website!

Website: Our new website will be very user friendly. We will have all kinds of new blogs, post, fitness videos, health tips videos, products, and much more. My web designer and I have worked really hard on it and can’t wait to share it with you! (I have been wanting to launch a new site for about a year now and I am finally accomplishing it.) It should be done in a few weeks, I will keep you posted so make sure to check back.

Debbie-the owner of Natural Muscle Magazine

Debbie-the owner of Natural Muscle Magazine

Monthly column in Natural Muscle Magazine: The Healthy Housewives will have a 2 page mnthly column in Natural Muscle Magazine. As some of you know, I am a contributing writer for Natural Muscle magazine. I have a  page GO GREEN column. Writing about health and fitness is a passion of mine and I am alwasy excited to share my health tip with you. I was estatic when Debbie, the owner of Natural Muscle Magazine, suggested we change up my column up a bit to include my new Healthy Housewives brand. I thought that was a genius idea to include my HH ladies so we can share our health tips with you. All 5 of us will be sharing our tips with you starting in March 2013 this year! You can go to www.naturalmuscle.net to subcribe or see where they carry the magazine near you. Here is our specialties-

Marzia: Fitness and Nutrition

Shelly: Beauty and Skincare

Brooke: Health & Wellness and Pets

Kathy Hamilton: Fashion

Danielle Hinson: Family Health

The Healthy Housewives

The Healthy Housewives

Book: We are in the process of writing a book/cook book. We are 5 different women with 5 different healthy lifestyles. Not one healthy lifestyle is better than the other. We do what works for us, with the resources we have, at that moment in time. We do our best to be healthy for ourselves, our family, and the planet. We give your favorite meals an eco-friendly make over while giving you personal tips from our daily lives. We are a new breed of housewives!

We have so much more coming that I can’t just spill all the beans just yet. But, I want to let you know that you won’t be dissapointed!

Thank you for being a part of the HH family. We welcome all your feed back! Thank you for coming along our journey!

Looking forward to a fun filled year!

Marzia