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Hiking Essentials

exercise nutrition May 08, 2018

Summer is here, and for many of us that means the weather is changing drastically!

This is honestly my favorite time of year! I love the heat, the sand, the water, and everything else in between. There's just something about the sun that makes you feel good. It's time to shake off all that winter weight and get moving!

One of my favorite things to do when it's nice out is to go hiking! I love being outside and enjoying nature in all its glory, and oh ya, getting tan is fun too ;)  

Make sure you are prepared for your hike with all the essentials.

Here are my top 5 things to bring with you on a hike:

#1: Sun Glasses

This may sound obvious, but you would be shocked at the number of people I see on the trail without sunglasses. These are so important when it comes to protecting our eyes from the sun! Even if you're wearing a hat, the brightness of the sun can still affect your eyes. Personally I would suggest investing in a good pair of polarized...

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The Biggest Secret to Abs

abs exercise Apr 06, 2018

Breathe.

Everyone knows that abs are made in the kitchen, and while this may be true when it comes to seeing your abs, building them is a different story.

One of the biggest mistakes I see my clients make is they hold their breath while doing core exercises. Proper breathing technique can make a world of a difference when it comes to muscle fiber recruitment.

Whether it's a crunch or a leg lift, you want to exhale through pursed lips at the top of the exercise. When performing a crunch, this happens when your shoulder blades are off the ground and the abs are fully engaged. In a leg lift, this would be when the legs are directly above the hips. 

Not only do you get better recruitment from your ab muscles, but by forcefully exhaling you also work your intercostal muscles that run in between your ribs. These muscles mainly aid the lungs in breathing but also provide stability to the upper torso. 

Tips:

- Pull in your belly button as you...

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