How To Get A Summer Six Pack! Fast, Effective Ab Exercise Routine That Works.

“How Do I Get A Six Pack?” is one of the most common questions I am asked. As a Fitness Professional, my job is to help teach you what you need to learn to achieve your goals and feel good in your skin. With summer around the corner, I am here to help you feel confident and fit in your swimsuit. Here are my top tips to getting a summer Six Pack and feeling your very best.

Summer Six Pack Workout

Summer Six Pack Workout

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When it comes to “Six Pack” abs there is really no secret, no extreme quick fix, or fancy treatment. It all comes down to a clean diet, consistent fitness routine, strength training, and living a stress free lifestyle. Here are my top fitness tips to help you get a slimmer stomach come summer. With a little sweat, dedication, and smart training and you’ll feel swimsuit ready in no time.

Top Tips On How To Get A Six Pack and Feel Confident In Your Swimsuit.

  • Healthier diet = more defined stomach. There is no way of getting around it: abs are made in the kitchen. You can workout all you want, but if your diet is not on point, you won’t see results. In order to burn fat and reveal your washboard, six pack abs, it is important to eat a balanced diet that is made up of protein, healthy fats, and some carbohydrates. Protein is an essential building block to ab muscle definition; you can read my Protein 101 post to make sure you are getting enough to fuel the abs you want. Calculating the right amount of carbohydrates to eat can be tricky, avoid processed carbohydrates and be mindful of how much you eat in balance with everything else. Also be sure your diet has healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats such as fish oils, nuts, and olive oil. Dietary fat in your diet will kelp keep insulin levels stable, which will help prevent you from gaining additional body fat (and actually help you burn more fat than a low fat diet will). Include plenty of color and raw vegetables with each meal. Vegetables are jam packed with tons of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which are all essential for building a lean body and ripped six pack abs. Be mindful with alcohol and sugar. The cleaner your diet the more defined your six pack! Read more of my “beat the Belly Bloat” tips here.
  • Build lean muscle definition with Strength Training. All cardio and no weights makes you a “skinny fat” (and injury prone!) fitness fanatic. Not only does strength training help you see lean muscle definition, it boosts your metabolism increasing your calorie burn 24-7. Unlike fat, muscle is metabolically active in the body. Replace 10 pounds of fat with 10 pounds of lean muscle and you can burn an additional 25 to 50 calories a day without even trying. This “afterburn” effect is the metabolism boost needed to maintain a healthy weight overtime. With just two strength sessions a week, you can reduce overall body fat by about 3 percent in just 10 weeks, without cutting a single calorie from your diet. That translates to as much as three inches total off your waist and hips – giving your body and stomach a leaner, stronger appearance. If you want Six Pack abs you need to Strength Train. Aim to add in 2-3 strength training workouts to your week. It doesn’t need to take much time and can be done along with cardio days if needed to work with your schedule. You can learn how to build a complete balanced strength training program in my book Balanced Body Breakthrough. It will teach you how to build a strength training plan custom fit to you so that you can get the metabolism boosting and weight loss benefits of strength training.
  • Get Smarter About Cardio. You’ve probably heard that the best way to burn fat is to do long duration cardio at a slow to medium pace. This is average advice for average results. Yes, it’s absolutely important to vary your cardio intensities throughout the week and there’s no need to hit the gym hard everyday. But interval workouts can provide a better fat burn effect in less time. That’s why interval workouts feel so hard – they ARE hard because they WORK! Try out some of my invigorating interval workouts next time your fitness routine gets stale and you need to break through a cardio plateau to see your Six Pack appear.

  • De-Stress. When you are stressed out (and let’s face it – that happens more often than you want it), your body releases cortisol. It’s a steroid hormone which is often referred to as “stress hormone”. High doses of cortisol over a prolonged period of time result in fat storage and muscle breakdown – the last things you want to happen to you when trying to burn fat and show off your Six Pack abs. Chapter 8 in my book Balanced Body Breakthrough  teaches you how to manage stress and provides endless tools you can use to get rid of stress for a healthier body and mindset. 
  • Don’t just do crunches! Work your entire core with high quality, effective exercises.  To really get a Six Pack, want to incorporate different core strengthening moves that work your abs from all angles. Here are a few things to remember when working your core:
    • A good workout goal is to aim for 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps per exercise. If the exercise is a plank, try for 2-3 sets of holding for 30-60 seconds and gradually build your time as you increase your fitness.
    • Give your abs at least 48 hours of recovery time before working them again. Train abs like crazy and the muscles will continue to tear with each workout session and wont have adequate time to repair and grow back leaner and stronger.
    • Focus on Quality over Quantity. A plank done with good form will get you much further than thousands of fast, sloppy crunches. It also can help to do core work at the beginning of the workout. That way you’ll have the energy to perform each ab exercise with quality and energy and you wont be tempted to skip out on it early.
    • Challenge yourself with functional core moves. When it comes to training your core, choose exercises that are functional (help you perform better in daily life) and challenge you to grow stronger. Planks, V ups, and “hollow rocks” are a few of my favorites.

To get your stomach ready for summer, I’ve filmed a Six Pack Ab workout routine video just for you. This workout includes some of the all time most effective exercises for shaping Six Pack abs. In this power packed Summer Six Pack ab routine, you will work your abs from all angles for the ultimate core conditioning experience. This video includes the following exercises:

  • Hip flexor stretch
  • “Dead Bug”
  • Backwards bicycle crunch
  • Bridge kick
  • Side plank hip dip
  • Center plank
  • Mountain Climber hold
  • Reverse curl frog kick
  • Flutter kicks
  • Victory V Sit hold

Do this effective Six Pack ab workout routine 2-3 times a week. Combine it with a clean diet, consistent cardio, smart strength training, stress reduction, and sleep, and you will see dramatic results within a few weeks. Are you ready for more definition in your core and feeling your best all summer? Press play on this quick, effective Six Pack ab workout now.

How To Get A Summer Six Pack! Fast, Effective Ab Exercise Routine That Works.

Don’t waste your time doing crunches and hoping for results. Train smart with effective Six Pack ab exercises that work! Leave me a comment below and let me know how you feel after you try this video. I hope this Six Pack ab workout routine serves you in feeling your very best and having an amazing Summer full of health.

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Love and planks,

Caroline

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Best Seated Office Exercises For Energy and Performance

Instantly energize your work day and improve your performance with this quick routine of the best seated Office Exercises.

Best Office Exercises For Energy

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Putting in too much time in the chair is dangerous, yet so many of us are pulling crazy hours at work and our health is paying for it. Spending too much time sitting has been linked to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, metabolic syndrome and earlier death. Not to mention the rising increase of desk job related injuries like: carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, frozen shoulders, wrist strain, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, hip pain, and lower back pain.

We are built to move. It’s stress and not moving that is the hardest on our bodies and health long term.

Have you ever had an achy back from a long day of sitting? Or a serious headache from too much time staring at a computer screen? Lucky for you the solution is simple and doesn’t require a ton of time. I am here because I want to help you feel better. And I promise you: simply taking the time to move more will dramatically improve how your body feels.

Living a more active life starts with a mindset shift. You have to be willing to drop the all-or-nothing mindset and look for ways to get moving every chance you get. Exercise is not limited to your workouts. Don’t aim only to be active for 30 minutes three times a week—aim to integrate more activity into your daily life. Doing so will help keep you mobile, happy, and fit. You’ll be up for anything—a mover who can handle life’s challenges with ease.

I want to teach you some of my favorite Office Exercises that can be done anywhere for improved energy and performance. These simple movements can be integrated throughout your work day to ease tight, tense muscles and relieve stress. Use the entire video routine or pick your favorite exercises to mix into your busy day to help yourself be your best. I loved filming this routine for you and I hope it serves you in work, wellness, and life.

The Best Office Exercises for Energy and Performance Video Routine

Remember: Wellness is so much more than preventing disease and living longer. It’s the secret to thriving in work and being fully engaged in life. I believe personal well-being drives professional well-being. The healthier you are in your life, the better you are in your life.  

“We have been living under a collective delusion for a long while now that burnout is necessary for success, that if you really are serious about succeeding, building a company, climbing the career ladder, then you just have to accept that’s going to require burning the candle at both ends.”- Arianna Huffington

There is a more sustainable course to success — one that allows time for health, personal fulfillment, joy and giving back. In fact, prioritizing well-being and happiness can actually make you better at your job. You have time for a few quick exercises at work. By taking a little time for yourself and prioritizing your health you will find incredible benefits. 
I want to help you “work smarter not harder” to achieve both professional and personal goals. I am here to help you to continue to develop healthy habits that give you strength and allow you to take care of yourself so that you can thrive in work, wellness, and in life. Next time you are feeling tired or stressed at work, try this simple video routine of Office Exercises and let me know if it helps in the comments below. Make movement a priority in your work day and help yourself perform better.

I hope this video routine serves you in feeling and being your best. If you liked this video, hit LIKE, share it, and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more feel good fitness. 

I’m on a mission to be a positive force for preventative health and help be the change in work wellness. Learn about my corporate wellness services here and contact me at: carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com to discuss ways we can work together to improve the health of your company.

Caroline

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Over 40 grams of Protein In the Morning. My Favorite Healthy Breakfast Recipe.

What is my #1 favorite Healthy Breakfast? Read on for my go-to morning recipe that fuels my day with power and energy.

Favorite Healthy Breakfast

Favorite Healthy Breakfast

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Breakfast is quite possibly my favorite meal of the day. It’s a healthy habit I never go without and gets my day off to a positive start. Every morning, I make the time to sit down and enjoy a healthy breakfast unrushed. It makes happy to start the day feeling my best.

Eating a healthy breakfast kick starts the metabolism, boosts nutrient intake, helps prevent binge eating (and late night eating), improves memory and concentration, and helps maintain a healthy weight. A Healthy Breakfast is an essential ingredient to helping your body and mind perform at it’s best.

Being pressed for time can make it hard to sit down and enjoy breakfast, and too many times, we skip breakfast altogether or opt for a calorie-laden office pastry. This is not the best way to start your day and spells for an inevitable energy crash. With a little pre-planning, it only takes  a few minutes to whip up something that is healthy and sustaining. It’s better to take a little time to eat well now, than crash and burn into something unhealthy later. I always say, you have exactly enough time for the things that are important to you. Feeling good and performing my best is always at the top of my priority list, so I make the time to plan ahead and have a healthy morning meal so I can kick butt in life.

With real food ingredients and over 40 grams of plant based protein, this Healthy Breakfast recipe keeps me full all day. When I eat this in the morning, I feel the difference. I am more focused, grounded, and productive. I have sustainable energy and strength for my work and workouts. Which is why this Healthy Breakfast recipe has become my go-to morning meal. I’m addicted to feeling good!

Want to see what’s in my power packed morning meal? Because I like you, I’ll share my secret ingredients to success with you 😉 I’d love to hear how your day goes after taking a few minutes to whip up this delicious power-packed Healthy Breakfast of real food.

My Favorite Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Overnight Protein Oatmeal.

Have you tried protein powder with oatmeal yet? If not, it’s time to get on it! I make my oatmeal the night before. In the morning it’s ready to mix with protein and healthy toppings in minutes! You can also prepare the entire recipe in advance, store in the fridge, and grab to go on the way to work.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. The night before: use a large saucepan to bring water, oats, collagen, and salt to a boil. Simmer for 1-2 minutes. Turn off stove, stir, seal the lid of the pot, and then allow oats to sit and cook overnight.
  2. When you get out of bed in the morning, the oatmeal will cooked and ready to eat. It’s amazing how much it grows over night.
  3. Add one scoop of protein powder to the oats. Use a handheld blender to mix oats and protein together. Don’t have a handheld blender? You can mix it everything up in a regular blender. My brother makes his protein oatmeal this way.
  4. Pour protein oatmeal into a bowl (or tupperware if you need it “to-go”)
  5. Add toppings
  6. Enjoy and kick butt all day!

Nutrition facts based on one serving made with water and without optional toppings.

Here’s how I make my favorite Healthy Breakfast in minutes. Overnight Protein Oatmeal Video Demonstration.

There you go! My #1 favorite Healthy Breakfast I eat most mornings to be my very best. What is your favorite Healthy Breakfast recipe that helps you kick butt in life? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to mix up my morning meal and try something you love to start your day with!

Here’s to you, your health, and kicking butt in life,

Caroline

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I put my heart and soul into my corporate wellness programs and customize my services to benefit the unique needs of the company and the individuals within it.  If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to discuss ways we can work with together and improve the health of your company, contact me at: carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com

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“Baby You’re A Star” No Impact Floor Barre Workout. 30 Minute Long & Lean Routine

Press play on this feel good No Impact Floor Barre Workout for Long & Lean Muscles.

No Impact Floor Barre

No Impact Floor Barre

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Hi Friends!

This 30 minute floor barre video works your total body without placing pressure on your feet and ankles. Its NO Impact, fun, challenging, uplifting, and all levels. This No Impact floor barre workout video is especially designed for those of you who are in need of some non-weight bearing exercise. It’s perfect if you are looking for:

  • A workout you can do in your home or apartment with little space
  • A workout video to stay in shape when traveling for work ( makes working out in your hotel room fun and motivating!)
  • A No Impact cross-training workout to balance high-impact workouts
  • A routine to help you shape and strengthen your abs, hips, butt, legs, and arms.
  • A exercise routine you can do on a sleepy sunday to help pull things together from the weekend and prepare for a strong week.
  • A low-impact exercise routine you can do when coming back from an injury (get the doctor’s permission first of course 🙂 )

I had a lot of fun filming this floor barre workout video for you – my abs felt the burn and my butt was sore for a few days in the best way. To get started all you need is a mat and YOU! Tighten up your pony tail (or man bun 😉 ) and press play now.

“Baby You’re A Star” No Impact Floor Barre Workout. 30 Minute Long & Lean Routine.

I believe exercise is one of the key ingredients in having energy and living a powerful life. I hope this Floor Barre video serves you in feeling your very best. Leave me a comment below if you try these routine and let me know how you feel!

For more Floor Barre Workout Videos, check out this playlist. 

Im here to help you stay positive and active wherever life finds you. I hope this exercise video helps you find ways to move and feel good in your body. I believe in you and know you can do whatever you put your mind to. Here to cheer you on in all ways and always.

Caroline

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Helpful Tips For Healing Sesamoid Injuries. Here’s What Worked For Me.

No foot injury is a good injury, but a Sesamoid Injury can be one of the worst! It has one of the longest recovery timelines and often people never recover properly. Here’s my story on dealing with a painful Sesamoid Injury and helpful tips that worked for me. This is based off of my own personal experience and is not medical advice. As always, check with your doctor before making any health changes. I hope this post serves you in having healthy feet and living an active life.

Sesamoid Injury

Sesamoid Injury

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In this post, I share my story in dealing with a painful, frustrating Sesamoid Injury and share suggestions that helped me heal.

My Story On How I got a Sesamoid Injury

I was a dancer and athlete my entire life. I majored in Dance at UCDavis and taught fitness throughout highschool and college. I was always moving with no serious injuries or anything that sidelined me for longer than a few days. I never had foot pain or foot problems. Then at age 31, one day I noticed the ball of my foot hurt. I thought it was strange and decided to foam roll my foot on a golf ball to try and work out the kinks (because typically foam rolling the feet always helps!). The next day, I couldn’t walk. The ball of my foot felt hot, painful, and swollen. I had no idea what had happened, but I knew it wasn’t good. I went to the doctor and they told me I had a Sesamoid Injury. The first doctor I saw advised me to wait on getting an xray, they said I had only bruised my Sesamoid. I was put in a boot and told to lay off of my foot. Three months later, I had no progress, so I decided to get an xray. The xray showed an “oncult” fracture in my medial sesamoid.  I followed the same steps: lay off the Sesamoid as much as possible. Six months later, a physical therapist told me to start doing barefoot exercises to help with the pain. I followed this plan, thinking it was helping, but it was only causing inflammation. It wasn’t until 8 months into the injury I found a doctor that really understood Sesamoid Injuries. She put me in stiff shoes with a orthotic custom fit for my foot (and with a cut out for my sesamoid). Within weeks, I had made incredible progress and wasn’t experiencing pain. From there, I started working with a Physical Therapist at San Francisco Crossfit, who knew how to help people heal from Sesamoid Injuries. We did conditioning workouts to help me strengthen all of the areas around my foot without putting pressure on the injury. This was incredibly valuable in helping me return to movement and restore my body. Once the foot was pain free, we gradually started to introduce loading the big toe joint and bending the foot into workouts. A year later, I am 98% pain free in my foot. I haven’t returned to wearing high heels or running, but I am confident within time I will be able to mindfully try both. One of the hardest things for me in this process was the lack of information on healing Sesamoid Injury. If you google Sesamoid Injury, the results are so disheartening and traumatizing. Hence the motivation to write this post and share my story with you. If you are dealing with a Sesamoid Injury, I hope the below gives you insight and helps you along your healing journey. First let’s talk about Sesamoids and understand the important role they play in the body.

In this video I share my experience in dealing with a Sesamoid Injury and healing suggestions that worked for me

Sesamoid Foot Injury. Here’s What Worked for Me In Healing.

What the heck are sesamoids?

A sesamoid is a bone embedded in a tendon. Sesamoids are found in several joints in the body. In the normal foot, the sesamoids are two jelly bean-sized bones located in the ball of the foot, beneath the big toe joint. The sesamoids act as a pulley for tendons, their primary function is to help raise and lower the big toe with each step (allowing you to push off your foot when you walk, run, dance, or jump).  The sesamoids also serve as a weight bearing surface for the first metatarsal bone (the long bone connected to the big toe), absorbing the weight placed on the ball of the foot when walking, running and jumping.

Sesamoid injuries can involve the bones, tendons and/or surrounding tissue in the joint. They are common with activities requiring increased pressure on the ball of the foot, like running, basketball, football, golf, tennis and ballet. People with high arches or flexible feet are at risk for developing sesamoid problems. High-heeled shoes can also be a contributing factor.

Lucky for me, I did ALL of the above before my injury: running, dancing, jumping, and high heel shoe wearing with high arches and flexible feet. I was a prime candidate for a Sesamoid Injury. 

What are the symptoms of a Sesamoid Injury?

  • Pain is focused under the big toe on the ball of the foot. With sesamoiditis, pain may develop gradually, whereas with a fracture, the pain will be immediate. For me, I literally couldn’t walk with my injury. It was too painful.
  • Swelling and bruising may or may not be present.
  • There may be difficulty and pain when bending and straightening the big toe.

Sesamoid Injury Healing Suggestions

Because the sesamoid bones are weight bearing, they are incredibly tough to heal. We are always using our feet, and the only break they get to repair & heal is while we sleep. But DONT get discouraged! You can heal from a Sesamoid Injury! You just have to be patient, smart, and have the right team of professionals to work with. I have found some ways to help in healing from a Sesamoid Injury and want to share them with you. But first, before we get into what has worked and is currently working for me, you should know a few things:

I am not a doctor. This is all based on my personal experience and research. Please LISTEN to your body, do your own research and investigating. These are just tips that will hopefully give you some insight and healing.

To completely heal, you MUST be diligent and take healing seriously the entire time. You have to become more stubborn than the injury itself.

Initial stage of Healing a Sesamoid Injury:

  1. Find a REAL doctor who knows about Sesamoid injuries. Since the Sesamoid Injury is a rare injury, many doctors dont know how to properly treat it. I was asked several times by physical therapy clinics how to SPELL Sesamoid (not a good sign!)! Many people havent heard of Sesamoid Injuries and if they have, dont have the right experience to work with you. Make sure the professionals you choose have had success helping patients in coming back from Sesamoid injuries. I wasted a lot of time with the wrong doctors and bad medical advice. It made my recovery a much longer process.
  2. OFFLOAD. You have to get off the Sesamoid Injury as much as possible to get it to heal. Keep your foot stiff and immobile. Use a boot and try not to walk or bend the foot. I know if you are active, this can feel like a death sentence. But just DO IT. Use my Hurt Foot Workouts to help you keep your body and mind moving while you give your foot a break. 
  3. Never walk barefoot. I had a pair of shoes for home and a pair of shoes for outside of the home. You don’t want to be walking around barefoot and putting pressure on the Sesamoid Injury (or running the risk of bending your foot – which causes pain).
  4. Use cut out orthotics that allow the Sesamoid bone to float. 
  5. Focus getting the inflammation down. I took daily epsom salt baths and used supplements like Arnica . I include my full list of food supplements in My Hurt Foot Fitness Program. 
  6. All exercise should not use your foot. Again, I included all of the safe exercises, workouts and routines in My Hurt Foot Fitness Program. It can be done safely while you heal. 

Coming back into movement after a Sesamoid Injury 

  1. Start physical therapy ASAP. This has helped me tremendously. There is no way I would have made the progress I have without it.
  2. Find a supportive shoe with a wide toe box. I used the Altra Running shoesI bought 3 pairs (one to wear at home, outside, and travel). I’ve heard some Sesamoid Injury folks respond well to the Hoka shoes, but these didnt work for me. 
  3. Once the injury is stabilized & under control enough to move a bit, get into the pool. It brings down inflammation, increases circulation which flushes out the sesamoid area, helps with range of motion and you feel amazing. Just be super careful when you push off the wall, or do no walls to not place the injury at risk. I swim 30 minutes about 3-4 times a week.
  4. For me, spinning/indoor cycling was a great workout that didnt place excess pressure on my foot. The stiff sole of the cycling cleat kept my foot and big toe joint from bending. My good foot doctor even told me that the spin cleat was ideal to protect my toe! I put a J pad cushion in the cleat to help offload the sesamoid even more. But again: listen to your body and if spinning is too much for you, dont do it.
  5. Do Strength training! You must re-condition your body. Perform strength training without bending the foot. Squats, dead lifts, hip bridges, exercises that allow you to strengthen your hips, butt, legs, core, and more without bending the foot or putting excess stress on the Sesamoid. You are strengthening all of the areas AROUND your foot to help you come back to full health. Avoid lunges, planks, or anything that bends your foot. 
  6. Once the bone has healed, you want to SLOWLY transition back into loading the foot. You will have to carefully start to load the foot. This needs to be done properly and only a little bit at a time.

What the Sesamoid Injury Has Taught Me

  • To not take movement for granted. I am so much more grateful for any activities I can do. Every day I wake up healthy I say thank you.
  • That you don’t have to run (or jump!) to be in great shape. You can maintain your fitness with a foot injury. I share my secrets here. 
  • That there is so much to love about life outside of exercise! I found other hobbies and things that I loved that didn’t involve my body.
  • That the body changes over time. One day my body wont be able to do all of the things that it used to do. So it’s important to strengthen other parts of myself – because no matter how your body changes YOU are still YOU inside.
  • That the world keeps spinning. Life goes ON. You have to find ways to be happy even with your foot injury. Accept, deal, and heal. Find the good in life and BE HAPPY!

Have you dealt with a Sesamoid Injury? What has worked for you? Let me know in the comments below.

If you are dealing with a painful foot injury right now, I know how you feel and my heart goes out to you! I hope this post is helpful for you and I want you to know: you are not alone. You will get through this and be stronger because of it. I am here to support you in having healthy, happy feet for life. Looking forward to sharing some satisfying steps and foot success with you online and off.

Love,

Caroline

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Stress Relief Stretch Routine. Calm Your Body And Mind With These Exercises.

Feeling tight, tense, overworked, or on edge? Try this simple Stress Relief Stretch Routine to calm your body and mind within minutes.

Stress Relief Stretch Routine

Stress Relief Stretch Routine

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Work has been kicking your butt lately. You feel it in your entire body. Your neck is stiff, upper back tied in knots, hips tight, and lower back a mess. You’ve got a nagging eye twitch that won’t seem to give up and your digestion is out of whack. You keep pushing through the discomfort – just too many projects to complete, emails to finish, and deadlines to meet.

“These are normal aches and pains. My body can wait till after this is done.” you tell yourself as you cross tasks off your to-do list. Until your body decides enough is enough and gets sick, broken, or worse.

Let’s take a time out before your body takes one for you. All you need is a few minutes of consistent self care to prevent stress from getting the best of you. Take time now or take time later – it’s your call. Wouldn’t you rather feel your best when answering all of those work emergency tasks and emails?

Honest truth here: your to-do list will live longer than you and without your health you won’t be able to do any of it at all. Next time you are feeling stress build up in your muscles and mind, try pausing for a few minutes to unwind. There are all natural ways to manage stress that don’t take a lot of time and will improve your health, focus, and work performance. Stretching is a simple method to move stress out of your body. A few deep breaths and easy exercises can calm your nervous system and steady your mind. Using healthy habits like exercise, breathing, and meditation can keep stress from having chronic, long-term health effects. It’s worth using a few minutes on your to-do list for yourself. Ready to melt the stress away? Press play and join me for this 10 minute Stress Relief Stretch routine.

Stress Relief Stretch Routine

This 10 minute Stress Relief Stretch routine is designed to help you ease tight, tense muscles and calm your mind. You will move through basic yoga exercises like: cat cow, twisted child’s pose, hip circles, puppy pose, hip stretch, low lunge, seated twist, seated forward fold, knee to chest, spine twist, and happy baby. The exercises in this video will help you stretch your neck, upper back, lower back, shoulders, chest, hips, and spine. This routine is appropriate for all levels and can be done at home, at the gym, or while traveling. This Stress Relief Stretch video would be perfect for:

  • The end of a long work day
  • After a long plane flight or car trip
  • When you are feeling tired or upset
  • After a stressful situation: presenting a big project at work, a fight with a loved one, traffic, or any life event that makes you feel nervous, frazzled, or on edge
  • When you have a headache
  • When you are just getting back into exercise
  • When your body feels sore

With a few deep breaths and exercises, you can prevent a body breakdown from getting in the way of your important deadlines. Next time you feel stressed, press play on this Stress Relief Stretch routine and see if it helps. Let me know when you try this video by leaving a comment below, I’d love to hear if this routine allows you to unwind your body and mind. What is your go-to healthy habit that helps you prevent stress from hurting your health?

When you feel your best you perform your best. I’m always here to support you in taking care of yourself so you can be a success. Keep moving and be good to yourself my friend.

Love,
Caroline

My mission is to help you develop a positive relationship to self and exercise that adds to the quality of your life. Check out my list of services, stay connected about upcoming events by subscribing to my email newsletter, or contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com to discuss ways we can work together and live well.

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Best 5 Morning Exercises To Do Before Work. Jump Start Your Day With This Quick Fitness Routine.

Set yourself up for success by taking a few minutes in the morning to move your body before your work day. Here are the best 5 Morning Exercises to do before work and a quick video routine that will help you start your day in strength.

Best 5 Morning Exercises

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Do you hit snooze more than once? Are you a “too rushed in the morning to eat breakfast” kind of person? Is your phone the first thing you look at when you get out of bed? Do you feel frazzled, scrambled, or all over the place when you wake up? Is it hard for you to focus on anything other than: get out the door and get your butt to work?

How you start your day is how you live your day. Start your day in a stressful way and it will most likely continue to be that way.

And lets be real here: you ultimately become what you repeatedly do.  If your morning habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. 

How do you want to begin your day? Here’s a quick habit that will help you jumpstart your day with energy, focus, power and strength:

Exercise.

Before you tuck your head under the covers, hear me out: you don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn, run a marathon, or spend a super sweaty hour in the gym. Just a few minutes of Morning Exercises can make a huge difference in your posture, performance, energy, and mental state. A little bit goes a long way and can completely change how you live your day.

I often call exercise “physical coffee”, because getting a little dose of movement can put an extra pep in your step. The goal for getting a quick shot of Morning Exercises in when you wake-up is to ‘jumpstart’ your body for the day. You want to get your heart rate up, increase blood flow throughout your body, loosen up your muscles, and straighten out your posture. A little cup of exercise can help you walk taller, feel stronger, boost your confidence, and set you up for a day of success.

Here are 5 of the most effective Morning exercises you can do before work to start your day on a strong note. These exercises help you stretch out tight muscles, wake up your core, and lengthen your posture. Don’t have time for all 5? Do one! Or mix in a few of these Morning Exercises throughout your day for improved mobility, energy, and strength.

Ready to get started? Skip the snooze button and join me for the best 5 Morning Exercises to do before work and this quick morning fitness video routine that will jumpstart your day in strength.

Best 5 Morning Exercises To Do Before Work.

Morning Exercise One: Hip Bridge

Why? Stretches out tight quads and hip flexors. Engages butt, hamstrings, and core muscles

How: Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Place arms at your side and lift up the spine and hips. Slowly bring the hips back down, then lift back up. Try to do 10-20 reps or try 10 reps of single leg hip bridge with one leg in the air. 

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercise Two: Butterfly sit-up

Why: Stretches shoulders, arms, hips and groin muscles. Works the core muscles and gets the heart rate up.

How: Lie faceup on the floor with the soles of your feet together knees open to the sides (in a butterfly position). Reach your arms overhead on the floor stretching the shoulders. Brace your core to sit up, reaching your fingers toward or past your toes. Slowly return to start. Perform 10-20 reps. 

Morning Exercise three: Cat Cow

Why: Stretches the neck, shoulders, upper back, and core. Increases mobility and health of the spine.

How: Come to all fours with your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Your fingers should be pointing forward. Engage your core and abdominal muscles to start in a neutral spine position. Move into upward (cat) position by tucking your tail under and using your abdominal muscles to push your spine upwards towards the ceiling, making the shape of an angry cat. Then move into downward (cow) position by tipping your tail toward the ceiling, increasing the arch in your mid and low back and allowing the abdomen to stretch toward the floor. Pull your shoulder blades down your back.  Work with your breath and alternate between cat (arching the back) and cow (belly towards the floor) for 5-10 repetitions. 

Morning Exercise four: Air Squat

Why: Works the entire body (especially the butt and core muscles!), elevates the heart rate, and boosts the metabolism.

How: Stand with your feet hip distance apart and toes facing straight forward. Extend your arms out in front of you for balance. Sit your hips back and down, bringing your thighs parallel to the floor. Make sure your heels stay on the floor, your core is tight, and chest is lifted. Keep your knees behind the toes. Use your hips, butt, and abs to stand, pressing through your heels to return to a standing position.

Morning Exercise five: Push-up to Back Extension

Why: Works the entire body with a focus on the posture muscles: abs, butt, shoulders, upper back, and lower back.

How: Combine a pushup and back extension to get the best bang for your buck! Place your hands firmly on the ground, directly under shoulders. Ground your toes into the floor to stabilize your lower half. Brace your core, engage glutes and hamstrings, and flatten your back so your entire body is neutral and straight. Lower your body down—keeping your back flat and eyes focused about three feet in front of you to keep a neutral neck—until your chest grazes the floor. From the floor, perform a back extension, lifting the shoulders off the mat squeezing the shoulder blades together and engaging the upper back, lower back, hamstrings, and butt. Lower back down to the floor with your hands by your chest. Then push back up, keeping your core engaged, as you return to the starting position.  To modify, drop knees to the floor. Repeat for 10 to 20 reps or as many as can be performed with good form.

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercises

Best 5 Morning Exercises Demonstration. Quick Fitness Video Routine To Jump Start Your Day.

I believe exercise is one of the key ingredients in having energy and living a powerful life. How will you start your day? I hope these Morning Exercises serve you in feeling your very best. Leave me a comment below if you try these Morning Exercises before your work day and let me know how you feel! And as always, if you liked this post, PLEASE HIT LIKE, SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and share this video with your friends! Thank you for your support in my work. I am here to help you feel your best inside and out.

Here’s to you starting and living every day in strength,

Caroline

My mission is to help you develop a positive relationship to self and exercise that adds to the quality of your life. Check out my list of services, stay connected about upcoming events by subscribing to my email newsletter, or contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com to discuss ways we can work together and live well.

I put my heart and soul into my corporate wellness programs and customize my services to benefit the unique needs of the company and the individuals within it.  If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to discuss ways we can work with together and improve the health of your company, contact me at: carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com

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Foam Rolling Routine for Hurt Foot or Ankle Injury. Help Your Body Feel Better With These Exercises.

Here’s a Foam Rolling Routine you can do when recovering from a foot or ankle injury. Help your body heal and feel better with these self massage exercises.

Foam Rolling Routine

Foam Rolling Routine

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Hi Friends!

No injury is a good injury… but foot injuries? They are pretty brutal aren’t they? The healing process is long and often an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs; good and bad days. If you are struggling with an injury right now I want you to know: you are not alone. I know how you feel and my heart goes out to you!

Healing from a foot injury can cause all sorts of aches and pains in your body. Moving around in a boot or being less active can make your muscles tight, tense, and restricted. In fact, because moving around in a boot can put your hips on different levels, you are at a higher risk for hurting your back or coming across other painful injuries from compensating just to get around. Foam rolling is a great way to loosen up stiff muscles, improve your range of motion, correct these imbalances, and feel better. This Foam Rolling Routine is designed to help you relieve the muscular tightness and tension that comes from dealing with a foot or ankle injury.

To do this video you will need:

I’ve been in your shoes (and your boot). I’ve felt the sadness, fear, anxiety, depression, isolation, frustration, regret, anger, physical and emotional upset of dealing with a foot injury. I’ve felt it all. That’s why I created my full Hurt Foot Fitness program to support people everywhere in staying fit, positive, and well when recovering from a foot or ankle injury.  Are you ready to be a Hurt Foot Fitness success story? Roll out your mat, grab your foam roller and press play on the video below.

Foam Rolling Routine for Hurt Foot or Ankle Injury. Help Your Body Feel Better With These Exercises.

I am here to use my expertise and experience to give you guidance, hope, strength, and light during the frustrating process of being sidelined from the active life you love. I believe in you and your body’s ability to heal. Try this video and give your body a little love and T.L.C. while it recovers from injury! Let me know how you feel after you give it a try in the comments below. Stay strong and keep smiling my friends, I am cheering for you.

Love,
Caroline

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Beat the Belly Bloat Workout. Feel Better Fast With This Flat Abs Routine

Belly Bloat is the WORST! There is nothing more uncomfortable than not feeling good in your body. Use these exercise videos to beat Belly Bloat and help your stomach deflate.

Beat Belly Bloat

Beat Belly Bloat

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Hi Friends,

Belly Bloat is the WORST. There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable in your body.

No one likes feeling bloated: it causes physical discomfort and hurts your ability to live life to its fullest. When I say “Belly Bloat”, I’m not talking about a few extra pounds of stomach fat, I’m referring to  the temporary abdominal distention that plagues most everyone from time to time. The good news? Stomach bloating is something you can avoid with a few simple habits to keep your belly healthy.

Here are a few suggestions to help gut health, digestion, and prevent Belly Bloating from cramping your lifestyle.

Stop Stomach Bloating. Beat the Bloat and Keep Your Abs Feeling Tight with these health tips:

  • Be Mindful with Fiber. Too little fiber can lead to constipation, which can result in bloating. Avoid tummy trouble by eating a diet high in fiber (25 grams per day for women and 38 for men) from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. But be careful, too much fiber may actually cause bloating too! Ive known a lot of people who overdose on fiber and their good intentions turn around to cause uncomfortable belly bloat. Use the recommended dose of fiber as a guide to figure out how much you need to keep your bowels moving and your tummy tight.
  • Drink Up! Drink plenty of fluids (aim for 6-8 glasses a day) to aid in digestion. Keep yourself hydrated by starting each day with a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and then 30 minutes before eating any big meal. Learning to drink more water is a habit you can cultivate, and it’s not hard to do it. Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times.
  • Exercise. When you aren’t moving, nothing else is either! This is why when we sit too much or travel things tend to get backed up and puffy! Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week. If your schedule is busy and you have a hard time fitting in 30 minutes of continuous activity, try doing 5-10 minutes in the morning before leaving your hotel or home. Any movement is better than none and will go a long way in helping you manage digestion. Even a walk can prove beneficial, do whatever allows your stomach to feel its best. When I am feeling a bit on the bloated side I like to do cardio to aid in digestion and core work to help “pull things back in”. To help with bloating, I filmed the below exercise videos. Press play and join me in getting fit to stop the Belly Bloat with these fitness routines.

Beat Belly Bloat Workout #1

This workout video featured Saje “Gutzy” essential oil roll on blend for digestion. If you are wondering… it’s amazing.

Beat Belly Bloat Workout #2

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  • Rule Out Foods You’re Allergic or Sensitive To. While this may seem like a no-brainer, food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances can cause bloating, gas and stomach discomfort. Wheat and dairy are common culprits but it is best if you don’t self diagnose. If you think you have a food allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance, see your doctor for allergy tests and how you can avoid allergy and sensitivity-aggravating foods.
  • AVOID Sugar-Free, low fat, artificially sweetened sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols are lower calorie forms of simple table sugar. Because they are digested in a different way than sugar, many people find that they cause bloating. Sugar alcohols are most often found in chewing gum, soda and as filler in many processed foods (all that “low-fat” and “non-fat” stuff is dangerous!). Look for the “-ol” at the end of the word to recognize a sugar alcohol. Examples: Sorbitol, and xylitol. Toss out sugar free foods, chewing gum, and diet sodas to beat belly bloat. You can read more about avoiding the dangers of artificial sweeteners in your diet here.
  • Eat smaller meals more often. Eating more frequently can help control blood sugar, manage hunger, and keep you free of the bloated feeling that often follows large meals (think post thanksgiving fullness – not something you want on a regular basis). Try five to six small meals each day and make sure the quantity of food and calories are proportionate to your needs. To create a daily meal plan that includes the recommended amounts of all major nutrients, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate web site or schedule a visit with a nutritionist.
  • Try healthy holistic foods and drinks to deflate. A few studies suggest that peppermint tea, ginger, dandelion, prunes, pineapple, parsley, and yogurts containing probiotics (“good” bacteria) may help reduce bloating. Probiotics can be especially helpful as they nourish the healthy bacteria in your intestines and keep things running smoothly. You can find probiotics in fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and cultured dairy-free yogurt. You can also take probiotics in a supplement form. Or you can try my delicious daily detox apple cider vinegar drink! These are safe foods that are good for you. Give them a try to see if they help with bloating or digestion.
  • Take it easy on the beans. When it’s down the wire—such as several days before a big event—you may consider avoiding certain foods that are otherwise healthy for you. Beans and cruciferous vegetables can cause more gas than other foods, stick to other vegetables and plant-based sources of protein when you need to avoid potential stomach bloating.
  • Slow Down. Eating too quickly and not chewing your food  can cause air swallowing that leads to bloating. If you are a speed eater, it might be a good idea to make it a goal to slow down and take the time to enjoy your food. Aim to make your meals last at least 30 minutes. When you take your time to thoroughly chew and taste your food, your snack or meal becomes more satisfying and you can avoid belly bloating.
  • Careful with the salt. You knew this one was coming, you will want to limit your salt to avoid bloating. Get in the habit of reading food labels and being a mindful consumer. When buying processed, canned, or frozen foods, shoot for no more than 500 mg of sodium per serving in any product — or a total of 1,500 to 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Look for labels that say “sodium free,” “low sodium,” or “very low sodium.”
  • De-stress Yourself. Too much stress can cause constipation, stomach upset, or stomach bloating. Along with resolving any lifestyle factors that may be contributing to anxiety (like too much caffeine, not enough sleep, or poor diet), my book Balanced Body Breakthrough includes an entire chapter full of simple, effective stress relieving exercises and healthy habits. Getting rid of a tummy troubles may be a simple as a few deep, intentional breaths.

If you eat well, exercise, and manage your stress and you will be free of Belly Bloat and have a happy stomach for life. Of course, the suggestions above should not replace the advice of your doctor or health care practitioner. Should your stomach bloating last more than a few days, make an appointment with your doc and seek medical care.

I hope the healthy hacks above gave you a few ideas on what to do the next time you face tummy trouble. Do you have a healthy habit that helps you beat belly bloat and keep your stomach in good shape? Let me know in the comments below. I hope this post serves you in feeling your very best and keeping your belly healthy for life.

With love,

Caroline

My mission is to help you develop a positive relationship to self and exercise that adds to the quality of your life. Check out my list of services, stay connected about upcoming events by subscribing to my email newsletter, or contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com to discuss ways we can work together and live well.

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20-Minute Advanced Chair Cardio Workout Video You Can Do With A Foot or Ankle Injury

A fun and challenging Chair Cardio Workout you can do with a foot or ankle injury. Work your heart and muscles with this exercise video routine.

Advanced Chair Cardio Workout

Advanced Chair Cardio Workout

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It’s so cool to me that my Youtube channel has allowed me to connect to so many people around the world who are dealing with physical challenges and injuries. My heart melts when I read the emails, facebook messages, and comments. I know exactly how you feel! I have been in your shoes (and your boot) and am here to help you feel better.

Dealing with injury is one of life’s greatest challenges. I am committed to creating content that helps you stay strong and positive. This 20-minute advanced Chair Cardio Workout was filmed to help you get your blood flowing, heart pumping, metabolism moving, and keep your body healthy. The workout is non-weight bearing and can be done at home or at the gym. These exercises will work your total body without putting any pressure on your feet your ankles. You will feel your arms, legs, lungs, and abs burn while you work your cardiovascular system. This advanced Chair Cardio workout will get your heart rate up, get you to work up a sweat, and help you feel alive again!

This is an advanced Chair Cardio workout that moves at a fast pace. YOU MUST be cleared by your doctor or physical therapist before starting this or any exercise routine. Please modify as needed and make this workout help you feel GOOD. I used a pillow as a cushion for extra support on my chair during this workout.

Are you ready to get your heart pumping and your muscles working? Sit and be fit with me! Press play!

20 Minute Chair Cardio Workout Video

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I hope this video serves you in feeling your very best and staying in great shape while you recover from a foot or Ankle Injury. Don’t forget to check out my full length “Hurt Foot Fitness” program for more support in staying fit, healthy, and positive while recovering from injury. Stay In Shape and Stay positive with me here: 


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Let me know how you feel after you try this Chair Cardio Workout in the comments below. I believe in you and am here to support you in feeling good. Stay strong and stay positive. Remember, every day is a choice. And injury or not, it’s up to you to make it great.

With love,

Caroline

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