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Dance Workout

Happy Friday! If you follow along on Instagram then you saw that my workout yesterday really took it out of me! (You can follow me at @wynnsparksfly) It also was so much fun I would do it 100 times. The music and the moves made me feel young and fun. It was not easy at all but that’s ok. I was alone in my living room just having fun and that’s what matters. Give this video a shot. (It’s free)

The 2000s hits are so much fun and this is for all levels. Let me know if you had as much fun as I did!

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Walking and Pregnancy

As you know I love to go on a walk or hike and I have shared the benefits of walking on a regular basis before. I have continued walking though my pregnancy as well and the benefits are great for this time as well.

A lot of people can fall into laying on the couch or eliminating activity during pregnancy because, lets face it, it can be really hard. The growing belly, back pain, swelling, balance changing, exhaustion and I could go on forever but I won’t. Some days after a full day of working the last thing I want to do is walk or work out BUT pushing through will benefit me more than sitting on the couch.

Benefits of Walking During Pregnancy

  • Keeps your heart strong and your muscle’s tones
  • May assist in a shorter easier labor
  • Helps to burn calories to assist with too much weight gain
  • Helps to protect against developing gestational diabetes & preeclampisia
  • Eases constipation
  • A great way to have Me Time
  • Helps to reduce bloating and swelling
  • Improves energy, mood & posture
  • Helps you to sleep better
  • Assists in getting back in shape after giving birth

These benefits are enough reasons for me to keep moving. I try to walk at least 5 days a week and also incorporate other workouts and activity into my week. This past week I did 6 days in a row of walking at almost 10 miles.

Listen to your body and make sure you have water and a phone with you just in case you need help.

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What’s in my gym bag?

I pack my gym bag the night before because I work out so early it allows me a few extra minutes of sleep. Since I work out first and then go to work my gym bag might be packed backwards from most people who pack to go to the gym. I pack to go to work.

The first thing I do is decide what outfit I will be wearing to work, I make sure to have all aspects of that outfit including shoes are in the bag. Next I get together any jewelry I will be wearing with the outfit. I place all of that in the bag. Now I add in my personal care items; deodorant, hair products, make up and face wipes.

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I also double check any after work plans I have to ensure I have what I need for that as well. Maybe an outfit change or layering of clothes, sometimes even another workout.

Once I have it all together I put everything in the bag and place it in my closet. I get my workout clothes and shoes for the morning and place them on top of the bag. This way in the morning I go into my closet and get my workout gear on, grab my bag and after washing my face and brushing my teeth I am ready for the day.

I need all the extra sleep I can get!

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Active

I have been staying active and finding some time to sweat everyday weather that is a walk, home workout or group fitness class, even house work. Mixing it up and doing something everyday keeps me feeling energized and my body changing. On mornings when I can’t make it to an early class I love using my home gym to get a great sweat and strength challenge, an evening walk is a great way to get out and enjoy the Texas heat along with a great cardio workout for your body.

Grab some friends and head to a class, go on a walk or put on some head phones and get lost in the music, before you know it you will have completed a great sweat secession for your body.

I also love to hike around the parks, nature centers or preserves near me, most have free entry and allow you to explore while getting in that activity for the day. Free and a fun family workout…how can you say no to that?

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Meal Prep Tips

Getting into a meal prep routine can be hard. It takes time and planning so I wanted to share some tips to ease into it. I always make changes slowly so that I can set myself up for success. It can be difficult to jump into an entire full day of meal prepping. Here are some starting tips.

  1. After getting home from the grocery store before you put all your veggies/fruit and snacks away take them all out of the package and divide them into individual servings. Either in bags or containers whatever you have. This way your veggies and fruit are all clean, cut and ready to go and you can grab and go with your breakfast, lunch or snack.

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veggies2. Start with prepping just one meal for the week. I would recommend breakfast so that you get your day going in a positive way. Decide what you want to have for the week and on Sunday make a batch big enough for the week and divide it into serving sizes for that week. Now in the morning you are ready to go, don’t forget your coffee!

3. As you are cooking dinner make extra and set it aside in serving size containers for lunches the upcoming days.

4. When you leave in the morning for your day take everything with you that you . want to eat/snack or drink for the day. This will save you money and time. I have my lunch box stocked with my breakfast, lunch and snacks. I also have a water bottle that I can refill through the day.

Start with theses 4 meal prep tips and after a while you will start to get in a grove.

 

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Plank Challenge – Contest!

If you follow along on Facebook and Instagram you know that last Monday I started a 31 day plank challenge! I have completed 8 days and I can feel my core getting stronger. I love the dynamic moves and the daily challenge.

Do you want to join in? Contact me for details to join us! For each day you complete the challenge and let me know you will be entered into a drawing for a great prize. Be sure to like and follow on Facebook and Instagram so you can let me know you did it.

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Benefits of Walking

Are you looking for a way to get healthier but not ready for an intense workout or weight lifting secession? Start with taking walks. You can do this inside on a treadmill / around your house or outside.

Studies show that walking 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 27%. I will take all the help I can get so lets go! Walking uses your entire body and improves circulation which helps control blood pressure and cholesterol. If you are walking outside you will also enjoy the Vitamin D.

Walking is low impact and easy on your joints. You can walk your neighborhood, beach, country side or anywhere at all. Pop in some head phones and enjoy your favorite music and take some me time.

Walking with me is almost like a run, BUT I do NOT run! I walk very fast and with a purpose. You don’t have to do this but it is kinda fun. In the nice weather I take my lunch break and walk around the office buildings, this is an easy way to take a break from work and get in that 30 minutes. It doesn’t have to be hard, make it enjoyable take your kids, pets, family or just go on you own.

Additional benefits are improving your mood, balance, strengthening your bones and muscles. Take advantage of this full body exercise and start with a fun way to begin your healthy lifestyle.

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B Well Boerne

This past week I burned more calories than I can count! I was trying out a fitness studio I hadn’t been to before. I had seen them on social media and heard people talk about them in town but hadn’t made it there personally, I did 10 classes and 2 sauna secession’s. I am happy to report that through all of my exhaustion I loved every minute of it! B Well Health & Fitness is located on main street next to The Texas Meat Company. They offer a variety of fitness class including Barre, Pilates, Spin, HIIT, Kickboxing, Yoga, TRX, Hot Yoga, Piyo, Prenatal Yoga, Personal Training and more! The variety is great for everyone looking for a place to join for fitness. Bonus, child care is available for all of the moms looking for somewhere to go but have some little ones. Student’s and Teacher’s also need to check them out for some amazing special pricing.

 

 

 

 

I wanted to try as many different classes as possible but I was most excited about spinning. I have been wanting to try a spin class for years but couldn’t find a place near by with all of my moves. I arrived for my first class and was a little nervous about it but the instructor made me feel so comfortable, she happened to be the owner as well. The other wonderful ladies in the class were so welcoming and gave me some great tips even helping to set up my bike. After going over some mountains and through some mud I made it through and was officially addicted. I took 3 additional spinning class and got to experience two other instructors as well who challenged me in different ways. If you are looking for a great local spinning class you have to try it out.

 

 

Barre, Pilates and Yoga are things I love and have enjoyed for years. The classes I participated in were wonderful. Again so much variety and the different instructors bring their own flare that will challenge your body in different ways. This is perfect because your body will get used to the same thing or routine and mixing it up allows you to always be forcing change and see progress in your body and stamina.

 

 

Lets not forget the Infrared Sauna that is available for 45 minute secessions as well. I enjoyed my secessions so much. It was a great relaxing experience to just take a moment for myself and allow my muscles to rest and detox. The benefits of the sauna are many including detox, relaxation, circulation, skin purification, weight loss and pain relief/management. I experience neck pain, mostly because that is where I hold my stress, and my sauna time really helped to relieve this.

My favorite part was the way I was welcomed by the instructors and other members of the studio. Each person was so nice and helpful. Having a place you feel comfortable is key, if you are going to commit your time to fitness you want to go somewhere you feel welcome. This also gives you a place you can push yourself and meet your personal goals.

B Well also offers healthy food options you can purchase in the shop or order. Check them out for more details.

 

I am so happy I tried out this great local studio and I want to thank everyone there for the warm welcome. I look forward to continuing the calorie burn with everyone. Come and join me http://bwellhealthandfitness.com/ you can also download their free app! Not sure yet, they are hosting Sample Saturday November 18th where you can come try out some classes at 9am and 10am, sign up on the website or app to reserve your space and see what it is all about. You will fall in love.

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Aerial Yoga Boerne

I am so excited to tell you about my first aerial yoga experience here in Boerne! I have seen and heard about this studio and been dying to try it out since I moved to Boerne. I finally attended my first class at Aerial Yoga Boerne. The studio is located just off I-10 in Boerne near John’s Rd. It is a great studio! Extremely clean, modern and the staff are wonderful.

It was a small class and the instructor was also the owner. My friend and I had never done it before and she was awesome, she explained everything to us from what to do but also about the steel beams and fabric holding us up. Each hammock can hold up to 2000 pounds, so you are safe! I loved every minute of the class. I love yoga and this really gives you a different range of motion and muscle use. The resistance is different and makes some poses harder while others are easier. There are many variations of poses for all levels so don’t be afraid to try.

I can’t wait to go back! Who wants to go? I just did the drop in class and it was $16.00. If you go invite me along! They offer many different yoga classes, retreats and membership packages. Check them out and push yourself.