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Hello! Welcome to a new weekly post giving you some hints on how to live a healthier, happier and more active and nutritious lifestyle. Each week I will give a new work out for you to try as well as a recipe!

Not to give away all of my secrets, but one of the ways that I find great work out ideas is on Pinterest. I use either one full work out or a combination of different body part work outs in order to create a work out tailored to my needs and what I am capable of doing in my dorm room or apartment. Pinterest is a great resource for healthy recipes as well.

This weeks featured work out is for toning your arms. First of all, it’s easy to have a couple 5 pound weights stored under your bed. If you don’t want to have them in your room, your college gym definitely has them available. All you need is a space big enough for you to lie down and a chair or your bed.

5 Arm Moves:

1. Chair Dips

  • Place your hands shoulder width apart on the edge of you bed or chair with your back to the chair.
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor either together or hips width apart
  • Bend your elbows to a 90 degree angle lowering towards the floor
  • Straighten back to start position
  • Repeat 8 times

2.  Bicep Curls

  • With small weights, stand with your feet shoulders width apart and arms at a 90 degree angle at your waist
  • Curl your hand to your shoulder while the other arm stays in position.
  • Either rotate arm to arm or do 10 reps with right and 10 reps with left

3.  Forearm Plank

  • Lie face down and prop yourself up with your forearms and toes
  • Your elbows should be aligned with your shoulders
  • Hold for 30 seconds to 1 min and do 2-5 reps

4.  Side Arm Pushups

  • Lie on your right side with your legs bent at the knee.
  • Wrap your right arm around your waist and place your left arm in front of your right shoulder with fingers parallel to your body towards your head
  • Push your body up with your left arm (keeping your lower half secured on the ground)
  • Do 3 reps of 10 push ups, and switch to the other side.

5.  Classic Pushup

  • Need I say more?

As for the recipe…since we’re feelin’ fall-y this week, were thinking something along the lines of a pumpkin something-or-other. It’s fun, it’s funky, and it’s simple!!

Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Mousse


1 cup low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup milk of choice

1 tbs sugar-free instant butterscotch (or vanilla) dry pudding mix

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3-6 packets stevia, or to taste (or sweetener of choice to taste)

Place everything in a blender, and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled — at least one hour. Top with light whip cream and/or crushed gingersnap cookies if desired!

 Pumpkin Mousse Haley's Hints

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Hope you enjoyed this first week of Haley’s Healthy Hints! Check back next week for a new work out and recipe to try for a healthier choice!

Did you try Haley’s arm work outs?

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