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!
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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