Beginner Yoga for Stress Relief

Beginner Yoga for Stress Relief

With the holidays around the corner, things can get stressful pretty quickly.  Being stressed out is not only harmful for you mentally, but stress also causes weight gain.  Cortisol, the hormone your body release when you are stressed, causes an increase in appetite.  For many of us, that’s when we reach for the comfort foods.  For me, that’s a stuff crust pizza, and we all know they are loaded with calories.  The combination of being stressed and more hungry results in weight gain.  Every holiday, most of us put on some holiday weight, around 1-3 pounds a year.  It doesn’t sound too bad, but the problem is most people never lose the extra weight.  After a few years, the pounds add up.

 

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So what can you do about it?  Relax!  Yep, it is that simple.  I have an easy beginner yoga session that will help you relax this holiday season.  My good friend and yoga guru Nydia Darby, from Nydia’s Yoga Therapy created a practice especially for us to help relax this season.  She is a Physical Therapist and Yoga Guru and she will lead us through a very easy and effective yoga practice that is only 12 minutes long.  It is perfect to help you relax, recenter, and find you happy place during the holiday rush.

 

Beginner Yoga for Stress Relief

 

This holiday, take some time for yourself and relax.  Taking care of yourself allows you to be more effective of taking care of others.  If you are stressed, you won’t be able to take care of your loved ones as well as you could if you were calm and happy.  A big part of being fit and healthy involves taking care of yourself, whether it is through working out, eating clean, or relaxing.  Make sure to take a few minutes each day and get some “me” time.  =)

 

Let’s stay connected:

Make it a Healthy day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Nutrition, Diet, Free Workouts and Weight Loss Tips

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”
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Benefits of Lean Muscle

Benefits of Lean Muscle

I am always taking about building lean muscles in my workout videos, but today, I want to share with you the benefits of lean muscles.  The reason why you want to have lean muscles is to increase your metabolism.  Muscles consume more calories than fat. One pound of muscle burns about up to 6.5 calories per hour. Muscles burn 5.5 times more calories than fat tissues, which burn about 1.2 calories per pound per hour. If you work out, a pound of muscle can consume up to 10 calories per hour!

 

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In fact, if you were to convert 5 pounds of fat to 5 pounds of muscles, you would burn 230 calories doing absolutely nothing at all.  Muscles need calories, which is a form of energy, in order to sustain it.  Therefore, the more lean muscles you have, the faster your metabolism becomes.  The problem is, most people turn to dieting when they are trying to get in shape. Dieting actually causes you to lose lean muscles, which slows down your metabolism. Find out what you need to do instead of dieting in this , short video.

 

Muscles Burn Calories

Muscles Burn Calories

 

In addition to increasing your metabolism, lean muscles also add shape and firmness to your body.  Lean muscles also helps minimize cellulite and dimples on your legs and thighs by decreasing overall fat and firming up the muscles.  Want a butt that makes Jennifer Lopez jealous?  You can reshape your body simply by adding lean muscles where you desire it.  It doesn’t matter what age you are or if you have ever worked out before.  Your body is an incredible machine that is resilient and you will see results from working out in as little as a few days!

 

Squat

Squat

 

One of my favorite tricks before going out on a date or to an event is to do a mini workout before I leave.  If I am wearing a short dress, I will do some squats to get a “pump” to my legs, giving them more shape and definition while firming them up.  If I am wearing a sleeveless shirt, I will do a quick set of pushups and dips to tighten up my arms and upper body.   It is a simple trick that will give you an instant boost of confidence!

 Let’s stay connected!

Make it a Healthy Day,

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my beginner’s guide to weight loss video. I’ll go over step by step what you need to do so you can reach your weight loss goals. ❤
“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

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Morning Quick Workout

Morning Quick Workout

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

One of the best ways to kick start your morning is to do a workout.  It starts your day off right, helping you stay motivated and make better food choices throughout the day.  Next time you are in a crunch for time and can’t devote an hour to go to the gym, try my morning quick workout.  Remember, staying fit is a journey, and I am with you every step of the way.

 

 

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Looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time?   Check out this educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

 

 

Make it a Healthy day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Nutrition, Diet, Free Workouts and Weight Loss Tips

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”
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Most Important Muscle to Exercise

Most Important Muscle to Exercise

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

Another Fitness Motivational Quote for ya!  =)

When it comes to being in shape and living healthy, we spend alot of time DOING things:  Going to the gym, working out, shopping for healthy foods, making meals, and sometimes feeling guilty about eating that cookie.

What we don’t spend a lot of time on is getting into the right mindset.  Your mind is the most powerful muscle you have.  It is also the most important muscle to exercise.  If you believe you will fail no matter what you do, then you are right.  If you believe you will succeed no matter what, you are also right.  Pick your attitude and challenge your mind to see what you really are:  A Strong Confident Beautiful Healthy Woman.  Once you start seeing yourself for what you really are, you will believe change is possible.  The weight will start coming off, you feel lighter, healthier, and full of energy.  If you change your mind set, everything else is easy.

 

“To Change Your Body, You Must First Change Your Mind.”

 

 

Change Your Mind

Change Your Mind

 

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

 

Let’s stay connected!

Make it a Healthy Day,

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Free Workouts, Healthy Living, Nutrition and Weight Loss Tips

 

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,  check out my beginner’s guide to weight loss video. I’ll go over step by step what you need to do so you can reach your weight loss goals. Remember, abs are made in the kitchen, so I’ll also go over what you need to eat to lose weight. ❤

 

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Why You Should Workout Today

Why You Should Workout Today

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

Here is a great fitness motivational quote to keep you motivated.  This is why you should workout today.  =)

“You can choose how you feel tomorrow.  You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow.  You choose.”

 

Choose how you feel

Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint, and I am here with you every step of the way.  =)

 

Let’s stay connected!

Make it a Healthy Day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

 

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How To Squat

How To Squat

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!  One of the best exercises you can do to hit almost every major body part is squat.  Squats are great for tighten and toning your legs including hamstring, quads, and glutes, but did you know it also tightens your core and your back?   When you do squats correctly, you engage almost every part of your body.  Squats build lean muscles, which helps boost your metabolism and burn more calories.  When you build lean muscles, you increase your metabolism because muscles require more energy to sustain, therefore, using more calories. So how do you do a proper squat?  Simple.  Squat like a baby.

 

How to Squat Correctly

1.  Head in neutral position

2.  Tighten your torso

3. Keep your knees behind your toes

4.  Feet should be about shoulder width apart

5.  Keep your weight towards your heels

6. Stick your hips out like you are sitting in a chair.

 

How to Squat

How to Squat

 

Remember, the most important thing with squats is to maintain proper body position.  What’s your favorite leg day exercise?  My favorite leg day exercise is squats, and my least favorite leg exercise would probably be lunges.  =p

 

Let’s Stay Connected!  =)

 

Your Trainer,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Nutrition, Healthy Living, Free Workouts and Weight Loss Tips

 

P.S.  If you are trying to get in shape and you don’t have a lot of time, check out my video to see exactly what I do to lose weight fast. =)

 

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