Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Year New Hue: Color Expert Tips To Help You Achieve Your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

We’ve all made our 2019 resolutions, and day four into the New Year you’re probably finding those goals as challenging to keep as we are! Fortunately, internationally renowned Color Expert Kate Smith has shared her knowledge with us on how color can help guide 2019 into a New Year and a New You. Scratch that -- it’s a New Year, New Hue! And Team TME has Kate’s tips that we’re sharing with our amazing readers!

Knowing that color can have a direct impact on your emotions, behavior, and mood, we’ve identified the top eight common New Year’s resolutions. Kate offers tips on the best colors for each resolution and how to best utilize color to help achieve these goals in 2019.

The most popular New Year’s resolutions:
  1. Get Fit and Stay Healthy
  2. Spend More Time with Family and Friends
  3. Fall In Love
  4. Lose Weight and Eat Healthier
  5. Find a New Hobby
  6. Live Life to the Fullest
  7. Spend Less, Save More
  8. Get Organized

Kate Smith’s Tips for Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions Utilizing Color

1. Get Fit and Stay Healthy: Wearing red will make you more productive when doing an activity as it represents the color of physicality, which stimulates muscular movement and strength. Green will boost your mood and decrease your perception of the exertion level, making you more likely to exercise, and to exercise more vigorously. Winning colors: red & green!

2.  Spend More Time with Family and Friends: If spending more time with friends and family is a priority for you in 2019, the colors yellow and orange will help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Yellow makes you feel happier and will stimulate two-way conversations while orange is uplifting, optimistic, and inspires spontaneity. Whether it’s accenting your home with a yellow lamp or orange rug, or setting the dinner party tablescape with these accent colors, using one or both of these colors in your home will encourage people to gather and talk. Winning colors: yellow & orange!

3. Fall In Love: Red is known as the color for attracting attention but did you know that it could also make you more attractive to others? Surrounding yourself with the appeal-enhancing power of the color of love and romance may be all it takes to woo someone new. Winning color: red!

4. Lose Weight and Eat Healthier: There are a few simple steps that will go a long way if weight loss is your goal. The color green inspires healthy food choices and triggers you to think of vegetables and fresh foods. Even better, green food on a green plate will encourage you to take larger portions of these nutritious, healthy foods. Another simple way to alter your eating habits is to use plates with colors that contrast to the colors of the food you are eating. Portions appear larger against a contrasting background color, and in turn, you tend to eat less. Winning color: green!

5. Find a New Hobby: If you’re looking to ignite a new passion, blue is the color for you! The color blue makes you more imaginative and encourages innovation and risk-taking. Combine soft, muted blues to calm your mind with bright, intense shades that get your creativity flowing. Stimulating the brain will open your mind up to finding a new interest or learning something new. Try painting the walls of your office or workspace blue -- or buy wall art in this color. Winning color: blue!

6. Live Life to the Fullest: Want to achieve this New Year’s resolution in 2019? Yellow and green are colors that help you feel upbeat and balanced. A bright shade of yellow is optimistic and enhances happiness while nature-inspired green is refreshing and encourages harmony. Try an activity you’ve been longing to experience or plan a trip to a desired destination to live life in full color! Winning colors: yellow & green!

7. Spend Less, Save More: The best advice for anyone looking to spend less and save more this year is to give your wallet a colorful, wealth-attracting makeover. Color has energy that can trigger your desire to save and the top colors for this are green, gold and red. Green correlates with growth, wealth and cash, gold relates to building a fortune, abundance, and positive feelings, and red is a color of success, strength and good luck. Carry a smart, organized wallet in a color that supports your saving goals. Winning colors: green, gold & red!

8. Get Organized: The best motivator to getting organized in 2019 is setting deadlines. Orange and red make you feel like there is an urgent problem that needs to be solved. Use these colors to spur yourself into action and put your resolution into action. Winning colors: orange & red!

You can find many of the amazing treasures, mentioned above, at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls and more color tips from Kate Smith online at Sensational Color!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Thoughts and Lessons From 2018

Let's start with the photo above. "Je voyais le soleil après la pluie." I have seen the sun after the rain. That sort of says it all doesn't it? Oh. You thought that I was going to share the "Breakout Products of 2018?" Not today. However, I will share a few beauty secrets that I’ve learned in 2018.

  1. Try Pantone Color Institute's 2019 Color of the Year -- Living Coral – it is such a beautiful hue and it will lift your spirits.
  2. When your pallor is looking a funky shade of paste or your feel like a funky shade of paste, toss on your favorite shade of lipstick. I promise that you will feel better.
  3. If you're experiencing the winter blues, grab Golden Door Yuzu Body Moisturizer, lather it on yourself and drink in the scent. This is my “summer in a bottle” and my go to for a little pick me up.

Okay, on to my “profound” discoveries of 2018. There may something profound in this for you or it may just be me. But here goes it. Last night, as I was ascending my staircase, I felt strong. I could feel the strength in my legs carrying me up each step. I began to think about last year and how utterly exhausting it was to walk up those stairs, truth be told how utterly exhausting it was to get out of bed most days. I know that this may seem like nothing to you dear reader, but I hope that I can get my point across because I think that it’s important to share.

I have a chronic illness and last winter was absolutely brutal on my body. I wasn’t able to do too much physically, not only because of my illness but also because I’d been living a fairly sedentary lifestyle for the previous few years. December 2017, as I lay in bed for the 9th day in a row I knew that one key back to some semblance of a normal life was to simply get moving. I had force myself to simply move. I began with doing steps. You know, the thing that the doctor keeps telling you that you need to do 10,000 of daily. I could manage to do 500. Yep, you read that correctly. Some days, not all days, some days I could manage to do 500 steps. No, I wasn’t exceptionally overweight, just incredibly ill and incredibly out of shape. Twelve months later, I’m still chronically ill and that’s never going to change, but I can easily do 12,000 steps a day. The point of this? One, get moving -- it’s going to improve your quality of life. Two, all things take time -- you didn’t become overweight or out of shape overnight. Therefore, you aren’t going to lose weight or gain stamina overnight -- but it absolutely will happen so keep at it. Each day, every day -- even when you feel like complete poop -- just get moving, just a little bit.

Here’s one from Captain Obvious -- Being Present Is Vital. Doesn’t make much sense does it? Well if you take time to think about, you’ll quickly realize how much of life’s tasks that you perform completely on auto pilot and the people that you probably take for granted. This realization holds a bit of irony, as I used to tell my eldest brother to stop existing in life and start living it. Funny how I had become that person. Being so ill has given me a lot of time to think... because I’m not always capable of doing much else and sometimes not even thinking. :) I digress. For whatever reason, I’d gone on autopilot several years ago and lost touch with a few people who’d been key in my life. I had really become a rather boring zombie. I’m talking like boring to myself. Slowly, I started to become aware again and be present in my own life, as well as the lives of those whom I love. Despite physically feeling like some nasty little gnome is constantly stealing my energy all of the time, life has never been better.

One more “profound” thought. I have learned to stop judging so much. It sounds like a really simple concept and it is really easy to do if you put your mind to it. I had become so judgmental of anyone who didn’t share my beliefs  about the environment, animal rights, politics etc.. I’ll tell you secret. Judging others is exhausting. If you spend all of your time being twisted about people living their lives differently than you live yours, you are wasting your time and your energy. It doesn’t matter how “righteous” you are, you still aren’t any better than the next person. Life, for me, can’t be about Democrat versus Republican; liberal versus conservative; vegan versus meat-eater. If you take a moment to embrace the fact that we’re all here struggling on this planet in our on way, you are going to feel a hell of a lot better about life. I promise it will cost you nothing to just live and let live a little.

Oh, I could go on and on. I won’t for fear of putting you all to sleep. I thank you for indulging me and hope that you take away something peaceful and fulfilling from these moments spent reading my words. May 2019 be absolutely amazing for  you and remember to try to just keep it moving forward one step at a time. xo y.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Brooke ‘The Sculptor’ Taylor Shares How To Beat The Holiday Bloat

If you haven’t yet heard of fitness’ newest guru, Brooke “The Sculptor” Taylor, Team TME can guarantee that you soon will … and you’ll be hearing a lot more about this dynamic woman. Before we share Brooke’s tips on beating the “holiday” bloat, let’s tell you a little about Brooke.

Owner of Taylored Fitness, this mother of two and former dancer is a STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer. Unlike others, Brooke makes working out a lifestyle versus a chore. Her various programs consist of Boot Camp, Bridal Shape-Up, Pre and Post Natal Training Moms, as well as Pilates and Barre Functional Training. Now that you know about Brook, let’s get to those awesome tips!

With the holiday season in full swing, we often forego the gym with the justification that we simply don’t have the time or an acceptance that we’re going to put on a few extra pounds anyway. With Brooke Taylor’s “Anywhere Workout” tips, there seriously is no excuse. Plus you will look and feel better! And along the lines of looking better, Brook has also shared two delicious smoothie recipes, just for TME readers, to help you start out 2016 … of course you don’t have to wait to try out these sumptuous smoothies.

Brooke Taylor’s Anywhere Workout Tips: These are body weighted exercises that you can do at home to rev up your metabolism and jump start your day!

Warm Up: Jump Jacks – 20x, Lateral Side to Side Skaters – (20x), Walk Out to Plank – (10x), Mountain Climbers – (20x), Plank Jacks - (20x)
  1. Burpee Push Ups (20x) – Start with legs hip distance apart. As you inhale place your hands down directly underneath your shoulders and as you exhale shoot your legs back into one long plank position. Inhale and lower your body down into a push up. Exhale to extend the arms and inhale jump the legs back in to a deep squat. Exhale explode and jump in the air to land softly toe, ball, heel, back into your squat position. 
  2. Back Lunge to Step Hop (10x Each Leg) - Start in a single leg lunge position with your knees bent in a 90-degree angle.  As you exhale push off the front leg transferring your weight forward and hop pulling your back leg up to your opposite knee. Then swing it back to land into your single leg lunge again.
  3. Crab Butt Lifts (20x) – Start seated on your sitz bones with your hands placed directly next to your hips, palms facing forward and your heels planted firmly into the floor hip distance apart. As you exhale press the hips up towards the ceiling firing your glutes and hamstrings. Inhale lower your hips down to hover just above the floor and exhale to extend again. The focus should be about pressing through the heels to really extend those hips, while simultaneously squeezing the glutes. 
  4. Tricep Dips (20x) – Start in your crab stance with your hips extended towards the ceiling and the arms directly in line with your shoulders. Bend the elbows back as you lower your body down towards the floor and as you exhale straighten your elbows. 
  5. Full Roll Ups (10x) – Start with your legs extended nice and long and your arms extended over your head. As you inhale reach the arms up to the sky and initiate by peeling one vertebrae at a time off the ground flexing the spine over the legs. As you inhale tuck the tailbone lead with the pelvis and lower down one vertebrae at a time with control. 
  6. Bicycles (20x) – Start with your spine in an imprinted position with your legs held up in tabletop position and your hands resting gently behind your head. As you exhale rotate to the bent knee while simultaneously extending the opposite leg.
  7. Bridges (20x) – Start Laying Down flat on your back with your pelvis and spine in a neutral position. Make sure your heels are in line with your sitz bones and hands are gently placed alongside your body. As you exhale extend your hips up to the sky making one long line from shoulder, hip to knee. Inhale lower your body to hover and then exhale extend it back up. 
  8. Heel Lifts – Hold your pelvis in the bridge position and lift and lower the heels (20x), once you complete the final one then lower and lift the hips in small pulses (20x)
  9. Quadruped Leg Lifts (20x) – Start in a quadruped position with the hands placed directly underneath the shoulders and the knees directly underneath the hips. As you inhale extend one leg back and exhale fir the glute to lift the leg off the floor. Then cross the knee over the other and kick the same working leg out to the side (20x). Rotate the body completely to the side stacking your pelvis, ribs, and shoulders placing the top arm to your forehead.  As you exhale lift the working leg up to hip height and inhale to lower. 

Brooke Taylor’s 2016 Green Machine Beauty Blend Smoothie

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 pack of Aloha Protein Powder
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 1/2 cup of spinach
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds

Brooke Taylor’s New Year, New YOU, Acai Berry Beauty Blend Smoothie

  • 1 pack of unsweetened frozen Acai
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of kale
*Add protein powder if desired

**Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included in this article is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider. This article first appeared on The Makeup Examiner Dec. 14, 2015

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Taylored Fitness Launches IGNITE

Health Guru, Brooke Taylor of Taylored Fitness has launched a new health and fitness program that is geared to makes sure that we all have an opportunity to get in our work out! Introducing the Taylored Fitness IGNITE Fitness and Health Portal, which is geared towards new moms and busy professional who don’t have time to work out but want to feel good in their own skin again. Brooke curated the Taylored Fitness Fitness and Health Portal specifically with busy moms and professional in mind because there is nothing like it on the market.

What Sets Taylored Fitness IGNITE Fitness and Health Portal Apart? Brooke’s goal was to share with the world her precise style of training, choreography and creations to help YOU get fit, healthy and most of all feel confident again in your own skin. This is not about quick fixes, diet pills ETC, but about learning how to train efficiently and effectively. This was how she got herself back in shape after both babies. There is nothing out there like this for new moms! She wanted to create something to share with other moms to help them feel good again and workout out on their own time, anytime, and anywhere.

This online program includes:
  • 5 levels (30 days each) of instructional videos and precise details
  • Printable PDF's
  • Modifications
  • Nutritional Guidelines
  • Easy Recipes
  • Lifestyle Balance Guidelines
  • Online Support System
  • Membership Access

What to learn more? Visit the IGNITE Fitness and Health Portal online at Taylored Fitness!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter Weather Health and Fitness Tips

If last weekend’s Snowpocalypse, courtesy of Jonas, is any indication of weather for the remainder of winter, we may find ourselves less mobile and more apt to be lounging around. All of that time spent being a couch potato, watching movie marathons, and the comfort (junk) food that comes with it may leave us with a few too many extra pounds when swimsuit season rolls around. No worries, because Team TME has you covered with delicious recipe picks from Amanda Foti, Senior RD of Selvera Wellness and simple exercises to keep you on track -- even during a blizzard -- from SWERVE Fitness Instructor, Jason Tran.

Amanda Foti

Yummy and healthy snacking isn’t as difficult as you’d think, but you will need to plan ahead and hit the store before the winter weather hits. A good rule of thumb is keeping keys ingredients on hand so that when the urge to snack hits, you’ll have everything that need!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites by Persnickety Plates

Mediterranean Tabbouleh Hummus Dip by Eats Well With Others

Mini Pepper Nachos with Corn, Black Beans and Avocado by Closet Cooking

After your tummy is filled with yummies, and you’re over your food coma, it’s time to try these at-home exercises from Jason Tran. Easy -- 30 seconds each exercise, 3 rounds, 1 min rest in between rounds! 

Jason Tran

Turn them into Goblet Squats by cupping a glass of wine in your hands
*Targets the glutes and quads

Start with feet slightly apart and parallel, extend working leg behind you and slightly bend knee of standing leg, extending your torso forward while maintaining a flat back, and return to stand.
*Works the glutes and hamstrings and core

DONKEY KICKS (Right & Left)
Get on your hands and knees and kick one leg back and up as high as you can, then pull your knee into your chest, then set it back down and repeat.
*Glutes and shoulders

Rinse, repeat and have a fabulous weekend! xo ~Team TME