Written on August 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm , by sweettoothsweetlife
Isn’t it crazy how by mid-July, we’re already getting bombarded with “back to school” everywhere we go? I mean, didn’t school just get out? Oh wait, no…time flies and it’s already August. Craaaazy!
Anyways…it seems to me like people often take the “back to school” vibe as a brand new initiative to get started on a goal. Dare I say it’s almost as popular as the “New Year’s Resolution?” But the truth is, you don’t need a special day, week, or month to get started on a goal…you can get started RIGHT NOW!
And if your health and fitness is a personal goal that you’re working towards, then I’d love to help you get that head start with my online personal training. (Click to keep reading…) Read more
Written on July 16, 2012 at 11:19 am , by sweettoothsweetlife
This past year, I decided that I wanted to start my own garden.
As a young girl, my summers were always filled with fresh grown veggies from my dad’s garden, and I was always amazed at just how much better they tasted. So fresh and flavorful. The best part was, I didn’t have to do any of the work to enjoy them (well, except for those few times where my best friend and I would go in and pick the carrots and onions way before they were even ready – oops).
Now that I’ve been in my own home for almost four years, I figured it was about time to give the ‘ol gardening thing a try. If you already know me, then you’d also know that my “green” thumb has always been a bit closer to being black. My ability to grow and maintain plants has not been a strong suit.
Despite my horrible track record, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a go. (Click to keep reading!) Read more
Written on July 10, 2012 at 9:59 am , by sweettoothsweetlife
Hello! My name is Courtney and I’m the author behind the blog Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life, which was recently given a Fitterati award for Best Personal Trainer Blog. I’m a 28-year old personal trainer and former elementary school teacher (you can read a bit more about that here if you’d like). I live up in Upstate, NY with my husband and high school sweetheart, Jay, and have lived here all of my life. When I’m not training, I’m most likely blogging, in the kitchen, or spending time with some of my favorite friends and family.
I often get emails from readers asking whether or not you really can get in a great workout without any equipment, and the answer is YES! Bodyweight exercises are some of my absolute favorite types of exercise for a number of reasons. They not only tend to be a bit easier on the joints, but they also allow for a more natural range of motion, thus effectively improving your overall fitness.
So what exercises should you do?
Here’s a few basics to try out, even if you’re stuck at your desk at work:
- Chair Squats (don’t sit back down completely – use the chair as a guide)
- Push ups (if you’re at your desk, use it! The farther away your legs are from the desk, the tougher the move)
- Chair Crunch (keep contracting those abs and draw in that belly button)
- Alternating Lunges (switch it up by doing some lunges side to side and other front to back)
- Chair Dips (the farther you walk the feet out, the tougher the move)
- Calf Raises (place a sturdy book right under those feet and lift up and down)
- Wall Sit (hold your back against a wall with knees bent at 90 degrees and keep those abs tight – hold your arms out for some shoulder toning too)
If you’re not afraid to get a little sweaty, try kicking it up a notch with some more intense, bodyweight-only exercises:
- Tuck Jumps
- Squat Jumps
- Ice Skaters
- Butt Kicks
- Reverse Crunches
- Jumping Jacks
- Mountain Climbers
Who says you need all those bulky dumbbells and weight machines, right?