Top 10 Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise!

July 18th, 2014 - Dashing Workouts, Fitness News

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Here are my top 10 tips for making workouts more enjoyable:

  • Download a book on your iPod or phone, and listen while you work out. OR Put together your own workout playlist filled with energizing songs.
  • Workout with a partner. Whether it is a friend or family member—it is great for motivation and accountability!
  • Try something different! Pilates? Kickboxing? Zumba? A new-to-you class can be motivating and energizing.
  • Schedule your workouts every Sunday for the upcoming week.
  • Switch exercise machines every 5–10 minutes. This variety makes time fly by—and challenges your body in different ways.
  • Work with a personal trainer (sessions are often cheaper if you do it with a friend or family member).
  • Change the time you work out. If you generally work out in the morning, try the evening—or vice versa.
  • Check out a new gym. Often gyms offer your first visit for free.
  • Go outside and do something to get your heart rate up. Try ice skating in the winter or swimming in the summer. Maybe ride a bike or walk the dog—or a neighbor’s dog!
  • Get your workout clothes ready the night before. This way you are less likely to make an excuse. OR Not only is that a time-saver, but it’s one less excuse not to go!

 

To get you started, here is a fun & motivating partner workout!

Circuit #Partner #1Partner #2
One20 Squat JumpsHigh Knees until Partner #1 is Done
Two20 Push UpsMountain Climbers until Partner #1 is Done
Three 20 Reverse Stepping Lunges (DB in hand optional)Jump Rope (imaginary JR is OK) until Partner #1 is Done
Four20 Tricep Dips on Bench/ChairPlank until Partner #1 is Done
Five20 Lunge JumpsBurpees (up-downs) until Partner #1 is Done
Six20 Wide Hand Placement Push UpsJumping Jacks until Partner #1 is Done
Now do Partner #2 CircuitNow do Partner #1 Circuit

 

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Dashing Tips~ How to Travel Healthy!

July 2nd, 2014 - Fitness News, Food News, How-To, Inspiration

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Traveling can be so refreshing.  It is a time away from the every day ‘routine’ and a time to rest and relax! This can also mean a time of seriously getting off track when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To some to degree, this can be a good thing- I always think it is good to change things up from time to time, so I take this opportunity to try some new foods, enjoy a few treats, and shake up my workouts!

However, if you don’t plan ahead, it can definitely go from being a good ‘change’ to a bad one, especially if you find yourself completely skimping out on fiber, water, and indulge in too much sugar and processed foods. Without some sort of balance, I can tell you from past experience that it is only a matter of time before you start to notice that your body (especially your digestive system) will not be happy!

For that reason, I always make sure I plan ahead when I travel and bring some healthy snacks and options with me. I hope this inspires you guys to plan ahead and pack some of your own favorite healthy treats on your next vacation! In the end, I can promise that your body will thank you!

For snacks I like to bring fruit, particularly apples because they are high in fiber and lower in sugar. They also keep fresh for a long time. I also like to bring a small bag of baby carrots. I am not a huge fan of eating them once they are warm, so I try to eat those first when I’m on a long car ride, or I bring a small cooler or lunch bag if possible. I also enjoy small 100 calorie bags of popcorn on trips, because let’s face it, sometimes you need something salty and crunchy! I found this amazing kettle corn at Trader Joes, and it is amazing! I always try to stock up on it if I know I’m going to be traveling.

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Whenever I travel, I try to pack some good sources of protein that are portable. The best option I have found when I don’t have access to a cooler or fridge is protein powder and peanut flour. I also bring oats with me and make peanut butter protein oatmeal with just a little water, oats, stevia, peanut flour, and protein powder! You would be amazed at how good it tastes and how much it fills you up!

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I also enjoy protein bars when I travel, because there are times when you need protein, and fast! I like Mojo, Quest, Chocolite, and Think Thins! The main thing to look at with bars is the calories, protein, and sugar! I always check to make sure the calories are not much over 200 per bar, the sugar is less than 10 grams, and the protein is around 10-20 grams per bar.

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I don’t always bring wrap bread with me, but if I am going somewhere that I can prepare my own food (and I will have a kitchen and fridge), then I like to bring a few packs of high fiber wraps with me. Wrap sandwiches are great for packing up in a cooler and taking with you to the beach for example! Jospeph’s and La Tortilla are my favorite brands. High fiber bran crackers are also a great thing to have around for a quick snack! I like to put a little peanut butter and low sugar jelly on them or some tuna salad!

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I love to bring a water bottle with me just about everywhere I go.  I like to fill it up with ice water and carry a few all natural drink mixes around in my purse! That way I always stay hydrated, without filling up on chemicals, sugar, or calories that are in most beverages!

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If possible, I like to make a batch of my homemade muffins to bring with me. I love bringing muffins to snack on because they taste delicious and are packed with protein and fiber to keep me satisfied for a long time! They also stay good for about 1 week, which is perfect for a trip!

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And last but not least, I do like to bring a few different flavors of gum. Now, I am the first to admit that there are chemicals in sugar free gum, but to me, if you chew it in moderation, I feel like it’s better than chewing on sugary gum anytime, especially when it comes to my teeth. I like the dessert gums by Extra, Orbit and Trident flavors!

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These are just a few ideas of some of my favorite travel snacks and treats! Of course, it really depends on the type of trip you are going on, how you are traveling, and where you are going, but I almost always try to plan ahead and pack accordingly. Being prepared and planning ahead is one of the best things you could do when traveling! I also always carry stevia packets in my purse (I like to use them in my coffee), and I try to always have a protein bar in my purse as well just in case!

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Overall, when I am on vacation, I try to be really flexible and enjoy new things…That is what vacation is about after all! However, I try to pick healthier options, and get active in some way every day! If you are traveling this summer, I hope this provided some ideas for your next trip!

If you are looking to find any of these items, many of them can be found on my Favorite Products List!

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The Dashing Dish Bridal Bootcamp is Here!!!

May 1st, 2014 - Announcements, Fitness News, Food News, How-To, Inspiration, True Beauty

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The Dashing Dish Bridal Bootcamp is Here!

This program was designed with brides in mind, but it is awesome for anyone who wants to get in shape for a big day!

Click Here to Learn More! 

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Back to School Lunch Ideas!

August 20th, 2013 - Fitness News, How-To, Inspiration

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I can’t believe it’s already about that time of year again…Back to School!!! Where did the summer go!?!

My sister is a 3rd grade teacher, which always reminds me how ‘quickly’ the summers seem to go by! To kick the school year off right, there is no better time than now to start thinking about healthy lunches! I hope this video provides some quick and easy healthy lunch ideas that your kids will actually enjoy!

 

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Quick and Fun Workout Ideas

April 11th, 2012 - Fitness News

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I have found that when I am really busy that it’s great to have a quick and easy workout options. Here are some of my favorite ways to get my heart pumping!

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One of my favorite ways to get in a quick and enjoyable workout is to take a walk while listening to Joyce Meyers on my I Pod!

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Awesome Christian Playlist for a Hardcore Workout!

January 21st, 2012 - Fitness News

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I don’t know about you, but I personally need a playlist of really up-beat, motivating songs to keep me motivated while I’m working out.  The only problem is, most of the lyrics in many of the well known hip hop/R&B/pop songs today are anything but clean.

I’m not saying that I’m against listening to any music that isn’t Christian. However, I have found that in my own life, if I put things that glorify God in my heart, that is what tends to come out! So, that being said, I created a playlist of awesome workout songs with a really good beat to keep you motivated and energized while giving glory to Him…What could be better than that!?! Enjoy!!!

ArtistAlbumSong Title
FlameCapturedSurrender
LacraeRebelI'm a Soldier
LacraeRebelIdentity
GritsReiterateTurn it Up
GritsReiterateFly Away
21:03Twenty One O ThreeDance
21:03Total AttentionYou
Group 1 CrewOrdinary DreamersKeys to the Kingdom
Group 1 CrewOrdinary DreamersMovin
Toby MacDiverse CityBurn For You
Trip Lee20/20Who He Is
Trip Lee The InvasionThe Invasion (Hero)

Also, this is just a short list of awesome Christian artists that I personally have discovered, but I know there are MANY more out there, so if you have any suggestions, leave a comment, I’d love to hear them! :)

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Giveaway~ A Few of my Favorite Things!

August 2nd, 2011 - Fitness News, Food News

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I’ve found that it’s the little thing that have really helped me enjoy and continue on my journey to healthy living! As a way of saying THANK YOU to all of the amazing people that support Dashing Dish, I would like to share a few of these ‘little pleasures’ that have made living a healthy lifestyle all the more enjoyable!

Three Winners Will Receive:

  • Nu Naturals Stevia- A 50ct  box of NuStevia Packets and a bottle of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Liquid. I love this brand of stevia, because after trying many brands out there, it’s the only one that I can say doesn’t have a funny aftertaste, and it tastes just like sugar!
  • Power Body ICE with Jody Trierweiler DVD- An intermediate to advanced workout, that really get’s you working! And no equipment is needed, so you now you never have an excuse not to workout! Workout DVD’s have been a lifesaver for me when I’m running short on time, but need to fit a workout in my day! This one is particularly amazing, and was created by one amazing lady who loves the Lord!

To enter this giveaway you could do one of two things:

  • Find your favorite Dashing Dish recipe, and put a link back to it on your Facebook page!
  • If you have a website, mention, and put a link back to your favorite Dashing Dish recipe on your site!

Then leave a comment here saying that you did!

Winners will be announced on August 9, 2001~ which is one week from today! Good Luck and Thank You again for all your love and support!!!

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Eat More to Lose Weight!?!

January 6th, 2011 - Fitness News, Food News

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I was recently talking with a friend who was feeling very frustrated about her lack of progress losing weight, despite her very strenuous efforts. I knew there had to be somewhere that she was missing it, so I began asking questions like…”How often are you working out, about how many calories do you think your eating, etc…”

When she told me she was working out 6 days a week, and eating about 1,300 calories a day~ it was no surprise to me why her weight wasn’t budging…for more than one reason! However, to sum it up, I knew she was not eating enough!

This seems very strange to most people, especially the average person with a ‘dieting mentality’ who has the ever-so-common belief that eating less= losing weight. This is not all there is to losing weight, and if anything, this is simply not true!

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Tips on Staying Fit this Holiday Season!!!!

December 21st, 2010 - Fitness News

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I already posted these tips in my last Daily Dish post, but thought they could use a post of their own incase you missed them! :)

No matter what holiday traditions and/or events you may be partaking in this season, i’m sure two things apply to just about everyone~ one- it’s an extremly busy time of year, and two- there’s food and treats every where you look! When you combine these two things, it’s no wonder why the holidays generally come with the wonderful gift of weight gain!

As common as this may be however, this does not have to be the case with you! I have found that I always enjoy the holiday season, without gaining weight, all by making a simple list~ and checking it twice! It really just takes a little extra ‘planning’ to keep my body fit this time of year~ all while enjoying some of my favorite holiday traditions and treats!

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The Benefits of Interval Training!

September 3rd, 2010 - Fitness News

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If you know anything about fitness, you have probably heard the term “Interval Training” and/or the phrase “HIIT” before. If you don’t know what it is, or why it’s a great form of exercise to incorporate into your routine, I will be the first person to tell you what it is and why it works!

I know for me personally, interval training has been a great form of exercise because it’s quick, effective, and straight to the point! I started doing this type of training to replace some of my long drawn-out cardio sessions, and to get in shape for my wedding. Within weeks I noticed a higher level of endurance, and fat loss than I had ever noticed with hours of cardio.

Over a year later, I have kept interval training as a part of my fitness routine and usually do two 30 minute interval workouts a week, along with one steady-cardio session (like kickboxing, a walk, or run) and one to two weight training sessions a week! I have found that my body is much more toned, fit, and I have much more energy doing interval training in place of my long cardio sessions! I also have more time for other things in life, which is always important! :)

Thank You Interval Training!!! More Muscle...Less Workout Time!!!

Thank You Interval Training!!! More Muscle...Less Workout Time!!!

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