Every so often I will be sharing some of my FAVORITE gear — whether it be supplements, clothing, running shoes…who knows what I will share to be honest. Everything will be running and/or workout related is all that I can promise.
Today I will feature kettlebells.
I have only been working with kettlebells for about a year, but have quickly grown to love them. Once you get the hang of the different movements, its really quite a fun, yet challenging workout.
Kettlebells are a cast iron weight with a single looped handle on top. Kettlebells come in a variety of weights, I personally use an 8lb version.
Kettlebells are great because it provides whole body fitness. Kettlebells require you to focus on whole-body conditioning because lifting and controlling a kettlebell forces the entire body, specifically the core, to contract as a group, building both strength and stability at the same time. Kettlebell workouts engage multiple muscle groups at once. Kettlebells are a great option for getting a whole body workout in a short time.
I personally use a Bob Harper kettlebell workout DVD, although there are many different ones on the market today, as well as many Fitness Centers offering classes using kettlebells.
Bottom line, a small piece of equipment that is versatile and I can do this workout at home — A+ option for me!
As a family of 6, including a pre-teen who can eat…and eat…and eat, it is important to me to be able to keep healthy food options in the house for both mealtime as well as snacks.
Here are a few tips for healthy eating on a budget.
Why drink sugary sodas, juices and energy drinks that offer little or no nutritional value when you can drink milk, a nutrient rich drink that provides calcium, vitamins A and D, protein and much more!
Canola oil is one of the healthiest oils out there. Its cheaper than olive oil and provides the same heart healthy benefits. It has the lowest amount of saturated fat than any other oil. Canola is an extremely versatile oil. Use it for stir fries, vinaigrettes, or marinades or try it as a substitute for butter when baking cakes and bread.
Long-Grain Brown Rice
Brown rice is very inexpensive and adds a nutty flavor as well as all the benefits of whole grains.
Instead of buying chicken piece by piece, plan menus to include meals that use legs, thighs, and breasts all on different nights. Or, roast a whole chicken to eat for a few days.
Pick up seasonal produce from your grocery store or local farmers market. Seasonal produce is generally more affordable and they taste the best.
Beans and legumes are packed with nutrition. Soaking beans may take more time, but in the end you will end up with less sodium compared to canned varieties.
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