Friday, September 27, 2013

The Scoop on Healthy Living: Add Ankle Weights to Pilates!

Hi everyone, I hope you're feeling like working out today because I have a fun tip for you to try.

Recently, I have been experimenting more and more with weight training to see how I can fit it into my normal exercise routine, which generally involves cardio and Bar Method or Pilates . I have to say that I have never seen results faster than I have when utilizing heavy weight lifting. My brother has been weight training for years and is helping me out with my form, weight limits, etc. and it has been a super fun challenge.

So I wanted to share a tip with all of you that may add more of a challenge to your workout.

Add ANKLE WEIGHTS to your Pilates routine!

Before I do any Pilates routine, I like to warm up with about 5 minutes of cardio. This can involve jogging on a treadmill, jogging in place, high knees, jump rope, high jumps, or a combination of all of them. The goal is to get my heart rate up, and warm up my muscles. So put on your favorite workout playlist and get going!

Now you should strap on your ankle weights and try out a leg oriented Pilates routine! Remember that you may have to do less reps than the original workout since you are now working with weights. Form is always important in Pilates! In weight training, the last three reps should be DIFFICULT to finish.

Here are a couple routines that demonstrate Pilates moves you can try with ankle weights (again - do not feel like you have to match the routine rep for rep when you are wearing weights):

1. Leg Slimming Pilates Butt and Thigh Workout by Fitness Blender:

2. Blogilates POP Pilates: Beginner Inner Thighs (I LOVE Cassey Ho's workouts!)

After you're done with your Pilates, take off the weights, and do another 3-5 minutes of cardio and follow that with a nice stretching cool down. If you need stretching ideas, click here.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

FYI - I am in no way a fitness expert or professional. I am simply sharing something that has worked well for me, and it shouldn't take the place of advice from a professional or your doctor.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque

Today, I wanted  to review the Shea Moisture Organic Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque for Thin, Fine Hair. I bought this masque at CVS for $12.99 (it was actually the same day I bought the Indian Hemp Tamanu Masque, which I am soooo loving right now!).

The primary reason I bought this masque was because I am in LOVE with my Shea Moisture Thickening Shampoo, so I assumed they must make amazzzzzing conditioner.

Well it turns out, not so much. I am very disappointed to say I don't find this masque very moisturizing. It's not even as moisturizing as my rinse out conditioner I have in the shower.

Here's how I've been using it: I applied it to dry hair all over, concentrating on the ends, then I put a disposable hair masque on for 45 minutes, after which I shower and shampoo / condition as normal. I have used this masque multiple times, and it just doesn't seem to do anything really. This is what I just started doing with the Indian Hemp Tamanu Masque as well, and it works really well (click here for another way to use it).

Overall, I'm definitely experiencing buyers regret with the Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque. However, I do look forward to trying more of their products since I am using their shampoo regularly. Hopefully this will be my only disappointing experience with Shea Moisture!

One of the reasons I was drawn to this brand is their ingredients. Check out the ingredients for this masque below:
Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Certified Organic Ingredient), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter (Certified Organic Ingredient), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ammonium Salt (Conditioner), Yucca Filamentosa Extract, Vegetable Protein, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Extract, Biotin, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Rosemary Extract, Bamboo Extract, Sorbitol Esters, Caprylyl Glycol, Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
Do you use a hair treatment or just stick with your normal shampoo and conditioner? Share your favorite products with me on Twitter @danielle0090. Also, there is one more week to enter my Graduation Giveaway. Click here to enter before time runs out!