Posts Tagged ‘Fitness tips’

Fitness Time: Keeping It Sexy With Ankle Weights

The Skinny Confidential talks ankle weights.
Ankle weights are so in.

A couple years ago, I bought some cheap-o ankle weights at Marshall’s & my friends and I would wear them to hike Torrey Pines ( << a super popular hiking spot in SD ). And then POOF!! One day I completely forgot about them.

Until three weeks ago, when they came back into my life ( thx God! ).

Fitness guru, Kayla Itness & The Hills vixen, Kristin Cavallari Instagrammed them & the thought of ankle weights hit me like a bat out of hell.

Oh-M-gee. Lightbulb!

I immediately went on Amazon to buy a pair. I had strict requirements though: they needed to be black ( too much color is annoying, plus black is chic ), adjustable ( they can go from 2-10 pounds— I like 8 or 10, personally ), and diverse ( I wanted to be able to use them as wrist weights too ).

When my weights came in the mail a week ago, I rocked them like nobody’s business.

I wear my sexy weights while I’m cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, walking Pixy, working, &/or to the gym ( new mom, Kristin Cav does leg presses with them so of course I had to try ankle leg press-ups ).

Here’s the thing: TSC is all about quick, easy, effective tips that make life easier. So hellllooo, ankle weights.

This source says that ankle weights have several advantages: “extra exercise is provided to the hamstrings, quadriceps and glutes, which have to exert more energy. This can also lead to an increased heart rate over what you normally experience when walking, making for a cardiovascular benefit.”

Note: make sure you’re careful while walking with them; think: tight abs & good posture! You don’t want to strain the muscles.

So.

Basically the point of today’s post is simple: invest in any pair of ankle weights. You can find them at any local Target or Marshall’s & they’re super inexpensive ( think: $16 bucks ). It’s a healthy, easy investment towards health.

Kind of a no brainer, don’t ya think?

Also, if you see a blonde walking around the grocery store in San Diego with black ankle weights, come say hi! ; )

xx le

{ If you’re looking for an ankle weight workout, click here }

Sorry To Be The Bearer of Bad News…But Lemme Share The Real Deal on Agave Nectar

The Skinny Confidential shares the real deal on agave nectar.

Mmmmm…how healthy & delish does the agave nectar sound?

I mean…right?

Doesn’t it sound like a healthy thing to eat? Agave ( from a plant ) and nectar ( sounding like a supple kind of delicious fruit ) sound like some super nutritious condiment. Agave nectar reminds me of something out of a fairy tale that’s magical & delicious.

But wait, wait, wait— that’s how the marketers get ya. Nothing magical about agave.

Agave syrup is now sold in stores everywhere & it’s processed, nasty-ass shit.

Don’t believe me?

Whelp, here’s the unfortunate, oh-so-real, boo hoo facts:

According to Food Renegade, “agave ‘nectar’ is not made from the sap of the yucca or agave plant but from the starch of the giant pineapple-like, root bulb. The principal constituent of the agave root is starch, similar to the starch in corn or rice, and a complex carbohydrate called inulin, which is made up of chains of fructose molecules.Technically a highly indigestible fiber, inulin, which does not taste sweet, comprises about half of the carbohydrate content of agave.

The process by which agave glucose and inulin are converted into ‘nectar’ is similar to the process by which corn starch is converted into HFCS. The agave starch is subject to an enzymatic and chemical process that converts the starch into a fructose-rich syrup—anywhere from 70 percent fructose and higher according to the agave nectar chemical profiles posted on agave nectar websites. They are indeed made the same way, using a highly chemical process with genetically modified enzymes. They are also using caustic acids, clarifiers, filtration chemicals and so forth in the conversion of agave starches into highly refined fructose inulin that is even higher in fructose content than high fructose corn syrup.

So there you have it. Agave nectar is not traditional, highly refined, and actually has more concentrated fructose than high-fructose corn syrup. It is not a ‘natural’ sweetener. Thus far, the evidence definitely points toward the conclusion: agave nectar is bad.”

FYI: concentrated fructose ( AKA what’s in agave nectar ) is also nasty…it’s digesting in the liver & it turns into stored body fat. It doesn’t convert like other sugars, that’s why people claim it’s safe for diabetics. Don’t let these marketers trick you! Do your own research.

& next time you’re shaking your margie-poo with agave nectar, thinking “look at me being all healthy & shit”, stop. & then remind yourself to skip the agave & sub a little real ( like, real real ) 100% maple syrup. Or skip it all together & add extra herbs, citrus, or even spices!!

Side: I’m OBSESSED with cinnamon as a sweetener in my AM coffee because it evens out blood sugar & it cuts the bitterness. Basically using spices for sweetener is a win/win.

Keep it simple, stupid with sweeteners. So laters, agave— it’s been real!

x L

5 At-Home Ab Workouts…In Zella

Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential wears Zella.

Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential wears Zella.

Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential wears Zella.The other day I worked out at home in my Zella hoodie + Zella leggings ( << obsessed, remember this post? ).

And lately you guys have been asking me about working out, so I figured I’d share some of my favorite at-home workouts. & lately it’s been allllll about ze abs.

Like, abs, abs, & more abs.

So my total Thursday at-home ab workouts ( << which I can’t stop doing!! It’s so easy/fun ) can all be found here:

Workout 1: ‘Abdominal Hold’

Workout 2: ‘The Side Crunch’

Workout 3: ‘The Hundred’ ( << my favorite)

Workout 4: ‘Opposite Arm/Leg Raises’

Workout 5: ‘The Prone Plank’

Lauryn-Evarts Zella 1Working out in Zella is perfection because it’s cute, comfy, & practical. Plus their colors are dynamite & different than any other brand.

Side…other favorites lately: I’ve been SO all about the low side pony & of course, Nike ‘Frees’ get me every time. But that’s a given.

Anyway, what are your favorite at-home workouts?

Tell, tell.

X L

{ Photo cred: The Fashion Bite }

{{ Hoodie // sports bra // black leggings // Nikes // sunglasses // ring // triangle ring }}.

Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential wears Zella.Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential wears Zella.

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