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Spring Break Shape Up: 6 Tricks to Burn an Extra 200 Calories Per Day

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Hey gang!  Spring is around the corner and I know that my inbox will be full of Spring time shape up requests.  To keep us ahead of the last minute slim down dash, here’s my 6 quick and easy tricks to burn excess calories.

First, remember that in order to truly lose 1 pound of body weight, we must burn 3,500 calories more than we consume.  Assuming your diet and activity remain consistent, adding these 6 tricks to your daily routine can  result in losing 1 additional pound every ~18 days.  Not bad huh?  Also be sure to note that these estimates are based on 150-160 pound person.  A lighter person will burn fewer calories and a heavier person will burn more.

Brit’s 6 Tricks

  1. Stand up at your desk instead of sitting.  Standing burns about 50 percent more calories than sitting.  Standing at your desk for 30 minutes will burn about 72 calories (2X the amount burned while sitting).  Standing instead of sitting for 30 minutes = 36 calories
  2. Learn to Laugh.  15 minutes of laughter = 20 calories
  3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Climbing two flights of stairs, three times per day = 30 calories
  4. Dance in the mirror.  Dancing is a fun, self-confidence boosting calorie blaster.  So twerk a little something while getting dressed for work in the morning 🙂  Dancing for 10 minutes = 58 calories
  5. Stretch in front of the TV.  Doesn’t matter if you’re enjoying Scandal or the Bachelor, be sure to stretch instead of sit on the couch.  8-10 minutes of stretching = 31 calories
  6. Choose the parking spot farthest from your building entrance.  Walking for an extra 5 minutes = 25 calories

 Total = 200 additional calories burned! 

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Buddy Boot Camp! 5 Super Effective Partner Exercises to do with your Fit Friends

Hey GRIT Gang! I hope that all is amazing in your world.  Very sorry for my sporadic blog posting – I’ve been doing lots of traveling the past 2 weeks.  On a positive note, last weekend I went to the Bryson City, North Carolina to a enjoy a weekend “ruffing” it with some of my best friends from business school.

In the midst of hiking the Great Smoky Mountains, cooking homemade meals, sitting by the camp fire and reminiscing on the good old days, I designed this “buddy bootcamp” workout.  During our vacation, my friends and I did this super efficient HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) circuit to ensure we got some strength and anaerobic training in .  Not only is the workout effective, it’s also very fun!  So next time you are looking for some fierce, fun exercises to do with your fit friends, keep these 5 exercises in mind…

5 Super Effective Partner Exercises

Before I leave you, I encourage you to not only enjoy the workout itself, but to more importantly enjoy and love the friend that you do the workout with.  And on that note, I leave you with this quote that one of my dearest friends, Lakshmi (staring in the front row of the instructional video above) shared with me:

“A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”  – George Eliott

ENJOY!  Lots of luv, Brit

Enjoing a nice hike in Great Smoky Mountains - Nothing says true friendship like matching beanies

Enjoying a nice hike in Great Smoky Mountains – Nothing says true friendship like matching beanies

Takin' it all in - life is good!

Takin’ it all in – life is good!

A picture is worth a 1000 words #breathtaking

A picture is worth a 1000 words #breathtaking

Grateful for good times and great friends! #blessed

Grateful for good times and great friends! #blessed

I love you and hope you have a great week! -Brit :)

I love you and hope you have a great week! -Brit 🙂

Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks

So if you’re like me, you LOVE to workout but you also LOVE to eat.  I have to admit, I’m a fat kid at heart.  Luckily I’ve learned to love healthy food and control my portions (for the most part).  However, there are times that I get a little side tracked and don’t monitor my calorie intake the way I should.  All of sudden I begin to notice that my favorite skinny jeans are barely zipping up and that’s my reality check that I need to refocus.  I put this 2 week plan together about a year ago – it’s an oldie but a goodie.   It helps me when I need to regroup my wellness regimen and drop a few pounds.  I love that every “rule” is a healthy action that actually does my body good!  Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes!  You can definitely expect to shed some weight, of course results will vary based on your body composition and your overall calorie intake.  Good luck – lots of luv, Brit

For the next 14 days, do the following 5 things each day…

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Super Sweaty Dumbbell Circuit

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Happy “Tone it up Tuesday” – here’s the workout I did before work this morning.  Be ready to blast some calories and feel tight and toned! Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes!  Lots of luv, Brit

Super Sweaty Dumbbell Circuit

Reach for the Stars! Plyo Workout

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Here’s your workout of the week! This workout is all about Plyometrics (jumping).  I love jumping exercises because they really get your heart rate up and strengthen your legs.  However, if you have knee problems, be careful as jumping is NOT advised for you.  This workout requires no equipment so it’s great to do during commercial breaks – enjoy;)

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars!  Lots of luv, Brit

Reach for the stars

10 Minute HIIT Workout

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Hey gang!  Hope your week is off to an EXCELLENT start.   Here’s a 10 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout video that I shot in Central Park NYC.  The workout is intense and efficient!   You need to 2 medium/heavy dumbbells (at least 8 pounds for women and 15 pounds for men).  To get the most out of the workout, do NOT take breaks unless I say so! 🙂

HIIT works because it forces us to push to our highest level of perceived exertion for short periods of time.  This increases our anaerobic threshold, which burns a TON of calories during and AFTER the workout.  Try  the workout for yourself and let me know what you think.  It’s  a great way to get sexy for summer!  #heygurlhey #heyboyhey

Cardio + Abs = Six Pack by Summer: Free 10 Minute Workout Video!

Hey hey!  Here’s a new workout video I made last weekend.  It is intense!  If you want a 10 minute cardio and abs workout, search no more.   Expect to burn ~200 calories and for your abs to be on FIRE!  Below is the description of the the workout in case you want to do it on your own without watching the YouTube video.  Hope you like and hope you SWEAT!

Lots of luv, Brit 🙂

GRIT by Brit cardio abs