I get it, sometimes the extra funds arent there for those fancy gym memberships and boutique fitness classes. However that is no excuse not to be able to get a workout in. There are a TON and I mean a TON of free workout content out there. Even some of the top fitness trainers share content for free!
I love heading to my fitness classes and the gym, but sometimes theres just not enough time in the day for me so finding good home workouts are SO important. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you since I know the online world is so HUGE its hard to narrow down which ones are worth the time. Picking a workout video is like scrolling through Netflix with no game plan...you spend more time searching then you do actually watching.
1.) Megan Roup + The Sculpt Society
Ever wonder what the Victoria Secret models do to get ready for the VS fashion show? They hire Megan Roup! Megans classes are low impact sculpt and a bit of dance cardio (easy to follow moves, think jumping jacks and grapevines). I have had the privilege of taking her in person in NYC but her video workouts are just as good! If you head to her website she also offers a few free workout videos. Her routines are so fun, I can do the same one over and over and never get sick of it! By repeating the same one you actually can also measure how much stronger you are getting! Click here for her free workouts!
2.) The Fitness Marshall
Its amazing to me that Caleb "The Fitness Marshall" YouTube workouts are ALL free. After a long day of work I can put on one of his sweat sets and instantly my mood is lifted. Even though his workouts are choreography focused he has an energy that allows you to have fun with it and not focus on perfection. The sweat sets are usually about 45min long, and are split into 3-5min follow along dance videos. You also have the option to just pick videos at random on his YouTube channel. This is also such a fun workout to take along with you on a girls trip! On my bachelorette party weekend I had all my friends doing it! Its a BLAST!
3.) Pop Sugar Fitness Channel
Who needs a gym membership when this channel offers over 1,000 free workout videos in their library! Most of the videos also need little to no equipment! I love how energetic the trainers are and how the workouts are grouped in terms of body part and time. If you are in a rush in the morning and need something quick you can pop on a quick 10min ab routine before heading out the door! Some of my favorite workouts are the ones with Anna Renderer. Link to their YouTube channel here
4.) Tone It Up
If you are into fitness its hard not to know the Tone it Up girls Karen dawn and Katrina Scott. They have a workout app, and a nutrition program, but did you also know a lot of their content is free on their YouTube channel? They have a ton of videos from their past workout programs and most are filmed on the beach which is always nice to look at while you work out ;). I love their energy and their bubbly personalities. They make working out fun and dont take things too seriously. You are still getting in a great workout while having a good time. Link to their YouTube channel here.
5.) Yoga with Adriene
As I have said in previous posts, I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. Yoga has helped me tremendously calm my mind and help me manage my anxious thoughts. Yoga is a great workout for the body to stretch and create those long lean muscles. It is also a great workout for the mind. Always challenging you to new poses and to focus on your breathe and get out of your head. Adrienes YouTube channel is free and her videos are awesome. Her voice is just so soothing that her videos instantly relax me. Additionally, you might get an appearance from her dog Benji in her videos which I love! (even her dog is SUPER zen). She has a ton of monthly challenges and lots of yoga for beginners. Can give her a shot here.
Whatever workout you choose to do, theres never a bad choice. By trying out different videos you can learn what style workouts are right for you. Once you find some workouts you enjoy doing, It will keep you coming back for more! If you try any of the above feel free to drop a comment below! I would love to see how you liked them!
If bananas are in a cookie does that mean that this is considered breakfast food too?..... I think so. I have said it before, I have a SERIOUS sweet tooth and prefer to have something a little bit sweet in the morning, so while this may be a treat to some, I definitely will be slicing and serving this up for breakfast in addition to an afternoon treat (que ice cream on top)!
I am not someone that only will eat paleo, or keto, or gluten free, but I do love making dishes that use whole ingredients, and none of the processed stuff! (no white sugars or flours) Sometimes, that will automatically make a dish GF, DF, and paleo and I will label it as such for those that like to follow that lifestyle :).
So...If you are not on the "I only eat paleo train", this dish is for you too! It is melt in your mouth gooey with the right sort of golden crisp on top. Thinking of maybe even turning it into a birthday cake!....But for now, It will be sliced and stored in my fridge/freezer and then is SUPER easy to just take out and heat up in the toaster when ready to eat. I of course, like to top it with all the toppings to switch things up but its also just fine and dandy on its own. However, I think everything tastes better with peanut butter drizzled on top!
1/3 cup peanut butter (look for ingredients that have only peanuts listed)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups almond flour (I used @bobsredmill )
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup @enjoylifefoods Chocolate chips (or another brand of choice)
1.)preheat oven to 375 and spray skillet and set aside
2.) mash banana in a bowl and then add rest of wet ingredients.
3.) mix in dry ingredients and then fold in 1/2 cup the chocolate chips
4.) pour batter into skillet and add rest of the chocolate chips on top.
5.) bake for 25-30 minutes until the top looks golden brown (can even set to broil for the last 2-3min).
6.)Let it cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing
Enjoy! If you make this recipe please tag me! I love to see your creations! @stephi.paige
Matcha has been pretty new to me this year mainly because about three years ago I decided to cut out caffeine entirely and was always a tad nervous to try it out again. Since I have a history of panic attacks and anxiety I learned that caffeine is one of those items that sometimes triggers those anxious feelings to occur.
However, when one of my good friends Antonella started a company (yourlixir) with her business partner, that sells the best grade of matcha you can get, I had to try a little bit out. She also assured me that matcha doesnt give you that jittery feeling that regular coffee tends to do, but is a more focused calm energy. She was completely right! I use just a tsp in some warm water and add it to my favorite nut milk and its so yummy and gives me just enough fuel for that afternoon slump.
I love it so much I started to incorporate it into my baking! Is there a better way to start than Donuts?! If I could have a donut a day for breakfast I would be a happy gal. I LOVE sweets and especially love something a little sweet over savory in the morning. However, having Dunkin Donuts every day may not be the best choice in terms of your waistline and overall health.
So...... try subbing in these yummy coconut vegan matcha donuts. I love making these on a Sunday and having them for a quick breakfast on the go during the week, or even in the afternoons as a snack with a cup of tea. These donuts are vegan, gluten and dairy free and insanely delicious!
If you decide to remake please tag me in your photos! @stephi.paige
1/8c coconut oil (melted)
1/2c + 3 tbsp almond milk
1 tbsp ACV
6 tbsp @thedatelady (or can sub in honey/maple syrup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup of almond flour
2/3 cup of cassava flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp @yourlixir matcha powder
1 tbsp coconut oil melted
2 tbsp @thedateladysyrup (or sub honey/maple)
1/4 tsp matcha powder
Shredded coconut to sprinkle on top
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Mix wet ingredients in a bowl. Slowly add in the dry ingredients, and mix well.
3.)Add to donut pan (I use silicon donut holders so I don’t have to spray the bottoms).
4.)Bake for 20 min. Take out and let cool on a rack.
5.)For the glaze melt the coconut oil and add rest of ingredients. While the donuts are still warm dip each one into the glaze and top with coconut (or any topping you choose!) let them completely cool before storing .
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