What Can You Get With $100 For Your Home Gym?

I’ve always preferred to exercise at home. Not only do I get to exercise when I want to, I don’t have to spend time to travel to the gym. But the downside is any home gym owner has to put up cash up front to buy gym equipment.

As much as fitness brands spend much of their efforts advertising the latest and best products, a few people are actually moved by this. There is some level of excitement when people are told that with a small payment of $100, paid in six installments, one can achieve his or her dream body within a short period of time.

However, realistically, you do not have to spend that much money to get your ideal body shape and size. With a little research and patience, you can get the best and authentic products to use at the comfort of your home as opposed to expensive and unsure methods of getting fit.

Losing weight and getting fit should not be a daunting task. A number of people are hesitant to get their desired body due to the wrong perception that it takes more than you can manage. Perfect body fitness is attainable if you only commit yourself to the task.

All that is required for godlike beach body look is to use these equipment in the best combination, create a workout plan you can stick to, follow a diet like the Half Day Diet here, and begin your journey. Focus and perseverance is key for the ultimate physique.

Skipping rope1. Skipping rope

Traditionally, skipping rope is seen as an activity for young girls to have fun and spend time with friends. Interestingly, this can be your way to perfect health and body shape. Considerable time spent on skipping rope is equivalent to time spent in a gym doing cardiovascular exercise.

It ranges somewhere between $10-$15, a one-time fee, as opposed to paying for a gym subscription that must be renewed every month. This is not an easy task for beginners. Take yourself through intervals until you are able to skip for about 30 minutes non-stop.

2. BOSU (Both Sides Up) ball

This gives you the ability to do three workouts at a go. A cardio, strength and stability test. The ball is designed to challenge the three core aspects of your body through half-stable nature. It is set differently depending on the part you are working on. For a cardio routine, it is best used when the ball side is facing up. This way, you will use it as a bouncing step. On the other hand, flip the ball and use the flat side which should be facing up, as a stage for push-ups, lunges and squats. It is prudent to do ample research in order to get a good BOSU ball at an affordable price. At the current rate, you can buy BOSU for less than $30.

3. The step

This is also used in combination with the flat bench. The bench is mostly used for ordinary exercises. In addition to that, it is used instead of a plyometric box, a purpose also served by the step. These two equipment ranges from $35-$70. You need to consider your budget and workout purpose before settling on either of the two.

4. Dumbbells

Anywhere in the world today these are a must-have in the gym. Clearly, this is an indication that they work and perfectly serve their purpose. For this reason, why not have them? Their main advantage is their versatility. You can actually use them for any exercise you want, such as the Steve Holman method. Generally, body strength building is their principal work.

When shopping for this, the brand, weight, price and style must be seriously considered. For best results, it is imperative that you do the right sets for your age, health and body size.

5. Stability ball

These have been highly fashionable and recommended since the late 1990′s. A stability ball is essentially a large, inflated ball, with a diameter of up to 75cm. The wide diameter range is important because it helps cater for adults of all ages and sizes. Commonly, it is used to tone and build the abs. Fortunately, your workout is not only limited to that.

For best abs, place the ball between a wall and your back to harden wall squats or do perfectly-controlled push ups on it. Depending on your position, you can virtually do any exercise on this ball. At maximum, most stability balls fetch around $50-$75. Take time to shop around and get the best one for your height and weight.

My Tips to Effectively Get Rid of Extra Thigh Fat

Are your thighs a thicker than you would like them? If you’re like me, you want to have toned thighs that look both slim and slightly muscular, there are several ways to blast away the fat in just a few weeks without any added stress. Thigh fat is a problem for many girls, but if you follow the steps below and stick with a set routine, you can make plenty of progress in a decent amount of time.

According to Beta Switch by Sue Heintze, the fat around your things is stubborn fat. Burning stubborn fat requires a specialized kind of diet and exercise. My following tips isn’t the complete solution, but it’s useful to help you get started:

Start Squatting

If you want to get rid of the thigh fat, you need to do exercises that will target that area of your body. Squats are one of the most effective exercises for you to do. The best part about this kind of exercise is that you can do squats anywhere you want without any equipment, whether you are at home or at work.

You can start squatting by standing up straight, spreading your feet apart, and placing your hands straight out in front of you. After you are standing in the right position, you will squat down with your knees bent forward above your toes. You can hold your body in the squat position for a few seconds, return back to the standing position, and then repeat the process several times. It is best to do a set of 20-30 squats at time or as many as you can to see results.

Consider doing one set in the morning, one during your lunch break, and one before bed. With this schedule, you would be doing at least 100 squats each day! You’ll likely start to feel the burn and see the results soon.

Complete Sets of Leg Lifts

Leg lifts are great for getting rid of the extra thigh fat. You need to get on the floor, resting on either your left or right side. You should have your arm bent with your hand by your ear and one of your legs resting on top of the other one. Point your toe forward and lift the leg in the air, holding it in place for about five seconds before bringing it back down.

Consider doing a set of 30-40 leg lifts on each side. You may start to feel a slight tingling or burning sensation around the thigh area, but that is a good sign because it means you are doing the exercise correctly. You can even alternate between doing your leg lifts at a slow pace and then a slightly faster pace to switch things up at times.

Go Jogging Daily

Jogging is a great cardiovascular exercise that can help you lose weight from all different areas of your body. If you are already doing squats and leg lifts, adding a bit of cardio can help improve the results you see after a few weeks. You can start jogging on the treadmill at an incline to challenge yourself and shed more calories. If you decide to go for a jog outdoors, consider choosing an area with plenty of hills and inclines.

Getting rid of thigh fat takes work, but it is not as difficult as you may think. If you begin jogging, squatting, and doing your leg lifts regularly, you can blast that fat away. Once you see your thighs getting thin and toned, you’ll get an extra boost of motivation!

My Favorite Low Sugar Fruits And Vegetables

A lot of girls want to stay pretty and thin, so they avoid eating fat. But I found out that what you should really be avoiding is eating too much sugar. I don’t necessarily want to be pretty and thin, because I love eating cheat meals, but watching our sugar intake won’t hurt anyone.

People eat more sugar nowadays than ever, and forget eating it, they drink it, too! I’m definitely guilty of doing all of the above, and while natural sugars in fruits aren’t bad for you, it can be helpful to cut back and to know which fruits and vegetables are lower in sugar. Cutting back on sugars help you remain stress-free and if you are diabetic then you really can benefit from this information.

You think of fruits with natural sugars, but do you think of vegetables being high in sugar? There are some, and it does help to know which vegetables are the best to eat. Moreover, when it comes to both lists, low sugar fruits and vegetables, they are broken down into which ones have the lowest sugar content and so on and so forth. For example, some fruits that you can consider to have the lowest sugar content are blackberries, cranberries and raspberries.

Fruit Platter Blueberries and RaspberriesCranberries are good for you in so many ways. So are blackberries and raspberries, as they have so many helpful antioxidants. Have you heard of raspberry ketones? This is a popular natural weight loss supplement that people take, so maybe that would be helpful to diabetics trying to lose weight. Either way, raspberries are on the good fruits list.

What other fruits make the list? You’ve likely heard strawberries are on the list. Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits out there. They can also be quite expensive at times. Personally, I like to dip them in chocolate, and if that’s your thing, you can use some dark chocolate, which is good for you and has much less sugar. You’ll want to make sure you look at the sugar content of the chocolate you buy, or you can leave it off and just eat the delicious strawberries by themselves.

Blueberries are also delicious and low in sugar. You can add them to yogurt, oatmeal or eat them solo. Papaya, peaches and cantaloupes are also on the list. I have to be honest. I didn’t expect peaches to be on the list at all. They seem like they would be loaded with natural sugars. However, they aren’t on the list of fruits with the absolute lowest sugar content. You can also have some of that delicious summertime watermelon.

Healthy Green Smoothie Drink

When it comes to vegetables that are low in sugar, you have plenty of options as mentioned. For example, there is broccoli, kale and cabbage. Kale is named one of the best super foods. Any leafy greens you can find are also a great option. If you think badly of leafy greens and think they are slimy, I used to think the same thing. Try cooking them a different way, with that beef flavor. They are much better that way.

As you can see, there are plenty of low sugar fruits and vegetables that you can enjoy. Focusing on whole fruits and vegetables more often is going to keep your sugar intake down anyway, but it is a good idea to know which fruits and vegetables are the best for you when you’re monitoring your blood sugar levels. Visit this page for a resource on low sugar foods: http://theintuitivediet.com/cruise-control-diet

Ashley’s Checklist to Stress-Free Living Tips

Woman Meditating for Stress Free LivingBeing a girl can be stressful enough. Being a girl in this crazy world is even more stressful! Women are expected to do more things compared to previous generations. Women are expected to be “supermoms” who can juggle a demanding career while also raising beautiful children and keeping a tidy home.

I’m all for women empowerment, but sometimes all those demands can get a little too much! It’s no wonder that women are less happy than in the 70’s. Some of that unhappiness is caused by biased media broadcast of how women are supposed to look and behave. But some of that unhappiness is caused by overwhelming stress – plain and simple.

As a young girl about to tackle on the world, you’re gonna need some serious secrets up your sleeves. In regards to handling the stress from multiple challenges coming at your face, here are a few tips I found to be helpful. Maybe you’re already practicing a few of them:

Have some space in the morning

. Maybe you’re not a morning person, especially if you’re still in college. But waking up early and taking some time before the morning craziness begins is good. Creating your space in the morning to pause is a good way to get ready for the day. When you give your body enough time to ‘wake up’, you avoid feeling pressurized into today’s activities.

Drink plenty of water after you wake up.

Keeping yourself well hydrated has real health benefits. Hydration keeps your body away from dehydration and inflammation. Inflammation can cause irritation, which in turn causes you to feel stress more easily. Make sure you drink enough water.

Meditate for ten minutes.

I recently read a book called “Head Space”. The main lesson I got from the book is that you don’t have to meditate for an hour to get the benefits. You can meditate for just ten minutes and you will still feel the benefits. Meditation regulates the energy in your body to prevent energy blocks from occurring. Energy blocks can make you feel easily irritable and stressed.

If you find it hard to do meditation, try doing EFT Tapping. Tapping is an alternative form of easier meditation that has the same benefits and perhaps even more. Join the upcoming 8th annual Tapping World Summit to learn more about how to do Tapping.

Take a minute to stop and breathe deeply.

The three checklist items above are great but it’s difficult to do them in the middle of the day when everything is hectic! In situations where things are busy, you can take a minute of time out. Pause what you are doing and breathe deeply for around one minute. This one tip alone can reduce your stress levels greatly so don’t underestimate what one minute can do.

The four items above are just a small checklist of easy to do items to help you feel less stressed. In a society as crazy as the one we live in, it’s becoming more important that women use all the potential they have. Because you know the men would go crazy if women aren’t around 🙂

Love Ashley xoxo

The Love Ashley Story

I just registered this domain name. I’ve wanted to create this blog for some time now and I can’t believe how long it has been. I like the name Love Ashley because I think it perfectly reflects what I want to talk about in this blog which is about my personal life and also other thoughts on love and relationships. I also want to write about my opinions on culture and social issues that we see everyday.

There will be one year before this domain name expires. Maybe I’ll extend the registration or maybe not. It depends on how the year goes by in this blog. Maybe if there are enough readers of my post, I’ll think about going for another year. Right now I just want to take it one step at a time.