Everywhere I look, I hear about a new fitness fad, a quick fix or some kind of “get in shape fast” scheme – which is something I’ve never believed in.
I’ve never quite understood why people don’t find a plan they can stick to all year long, instead they scramble to get bikini-ready for summer or January 1 – when they can set a goal and stick to it.
My fitness philosophy hasn’t really changed but I seem to be working out harder and stronger now than ever before. I totally believe in working to fatigue, which means pushing yourself to feel the burn – and if you dare, moving past the burn – which is when I truly believe your body starts to change.
I’ve always loved the saying, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” and I truly believe that every day is a great day to work out. I know that exercise is the best medicine ever and the benefits you receive go far beyond just the physical. It gives us more energy, makes us feel better about ourselves inside and out, gives us a sense of accomplishment, increases our libido, makes us feel stronger and it’s the best stress-reliever that I’ve ever experienced.
For the past three years, I’ve been teaching my Booty Burn fitness class (oh, how time flies!) and I’ve witnessed firsthand women of all different shapes and sizes making a commitment, sticking to it and reaping the benefits. My classes range from age 16 up to age 65 and I encourage everyone to work out at their own pace, at their own level – but to push themselves beyond their own limits.
As for me, I haven’t changed much when it comes to my workout technique. I still stick to my workout DVD plan when I don’t have time to squeeze in a class. It’s an awesome way of knocking it out and staying in shape and it takes less than 30 minutes.
I think that boredom can squash many fitness goals so it’s important to mix it up.
One of my best slim down secrets is the Baboosh Body Exercise Wrap. It will help you sweat your tummy off! Want to see your beautiful abs? You have to blast your tummy fat by working out hard, sweating, eating healthy and wearing the Baboosh Body wrap during every workout.
I just recently changed up my morning shakes – if you’ve read some of my blogs before, you know that I never ever skip breakfast, and there’s a variety of different shakes I make for myself and my family.
Brooke’s Healthy Morning Shake Recipe
Here’s another shake recipe I love:
Brooke’s Comfort Shake Recipe
8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Scoop of vanilla protein powder
Frozen cut up pears
1 tsp cinnamon.
Tbl omega 3 6 9 oils
1/4 canned pumpkin
I believe that 95% of getting in the best shape of your life is what you eat and I’ve always said, eat more to lose weight. Even if you aren’t trying to lose weight, designing a healthy eating plan is key to getting and staying in shape.
So don’t skip meals and design a healthy eating plan with foods you enjoy so you can maintain it. Also, make sure you know how to find a sensible meal in any restaurant. Eating is so social for many of us and you should be able to find a delicious meal that you can enjoy anywhere you go.
Thank God for YouTube because even if you aren’t a DVD user, you can find workouts quickly every single day to mix it up and give yourself some movement – any time, anywhere.