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Monday, December 10, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Video of Exercises


Day 1 Exercises...




Day 2 Exercises:

12 Days of Christmas Exercises




 12 Days of Christmas Fitness Challenge
-WEEKDAY COUNTDOWN-
Complete each days workout as we move closer to Christmas Day!
Workouts/ Videos of Exercises: www.haleyyoung.com    
Questions/Comments: haleyeyoung@gmail.com

Day 1: Repeat 2x
15 Modified Pushups
50 Mountain Climbers
15 Plank-Pushup R
15 Plank-Pushup L

Day 2: Repeat 2x
20 Basic Squats
20 Explosions
20 Stationary Lunge R
20 Stationary Lunge L
20 Low Squat Jacks (out,in=1 rep)

Day 3: Repeat 2x
20 Froggers
20 Elbow Plank Punch R, L (R=1,L=2)
20 Side Plank R with Hip Dip
20 Side Plank L with Hip Dip
20 Spider Mountain Climbers (R=1,L=2)

Day 4: Repeat 2x
20 Basic Crunches
20 Bicycle (R,L=1 rep)
20 Butt-Ups
20 Plank Hip Dip R, L (R=1,L=2)
20 Burpees

Day 5: Repeat 2x
20 Jumping Skaters
20 Lateral Lunge R
20 Lateral Lunge L
20 Low squat Jacks (out,in=1 rep)

Day 6: Repeat 2x
20 Forward Alternating Lunges (R=1,L=2)
50 Low Pulses
20 Reverse Alternating Lunges (R=1,L=2)
50 High Knees

Day 7: Repeat 2x
50 Tricep Dips
10 Plank Tap R,L, Frogger
10 Baby Pushups
50 Mountain Climbers

Day 8: Repeat 2x
10 Burpee Plank Dip R, L
20 Basic Crunches Knees to Right Side
20 Basic Crunches Knees to Left Side
20 Cross Over Crunch
20 Tap for Toes

Day 9: Repeat 2x
20 Toes Out Squats
20 Toes Out Explosions
20 Jumping Skaters (R=1,L=2)
20 Toes Out Explosions

Day 10: Repeat 2x
50 Quick Bike (R=1,L=2)
40 Flutter Kicks (R=1,L=2)
30 Basic Crunches
20 Drop Reverse Crunches
10 Full Sit-Ups

Day 11: Repeat 2x
20 Modified Pushups
20 Froggers
20 Plank Drive R/L
20 Burpees

Day 12: Merry Christmas! 
Pick your most challenging day
and repeat 2x

12 Days of Christmas Fitness Challenge Details

12 Days of Christmas Fitness Challenge... 
Here's how it works! 
Starting Monday 12/11 there are 12 WEEK DAYS until Christmas Day!! 

A workout will be posted each day on my blog. 
YOUR challenge is to complete all 12 workouts leading up to Christmas!

-Leave a comment once completed as well as any questions, etc. to motivate each other to stay active during the holiday's! 


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Balance & Moderation throughout the Holiday's


🎄 Tips on maintaining Balance & Moderation this Holiday 🎄
How often do you hear... "Just have one... It's the Holidays"...
Follow these tips to stay on track this holiday season.

1. Remember that saying "NO" is hard. For everyone… 
You are not the only one dealing with the anxiety of situational pressure. Just because the "norm" is to have another drink or piece of pie does not mean you have to participate. Simply say "NO"!! I promise, no one is going to ask you questions or force you to do anything! *Be your real self. 
2. Role-play scenarios you know are coming… 
Plan ahead for situations you know will arise. Someone is going to ask...Why are you on a diet? Why can you not have a drink? Why can't you stay later? Have an answer prepared. A simple no thank you usually does the trick. But, if someone is pushy all you have to say is... I know how it will make me feel, or I am trying to stay on track during the holidays. You can not get a rebuttal to that! *Always speak the truth, and you will come out on top. 
Funny Example: When you are pregnant and have not told anyone yet...Before you go to dinner or a party, you have a plan. You know what you are going to say or know you are going to walk around with a club soda and lime all night! And not get questioned :)
3. Encourage friends to give back and remember what they are grateful for... 
If your fear is looking ungrateful, constantly remind yourself how grateful YOU are. Holiday's can easily turn into hospitality with LOTS of calories and uncomfortable situations. People want you to feel welcome and comfortable, which usually means food, drinks and late nights. On the flip side of that relationship, you don’t want to appear ungrateful and feel obliged to accept. So, let them know what you are grateful for and obligated to (kids, family, plans the following day). If you are doing service work over the holidays, invite them to join. *Gratitude will only spread love. 
4. Respond with values, not outcomes… Responding to uncomfortable situations with your true values will keep you grounded and bring a little light into their lives. 
If the idea of saying, “I might not stop at just one” is scary...
Try using one of these: “I’m trying to do this for myself", “I’m trying to practice a little willpower.”, “I’m trying to stick to my plan.” 
Responding with the values you are trying to embody rather than the outcomes is a great way to show your true character. *Remind yourself what this journey is really about.


*Be your real self* Always speak the truth and you will come out on top* Gratitude will only spread love* Remind yourself what this journey is really about*


Happy Holidays!!! XOXO Haley 💚

Single During the Holiday's...Reasons to be HAPPY!

Single life during the Holidays...

It's that time of the year- you run into old friends, family, distant relatives, and people you have not seen in forever! 
SUDDENLY they are interested in every aspect of your life... 
-The QUESTIONS start firing: Are you dating anyone?  Why not? What is going on with you?  How is your job? And all you want to say is NO COMMENT!!!! 

For me, which a lot of people do not understand- I am very happy with my career,helping people be the best they can be through fitness. It is rewarding and I feel like it is my true calling. This is where I am supposed to be right now and there is a reason! So my goal is to be HAPPY during the holidays and think about all of the positive and great things in my life :) 

5 reasons I believe it is great to be single and dating yourself during the holiday season! 

1. You don't have to compromise... Go to the parties you want with the people you want (the ones that have the best food and booze!). You don't have to split up your time between groups of friends, be you and have fun! Everyone knows the holiday’s are chaotic and you simply can not do it all! 

2.
Create new traditions for yourself... This is a tough one. This year, I am focusing on being happy with being with just me! I have so much to be thankful for and there is no need to get down about not being surrounded by people 100% of my time. So if it means going for a run while everyone else is spending family time, or serving at a local non-profit, or simply spending quiet time with yourself- Do what makes YOU happy!

3.
Spoil Yourself.... YOU DESERVE IT!! You have worked so hard, do something for you that you have been wanting to do and do not feel guilty about it. This will in turn make you a more giving, loving human! 

4.
Take advantage of the Mistletoe... GET OUT. Don't sit at home and sulk (yes I am talking to myself). Mingle, flirt, go to a fun party with a random guy- and there is ALWAYS Mistletoe somewhere!!! 

5.
Remember what you are thankful for... Life if full of happiness, rewards, friendships, success, love and laughter. So embrace it! Try to be the best person you can. Lift others up- which means more to most people than you know. And remember there is a great plan for you. We just all have to get out there and be who we are and it will happen when it is supposed to! 

Happy Holidays. Be you. Be great. Don't hold back! -XOXO Haley

7 Tips on how to beat Holiday Stress

7 Tips on how to beat Holiday Stress…
The Holiday’s can be stressful, but you can make them fun at the same time! Starting in October with Halloween, straight to Thanksgiving, and all the way through the end of December with Christmas, then New Years… Thats over 3 months filled with activities, parties and obligations! 

When you add all of this to your goal of staying healthy and fit while still talking care of your family it takes a tole on you! 
Here are 7 ways that will help you still enjoy the holidays, not forget about yourself, and not feel frustrated or defeated. 

1. Practice the power of “NO”… We all feel the need to attend every event/party/gathering that we are invited to. But sometimes it almost makes you crazy trying to hit all of these gatherings. Pick the ones that are closest to your heart. For the ones you can not attend, simply say NO. You can not make it, thank you for the invitation, maybe next year. No need to lie or make an excuse. Just do what your heart tells you! Wouldn’t you rather be in good spirits when seeing the ones you love instead of it feeling like a burden?

2. Take a day OFF… Instead of trying to cram all of your errands, gift buying, and holiday shopping on the weekends take a week day off of work you have been saving! There will be less traffic, you will feel relaxed and actually get into the Christmas Spirit!

3. Simplify your gift giving… If you have a large family suggest drawing names and buying one special gift instead of trying to pick up random presents that are just a “filler”. Buy something for someone they will actually enjoy using throughout the year.

4. Focus on the Community… Christmas is more than receiving gifts! I get so much joy out of giving gifts, actually I would rather give than receive! Suggest to your family instead of buying gifts for each other sponsor a family and buy gifts for those in need. This will eliminate the stress of making sure each person has the perfect gift and also contribute to a family who needs more than we all do. 

5. Take time for yourself… Skipping your workout is not going to help you accomplish any more during the day. It will actually be in the back of your mind all day that you have not worked out! So get up, get moving, make a list and knock it out! Take care of YOU first, then the rest of the day will fall in place. You will have more energy, focus, and a much better attitude :) 

6. Boost your immune system…. This time of year is a prime time for running your self into the ground and ending up in bed. Make sure to drink lots of water, incorporate good, whole foods in your diet, and get plenty of sleep. You can not neglect yourself- Otherwise it will throw you for a loop! 

7. Make a list and have a plan… You will run circles around town tracking down gifts, etc. Make a list of where you are going and what you want to accomplish and your “errands” will be a lot more enjoyable.

Christmas is not about gift giving or how much you can do. I think we all need to stop and think about the real reason for the season :) -XOXO Haley
-See my blog: www.haleyyoung.com for other holiday tips, recipes and workouts

Saturday, December 1, 2018

10 tips to help with not being intimidated at the gym

10 Tips on how to not be intimidated at the gym...

Have you ever walked into a large gym, confused on where to go, and intimidated by all of the people lifting weights? 
Automatically thinking you are surrounded by super hunks and gorgeous women... 

That was ME today and it totally threw me off! I have been in fitness for over 12 years training every different type of person, in charge of their workouts from their form to routine, as well as reassuring the client they are doing things the "right" way in the gym... I knew there was a way to overcome this barrier! 

It was raining, so I decided to go to a local gym which is a franchise so it was busy. There were so many different people, I felt like everyone was staring at me, and I didn't know where anything was. SO... all I knew was to go straight to the thing I felt most comfortable with. The treadmill!!  While running I was planning my workout which consisted of light weights and fat burning cardio exercises. I started to run, looking around the gym for equipment I needed, etc. This made it even worse- people were either in the area I wanted to be in or using a piece of equipment I needed. I felt TOTALLY lost! Long story short... I walked in the gym, ran 7 miles, and walked straight out. The only thing I knew to do! 

10 tips to 
 not being intimidated at the gym... 
1. Overcoming just GOING- You have already made the hardest decision about working out, GOING to the gym!! Most people procrastinate or do not go at all. 
2. Your Not Alone- Everyone in the gym has been in your shoes. They have walked in for the first time and felt that same feeling. 
3. Take a Tour- When you sign up, even though you think you know what you are doing- agree to let the staff take you around and show you the gym. This will help with getting acquainted with equipment and floor placement. 
4. Pay Attention to just YOU- Your workout is YOUR workout. So don't look around at others, compare yourself to others, or let yourself  wonder "I hope they are not watching me". Because I guarantee they are not. 
5. Wear Headphones- Wearing headphones, listening to my music, and getting in the zone helps me stay concentrated. 
6. Have a workout plan- Before going in, know what you want to accomplish by being there
7. Don't be afraid to communicate- This is a tough one because you dont know if a person is using a piece of equipment or just forgot to re-rack the weight (that is the case 90% of the time). You can simply say "are you using this" or "are you in the middle of a set?" And they will kindly let you know. You will also be asked this question often.
8. Take a buddy- Research has shown you get more accomplished and feel more comfortable working out with a friend. 
9, Dont Compromise- Just because someone is using a piece of equipment you need or in the space you need, Don't skip that exercise! Move on to the next one. Then come back. 
10. Have confidence in yourself- If anything, Be confident in the way you carry yourself, watch your form, and be polite... People will think you are a pro! 

SO GRAB YOUR GEAR, PLAN YOUR WORKOUT, BE CONFIDENT AND  HEAD TO THE GYM! Remember you are doing this for YOURSELF! 

-If you need exercises, workout plans, or workout tips you can go to my blog www.haleyyoung.com or order my workout DVD at www.fit-workouts.com

Email me with any questions! Have a great workout! XO Haley
haleyeyoung@gmail.om

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Its that time! Make sure to plan your Thanksgiving Meal out ahead of time! Here are some recipes to cut calories and fat and still guarantee a delicious meal! 

Healthy Recipes that won't Kill your diet! 







Healthy Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili
Ingredients:
1 Rotisserie Chicken-pulled off the bone and shredded OR 6 boneless skinless skinless chicken breast shredded
4 cans diced tomatoes- basil garlic and oregano seasoned
3 cans stewed tomatoes- Italian style
1 pkg frozen seasoning blend (onions, red pepper and green pepper)in freezer section
3 cups yellow corn
4 garlic cloves chopped
2 cans navy beans drained and rinsed (or your choice of beans)
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon ground red pepper
1 chili seasoning packet (low sodium)
1 tablespoon ground red pepper (for more spice)

Directions:
-In a skillet sautee garlic and onion and pepper seasoning blend.
-Add all ingredients in a big pot and let simmer for 30 min or place all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 5 hours

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Baked Egg White Cups- My Fav!

Baked Egg White Cups
This is my ALL TIME go to on a Sunday Afternoon when meal prepping.
 I make a dozen of these and they last me the whole week... 
Quick and Healthy Breakfast or Snack! 
You can not go wrong with this recipe! Add any veggies to your liking. 
Ingredients:
1 Package Jeenio Extra Lean Ground Turkey
1 Tbs. Mrs. Dash Salt Free Table Seasoning
1/2 Cup Fat Free Cheddar Cheese
3-4 Cups Egg Whites (I get the ALL WHITES in the carton and pour until full)
1 Cup Mushrooms-Rinsed and Chopped
-Any other veggies you like: spinach, kale, tomatoes, broccoli, etc

Directions:
-Brown Turkey in a skillet. Add Table Seasoning. Set aside and cool. 
-Take a muffin tin and spray with pam. Divide ingredients of your choice evenly in the bottom of each tin. Remember to leave room for egg whites. 
-Once all of your veggies and cheese are added fill tins to the top with egg whites. 
-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 Minutes. 
-Let cool and use a knife to separate from the pan. Store in a container and enjoy for up to a week! 
*you can add different ingredients to each tin if your family prefers different things! 




Palmini Pasta

PALMINI PASTA IS MY NEW FAV!!! 
Made of Hearts of Palm, this pasta has 20 calories, 0g Fat, 4g Carbs, 0g Sugar in a serving. What more could you ask for?! 

Use this pasta for your traditional spaghetti, or substitute it with any other recipes! Try it one night for your family and see if they notice a difference :)

There is always a healthy alternative to every recipe! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Italian Marinara Spaghetti Squash Bowl

Italian Marinara Spaghetti Squash Bowl
A healthy, hearty easy dinner the whole family will love!


Italian Marinara Spaghetti Squash 
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
2 Medium Size Spaghetti Squash
Jennie-O Extra Lean Ground Turkey
1 Jar Marinara Sauce-I use Organic Walnut Acres No Salt Added Tomato & Basil (see picture)
2 Cans Diced Tomatoes (Italian Style)
2 Cans Stewed Tomatoes (Italian Style)
2 Cups Frozen Seasoning Blend (see picture)
1 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Cup Chopped Basil

-Cook Spaghetti Squash in Microwave for 5 Minutes on each side or until tender. Remove from microwave, slice long ways so you have 4 "bowls". Scoop out seeds (discard), take a fork and scrape Spaghetti Squash into a bowl. Set aside. (See Picture)
-On the stove top in a skillet:
-Brown Ground Turkey until done. Set aside.
-In a large skillet: Add seasoning blend. Sauté until tender.  (See Picture)
-Remove from heat and add: diced and stewed tomatoes (drain juice), marinara sauce, 1/2 of cheese, ground turkey and spaghetti squash (you may not need all of it, add as little or as much as you want).  Mix Well. 

-Spoon mixture into spaghetti squash bowls and top with remaining cheese. 
-Cover and Bake for 12-15 Minutes. 
-Remove from oven and garnish with Basil 

How to remove seeds from squash

Healthy Marinara

Easiest Frozen Seasoning Bend


Friday, February 9, 2018

How do you serve?

This article made me want to serve and be a help to those in need.
Comment on how you serve and lets get a team together to lead a project like this.

http://annvoskamp.com/2018/02/25-unexpected-life-transformative-secrets-i-learned-from-3-days-with-katie-davis-majors/

Thank you @brookegardner

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Frozen Blueberry Bites

Frozen Blueberry Bites
-Does that afternoon or late night sweet tooth kick in every now and then?! Try these frozen blueberry bites you won't be disappointed! 

Ingredients:
1 cup blueberries
1 cup non-far greek yogurt

Instructions:
-Place blueberries and Greek yogurt in two separate bowls. Place a piece a parchment paper on a large baking sheet.
-Drop each blueberry into Greek yogurt with a spoon, swirl around to coat and place on the parchment paper. Repeat until all blueberries are covered.
-Freeze for an hour or more, then enjoy as you please.



Sunday, December 17, 2017

Healthy Burrito Bowls!

A great week night meal for the whole family! Add toppings to your liking!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup brown rice (I get the boil in bag kind)
1 (7 ounce) can Mexican-style tomato sauce
1 pound Jennie-O Lean ground turkey
1 red bell pepper, sliced, 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 (14 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
2 avocados, mashed
2 tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
tortilla chips for serving
*You can create your own bowl to your liking!


Instructions
-Heat a medium sauce pot (with a lid) over medium-high heat. Add cooked rice, tomato
sauce and 1 cup water. Simmer until hot.
-Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the ground
turkey and cook, crumbling with a spoon, until brown and crispy.
Add in the sliced peppers and onions and cook until soft. Season with 1 teaspoon salt,
black pepper, cumin, paprika and garlic. Lower the flame and cook for 3 minutes.
-To assemble the bowls, spoon rice and tomato mixture at the bottom of each
bowl.Top with meat, peppers, onions, beans, and any additional toppings you'd like!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

7 Ways to have a Healthy Merry Christmas!

MODERATION IS KEY!!!
The holidays can be a tough time to stick to your "moderate diet" here are some tips to help you through the holiday parties and cocktail hours! 

1. Mindful Snacking- This is one of the main causes of weight gain. Be mindful of what you put in your mouth! If you are at a party you usually "pick" not knowing what you have eaten! So make a plate, eat that and be done! 
2. Alcohol- Alcohol consumption clearly increases over the holidays. Choose wisely. Have a beverage, then a glass of water or soda water. My favorite drink is Vodka and Water or Soda with a lemon or lime... So you are hydrating at the same time! You will thank me the next am :)
3. Moderation- Yes, we all want to enjoy those deserts and unhealthy appetizers. Don't deprive yourself. Have a little and then be DONE! Enjoy a small amount or your will end up eating twice as much later that day! 
4. Stay Active- Get UP and Get MOVING! During the holidays we all get caught up with shopping, family, running around. Make it a point to get out and walk or run first thing in the morning so you do not get distracted during the day and push your exercise off. 
5. Make the Plans- Have friends that want to go to dinner?! Tell them you will make the plans! Make reservations at a restaurant you can make healthy choices, or where every you go you can always customize your own order! (I am queen of that :))
6. Carry a healthy dish- Invited to a holiday party? Tell the host you will bring a dish! Check out recipes on my blog that you can carry, enjoy and not be tempted by the unhealthy dishes. 
7. Prepare- Preparation is KEY! Before going to a party, go ahead and eat dinner! That way you will not be starving, you can make a small plate, and be satisfied! 

Wishing you all a Healthy Merry Christmas! -XOXO Haley





Friday, December 15, 2017

Benefits of Lemons and Limes!

Interesting facts about Lemons and Limes! 🍋🍋🍋

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast ðŸ¥‘ 


2 slices whole grain bread (or bread of choice)

2 Avocados pitted 

1 tsp red onion finely chopped

1 tomato finely chopped

2 tsp Parmesan cheese

2 tbs toasted almonds (I put them on a skillet on stove) 

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp red pepper

Salt and pepper to taste 


-Combine all ingredients except cheese and almonds. Mix well. 

-Bake bread until browned on both sides on 350 for about 4 min. 

-Remove bread from oven, spread avocado mixture evenly. Top with Parmesan cheese then toasted almonds. 

-Bake for 3 more minutes to melt cheese


Serve and enjoy!!!