The Ultimate Core Workout

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So you’ve heard it all before. Core strength is the new ‘in thing’. Unless you can hold your stomach muscles tight for 48 hours while balancing a pineapple on your head, you just don’t have ‘core stability’. But what is this elusive ‘core stability’ and how do you get it?

Let me tell you a little secret. I’ve spent years looking for the right exercise class. I’ve done some pretty wild and weird stuff in my time. I think Zumba was probably the most terrifying for those around me (sorry classmates) closely followed by aerobic streetdance (eek!) but there is one form of exercise that I have returned to time and time again. A tried and tested friend, if you would.

I’m always looking for something to tighten my core muscles. I honestly think that my abs can smell weakness and it’s like I’m just one Chinese take-away from a pouch a momma kangaroo would be proud of. I get slightly irritated though, by the hype for core workouts.

It seems to me that all of the core workouts come out of the closet big time around May. ‘Get a beach body’, “get bikini-ready’, ‘tone-up for Summer’; I’m sure you’ve read similar headlines countless times. But what if you want a toned body all year round? Looking good and wearing the clothes you want to wear isn’t seasonal. This brings me back to my favorite form of exercise. You can do it at home, you don’t need special equipment and if done correctly, it has an incredible success rate.

Intrigued? Want to know my secret weapon? I thought so, here it is:

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Learn How To Set Goals And Stick To Them

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Goals are tricky little suckers aren’t they?

Somewhere between the household chores and driving the kids around and work and visiting family and friends; somewhere in there, you have hopes and dreams but they always seem a little out of reach. You can’t quite focus on them and so instead they sit in your peripheral vision, disappearing like cloud castles in the air.

I was having dinner at a friend’s house a while ago and it was the point in the evening when everyone has had too much wine and too much dessert. You know what I’m talking about. That time when a relaxed, winey stillness comes over the conversation and you finally get past the small talk and into the good stuff.

‘I always wanted to travel’ my friend said (to no-one in particular.) This got my attention as I have lived in 6 different countries since the age of twenty one.

‘Why haven’t you?’ I asked.

And then it came. The golden reply I could see from a mile away: 

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How To Make The Perfect Healthy Smoothie

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At first glance, the smoothie seems like the perfect alternative to a high calorie snack doesn’t it? It’s packed with fruit or veggies, it’s a drink rather than solid food and it’s sometimes green. Even the word smoothie sounds good when you say it. It just rolls off the tongue in a velvety way. Try it. Smooooooothie. See. I told you!

Well before you get all over-excited , I have a word of caution my little healthster. Smoothies are only healthy if the ingredients they are made with are healthy.  It might sound obvious, but believe it or not, people often miss that point.

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Primal or Paleo? How To Choose Your Nutrition

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This guest post is brought to you by the wonderful Anya Perry of The Primal Force.

Anya Perry is a Certified nutrition and Health coach, CrossFitter since 2015, and a long distance runner. Her passion for healthy living led her to open The Primal Force, a community for people willing to improve their health, achieve better fitness, and live happier. She loves seeing others progress, and accomplish their goals. It’s her mission to help others to do so. You can learn more about what she does and ask questions here: www.theprimalforce.com.


PRIMAL OR PALEO? HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR NUTRITION

Paleo, Primal, Atkins, Keto… Are you confused about these yet? Do your health-conscious friends keep bringing up words “low carb”, ”ketosis”, and “ancestral health”? Have you seen articles recently saying that ancestral diets are a fad?  Are you interested in trying this new way of eating and living, but not sure what to choose, Primal or Paleo, and how to start? Let’s look at the basics of both nutrition outlooks first.

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Three Fabulous Breast Lifting Exercises

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Saggy boobs. It happens to the best of us and there’s no denying that it’s a problem.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that age and gravity defy us all eventually. What once was tight and perky has a tendency to become loose and, dare we say it, droopy. Breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, age and hormonal changes all contribute to changes in our breast tissue. It can be both embarrassing and annoying when these changes occur and your shape may prevent you from doing activities you enjoy or from wearing certain clothes.

To make matters worse, breast shape is not something that we really talk about is it? You might ask your friend how their sick cat is doing, or how little Robbie is getting on in Kindergarten but generally speaking you won’t find yourself casually asking, ‘So, are your boobs drooping worse than a dehydrated petunia?’ 

Well Auntie Stick Insectz is here to help you, I’ve been doing some digging and I’ve got just what you need.

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Eight Practical Weight Loss Hacks

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We all seem to have a problem.

When I tell people that I blog about health and fitness, I usually get asked lots of questions. Sometimes it’s just people wanting to know where the nearest bathroom is, but most of the time, the questions are about weight loss and maintaining a fitness regime.

Boy is it something we struggle with!

It suddenly hit me that what we need are some serious weight loss hacks. Top tips in one handy place that will give us lots of different strategies we can use every day.

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Learn How To Lose Weight In Your Sleep

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You do it every night.

Sleep that is.

You can talk in your sleep, you can walk in your sleep but wouldn’t it be great if you could shed some pounds with your eyes shut too? Well hang on to your pillows, my little tired friend, according to some scientific research you can! Here’s a breakdown of what the guys in the white lab coats found out.

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Low Carb Snacks On The Go

So you’ve come here to find out about some tasty low carb snacks huh? Well before I give up the goods, here are some facts you should know about those slippery little critters we call ‘carbohydrates‘.

What is a carbohydrate and what does it do?

Carbohydrates are sugars and starches. We need some of these in order to provide our bodies with the energy it needs. Low carbohydrate weight loss programs are all the rage at the moment but no matter how much those programs tell you that carb is the new ‘c’ word, you still need to eat some carbohydrates to maintain a healthy diet. If you are following a low carb plan right now, you’ll know that it’s not too tricky to come up with low carb meals but finding snacks to eat on the go can be a little more challenging.

Here at Stick Insectz I’ve been checking out the hottest low carb snacks for busy people just like you and I’ve compiled them in one handy list. For more great ideas, please check out my Pinterest page which has a board dedicated to low carb foods and snacks. Continue reading

Diet Supplements To Help Get Your Skinny On

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It’s late on a Tuesday night and I find myself lurking in the diet supplements aisle of my local pharmacy. I don’t know why but I feel conspicuous and guilty. Somehow I see myself as the Lance Armstrong of the weight loss world. It’s cheating isn’t it, taking supplements? Or is it? I’m confused and bewildered. I don’t even know what half of these things are or what I’m supposed to do with them. This is when I leave. It’s time to work out my Gardenia Cambogia from my Glucomannan. It’s time to hit up the only place I know that can help me at a time like this: Google search.

One week later and, I don’t want to brag, but I feel like I’m the Hermione Granger of weight loss supplement class. I may not be ready to lead a conference at Diet-Con, but I know my stuff.

So get your pen and paper ready, I’m about to tell you ten popular pills and powders to fight the flab and bring on the skinny.

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