Hope all of your dreams come true in 2014.
Just keep wishing and stay fit!!
Got 10 minutes? Or you’re going to use same old, lousy excuses… again!! I know, summer is over but you still want to look good, right? Get off this chair and do yourself a favor. It’s only 10 minutes! You won’t regret it, and I promise you- you will feel better
Many people have been asking me about videos, in which I will teach karate. Although, one can learn some kicking or punching techniques from videos, I don’t believe you can learn karate. First of all, it’s a form of art – that’s why it’s called martial arts. It has to be cultivated by passion, not by desire to learn fighting. Karate should be not only in your strong body, but also in your mind and your heart- and that takes time and personal development. Now, from a different angle, karate is a perfect example of how one can achieve a big goal in small steps. When I first started my training, I never thought of becoming a black belt. However, every class I attended and every drop of sweat on my body brought me closer towards my next test, and the next promotion and another belt. There are 10 levels and 5 different color belts. I encourage you, and ever single one of you reading this post, to set a big goal for yourself. However, instead of saying: I will never get there, set a series of smaller goals – more realistic. Believe me, it works and it will get you there faster than you think.
Here is a picture of my dojo, other students and instructors.
10 min. Abs SuperShaper ★ Abdominal Training on Ball with Weights- Great exercises for toned stomach
Tone up, sculpt and get your abs in shape fast on a stability ball! All you need is a weight, a ball and 10 minutes of your time.This workout will help you shape up your muscles and make them more pronounced. If you are not comfortable using weights or the workout will be too hard to perform with resistance, just drop the weights and continue without them- follow easier version described in the beginning of the video. Remember to eat healthy and do your cardio workouts regularly for better results. Abs, just like other muscles, need time to recover so don’t do this everyday. Twice to three times a week should be enough.
I forgot about this workout. This video is one of the best short workouts you’ll ever find! It only about 10 minutes but it can be challenging for some of you. It works your entire body and you should sweat a lot. I was :). It includes some cardio, abs, legs, chest and more exercises. One of my favorite exercises here are pop squats (focus on your form) – this will really work you butt, thighs and legs! The best part: this is a home workout – no gym and no equipment required! If you still have some time and energy left after this, do something else – like work on your abs for a few more minutes, or chose your favorite workout.
The weather was really beautiful this weekend! Due to my busy schedule, I try to spend as much time as I possibly can outside on the weekends. This Saturday we decided to revisit an old hiking trail in Angeles National Forest: Mt. Waterman. I haven’t been there in many years – years before the fire. I forgot how peaceful and gorgeous it is! This picture was taken about halfway through. I would like to encourage you to take advantage of this sunny season wherever you are and walk, hike or go a nearby park and have fun! Outdoor activities are good for you, your body and your mind! Don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Adam Lambert and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in Los Angeles- Los Angeles City Council (LGBT Heritage Month)
Friday began as an ordinary day before the weekend when I found out that some of the people are going to attend the award ceremony at the Los Angeles City Hall, where one of the guests/award recipients is going to be a singer Adam Lambert. Unfortunately, I am not his fan and I don’t watch American Idol. Nevertheless, since it was only a block away I decided to join the attending group. Here is a picture of Adam Lambert and Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa. Too bad I took this picture with my phone because the quality isn’t the best. If I only knew I will be there I would bring a better camera with me. However, I was surrounded by many, many of others with their phone cameras – how convenient! LOL!
When you shop this season, make sure there are plenty of greens and veggies in your groceries cart. Here is an idea for a tasty spring salad. I did not add any meat today because I made my own protein rich dressing, for which I used Greek yogurt . But feel free to add low fat dressing of your choice. Here is a list of veggies I used: romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, radish, red sweet pepper and a green onion. I sprinkled everything with a few cranberries, sunflower seeds, walnuts and 2 spoons of feta cheese. Of course you can create your own recipe and substitute any ingredients. For example, instead of cheese you could toss a grilled chicken breast. Yummy!! Be creative and eat healthy!