Archive | June, 2010

Exercise of the Week: Beach Workouts

Posted on 29. Jun, 2010 in Exercises

Popular Beach Exercises

Planning a day-out during the summer might steal some precious time from exercising. However there’s nothing more soothing and healthy than to fuse fun and workout with the most popular beach exercises. Being at the beach and enjoying the sunlight as well as the smooth sand doesn’t mean you should skip your regular exercise program. Instead skim through the various groovy ideas on how to keep your body in a spotless shape even when on the beach. Professional trainers will help you spend the day in a fruitful and silhouette improving manner.

When we decide to spend our holidays at the beach it might seem hard to adjust it to our workout plan. However exercise gurus found the perfect solution to combine a healthy workout routine with fun beach games. These besides making you feel fabulous would also keep you in the groove in order to train your muscles and lose weight in a healthy way. Gyms might have all the necessary equipments, still outdoor training leads the top of sought-after exercise plans due to the natural and healthier conditions and fresh air. Take advantage of the good weather and invite your friends to a soothing beach outing and have fun with the popular beach exercises that include group activities as paddle ball, volley ball as well as Frisbee. Leave the house with all the necessary equipments to make your day more active and dynamic. These are some of the groovy exercises you can embed in your beach holiday.

Frisbee

•Those who are fond of this easy-to-handle and fun game can opt for Frisbee as one of the remedies to improve our body shape. A beach holiday can help you lose weight with fun activities that keep you active for a few hours per day. Frisbee is a well-known beach activity that can help you tone the muscles in the abs, legs as well as back area.

•In this case all you have to do is keep the proper distance and use your muscles to catch the Frisbee. As one of the popular Cardio exercises it will keep your heart rate on the proper level to burn calories. Choose a low or high intensity Frisbee session and make sure you include your friends too in this fun workout.

Volleyball

•There’s no doubt about the fact that the worth-admiring silhouette of volleyball player girls is the direct result of the muscle toning ability of this sport. Indeed some might be eager to play it just for fun, still this beach game can also have a miraculous effect on our weight loss.

•According to professionals playing volleyball at least 1 hour at the beach can burn no less than 9 kcal every minute. Besdies the arms it will train your legs as well as back muscles. Moreover you’ll also have the flat belly you always dreamed about especially if you keep up with this routine for at least a few weeks.

Swimming

•Swimming is among the most relaxing and at the same time muscle training activities that feature in the top of popular workouts set by trainers. As one of the exercises that tackles all muscle groups and improves the condition of our bones and joints, swimming is highly recommended both for those who are eager to adopt a healthy lifestyle as well as lose weight.

•Without doubt regular swimming for at least 30 minutes t0 1 hour per day will help you burn 500-600 calories per session. Make sure you proceed from the simple to complex swimming patterns in order to get your body into the groove and also spare yourself from injuries and joint pain.

Tai Chi and Yoga

•Both of these relaxing and stress-relieving exercises are popular and practiced individually or in large groups on the beach. Enjoying the warm sunlight as well as the fresh air are some of the main benefits of doing Yoga or other breathing and stretching exercises on the sand.

•Choose the best time of the day as well as apparel in order to prevent your skin from burning and deterioration.

•Work on your abs, legs and shoulder to have a well-defined and flawless beach body. Keep in mind the importance of breathing and make sure you release the tension from your muscles with a daily 30 minutes Yoga or Tai Chi session.

Surfing (RockIt Mom’s favorite beach time activity)

•Surfer guys and girls have the most polished beach bodies due to the fabulous effect of this sport and exercise plan on their body. As a workout that would require balance, flexibility and above all muscles it is advisable for those who are keen to experiment with new things. Start with the easy and smaller waves then proceed to the next level when ready for some challenge. Surfing will target the upper body as well as buttocks and legs. Therefore engage into a similar whole-body workout plan and learn from professionals to have the desired effect.

Turn your summer holiday on the beach into a cool and soothing silhouette makeover. Work on your critical sections to have the most stunning beach body and make an impression with your toned muscles. Take special care also of your skin in order to prevent it from the damaging effect of the sun.

Thanks www.becomegorgeous.com.

Weekly Tips for June 28, 2010

Posted on 29. Jun, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:  

1. GREEN & 2. HEALTHY - This week we are combining the Green and Healthy tip because this item works for both categories.  GREEN TEA.  I have been doing a great deal of research lately for some special ladies and have read and read and read about the fabulous benefits of drinking green tea.  (more…)

Family Fun for the Weekend, June 26, 2010

Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 in Fun

Hello all my rocketeers!

I am jetting off to a weekend with my high school friends, so I won’t have a compliations of Free Family Fun for this weekend. But here is something to check out:

An Evening of Art – Thursday’s on the Coast. Located at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr in the Village Faire Shops. Check out the Visual Arts, live Music & Food from 5:30-8:30pm. More details: www.shopcarlsbadvillage.org (more…)

Exercise for June 21, 2010 — Squat Thrust

Posted on 20. Jun, 2010 in Exercises

How to Do a Squat Thrust Calisthenics Exercise.

Fortify your muscle endurance by doing squat thrusts. This calisthenics movement works your lower limbs and core. Add squat thrusts to your daily exercise repertoire for a true whole body workout. The following steps will take you through a squat thrust repetition and get your heart pumping.

Instructions

Step 1

Start from a standing position with your shoulders squared and your chest up and out. Hold your arms straight and at your sides, feet together.

Step 2

Place your hands shoulder width apart on the floor while bending your knees a little. You should be in a crouched position taking care not to drop your backside to your heels.

Step 3

Extend your legs behind you to a basic pushup position. This should be done as a fast squatting and thrusting backward motion.

Step 4

Bring your legs in front of you, under your torso, while bending your knees. This should be done as a fast, forward thrusting motion.

Step 5

Jump up to a standing position. Squat thrusts are meant to be done quickly and rhythmically without resting between repetitions. You can stand ¾ of the way up and then go on to the next repetition.

Step 6

Remember to inhale and exhale steadily while executing the squat thrust calisthenics exercise.

Tips & Warnings

Squat thrusts can be varied by alternating legs. You can do this by extending one leg forward as you bring the other leg back. Keep your back straight during the entire squat thrust. Ensure your hands are in a firm position when doing squat thrusts. Consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Summer Fun Fruit Dip

Posted on 20. Jun, 2010 in Food

Remember the good old days of summer with marshmellow fluff dip? Instead of making this sugar loaded dip this weekend for my fruit platters, we got innovative in the kitchen.

Very easy and simple: a tub of either fat free or low fat whipped cream (mildly defrosted). Add Raw Aguave Nectar and Fresh Cinnamon. Mix together and place in fridge to chill. That is it, easy and simple. The kids love it as well as adults.

Even considered making it with non-fat greek yogurt (vanilla with honey), but haven’t tried that one yet.  I will keep you updated if I make it.

Weekly Tips for June 21, 2010

Posted on 20. Jun, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:  

1. GREEN-An update from last week regarding pre-packaged fruit and vegi platters, this weekend we hosted two more parties and the platters were prepared by RockIt Mom.  Even though it took some extra time chopping a whole watermelon, 2.5 flats of strawberries and lots of veggis, it was well worth it.  The produce was much fresher and better tasting and felt GREAT for serving personally prepared platters.  Suggestion: Take the time, put on your favorite high school CD and clean and chop away.  P.S. Don’t forget to use your Eat Cleaner Natural Produce Wash.  I would be lost without it.  You can check out more info on the right side of the site. (more…)

Free Summer Movies

Posted on 18. Jun, 2010 in For Kids

Regal Theaters have been offerring free movies during the summer since 1991.  The movies are at 10 am on Tues & Wed. throughout the summer. Yes, they are FREE!!  A great way to beat the heat and to get some downtime before heading off to the beach, river, pool or amusement park.  To find a theater near you, go to Free Family Film Festival by Regal .

AMC Theaters have Kids Summer Camp where the admission is only $1.  Check out the theaters and movies close to you.  The movies at AMC are little more recent.  You can’t miss out on this. (more…)

Fun Family Events for Father’s Day weekend!

Posted on 18. Jun, 2010 in For Kids, Uncategorized

Here is one for fairies and Dads’ of lil fairies: 

Fairy Festival at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, Ca on Saturday, June 19 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Fairies! Come celebrate summer and wear your fairy costume if you have one, or come just as you are. Create a fairy house, make fairy treasures, leave messages on the wishing bush, or shop in the Fairyland market. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a picture with the Fairy Queen. Free with admission or membership. Many free activities, small fee for some crafts.

Dinosaur Train! Saturdays & Sundays in June 10:30am at UltraStar locations. G-rated family entertainment, admission only $2.50!  www.ultrastarmovies.com/kidtoons.asp (more…)

Need Gift Ideas for Dad?

Posted on 17. Jun, 2010 in Uncategorized

Oops, no time to go shopping for Dad?

How about a Beer or Pizza of the Month Club?

Or a personalized Magazine Cover?

Or a Circuit Board Business Card Holder for the tech geek in your life?

Or an App for his iPhone or Droid (or other cool smart phone).

Follow the World Cup? Try this Droid App. or this iPhone App.

Get up-to-the-minute sports scores with ScoreMobile.

When you’re at the game, try this pocket AirHorn for the iPhone.

Gas Chubby for iPhone keeps mileage and service info to keep your car at its best.

Living in California?  Need the Quake Alert for Droid lately. It shows you recent earthquakes, their magnitude and their distance from you.

None of these your guy’s cup of tea? Here’s a ton more free iPhone apps and Droid apps.

Or, check out BeingFrugal’s list of ten great gifts for Dad under $20.

Exercise of the Week — June 14, 2010

Posted on 13. Jun, 2010 in Exercises

Alternating Dumbbell Row

*Do 6 to 8 repetitions

We are still working on our fabulous summer body.  This is a favorite for most women to burn the tummy fat, get the gorgeous arms and killer back.

Grab a pair of dumbbells, and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Bend at your hips, keeping your lower back naturally arched, and lower your torso until it’s almost parallel to the floor. Let the dumbbells hang at arm’s length from your shoulders. Now pull the dumbbell in your right hand to the side of your torso by raising your upper arm, bending your elbow and squeezing your shoulder blade toward your spine. As you lower that dumbbell, row the dumbbell in your left hand to the side your torso. That’s one repetition.

Continue to alternate sides.