Category: LifeStyle Written by Robbie Dardy/ Hello Beautiful
History repeats itself, even in fitness. Everyone join me in welcoming back the "Hula Hoop!" Break out your favorite childhood toy, sweat it out and also mellow out. Hula hooping is more than just fun, it can also be a great mental and emotional medicine too, so here's the scoop on why you should hula hoop.
Join The Revolution
Not sure how to bring back this fitness throwback? Let Hoopdance Revolution be your guide. I had the pleasure of meeting internationally acclaimed and author of Hoopdance Revolution Jan Camp and couldn't get a hoop around my waist fast enough. As a chronicled cultural movement toward wellness, this easy read seamlessly illustrates how incorporating dance, aerobic exercise, juggling, and yoga all within the hooping experience can be an energy enhancing addition to your daily life. Make your own hoop (P.S. instructions on "how to" are in the book), grab a copy of this guide and get your swivel on sistah!
Burn Baby Burn
Hula hooping is naturally aerobic, puts no harmful stress on the body (when performed correctly), and due to the effort required from some of the biggest muscles in the body (glutes, thighs, hips, legs, knees and abdomen) this format can also lead to a serious burn. Plus, your metabolism automatically gets an extra boost and your cardiovascular system will most certainly appreciate the strengthening power of hula hooping too. Convinced?
Back It Up
What's that you say? The number one region of your body that loves the spirally fitness fun of hula hooping is your core. That repetitive circular motion both strengthens and tones these muscles while simultaneously conditioning your spine. Master your hula hoop skills and keep back problems at bay by increasing your spine's range of motion and it's overall flexibility. See sis, I always have your "back."
Master Your Mind
Whipping a hoop from your midsection, to your leg and then up to your arm again takes not only some serious coordination but some legitimate focus too. Try it. According to Camp- "the sharper mental acuity, emotional balance, increased spacial awareness, and overall sense of well-being and connectedness" make this fitness fun beyond worth it when it comes to your mind. So unleash your sense of play and become sharp as a tack all in one fell swoop of a hoop.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:57
Category: LifeStyle Written by Myeisha Essex/ Hello Beautiful Staff
It's the season to be "summertime fine" and skin is in, but Jenkins says wearing short shorts shouldn't be your only motivation to hit the gym. Even if you hate to workout, she recommends for everyone use their health and self-confidence as a motivation.
Are you the type of person who hates to break a sweat? Trust us, you're not alone! Check out these fresh fitness ideas from Jeanette Jenkins below.
1. Change Your Attitude
"Number one, you have to change that mindset right off the bat. Don't hate working out! Love it for what it does for your body, for your health, your longevity, your self-confidence — all those things!"
2. Schedule Workouts Around Your Weekly To-Do List
"Number two, schedule your workouts into your weekly agenda. Go ahead and make that time slot."
3. Find An Accountability Partner
"Three, if you hate it that much go ahead and find a workout buddy. Whether it's a friend of yours, another trainer or a workout group. Find a way to make it fun!"
4. Don't Forget To Have Fun
"Find things that you like to do. Whether it's Zumba class, dancing, group cardio kick boxing or a group of people who go hiking. Find something that you like to do."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 14:38
Category: Food Written by Ms. Tudi/ Hello Beautiful
White Chocolate Banana Pudding
• 1 (6-ounce) package white chocolate instant pudding mix
• 2 1/2 cups cold milk
• 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
• 1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping
• 2 pounds bananas, sliced
• Cheesecake flavored Candy Oil Drops
• Vanilla wafer cookies, for garnish
Mix the pudding mix, milk, and sweetened condensed milk and blend well. Mix in candy oil drops into the whipped topping. Add bananas to the pudding mixture Layer the pudding and the wafers, then top with whipped topping. Garnish with a cookie crumbs. Refrigerate overnight. Serve in individual serving cups
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 14:29
Category: Food Written by Ms. Tudi/ Hello Beautiful
Apple Broccoli Slaw
3 cups broccoli slaw mix
1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely shredded, with skin
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 tablespoon key lime juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Place broccoli slaw and apple in a bowl. Whisk together lime juice, vinegar, honey and salt and pepper. Pour over broccoli slaw and apple. Mix well, with your hands.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 14:34
Category: Food Written by Michigan Chronicle
MGM Grand Detroit’s Breeze Dining Court, which serves more than one million meals a year, will now feature Italian fare at its Red Sauce fast dining outlet. Previously serving Mexican cuisine, Red Sauce’s menu will highlight Italian-inspired soups, salads, wood-fired oven pizzas, sandwiches, specialties and desserts.
“Our guests were the impetus for us to transition Red Sauce into an Italian outlet. People just love their Italian food and this is a way to get it to them fresh and fast,” said MGM Grand Detroit’s Executive Chef Michael Urbin. “Our intent when creating the menu was to include authentic and beloved dishes that can be found in any Italian grandmother’s kitchen.”
To begin, Red Sauce offers Italian Toscano or Minestrone Soup and three salads: Classic Caesar, Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato, and Antipasto Salads. Next, Red Sauce chefs will have freshly made sliced and full homemade pizzas for dine-in and to-go purchase. Made in the outlet’s wood-fire oven, pies will be available in the cheese, meat lovers, supreme and veggie varieties.
The pizza chefs also will be making “Breeze Bread” which is served with pizza or ranch dipping sauce. For a taste of Italy, guests are not lacking in options. The menu features two kinds of sandwiches: the baked meatball grinder with house-made meatballs, blended cheese and tomato sauce, and the ItalianSausage Sub made with fresh Italian sausage, peppers, onions and tomato sauce.
Italian specialties, which come with fresh parmesan focaccia bread, include baked meat lasagna, chicken lasagna, and breaded chicken parmesan with pasta. Finally, the penne rigate pasta is served with a choice of meat, marinara or creamy alfredo sauce. For a sweet ending, guests can choose from two Italian favorites: tiramisu and cannoli. Menu items range from $4 to $25.
For an additional cost, guests can order add-on items, such as a salad, pasta or meatball, or “Make it a Dinner” by adding any additional item or soup and a fountain drink. Red Sauce is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 17:15
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