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One Woman’s Struggle with Weight Loss & Her Success

Tanya PhotoIf you’ve ever struggled to exercise or lose weight and given up over and over again you’re not alone. Many people struggle with low self esteem and a belief that weight loss is too hard. Tanya thought the same thing. Then her sister challenged her to get her body back and a special sister’s only trip to the Steve Harvey Awards in Atlanta if she lost 50 pounds. Tanya’s determination kicked in and she’s lost 67 POUNDS and is still going! Listen to her story!

Now how will Tanya continue her journey? Find out in this video!

We would love to hear about your weight loss journey! Please stop by our Facebook page and share your success or post in your comments below! You can also see more pictures from the 2015 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey on our Music and Media page.

5 Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

5 Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

5 Exercises You Can Do AnywhereKids, work, travel. All reasons we look to in order to skip the workout. Not anymore! The best part of fitness is that it’s versatile. You can sit in a chair and workout, you can stand and workout. No matter where you are in your day, you can fit in exercise and show your kids, no matter what the day brings, it can be done!

MECKids has 5 exercises you and your kids can do ANYWHERE and together!

Wall Sits: Place yourself against a wall and walk your legs out until you are at a 90 degree angle. Hold that position for 60 seconds. Do that for 3 reps.

Push-ups: No matter if you are do them with bent knees or or with your legs extended out, you will get your heart-rate UP! Do 15 reps for 3 sets.

Lunges: While in standing position, extend (lunge forward) with one leg. Alternate 15 reps on each leg for 3 sets.

Squats: Stand with legs shoulder-width apart. Bend down 90 degrees then return to standing position. Repeat this motion for 15 reps, 3 sets.

Planks: Work that core! Stand in full push-up position with legs extended out and arms out at full extension touching the floor. Shoot for 60 seconds, 3 reps.

The beauty of these exercises is that they are simple, yet effective and of course, can be done anywhere! Stuck in a cramped hotel room? No problem. Busy day at the office or at home with the kids? No problem!

Doing these with the family ensures the workouts will get done and make it that much more fun!

Stay active with your family no matter where you are! You gotta move!

Need some more workout ideas? Join the 30 day #momNMeFit Challenge starting January 26, 2015! Both kids and moms will learn how to stay fit & motivated towards a healthy path for the future. 

Neila Rey: Fitness Extraordinaire

If you’re a geek for anything relating to comic books or superheroes, then do I have a workout for you! Not only is it quick and easy to execute, but it works out every muscle in your body, making it perfect for busy bees who want to stay in shape. The best part? The creator of the workouts, Neila Rey, based each of her fitness plans off of a famous superhero or comic book figure.


 

The Benefits of Neila Rey’s Workouts

I discovered these workouts while surfing my favorite social media site. I was immediately intrigued by the visual aid that was minimalist and easy to read.

  • Each exercise is accompanied by an instructional picture to help people (like me) that are visual thinkers.
  • It specifies how many times you should repeat each exercise to maximize caloric burn.
  • Works with  muscular strength, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, and core strengthening. Basically, your whole body will be in for a shock.
  • It takes up to 30 minutes, making it an aerobic exercise plan.

The best part, however, is the bottom banner, highlighted below.

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It cleverly helps you out by explaining how many sets you should perform if you are a beginner, novice, or expert. Now, I am what you could consider…a lazy bum who can’t do more than 10 pushups a beginner. This workout program helps cater to my needs and holds my hand as I progress.

Plus, it’s entertaining to imagine that I’m a superhero training to fight evil.

To honor the newest superhero movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past (which is AMAZING, seriously you’re missing out if you haven’t seen it), I will be showing you the “Wolverine” workout. The link below is a PDF file that shows you the original image of the workout.

Wolverine WORKOUT PDF


Step One: High Knees (24)

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We could not get action shots, so I had to awkwardly stand there like a flamingo. The neighbors were amused.

Step Two:  Squats (24)

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The smile on my face says it all.

Step Three: Climbers (24)

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Step Four: Raised Leg Push-Ups (10)

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Luckily, she specified 10, which is my maximum capability.

Step Five: Shoulder Touches (10)

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Step Six: Plank Jump Ins (10)

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The photographer caught me mid-sentence complaining about this exercise.

Step Seven: Reverse Crunches (12)

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Step Eight: Sitting Twists (12)

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Step Nine: Flutter Kicks (24)

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THE ENEMY.

Step Ten: Rest and Stretch

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For someone who isn’t in stellar shape, these exercises are just challenging enough for me to sweat and burn. Wolverine sure does work his core! I repeat each exercise three times, with two minute breaks in between. At the end of the workout, I was sweating, but felt good. I also ran around the block a few times to let off steam and by the end, I was beat.

IN CONCLUSION

Neila Rey’s unique take on pairing everyday exercises into something both beneficial and pop culture savvy is something new and refreshing. She doesn’t just create superhero fitness plans either. She has more than 120 visual workout guides with a diverse selection of themes to suit all your geeky needs, like Fight Club, Hunger Games, BBC’s Sherlock, and Star Wars, to name a few. Her website has everything you need to work out in a time crunch, which is perfect for a busy student like myself.

Stay Healthy,

Adia

Bloopers:

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Me throwing out my ankle after trying high knees. Don’t forget to stretch before and after, people!

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“I’m so strong, you can’t even see my muscles!”

All credit goes to Neila Rey. To view Neila Rey’s workouts and other super cool stuff, visit her website at:

http://neilarey.com

 

 

 

How to Stay Healthy and Fit

By Da’Quan Givens, MECKids Blog Ambassador

Stop with your bad habits, the other ones you might be able to just reduce. Habits in the “quit” category would be smoking, drugs, unsafe sex and other unhealthy addictions. There’s just no way to do any of these in a “healthy” way. It might take some time, but it’s worth it if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle. There are some habits that are not so bad, but can easily become a problem if taken too far. These include alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and junk food. Get your check up, get to your doctor for your annual physical just to make sure you are in your best health. If you have insurance, usually these services are covered, so take full advantage of your benefits. That being said know your own body so that you are aware when something seems awry. Get exams regularly even if you are healthy, so that if and when something is abnormal, you know. Sleep affects our physical and mental health tremendously, and many of us do not get enough. Lack of sleep adversely affects metabolism, mood, concentration, memory, motor skills, stress hormones and even the immune system and cardiovascular health. Sleep allows the body to heal, repair and rejuvenate itself in a way it simply cannot when a person is awake. Even if you just get out for a walk a few times a week, exercise is important for being fit and healthy. Cardiovascular exercise helps to strengthen the heart and lungs, while strength training helps to strengthen the muscles and stretching helps to reduce the risk of injury by increasing flexibility. Exercise also improves circulation and body awareness, and regular exercise can help with depression.

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LIVE at 5th Annual DC Tap Festival!

The 5th Annual DC Tap Festival held at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts was, I quote, “live and well over luxurious.” Attending this event opened my eyes to something new. As I went backstage where the performers were, they were more than positively energized. When I was watching them practice, something special stood out to me; their vibes. These performers were the definitions of living a healthy lifestyle.  You could clearly tell that the tap dancers were in impeccable shape. They were often energetic, healthy, and happy. What a beautiful combination. The performers’ smiles were glowing and their personality was enthusiastic. Everything was live and this created a wonderful environment to be in. They made me want to go onstage with them.  At the event, healthy snacks and drinks were being sold to top things off. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview with Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist, Mya, who was an incredible  inspiration and joy to meet.  I also learned that two professional tap dancers and sisters, Chloé and Maud Arnold, founded the DC Tap Festival in 2009 with the mission to unite tap dancers from around the world and to raise awareness about tap as an art form. This event was wonderful and showed everyone how tap dancing keeps you in great shape and positively impacts healthy living.