How to Make Your Butt Look Good By Being Inspired To Move

Hi there–

How to make your butt look good with Theresa StevensMy name is Theresa Stevens and I’m a Samba dancer, a Booty Bumpin’ Teacher & a Pleasurable Fitness Coach. Great job titles, right? :)

If you’re getting into caring for your body by eating whole, nutrient-dense food, and you’re ready to add some exercise into the mix so that you can enjoy all of the smokin’ hot benefits (like how to make your butt look good)…

You may be wondering:

How can I change exercise from something I’m supposed to do into something I WANT to do? And how do I turn it into part of my lifestyle?

Well, first things first, I want to invite you to ditch the word “exercise” and think about the idea of “moving & playing in your body” instead!

I don’t know when we coined the phrase “exercise”… but “exercise” often feels like something that we need to “motivate” ourselves to do.

Shawn Achor, researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage, found that we only have a short supply of “motivational energy” available to us every day! And we can use this energy up pretty quickly, just with simple tasks like getting up early and taking time to make a healthy breakfast.

So what’s a health lover to do?

Here are 5 quick tips that allow you to feel inspired (and even healthfully addicted) to exercise your way to a great looking butt:

1. For a Great Looking Butt: Make Moving More Playful

Want to know a secret about making “exercise” a part of your daily lifestyle? It’s that your body WANTS to move, and it wants to play every single day.

Now I’m not just talking about working out: your body just wants to straight-up move around every day. (Not spend the whole day sitting in a chair!)

It’s part of our animal nature.

And we’ve created jobs and cultures around doing just the opposite. We’re sitting on our butts for way too long at work, on the sofa at night, in our car during the commute… and not enough time shaking our booties!

In fact, I believe that when you can allow your body to move and play everyday… you can get out of your “mind,” which can get mired down with repetitive thoughts, worries, and to-do’s… and into the silent meditative connection of being IN your body.

So it’s time to start giving your body what it loves and craves: lung expanding, heart beating, sweaty pleasurable movement and play.

2. Schedule It & Let Your Body Do The Rest

The idea of “playing and moving in your body” is really fun!

Once you start doing it, your body will actually help you make a healthy habit of it because it loves it so much!

That’s why it’s so important to put your “playful movement” time into your calendar and plan your day around it!

And yes, the first 1 to 5 times you go to do your movement activity, you’re going to have to make a conscious choice to do that, rather than sit on the coach and watch a movie. But after you do this several times, your body will get in line and really help support you because it feels so good!

I find that even when I’m a little tired from thinking too much or working too hard, and I’m supposed to go to a dance class… I know I’m going to feel more energized, more creative, more sensual, more in love with my body. I’m going to feel so much better after I go dance… but I don’t want to go because I feel burned out.

I can hear my mind saying, “Oh I’m so tired. I just want to sit on the sofa.”

But my body knows we’re going to have such a good time! I’m going to feel so much better if I just go.

At this point, you don’t have to “motivate” yourself. You just look forward to it and your body helps you make it a part of who you are and what you do.

3. How to Make Your Butt Look Good By Starting With What You Have

Now the third important and inspirational tip, is that you want to start where you’re at and playfully build from there.

You can get un-inspired to exercise when you do something that’s outside of your current fitness range.

Make Your Butt Look GoodDoes this sounds familiar? Have you ever flipped through a magazine and seen a picture of a fitness model and she has rocking hot abs, these beautiful legs and a great butt?

And you think, oooh, yes I want to have that too. Be careful: you don’t want to jump off the deep end and try to do really intense fitness programs immediately, because that’s when injuries happen. You’ll end up with sore, stiff muscles.

You want to acknowledge where you are with your fitness and movement level.

Make sure that you’re eating nutrient, dense whole foods. Because if you’re not eating whole foods, exercising will actually feel very draining… which is not an inspiring way to feel, at all!

I recommend starting with something like walking every day. Walking is a great way to notice all of the beauty around you, clear your mind, and also release the muscles in your back and hips.

Then as quickly as you can, add to your daily walks by challenging yourself with more fun and playful forms of movement…that are actually more powerfully effective for burning fat and building sexy muscle.

4. Do Something That Works (So You’ll Want To Keep Going)

Nothing is more inspiring than enjoying the RESULTS of your efforts, right? So pick a type of movement that you enjoy and understand why it works!

Once you’ve gotten the hang of eating more real food and getting great nutrition… Challenge yourself and enjoy getting a variety of movement into your life with both aerobic (Interval Training types of movement) and anaerobic (Strength Training types of movement).

Making the best of both kinds of exercise (resistance training and cardio) has been shown to give you the BEST sexy fitness results.

You may be excited to hear that there’s a type of movement that combines BOTH cardio, or aerobic movement, AND muscle-building, anaerobic movement.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to do, and it’s an ancient form of movement that’s very playful and fun!

It’s called Concurrent Training…

It’s been shown through a 2008 research study at the University of California in Santa Cruz and Berkley, to be a significantly effective form of exercise to burn abdominal fat, while building sexy muscle and reducing post-workout soreness! Yes!

I’m into combining “booty-focused” strength training with dancing, because you get great results from simple and sexy movements that gently and consistently “work” the posterior chain of muscles in your body.

When you’re “using your booty,” you start to feel really inspired and committed to doing them!

These movements can feel good on your body and not draining (when combined with eating nutrient-dense foods).

Because these movements are tapping into the power and pleasure of using your *posterior chain* (your booty muscles) you get quick results. When you get fast results and you can see your butt looking better day by day, it’s inspiration to keep working out!

The good news? This style of movement is simple. And you can also really enjoy the PROCESS to getting a great looking butt and body.

5. Feel Sexy & Beautiful Now!

My last pleasurable fitness tip is that you want to escape the stress of disliking your body as much as possible. Make your commitment to movement from a place of loving and taking care of your body, rather than hating your body.

This is extremely important, because when you’re feeling stressed, your body sends out neurotransmitters like Cortisol, that tell your body to hold onto it’s resources, and store fat. This then triggers you to eat foods higher in sugar, causing a downward spiral.

Make Your Butt Look GoodThat’s why if you’re experiencing stress, it will be challenging to lose weight or experience fitness results from what you’re doing.

Disliking how your body is right now is one of the worst kinds of stress. When you catch your eye in the mirror and put yourself down, it can start to feel like a self-made prison that you can’t escape.

Start by loving and appreciating your body, just as it is right now. This in turn will allow all of the wonderful changes you’re wanting can take place to happen more easily.

It sounds like a Catch-22, but if you look for things to love and appreciate about your body, while you’re having fun… it can actually be a much easier shift to make!

And that’s why I believe dancing and booty-focused strength training is so powerful.

When you squeeze and release your butt muscles, the largest muscle group in your body… or you dance in what I call the “African seated dance position,” not only are you in the perfect position to burn fat and build some sexy muscle, but using the largest muscle groups in your body actually triggers a flood of happiness and sensuality hormones, including testosterone and human growth hormone, that help you feel more sensual and free!

When you’re doing booty-focused strength training or dancing I highly recommend wearing an outfit that you enjoy wearing.

Exercising doesn’t mean that you need to throw on your baggiest sweats and oldest t-shirt. When you see yourself in the mirror wearing these old, worn-out things, you’re just not going to feel good about yourself!

Now you don’t need an expensive workout wardrobe either. I just recommend wearing clothes that make you feel good, and make you feel beautiful, when you wear them.

Feeling sensual and free helps you want to exercise and play in your body! Dancing with your hips, and moving what I like to call the “Pleasure Center” of your body really turns on your sensuality, your sense of personal freedom and power… not to mention a fabulous looking butt you’ll love, too.

Let’s Move Together!

Woo-hoo! All right, I hope you enjoyed my 5 Quick Tips to feel “inspired” rather than “motivated” to move your body. And if you would love to learn how you can feel sexy and beautiful in your body right now, and how you can burn fat and build sexy muscle by moving with the “pleasure center” of your body…

Come check out my free 3 Day “Move Your Booty” Challenge… and let’s move and celebrate all of the beauty that we are!

Lots of love and booty-shaking beauty,

Theresa Stevens
Samba Dancer, Booty Bumpin’ Teacher
Pleasurable Fitness Coach

Do You Still Need to Workout If You Eat Raw?

The quick answer is yes! And I’m excited to share this workout with you, designed by my friend Nichole Kellerman, who is a personal trainer and knows a lot about working out and eating healthy.

Welcome Nichole…

What’s up, what’s up, it’s Nichole Kellerman here to give you some killer tips on how to keep your body in top notch from EVERY angle.

Watch Nichole Demonstrate the Workout

Okay- so we all know that being healthy isn’t just about what you put in your mouth, it’s about many components; diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, emotional stability, spirituality and the list goes on.

Think of it like a wheel, if a section is missing it wont function properly.
So today I am talking about the exercise and throwing in some mental exercises as well. :) 
This work out has many dynamic movements that incorporates multiple muscle groups and joints creating a strong, fit injury free body!

Plus I have added some positive affirmations to go along with each movement included in the exercise.

(see video for visual examples and proper form)

1. Side Lunge to Shoulder Press, Balance – “I am climbing to new levels”

-With one dumbbell (5-12lbs) feet together, step out to the side reaching to the inside of the opposite foot.
-Step back to the starting position
-Press arm up overhead and kick moving leg in front of you, to balance

2. Back Lunge To Rotate- “I Love My Life”

-Start standing, with one weight, holding on both sides
-Lunge back (ideally 90 degrees at each knee)
-Arms out, rotate over the front leg
-Back to standing
-Alternate to the next leg

3. Deadlift To Row “Out With The Old In With The New”

-Feet together, legs straight but knees NOT locked
-Both dumbbells in hands bend over, shoulders back, till you feel a stretch in the back of your leg
-Back up to standing, pull arms back, squeeze shoulder blades and repeat
-Advanced perform on one leg (one leg deadlift)

4. Plank With Tricep Kickback “Create Your Own Affirmation”

-On the floor, core tight, hips down
-Keep core tight (belly button to spine)
-Pull one are up, lock elbow into waist
-Kick arm straight squeezing tricep
-Switch arms

5. Cardio Dance Party

-Put on your favorite jam and DANCE!
-DO NOT SKIP THIS!
-This is vital for your health, happiness and heart :)
-Let go, have fun, be silly, get out of your head and into you body
-*All out* go for it, your body needs this

You can do these exercises just about anywhere! And since I’m feeling super generous (I think it’s the green smoothie I just drank kickin’ in ;) I’d love to give you free access to the 10 page Stretch Routine I usually only give my paying clients! Click Here get your copy now.

Then just print and follow with these detailed pictures and descriptions.

raw-workout

Click Here to grab your copy now!

If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me, I am here to help.

xo,

Nichole Kellerman, CPT, CMT
Health & Lifestyle Coach
NicholeKellerman.com
720.515.2695

Nichole Kellerman, is a certified personal trainer and massage therapist with the drive to help as many women as possible be fit, healthy and happy, all while having a blast! Having struggled with her weight and self image in the past, she has now dedicated her life to showing women how to love their bodies and get that head-turning confidence they all deserve! Learn more about Nichole at http://nicholekellerman.com.

How to Recover from Injury Using a Little Known Bit of Science

How to Recover from Injury

Sometimes life slows you down and reveals the best kept secrets. I had the joy of interviewing Brendan Brazier, a professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. Brendan has been experimenting with different diets since he was 15.  Injury lead to discovery as Brendan’s life shifted him into a high-raw and 100% vegan diet.

Brendan is the author of Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life, and more recently
Thrive Fitness.

How Brendan Recovered From Injury

One day in 2003 Brendan was hit by a car while cycling, and  landed on his hip. Unable to pedal, he couldn’t train anymore and had to stop racing.  Frustrated that he was not healing as quickly as he felt he should be, he again re-examined his diet.

Using this downtime Brendan formulated a type of recovery shake rich in plant-based protein, vitamins, chlorophyll rich algae, superfoods and omegas (click here to find out more).  He was then able to recover from the accident at an incredible rate. He credits this fast recovery to a mostly raw vegan, alkalizing diet and the very low nutritional stress it generates.

As a result, he’s able to train more and recover in less time.  Most of the time, athletes consume lots of meat-based protein, which is acid forming, but choosing plant-based protein offsets the acid and helps the body recover much faster. This journey has taught Brendan that eating lots of leafy greens, chlorella, and seaweeds will improve an athletes overall health and recovery.

He now spends his days not only as a full time athlete but as a writer and educator of the amazing benefits of a his raw/vegan lifestyle.  He is one of only a few professional athletes in the world whose diet is 100 percent plant-based. Thank you Brendan Brazier for sharing this gift with us and for being such an inspiration!

Get More From Brendan

Thrive Fitness

Check out Brendan’s latest book: Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness, where he explains his approach to healthy living for athletes and the regular guy or gal!

Thrive Fitness includes:

  • Benefits and usage of the top 15 foods to fuel workouts
  • 30 vegan, performance-enhancing recipes
  • Strategies to boost creativity, productivity, and mental sharpness

Let me know if you enjoyed this interview with Brendan Brazier, and who you’d like me to interview in upcoming series!

Love, Nathalie

Interview: How to Get Motivated to Work Out!

Today I have a very special guest video interview for you to watch.

Please welcome Amber Zuckswert of Epic Self, who writes about fitness and nutrition, while traveling and living the good life. I got to ask Amber some of my personal exercise related questions that I’m sure will help you as well!

Video Interview with Amber Zuckswert

(Click here to watch the embedded video.)

I hope you enjoy this interview with Amber, she’s got loads of fitness expertise. We had a great time filming, and hopefully the audio quality isn’t too much of a deterrent for you to watch this interview.

Recap of the interview

Question: What is your number one workout tip for people who are busy but want to make exercise a part of their lifestyle?

Amber’s answer was spot on. She recommends that we make moving a part of our day throughout the day. For example by taking the stairs, walking places, biking to work, getting up and taking breaks throughout the day and just moving your body more. I think that’s great advice and I think that all of us can really appreciate it and make happen it in our lives.

Question: What is your advice for people who need help getting motivated to work out?

Amber recommends that we take a look at ways to make exercising fun for us. She mentions that taking a class or doing a fun activity as an exercise routine is the greatest way to really embody this type of exercise. Also getting a buddy or having a friend exercise with you is a great way to keep you going.

Question: What keeps you motivated to work out what you love about?

Amber explains that dance has been part of her life since she can remember. She loves the idea of dancing and moving and she loves the way it makes her feel. She says it’s just something that has become a part of her lifestyle.

Question: What is your diet like and how do you feel on a daily basis?

Amber mentions that her diet consists of a lot of fruits and vegetables and she is moving more towards a plant-based diet. She avoids processed foods. She still consumes meat or fish about twice a week, and she also enjoys experimenting with all kinds of new foods. She mentions that she is always experimenting with different ways of eating.

Amber and I share a very similar point of view when it comes to health and nutrition, and I hope that she shared a lot of interesting tips to get you moving again and exercising for fun.

Let us know your motivation and fitness tips…

You can check out Amber’s blog at Epic Self and be sure to leave a comment and let us know what your favorite motivation and fitness tips are…

Love, Nathalie