IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 30 of the 100 Day Challenge. Start your day off with a Tabata of Classic Push Ups!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Tired of sifting through all the store-bought, chemically altered salad dressings in the grocery store? Try mixing up a batch of our Simple Vinaigrette Dressing[Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Assumptions are the termites of relationships.  ~ Henry Winkler

Essential Element:  In the interest of happiness, health and well-being, we must choose to supplement our disconnected lifestyles.  As much as a multi-vitamin fills in the nutritional blanks in our diet-style, or the treadmill supplements a sedentary existence – true connection with others must provide the essential elements missing from life outside the village. [click here to read Spark Insight: Connection]

Journal:  How much of your presence do you give to conversations at work? How much do you assume you’ve heard all that someone needs to say and simply tune out? Evaluate yourself this week. Write out the name of day of the week in your journal. AT the end of the day, record the name of one person at work whom you genuine listened to and connected with. Recognize the life-sustaining element true connection provides…  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 7 of the 100 Day Challenge! How are you feeling? Keep up the good work and hammer out your Tabata Push Ups today! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Our Orange Carrot Beet Salad will surprise you in how delicious and refreshing it is! It’s also very nutritious – good for the gall bladder, so dig in! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Essential Element: Steven Covey teaches that we only have influence on those things in our Circle of Influence - what we think and do. The more we focus on our COI, the larger our influence becomes. [click here to read Spark Insight: Influence and Control]

Journal: Who have you influenced in the last 7 days? Whose life is different because you are alive? Jot down the names of those lives you know you have influence in right now. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Kale is an amazing, nutrient dense veggie, so if you don’t like the taste… find a way to enjoy it! Our Massaged Kale Salad has a delicious blend of seasoning and is smothered in avocado.  YUM!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 2 of the 100 Day Challenge! Watch Alexis and her dad knock out a Push-Up Tabata out in the sunshine! For more instructions on Push Ups and form, click here[Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Test all things; hold fast what is good ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Essential Element: Our Belief Systems are learned. They predict what we think, what we say, what we do and what we feel. [click here to read Spark Insight: Influence and Control]

Journal: Be aware of your inner narrator. What’s the commentary in your head saying about  you right now? What is the story you are telling yourself? If your sibling/closest friend had you sit down and tell them the ‘chapter’ of your life you are in right now, what would you say? Write it out in your journal.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Handstand Push Ups are a great exercise to work up to! Don’t be shy! All you need to start is a wall! If you’ve already got these down, increase your reps and continue to tone those arm muscles! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Take it from Dr. Paul… “Bonfire Stroganoff is one of the tastiest recipes I make!  You will definitely want to make extra of this for leftovers.”  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Essential Element: In the economy of our lives, we must recognize the need for strategies that protect our limited resources – and assist us in living life to its fullest. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]

Journal:  What moments have you been in lately? I mean really in. Moments you tasted and touched and reminisced about later. Pick one from the last few weeks. Recount it in your journal.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises] Spark photo credit: http://starsmasquerading.tumblr.com/post/2979717273

 

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Even if you don’t feel ready to ramp up your Push Ups, its important to know what you’re trying for! So add a few Clapping Push Ups to your routine this week and start goal setting! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Lettuce Wraps: All the delicious filling of a burrito, with none of the gluten or that heavy, weighed down feeling after your lunch break! Try our filling suggestions, but get creative and try your own!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  Writing  (the physical act of holding a pen and  paper in hand) – distills, crystallizes, and clarifies thought – helping us break the whole into parts. ~ Stephen Covey
Essential Element: Well people don’t necessarily experience any less stress; they simply develop better strategies and coping mechanisms for dealing with it. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]
Journal: Just as deep breathing helps integrate body and mind, the act of writing bridges the gap between the conscious and subconscious minds. Take this week to give journaling a shot.  Even those of you devout non-journalers – give it  try for 7 days. Start by getting yourself a journal you like and will look forward to picking up.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

Modified Ring Pushup

by admin

  • Place your hands on rings that are low to the ground.
  • At the top of your pushup place your hands just outside your shoulders, keep your arms locked out, stomach tight, butt tight, eyes looking 6 inches in front of you.
  •  Lower your body until towards the floor maintaining a rigid stomach and butt.
  • Return to the top position by pressing away from the floor until your elbows become locked.

Medball Pushups

by admin

This movement is more advanced than a standard pushup. It requires more core strength to balance on the ball and it allows you to dip your chest deeper which is also more difficult.

  • Place one hand on a medicine ball and the other on the floor.
  • At the top of your pushup place your hands just outside your shoulders, keep your arms locked out, stomach tight, butt tight, eyes looking 6 inches in front of you.
  • Lower your body until your chest dips down at at your hands, maintaining a rigid stomach and butt.
  • Press away from the floor, keeping your back flat. Repeat.

Modified Pushup

by admin

  • At the top of your pushup place your knees on the floor, hands just outside your shoulders, keep your arms locked out, stomach tight, butt tight, eyes looking 6 inches in front of you.
  • Lower your body until your chest touches the floor maintaining a rigid stomach and butt.
  • Return to the top position by pressing away from the floor until your elbows become locked.

Push Up

by admin

It’s basic, it’s core, and it should be part of your weekly routine. It’s also more full body than people realize – master your push up! If you have to start with wall push ups or with your knees on the floor, don’t worry, you’ll get stronger quicker than you think. Don’t be impressed or depressed with your body – it just is.   

  • At the top of your pushup place your hands just outside your shoulders, keep your arms locked out, stomach tight, butt tight, eyes looking 6 inches in front of you.
  •  Lower your body until your chest touches the floor maintaining a rigid stomach and butt.
  • Return to the top position by pressing away from the floor until your elbows become locked.