New York City outdoor workout with friends!

It's Summer in NYC and this one is the mildest of the last few years... We are in mid July and the thermometers haven't reached 100 degrees yet. For me there isn't a better combination than meeting with friends and doing a New York City outdoor workout! Last week our best friends Ricardo Baldin and his girlfriend Jeannete Linderberg, joined my love Fabio Nunes and I for a nice week of training and eating good food. They both are based and working as models in L.A. so I get to see them only once in a while another reason to really enjoy our time together.

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Fabio and Ricardo at the Elevated Acre in the financial district NYC.

Ways to work out outdoors in New York City

There are a LOT of ways to do a New York City outdoor workout:  biking, playing ball, skating, running. And there are a lot of places to do it so too!

After a great smoothie in the morning, we all went for a cardio training that takes only 15 minutes of your time! The goal is to keep your heart rate a bit at a certain level that helps you sweat and burn fat. After all is a great way to raise your energy levels for the rest of the day.

We also had a little fun doing Yoga poses ( Asanas ) and helping each other to improve our technique. We went to the Elevated Acre in the Financial District to do this workout.

 

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Eating healthy after a workout

I am proud to say that our post New York City outdoor workout meal was amazing! : Chicken legs, sweet potatoes, spinach egg whites omelet with avocado topping and arugula salad. Every single ingredient was organic and chicken was free range grade 2. All made with love and care by Fabio's talented chef hands. He is a Model Chef after all, who has cooked many delicious dinners for foodlovers around New York City :)

 

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Riding a bike in New York City

The other day, we rode city bikes and took the East River cycling route with destination: Central Park. The ride was just so enjoyable, the temperature during the day was perfect and it really got into my senses the whole experience exercising, and enjoying the view, good weather and company. We even bumped into few Brasilian friends that were doing exactly same thing as we were: two girls on their skates while the third one was running alongside them. The bike ride was about 7 miles , Uptown to Central Park, and back home with a few stops to enjoy our favorites places in the city. Like the Italian meca Eataly on 5th av and 23rd st - were we went to recharge our fuel with great food.

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When at the park it was easy to have a good time!

 

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At Central park - inspired by kids playing around - soft strenght training.

 

Outdoor work outs with friends are fun

Gather a few friends, get inspired by the good weather and push each other to reach your goals! Share your knowledge and experiences - all that, and relieving stress at the same time! Above all Summertime is here to raise our spirits in a positive vibe !! I strongly advice to stay active,  moving your body every chance you get! That's the way I'm gonna spend my next days, what about you guys ?? ;))

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Follow me and Fabio on instagram for more workouts and healthy foods:

@CarolFontaneti & @1FabioNunes

Stay focused,

XoCarol ;)

 

 


Urban rebounding workout

I am not a big fan of working out to be honest. But I have to sometimes do it for my own health. I need to activate my muscles and my lungs so my blood can transport oxygen better to the essential areas in my body. I will get better skin, better functioning vital organs, and better muscle tone. But as running wasn't my thing really, I had to find a good workout that I like, besides walking my dog, and one that will be good for me too.

I discovered the mini-trampoline, or the so-called rebounding workout already back in 2005 ,when I started to join classes at my local gym in New York City. It was so fun as it is a workout for all ages. It works the muscles but spares the joints. I would go 3 times a week and had a very enthusiastic instructor. The movements were very diverse and not boring. I felt very lean and flexible after just a few weeks.

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Another good thing: Studies show it actually works the lymphatic system, that excretes toxins out of your body. And that sounds like music to my ears!

It is really fun so every time I for some reason had to quit working out, I would go back to my rebounding workout to get back in shape. When you put some music on during your rebounding workout, you don't realize you start sweating a lot. After 45 minutes of jumping fun you are full of sweat and the workout feels like it was no biggie at all.

It is also not really about how high you jump, it is more about how you jump. (you jump IN the trampoline not high up). It is easy, anyone can do it.

I first followed the Urban Rebounding system by founder J.B. Berns. I ordered an urban rebounder for home and watched his video to show me how to do it the right way. At one point I wanted to become an Urban Rebounder Instructor as I got so into it! But the online service wasn't working at that time, so I couldn't. But I still love jumping the trampoline.

There are a few rebounder brands, so you can see for yourself which one works for you! (see link below) The one I have now, the Urban Rebounder Gym, was $129,95 when I purchased it years ago. I am sure there are new ones available and probably different (and better) prices.

You can do it alone, or with a friend, both jumping on a trampoline. With my bff Maruja Retana we would together think of a dance routine, with the basic Urban Rebounding movements in mind.

For instance we would put a Song of Michael Jackson on, and then jump to it! You feel like you are an amazing dancer, because of the bounce the rebounder gives you.

it is so much fun and it never bores me!

Love, Lonneke

 


Workout playlist: 12 songs that make me push a little harder

Music is essential to my daily workout (ok, almost daily)! I picked some of my faves for you, these always get me running a little bit faster... What are your favorites workout songs?

Burn, baby, burn from MarujaRetana on 8tracks.


How to get rid of the cellulite NATURALLY

I want to share some tips on How to get rid of the cellulite naturally and How to Tone your body for this summer!

This is what I do every day, those tips are very easy because its all-at-home body care. There are many expensive treatments and massages to help minimize the cellulite, but eating a fresh whole food diet, drinking water and exercising will make your body looks amazing all year around!

1.  Pure water with a lemon.

Start your day with a big glass of pure water with a freshly squeezed lemon juice. This will help to flush and cleanse your body from the inside. Giving you a fresh start of the day.

2.   Dry brushing.

Before you step into the shower, give your self a good dry-brushing all over your body, concentrating on  your legs, thighs and butt.

You can purchase a natural brush for the body at any health food store.

How to dry-brush:

-      Standing completely naked and dry in your bathroom, start brushing you body using short strikes ALWAYS toward your heart. Start from your feet, then legs, behind the knees, thighs, butt, hands, arms, stomach.

Dry-brushing increases circulation of the skin. It stimulates the lymph canals and helps your body to get rid of the toxins. Dry brushing helps shed dead skin cells, which help improve skin texture and cell renewal.

 

3.  Cold show.

After you dry brushed your body, jump into the shower, wash you body using natural chemical-free body soap like Dr. Bronner. When you are done, take a quick icy-cold shower. Cold water will tighten your skin, improve circulation and strengthens immunity.

4.  Grapefruit Essential oil.

Add a few drops of a Grapefruit essential oil into your natural body cream. I love Coconut Oil, so I add essential oil into my coconut oil – the combination makes it especially gorgeous and it smells AMAZING! Concentrating on your legs, tights and butt, moisturize your whole body giving yourself a nice massage. The essential oil of grapefruit is extracted and compressed from its peel and has many beneficial properties as being a disinfectant, stimulant, antiseptic, aperitif, lymphatic and tonic.

5.  Exercise.

Pick your favorite exercise and just move your body; walking running, jumping, dancing!

 

LOVE, VAL