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Fight holiday guilt with kitchen workout

- November 23rd, 2011

Uh oh … the calorie-heavy holiday season is almost upon us.

Our American friends celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow. And soon, we’ll all find ourselves smack dab in the Christmas spirit — with food aplenty.

To help prepare for the end-of-year onslaught, here are some timely tips from fitness expert Sara Haley (courtesy her PR rep) that will turn your kitchen into a gym:

Thanksgiving is quite possibly our body’s greatest enigma. On the one hand, it’s the most delicious time of year. On the other hand, it means expanding waistlines and a tryptophan induced coma.

While exercising will probably be the furthest thing from your mind as you cook up your holiday meal, remember that if you’ve got a counter and a floor, there’s always room for squats!

Fitness expert Sara Haley has dedicated herself to sharing one of the necessities for maintaining a healthy lifestyle – getting your sweat on!

She’s created some quick kitchen exercises, like Nuke the Plank, Stove Squats, and a Veggie Speed Break, that can be done separately or all together for a heart pumping interval training session.

Don’t cry over spilled milk, sweat over it instead with her Lunge Clean up. These moves will help sculpt your butt, legs, arms and core so that you can enjoy your Thanksgiving feast guilt-free!

Sara Haley believes in balancing workouts with cardio, strength, and endurance training for both women and men and finds that these sweat-filled workouts garner the most results for her clients.

Sara Haley’s Kitchen Exercises

Nuke the Plank:

Looking to nuke some leftovers or defrost some dinner meat? The next time you go to heat something up, hold a plank and work your core. Start with a 30-second plank while the timer counts down and gradually add on time as you get stronger. Now you can devour your dinner guilt-free!

Stove Squats:

Cooking up a casserole? Strengthen your butt and legs by lowering into a squat as you put your dish in the stove. Every time you check in to make sure your dish isn’t burning, hold another 30-second squat to burn those calories instead. Keep your chest lifted so you can see into the stove (and keep your lower back safe), and remember to put on those oven mitts!

Veggie Speed Break:

Can you shuffle your legs as quickly has you chop your vegetables? Every time you finish dicing, slicing and chopping your veggies, get your heart rate up and give your hands a break with Sara Haley’s Veggie Speed Break. For this one you’ll need to put the knife down and step away from the counter. Split your legs with one foot in front of the other and do a boxer shuffle so you are alternating your legs. At the same time, shake your hands out like you’re trying to shake off water. Now you can go back to chopping those veggies with refreshed hands and feet!

Counter Push-ups:

Squeeze in a few push-ups after you’re done washing dishes and sculpt your chest and triceps! Begin by putting your hands on the counter (make sure the surface is dry!) and walking your feet away from the counter. Lower yourself into a push-up, hold for two counts and then slowly push away. The farther you step away from the counter the harder it’s going to be. Do another set of push-ups after your done drying the dishes. And another set while your food is cooking!

Blender Leg Lift:

Sculpt your butt and legs while you’re making a delicious shake or smoothie. Hold the top of the blender with one hand, hold the counter with the other and balance on one leg with the opposite leg lifted to a 90-degree angle. Pulse the leg up to the ceiling. Keep your chest close to the counter so your back stays out of it, your butt stabilizes the movement and your leg does the work. Make sure to take the time to make one for a friend as well, so you can get both legs in!

Lunge Clean up:

Don’t cry over spilled milk, sweat over it instead! If you’ve got a spill on the floor, get off your knees and work your legs by going into a lunge position. Hold until you’re done wiping the mess away.

Tip:

Have some extra time while your food is in the oven? Run these exercises as a circuit.

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JUKARI Fit to Flex lands in Toronto

- October 18th, 2011
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Cirque du Soleil artist Mary Sanders shows off her flexibility with the JUKARI Band™. JUKARI Fit to Flex launches in T.O. next week.

It’s fitness with a Cirque du Soleil twist. And it arrives in Toronto in eight days.

Here’s the press release …

Reebok and Cirque Du Soleil bring JUKARI Fit to Flex™ to Toronto

Toronto, Ont.1 Last year Reebok™ and Cirque du Soleil® introduced the one-of-a-kind fitness program JUKARI Fit to Fly™ to Toronto fitness lovers. Following its success, they are happy to announce that JUKARI Fit to Flex™, the second innovative workout to come out of the partnership between the leading women’s fitness brand and the world renowned entertainment company, will be available in Toronto as of Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Kingwest Fitness Club in Liberty Village.

First launched in Montreal 2010, JUKARI Fit to Flex has been since introduced in gyms across the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. JUKARI Fit to Flex is a dynamic and effective workout that uses the musicality and vibrant colors of Cirque du Soleil to bring fitness to life.

Women can explore and enhance their flexibility, muscle tone and coordination in a fun, instructor-led class with the help of the specially designed JUKARI Band™. The light-weight, elastic JUKARI Band offers gentle assistance in each of the unique moves, which allows for a lengthening and sculpting full-body workout.

In early 2008, Reebok and Cirque du Soleil came together with a single objective – to make fitness fun again for women. They embarked on a journey to create inspirational workouts that would shake up and invigorate a woman’s gym routine.

The first installment in the long term and ground-breaking partnership, JUKARI Fit to Fly, became an instant success when it launched in gyms in major cities around the world in 2010. To date, thousands of women and a host of international celebrities, including global supermodel Bar Refaeli and TV personality Kim Kardashian, have experienced and loved the fun of flying thanks to the revolutionary gym workout.

Before we began work on the JUKARI initiative we talked to women around the world and listened to what they said they wanted from a workout. These insights helped us create JUKARI Fit to Fly, a fun new way to move which is truly innovative,” says Katrin Ley, Head of Women’s at Reebok.

JUKARI Fit to Flex is the perfect complement to that workout – once again we’ve merged Reebok’s expertise and passion for women’s fitness with the stunning theatricality, excitement and innovation of our partner Cirque du Soleil. There is, quite simply, nothing else like it on offer at the gym.”

Sara Haley, Reebok’s Global Fitness Specialist for JUKARI Fit to Flex, worked with Cirque du Soleil over the past year to create the workout.

She said: “JUKARI Fit to Fly is a total body workout incorporating cardio and strength training. As part of an integrated fitness programme, women also want to improve and enhance their flexibility. While many women enjoy yoga, many more told us they were looking for something different. What JUKARI Fit to Flex offers is a brand new approach to flexibility – a workout that is dynamic, upbeat and fun, inspired by the incredible spirit, artistry and flexibility of Cirque du Soleil performers.”

As the creative inspiration behind the project, Cirque du Soleil played a crucial role in creating the program.

This is a true partnership in the sense that each move in the JUKARI Fit to Flex workout has drawn its inspiration from the graceful yet powerful moves that Cirque du Soleil artists create with their bodies. With this goal in mind, we worked closely with Reebok to ensure that each exercise is accessible for all women,” said Lyn Heward, Creative Director of the Reebok-Cirque du Soleil program.

Our partnership with Reebok continues to grow from strength to strength as we merge the skills of both organizations – Cirque’s athleticism and elegance of movement with Reebok’s knowledge of women’s fitness trends and preferences,” says Mario D’Amico, CMO at Cirque du Soleil.

Together, we have created striking new gym workouts that women have responded to in a phenomenal way which we are both proud to be a part of.

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Reebok’s Global Fitness Specialist Sara Haley in JUKARI Fit To Flex™mode.

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Fall into fitness with this fun heart-pumping workout

- October 27th, 2010

Fitness expert Sara Haley offers the following fall-themed workout to Keeping Fit blog readers. Add these exercises to your existing regimen for a little variety or perform all seven moves for what she calls a “heart-pumping interval training session.”

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RAKE & SHAKE

Clasp your hands together as if you are holding a rake. Step out to the right with your right leg into a side lunge (left leg stays straight), rotate your torso over your right leg, and reach your arms out to the right. Slowly rake the leaves (and you) back to the center pile.

Moving counter-clockwise, step to the angle into a corner lunge (back leg bends) and repeat. Lastly, lunge straight to the front with your back leg bent and your arms reaching forward over your right leg.

Repeat all three lunges to the left. Shake your legs out one at a time as if you were trying to shake leaves off your legs (this should feel good!), and try it again!

***The key to raking leaves is using your entire body!

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FOOTBALL FEET

Arms are at your chest, ready to catch a football. Picking your feet up as high as you can, run to your right – right, left, right (you should land with the left knee up). Run to the left – left, right, left. Run to the back – right, left, right and swing your arms and torso back to catch the ball. Run to the front – left, right, left and throw the ball. Repeat and switch sides.

***This is a great core and cardiovascular, speed and agility exercise.

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PUMPKIN ROLL & APPLE HOP

Open up your hips and keep your chest lifted as you squat down to pick up a pumpkin. Instead of picking it back up, stay low and walk forward in your squat as you Roll your pumpkin across the pumpkin patch.

Slowly stand up as you reach an apple tree. Reach up to the right as you pick an apple, lifting your left leg up and out on the diagonal. As you reach up, push off your supporting leg and hop into the air, squeezing your butt and abs. Making sure to land toe to heel with a soft knee, repeat to the left, then again to the right and left.

Squat back down to do your pumpkin roll but walk backwards this time. Repeat your apple hop.

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Take a big step forward with the right foot into a lunge, as if you were hiking up a hill. Take your hands to the slippery ground in front of your right leg.  Walk your right leg straight back, then your left to meet in plank (the top of a push up). Walk your left leg forward into a lunge and stand up, bringing the feet together. Repeat the sequence, beginning with a walking left lunge. Begin slowly and gradually pick up speed.

***This is a great total body exercise working legs, core and shoulders. As you pick up speed, you will also feel a cardiovascular challenge.

HALLOWEEN FUN

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WITCHES BREW:

1) Begin by sitting on your knees with your glutes touching your heels. Clasp your hands together as if you were holding a large wooden spoon. Slowly raise your glutes up and off of your heels. (Squeeze your cheeks together.) As you do this, stir your witches brew in a big circle to the right.

2) Lower back down halfway. Come back up and stir again.

3) Lower back down halfway and hold. Stir three times to the right.

4) Come back to the starting position and repeat, stirring the brew to the left.

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FRANKENSTEIN ABS:

Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air, hips in line with your feet, and feet flexed. Reach your arms out in front of you. Keeping your core engaged and your head on the floor, begin your Frankenstein walk: Simultaneously lower your right arm (do not let it touch the ground) and your left leg closer to the floor. Hold for a count of two (remember, Frankenstein moves slowly). Switch arms and legs. Alternate 10 times. Try to keep your limbs as straight as possible as you do this, just like Frankenstein.

***Only go as far as you can while keeping your core engaged. If you feel your rib cage start to open up, you’ve lowered your leg too far.

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BLACK CAT PREP & STRETCH:

Begin on all fours with hands underneath your shoulders and knees underneath your hips. Lift both knees up off of the floor and hover with your core engaged for a count of 10. (Feel free to also lift one knee at a time.) Lower your knees down and round your back like a black cat. Hold for a count of four. Release and arch your back, looking all the way up to the ceiling.

***Remember to breathe deeply!

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Tone, tan beach bod with towel workout

- July 1st, 2010

Grab a towel, head to the beach … and get toned and tanned with fitness expert Sara Haley’s “Beach Towel Workout.”

1) Tip Toe Runs (one-minute high-intensity cardio): Place towel horizontally in front of you. Staying on toes, lead with right foot and run forward and back over the towel. Thirty seconds in, switch to lead with your left (works core, calves, quads and heart!).

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2) Moving Tree (one-minute low-intensity recovery): Standing on one leg place opposite foot against shin or inner thigh (avoid the knee cap). Hold towel above head in each hand. Squeeze shoulder blades together to pull towel tight. Keeping core and gluts engaged to maintain balance, slowly tilt the body up and over to the right and return with control. Thirty seconds in, switch to the other side (works core, upper back and glutes).

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3) Hippity Hop (one-minute high-intensity cardio): Place your towel vertically in front of you. Keeping feet tight together, bend knees and swing arms back. Arms swing up as you hop over the towel, making sure to land toe to heel with soft knees on the other side (works outer thighs, core and heart!).

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4) Tricep Pulse (one-minute low-intensity recovery): Hold towel with two hands behind your back. Hinge forward at the waist maintaining a nice flat back by squeezing the shoulder blades together. Squeeze arms tight to sides and lift towel up in little pulses (works triceps and back).

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