5 Minutes with Abbie of @Corporate_Sneakers

In the ‘5 Minutes’ series, you’ll meet the raddest health and fitness ladies on the internet. Get ready for a serious dose of inspiration from empowering women I admire around the globe.

Name: Abbie
Age: 26
City: Orlando, FL
Day Job: Developing Executive Presentations
What’s something people don’t know about you?

I was accepted into several MFA writing programs during my senior year of college but decided to take my life a different route. I may still go back someday!

What keeps you motivated on days you’re feeling blah?

I work out at 6 a.m., so that doesn’t leave a lot of time to talk myself out of exercising. But on mornings when I find it particularly hard to get out of bed, I tell myself this: “The days you want to the least are the days you need to the most.” If I can push through those tough days, I can do anything!

Your go-to healthy snack obsession… and unhealthy guilty pleasure.

My go-to healthy snack is chocolate “nice cream” — just unsweetened cocoa powder and frozen banana blended together. My absolute favorite guilty pleasure is a no-brainer: My mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies!

Most random thing in your gym bag.

There are about seven or eight pens at the bottom of my gym bag. I write out my workout the night before and then always throw the pen in my bag along with my notebook because I’m worried I won’t have one in there if I need it the next day. And now I just have a bunch of pens at the bottom of my bag.

Your favorite and least favorite workout moves.

My favorite exercise is probably burpees — it’s a full-body exercise that gets your heart rate up, and there are so many variations that make the move feel different each time! I do burpees in almost every workout. My least favorite exercise is long-distance running. At this time, I have no desire to run a half-marathon (or anything longer). For me, long distance running lacks the mental challenge; I find it unengaging and monotonous.

Tell me something (anything!) 100% honest.

I’ve learned that you don’t need to exercise every single day or eat clean 100% of the time in order to see results. As long as your healthy choices outweigh the bad ones — exercising consistently, diversifying your workouts, and primarily eating a balanced diet of wholesome, real foods — there’s absolutely room for indulgence from time to time. Life wouldn’t be the same without it! Being healthy isn’t being perfect. It’s about creating balance, however that looks for you.

Most embarrassingly awesome workout jam on your playlist.

This is seriously embarrassing… “C’est La Vie” by Bewitched.

Love Abbie as much as I do? Keep up with her here:

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Website: CorporateSneakersFitness.com


 

10 Fun Ways to Burn Calories Without Running

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One thing you should know about me is that I hate running. In fact, I absolutely despise it. It’s not that I can’t do it — I’ve experienced a handful of runner’s highs in my day and totally get why it’s so great. It just comes down to the fact that I’d rather not.

Luckily for people like me, there are a whole lot of ways to break a sweat that are just as (if not more) effective as going on a run. Added bonus? They’re also much easier on the body, so your knees won’t hate you by the time you’re 75.

Here are some (way more) fun ways to burn calories:

1. Rock Climbing: Anyone who’s been on a rockwall knows it’s not only a great cardiovascular workout, but an amazing strength workout, too. You’re lifting weights after all — it just happens to be your own body. (Not-so-fun fact: I actually took a trip in an ambulance to the ER once because of a rockwall, but that’s a story for another day.)

2. Ellipticals: Don’t let these machines fool you. Some people take them as the easy way out, but they don’t have to be. Sometimes I sweat more on the elliptical than I do during anything else, and that’s because I’m pushing myself and doing programs that challenge me (like my favorite, the hill climb!). It’s easier on your joints with just as great of a calorie burn.

3. Kettlebells: Just like running, swinging around kettlebells is truly a total body workout. You’ll work more muscles than you even know you have, and it’s way more exciting than lifting plain ol’ weights.

4. Jump Roping: I’m not a huge fan (I honestly get kind of bored), but if you want to blast calories and make your heart rate go through the roof, pick up one of your favorite childhood toys and go to town. Obviously I would prefer Skip-Its, but what can ya do.

5. Bootcamp: Doing an endless amount of burpees and squats might not be your jam, but it sure is rewarding when you’re done, lying on the floor about to drown in your own sweat.

6. Boxing: There’s a reason why a handful of Victoria’s Secret models box as their main workout. What’s better than punching, kicking, and getting every ounce of anger out during an hour-long session? Hello muscles, goodbye stress. (Also, hello Michael B. Jordan in Creed.)

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7. Cycling: Don’t go to cycling and expect not to sweat. I’ve walked out of classes looking like I just took a shower, and that’s why I love them — you work really hard and work your whole body. Some spinning and cycling classes even use weights, which makes things extra difficult but really gets your heart pumping.

8. Barre: After being in ballet my whole life, of course I love barre classes. But don’t worry if you don’t have a dance background — the amount of ballet involved depends on where you choose to take classes. Some studios don’t involve a ton of technique, but other classes will have you doing arabesques and pliés non-stop. Either way, they’re a blast and a crazy-good workout.

9. Dance: Whether it’s Zumba, Latin dancing, or twerking, you’re going to sweat. Depending on how long you go and how much effort you put in, you could burn hundreds of calories in a single class.

10. Weight Lifting: Speaking of muscles, your jaw would drop if you saw how many calories ladies burn by picking up some weights. I’ve yet to get into lifting, but I have friends who are obsessed and it shows.

This is only a handful of the workouts out there that will give you just as great of a calorie burn as going for a run, minus the actual running part. If you’re not a runner, I want to hear what you do to get your sweat on. Tell me down in the comments!

Recipe: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Made Healthy

Ever since going to Mexico and getting my hands on their incredibly spicy Cheetos, I’ve been dying for a healthier version. Because, sadly, I’m well aware that the neon orange crunchy bag of goodness does nothing good for the body. And that’s a very unfortunate thing for my taste buds.

Luckily I came up with a ridiculously easy healthy alternative that only takes about .3 seconds to make and another .3 seconds to eat. It’s cheesy, fiery, and almost (just almost!) as good as the real thing. At under 35 calories per cup plus about 15 calories more with toppings, it’s a steal compared to almost 800 for a bag of Cheetos.

Another bonus besides saving yourself a handful of calories? My version won’t stain your fingers orange for a week. I’m still looking for a better cheese topping that’s a little lower in sodium (this one is 75mg per 1/4 tsp.), so let me know if you already know and love one. But for now, I’m pretty darn happy with how this recipe came out and you’ll find me stuffing my face with it way too often.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Made Healthy
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Ingredients

  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Ground cayenne pepper
  • White cheddar seasoning (I used Kernel Season's)

Instructions

  1. Pop as much popcorn as you want
  2. Sprinkle white cheddar seasoning
  3. Sprinkle as much cayenne pepper as you want depending on how brave you are
  4. Mix the popcorn with your hands or a spoon to coat evenly
  5. Gobble it up
  6. Sweat from the heat
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5 Minutes with NYC-Based Fitness Blogger Evann Clingan

In the ‘5 Minutes’ series, you’ll meet the raddest health and fitness ladies on the internet. Get ready for a serious dose of inspiration from empowering women I admire around the globe.

Name: Evann Clingan
Age: 27
City: New York City
Day Job: Influencer Marketing, 360i

What’s something people don’t know about you?

While I’m a very outgoing person, I can also be introverted. People often think being introverted is the same thing as being shy. It’s more about how you prefer to re-energize. I love to meet new people, but I need alone time to feel refreshed each day.

What keeps you motivated on days you’re feeling blah?

I run a race (mostly half marathons) every 1-2 months. While most people might consider this schedule too packed, training for races keeps me motivated. There’s always an upcoming goal to achieve. Most of my races are also in fun, out-of-state locations!

Your go-to healthy snack obsession… and unhealthy guilty pleasure.

I’m a big fan of fruit and nut butter, with apples and peanut butter being my favorite combination. I frequently pack this snack for the office. My biggest guilty pleasure is ice cream. I have at least a bite of it almost every day.

Most random thing in your gym bag.

I can’t think of anything too random that I carry, but people are always shocked at how much I carry. When you live in New York and work out in the morning, you have to carry toiletries, clothes, a laptop, and other work necessities to the gym. It looks like I packed for the weekend!

Your favorite and least favorite workout moves.

I love all lower body exercises, but squats are my favorite. As a former dancer and current distance runner, my legs and glutes are strong. My least favorite workout move is crunches. They strain my neck! There are so many other moves to build strong abs.

Tell me something (anything!) 100% honest.

Despite having run six half marathons and one full marathon, I still get nervous before every single run.

Most embarrassingly awesome workout jam on your playlist.

I have been known to have Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys on my playlists!

Love Evann as much as I do? Keep up with her here:

Twitter: @evannclingan
Instagram: @evannclingan
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Website: EvannClingan.com

 

What Healthy People Can and Can’t Eat on Thanksgiving

An entire day of the year devoted to turkey, pie, stuffing, and mashed potatoes? Yeah, it’s pretty much a foodie’s dream come true. With healthified green bean casserole and low-fat dessert recipes making the rounds, what do healthy people actually get to indulge in on Thanksgiving? Absolutely everything, and not the “healthier” versions, either.

I love holidays, and yes — mostly for the food. There are very few days we can eat whatever we want completely guilt-free. There are the standard calendar holidays, our birthday, and not much else. So if you think about it, we’re being good 360+ days of the year and are generally mindful about what we’re putting in our bodies. So when I read about how to be healthy on the 5 or so days of the year I can put on my yoga pants and go crazy, I get a little annoyed.

No, I don’t want your Thanksgiving calorie counts. No, I don’t want your crustless pie. And no, I don’t want to make my green bean casserole using anything but super fatty cream of mushroom soup. I will baste my turkey with butter, and I will most definitely start my day with cinnamon rolls and end it with an equally sugary dessert. Basically I’ll spend my entire day surrounded by food — and not the healthy kind — and I won’t even feel a little bit bad about it.

When you put in countless hours of healthy eating and exercising every week, you deserve to spoil yourself without worrying you’ll set yourself back. One day of pure gluttony (and I do mean gluttony) isn’t going to reverse all the hard work you’ve put in — it’s really a reward you’re incredibly deserving of. We don’t get many opportunities to truly treat ourselves with more than a measly brownie after a long week, so do yourself a favor and enjoy this holiday (and every holiday) 110%. You can wake up on Friday and go about your normal routine, but Thursday on the other hand? I can already see my future self lying on the couch with a stomach so full I look 9 months pregnant. Totally OK with that.

So my answer to what healthy people can and can’t eat on Thanksgiving? Healthy people can eat whatever the hell they want. Our carrots and hummus can wait patiently in the back of the fridge until we return from our food coma.