5 Minutes with Chinae Alexander of @GetFitBrooklyn

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: Chinae Alexander
Age: 30 (EEK!)
City: Brooklyn, NY
Day Job: Owner of an Event Planning Company

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

I’m loud and extremely extroverted…but being alone is one of my favorite things. My dream is a solo cross-country road trip where I can listen to as much Shania Twain and DMX as I want without having to pretend I’m listening in irony.

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

Hmmm…sometimes…I honestly get naked, look in the mirror and then I’m like…you certainly should get to the gym today. Quick! Grab the spandex!

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

Healthy snacks are not really my fave so I guess I’d say the Thai Basil Chili Almonds from Trader Joes. As for unhealthy guilty pleasures…you don’t have enough characters in your English alphabet, but for now I’ll stick with Pizza Hut Pan Pizza (stop judging me!), pretty much anything you can scoop up with a chip (dips, nacho toppings, and anything involving cheese), and who doesn’t love Mexican food?

Most random thing in your gym bag.

Probably my camera…because if you don’t take a gym photo with your OOTD, you didn’t really go.

Your favorite and least favorite workout moves.

My favorite workout move is sitting in the locker room convincing myself to go to the exercise area. Does that count? JUST KIDDING I LOVE FITNESS AND WHO DOESN’T LOVE BURPEES. But seriously, I kinda have an affection for a good burpee variation. And I hate…pull-ups!

Tell me something (anything!) 100% honest.

I actually hate eating healthy and working out. But I would like to avoid being removed from my house by a crane one day so I get it done. Also, I listen to the “Thong Song” before walking in to any first date.

Most embarrassingly awesome workout jam on your playlist.

Probably the slew of Ja Rule songs I have on my Spotify would answer this question properly…

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

Instagram: @getfitbrooklyn
Twitter: @chinaealexander
Snapchat: GetFitBrooklyn
Website: www.chinaealexander.com

 

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Let’s Get Crunk… On Infused Water

Confession time: I’m really horrible at drinking water. Coffee, I’m pretty decent at. H2o, not so much. One thing that does make chugging down water a little easier is adding something to it. When you throw in your favorite fruits, your water bottle becomes an instant party. So, are you ready to get crunk?

There are a whole lot of benefits to flavoring boring water naturally opposed to putting drops of who knows what in to give it a little personality. The fruit’s natural sugar adds a little sweetness, and depending on what you use, you can help reduce bloating (lemons!) and reap anti-aging benefits from antioxidants (blueberries!). Then there’s mint — a natural decongestant that adds an insane amount of pizzazz to the mix. Of course soaking these babies in water isn’t nearly as effective as actually eating them, but hey — anything helps.

I have a handful of favorite combinations, but these two always hit the spot.

Pomegranate-Lemon Mint

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

a couple lemon slices

mint leaves to taste

Blueberry-Lemon Mint

1/2 cup blueberries

a couple lemon slices

mint leaves to taste

Drink it up right away, or put it in the refrigerator for a couple hours to let the flavor, well, infuse.

 

This Embarrassing Workout Playlist Will Change Your Life

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I have a confession: My workout playlist is absolutely hilarious, but it’s the most heart-pumping, sweat-inducing hour of music you’ll ever hear. After watching Night at the Roxbury for the first official time from start to finish (I know, it’s sad how long it took me), I realized something. Those ’90s dance jams made me want to get up off my butt and move around. No, I wasn’t immediately thinking “yay burpees!”, but I did know adding the magic of Haddaway into my life could be a game-changer.

So I did it — I made a playlist of the club bangers I remember dancing around to in my pink bedroom back in the day via my XL speaker system and 5-disc changer (gasp!). Then something incredible happened: I wasn’t just bobbing my head back and forth along with Doug and Steve. My body followed, and my workouts got easier… and much more fun.

I’ve tried my fair share of music to get myself all jacked for the gym, but there’s something about these songs that really give me that extra boost I need to quick slacking and give it my all. I dare you to try this out during your next workout, mostly because I need to know if I’m a crazy person or not. Then please do me a favor and comment below telling me I’m not.

Morning vs Night Workouts — That Is the Question

It’s so hard to get up in the morning. Once I’m up, I’m actually sort of a morning person — it just takes me a while to get to that point. If I could wake up at 6am every day and head to the gym, I would. The only probably is I basically don’t hear any alarms until 8. Yeah, it’s an issue. Especially considering I’m a 25-year-old adult. (I blame having a job.)

Here’s the deal though. Working out in the morning not only gets the workout over with so I can do whatever I want after work without a care in the world. It also makes me feel 100x better during the day, really think twice about what I eat, and gives me loads of energy — not to mention the ability to think clearly. Opposed to working out at night where plans can get in the way or my willpower is at zero, it’s a much better situation. Because after a long day of work, sometimes I just feel like going straight to bed. #oldladyproblems

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to try to get into a habit of getting up in the morning. I want to actually have time to get a sweat on, get ready for work at a nice calm pace, and maybe even eat breakfast in my own apartment. I mean, as much as I love eating yogurt in front of a computer screen in the office, it’s not really my ideal morning situation. We’ll see what happens, but I’m convinced I need a little “me” time before I spend 9-10 hours at a desk.

So, what exactly are the benefits to getting up at the crack of dawn? There are some. I promise.

  • You can enjoy the rest of the day knowing your workout is already over. Hooray!
  • You won’t be as stressed at work, no matter what deadlines you have or who’s getting on your nerves.
  • You’ll eat healthier all day because you already put in the work and won’t want to ruin that.
  • You can actually make spontaneous plans after work without the guilt of missing your workout.
  • You’ll barely need coffee with all the extra energy you’ll have all day.
  • You’ll get into an actual routine without interference because your mornings are for you. No calls, no emails, no social media, no nothing.
  • You’ll get a nice metabolism boost before you even sit down for breakfast.
  • You’ll feel amazing. Is it just me, or do you instantly feel like your clothes fit insanely good after a morning workout?

Are you ready to try this whole morning thing out? Let’s do this.

Recipe: Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Beans have never been so magical. High in fiber (hence the whole toot song) and decently low in calories and fat, they’re kind of the perfect alternative to cookie dough. Don’t laugh — I’m serious and just as surprised and appalled as you are. I saw a couple recipes for similar dips using chickpeas, but they had a lot of unneeded extras. After working at Dr. Oz’s magazine, I have way too much nutrition knowledge floating around in my brain, but it’s come in handy.

So here’s how it’s done. Word to the wise: Just don’t smell it, because it does smell like stinky ol’ beans.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bean Dip
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Ingredients

  • 1 can low-sodium white beans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oats (add more for thickness)
  • 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • handful of mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a food processor, then add the chocolate chips when smooth.
  2. Eat. Up.
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