We're approximately 60 days away from spring.  That's a little over 8 weeks.  And that's just enough time to trim down in time for warmer weather.  I dunno about you but this recent cold spell has been a disaster for my fitness journey.

Cold weather makes me eat more, wear oversized clothes, and move less.  These three ingredients create the perfect environment for extra weight to creep in.  With only 8 weeks left until we're wearing normal clothes again, it's time to ramp up our fat burning.

And I've got the perfect workout to do it.  Before you break out your jogging shoes, I want to remind you there's better workout that's scientifically proven to burn more fat more quickly.
But first, let me share a story.  I recently went for a wellness checkup.  Before seeing the doctor, the nurse collected basic data to determine my health status.  After taking my blood pressure, she measured my current heart rate.  Once the result appeared she asked, "are you a runner?"

I let a small laugh and asked her why she would ask such a thing?  She then advised me that my resting heart rate was similar to others who lead an active lifestyle. According to Google, my heart beats per minute fell in the same range as well trained athletes.  I am......not a well-trained athlete.  Far from it.

In fact, I describe myself as leading a sedentary lifestyle.  I'm home most days and if I'm working all day, I'll barely get any steps logged in my Fitbit.  So why was my heart rate at such a healthy level?  I'll tell you why! It's because, when I'm trapped in the house all day, my only exercise comes in the form of rebounding on my mini-trampoline.   Lately, I've been using it as a stress-relieving/idea generating tool.  Whenever I'm stuck and don't feel energized, I bounce for a few minutes to generate momentum. When I get the blood flowing again, ideas form and my mood gets an instant lift.

Somehow, those little jumping sessions must have an incredible impact on my heart health.  That's the only explanation I could think of.

It turns out that my hypothesis was probably correct.  Because a study conducted in 2016 showed that working out on a trampoline was even more effective than running when it comes to conditioning the heart.  And, better yet, those who rebounded regularly burned more fat than their counterparts who were on a running regimen.

Study participants were broken up into 2 groups--runners and rebounders.  Both groups were asked to maintain their normal eating and lifestyle habits for 8 weeks. During those 8 weeks,  participants worked out 3 days a week for 30 minutes a day.  Oxygen consumption capacity (amount of oxygen processed by the body) was found to be greater in the group that rebounded versus the runners.  In fact, the oxygen capacity of the trampoline group was double that of those who ran for 30 minutes.

Best of all, they noted that those who worked out on a trampoline experienced a 31.6% reduction in body fat compared to a 20% reduction in the runners.

I've experienced rapid toning and fat loss when I consistently rebound for 30 or more minutes a day while watching my favorite shows. I barely broke a sweat because bouncing not that difficult of a workout.

 I made the investment and purchased a high quality rebouder and I don't regret my decision one bit.  At the time, I read a bunch of claims about how rebounding works every single muscle and cell in the body using a simple movement and I took their word for it.  But now, we have published studies that support the incredible benefits of this wonderful exercise.  And that heart rate reading reinforces that I made the right decision.

If you're one of those people who like to find ways to hack life (get more from what you put in), then you should take a serious look at the wonderful world of rebounding.  Imagine how powerful it'll be to strength train while utilizing rebounding as your cardio.

If bouncing on a trampoline isn't your thing, but you still want to trim the maximum amount fat by spring, try this type of workout instead.


We're approximately 60 days away from spring.  That's a little over 8 weeks.  And that's just enough time to trim down in time for warmer weather.  I dunno about you but this recent cold spell has been a disaster for my fitness journey.

Cold weather makes me eat more, wear oversized clothes, and move less.  These three ingredients create the perfect environment for extra weight to creep in.  With only 8 weeks left until we're wearing normal clothes again, it's time to ramp up our fat burning.

And I've got the perfect workout to do it.  Before you break out your jogging shoes, I want to remind you there's better workout that's scientifically proven to burn more fat more quickly.
But first, let me share a story.  I recently went for a wellness checkup.  Before seeing the doctor, the nurse collected basic data to determine my health status.  After taking my blood pressure, she measured my current heart rate.  Once the result appeared she asked, "are you a runner?"

I let a small laugh and asked her why she would ask such a thing?  She then advised me that my resting heart rate was similar to others who lead an active lifestyle. According to Google, my heart beats per minute fell in the same range as well trained athletes.  I am......not a well-trained athlete.  Far from it.

In fact, I describe myself as leading a sedentary lifestyle.  I'm home most days and if I'm working all day, I'll barely get any steps logged in my Fitbit.  So why was my heart rate at such a healthy level?  I'll tell you why! It's because, when I'm trapped in the house all day, my only exercise comes in the form of rebounding on my mini-trampoline.   Lately, I've been using it as a stress-relieving/idea generating tool.  Whenever I'm stuck and don't feel energized, I bounce for a few minutes to generate momentum. When I get the blood flowing again, ideas form and my mood gets an instant lift.

Somehow, those little jumping sessions must have an incredible impact on my heart health.  That's the only explanation I could think of.

It turns out that my hypothesis was probably correct.  Because a study conducted in 2016 showed that working out on a trampoline was even more effective than running when it comes to conditioning the heart.  And, better yet, those who rebounded regularly burned more fat than their counterparts who were on a running regimen.

Study participants were broken up into 2 groups--runners and rebounders.  Both groups were asked to maintain their normal eating and lifestyle habits for 8 weeks. During those 8 weeks,  participants worked out 3 days a week for 30 minutes a day.  Oxygen consumption capacity (amount of oxygen processed by the body) was found to be greater in the group that rebounded versus the runners.  In fact, the oxygen capacity of the trampoline group was double that of those who ran for 30 minutes.

Best of all, they noted that those who worked out on a trampoline experienced a 31.6% reduction in body fat compared to a 20% reduction in the runners.

I've experienced rapid toning and fat loss when I consistently rebound for 30 or more minutes a day while watching my favorite shows. I barely broke a sweat because bouncing not that difficult of a workout.

 I made the investment and purchased a high quality rebouder and I don't regret my decision one bit.  At the time, I read a bunch of claims about how rebounding works every single muscle and cell in the body using a simple movement and I took their word for it.  But now, we have published studies that support the incredible benefits of this wonderful exercise.  And that heart rate reading reinforces that I made the right decision.

If you're one of those people who like to find ways to hack life (get more from what you put in), then you should take a serious look at the wonderful world of rebounding.  Imagine how powerful it'll be to strength train while utilizing rebounding as your cardio.

If bouncing on a trampoline isn't your thing, but you still want to trim the maximum amount fat by spring, try this type of workout instead.



By Erickka Sy Savané

I'm looking at a picture of a friend on Facebook, about to throw up my chips. This girl had her baby around the same time as me, yet she looks like she should be on the cover of Fitness magazine and me, well, that's another story. I've been working on this for four years!

Why is it taking me so long to lose this weight?

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First, I thought it was the cyst. That thing was huge, the size of a grapefruit the doctor said, but then I got it removed and nothing changed. If anything, I gained weight. Then there was the birth control. Surely, it was the hormones making me want to eat the world. But I stopped that and nothing changed. Again.

Honestly, I hate going there, but it’s my diet. Always has been. I love food. I wake up eating cake and go to bed with a bag of Cheetos. There’s nothing like hot bread and butter. When I’m going through a rough patch, I eat. When I’m happy, I eat. I eat. I eat. I eat. So in terms of really trying to lose this weight, I haven’t been trying that hard.

It’s interesting though, because I’ve been skinny before. I spent years as a model where being skinny is the prerequisite. I’ve gained and lost weight enough times to know what it takes. So why am I not doing it now?  

When I really think about it, like, really think about it, I like my life. For years I fought to be skinny because I felt it equaled success. And let’s be real, for most models, anorexia is a goal, as was the heroin-chic look. So when I was skinny, I did great. When I wasn’t I fell down hard, suffering from bulimia, low self-esteem, and all sorts. Now, I’m older, I’m a mom, and for the first time ever I’m doing something that I love, sitting in front of a computer contemplating what makes the world go round, and it has nothing to do with my weight or my looks. In fact, being this weight makes me work harder on my craft because I’m not expecting my looks to get me in the door and carry me the rest of the way. I’m more productive than I’ve ever been. Plus, I look at women like Oprah and Ava DuVernay and they aren’t skinny girls. Yet, they are the ones making serious strides. And I’m not saying that skinny is bad, I still love when I can fit something other than my mom jeans, which have gotten snug, by the way, but I’m not going to knock where I am because I’m not skinny.

Oprah is trying to lose weight, but I’m sure it has more to do with personal choice than feeling like a failure. Who knows, maybe gaining and losing weight every few years is how she keeps it interesting. As for me, I may pick up some brussel sprouts and broccoli because they are my favorite veges, and it's always a good idea to have more greens in your system, but right now I’m going to enjoy my Cheetos and get back to work. This conversation will be revisited once I'm really ready to make changes.  

Do you struggle with losing weight? 
Erickka Sy Savané is managing editor of CurlyNikki.com, a wife and mom, based in Jersey, City. Her work has appeared in Essence.com,Ebony.comMadamenoire.com and more. When she’s not writing...wait, she’s always writing! Follow her on Twitter and Instagram orErickkaSySavane.com

By Winnie Gaturu

I have a close friend, Janice, who always adds a piece of lemon to the water in her water bottle. I've always thought it looks pretty cool so in a bid to improve my water intake on a daily basis, I decided to add a piece of lemon to my water bottle too. After all, I've heard and read about the many benefits of lemons to our bodies. I found myself refilling my 16 ounce water bottle one or twice a day and was really proud of myself. Surprisingly, by the second day my lips, mouth and throat were feeling dry all the time and I started feeling dehydrated, so I  thought that the answer was to drink more lemon water. After two weeks of this, I decided to stop drinking lemon water in exchange for plain old water, and the dehydration was gone. Now we can agree that lemon water has a wide range of benefits. It is supposed to help digestion, boosts the immune system, and is even safe for kids, in a more diluted form, so what was I doing wrong?

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Initially, after that experience, I had sworn to myself not to drink lemon water ever again. It was only after talking to Janice and some of my other friends that I realized some of the mistakes I had made.
For starters, I would put a half-lemon piece in the water bottle which made it hard to monitor the concentration of lemon I was drinking. Since I weigh 150 pounds, I should squeeze a lemon to get 1/2 ounce of lemon juice and mix it with 8 to 12 ounces of water. Janice didn't have a problem since she would only put a thin slice of lemon not half of it like I did. Secondly, I'd drink and refill the bottle once or twice during the day. Apparently, drinking too much concentrated lemon water leads to dehydration. Janice doesn't refill her bottle once the water she left home with is over. So maybe that’s why our outcomes were different.

I also realized that lemon water has its share of disadvantages too, like heartburn, frequent urination, aggravated stomach ulcers, and tooth sensitivity caused by the citric acid that can lead to tooth erosion. To avoid this, simply swish clean water in your mouth once or twice after drinking lemon water.

Clearly, there was a lot I hadn’t considered before starting my lemon water journey. I am wiser now! I’ve learnt that there's a limit to the amount of lemon water I can take daily and some of the precautions I should take. Although I'm now sticking to drinking plain water, I'll go back to drinking at least a glass of lemon water every morning soon.

What do you think? Yay or Nay to lemon water?

Winnie Gaturu is a writer, tech lover, mom, wife and student from Nairobi, Kenya. During her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, diy projects, filling in crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. You can catch up with her on yourhairandbeautywrite.wordpress.com.

By Winnie Gaturu

I have a close friend, Janice, who always adds a piece of lemon to the water in her water bottle. I've always thought it looks pretty cool so in a bid to improve my water intake on a daily basis, I decided to add a piece of lemon to my water bottle too. After all, I've heard and read about the many benefits of lemons to our bodies. I found myself refilling my 16 ounce water bottle one or twice a day and was really proud of myself. Surprisingly, by the second day my lips, mouth and throat were feeling dry all the time and I started feeling dehydrated, so I  thought that the answer was to drink more lemon water. After two weeks of this, I decided to stop drinking lemon water in exchange for plain old water, and the dehydration was gone. Now we can agree that lemon water has a wide range of benefits. It is supposed to help digestion, boosts the immune system, and is even safe for kids, in a more diluted form, so what was I doing wrong?

Continue


Initially, after that experience, I had sworn to myself not to drink lemon water ever again. It was only after talking to Janice and some of my other friends that I realized some of the mistakes I had made.
For starters, I would put a half-lemon piece in the water bottle which made it hard to monitor the concentration of lemon I was drinking. Since I weigh 150 pounds, I should squeeze a lemon to get 1/2 ounce of lemon juice and mix it with 8 to 12 ounces of water. Janice didn't have a problem since she would only put a thin slice of lemon not half of it like I did. Secondly, I'd drink and refill the bottle once or twice during the day. Apparently, drinking too much concentrated lemon water leads to dehydration. Janice doesn't refill her bottle once the water she left home with is over. So maybe that’s why our outcomes were different.

I also realized that lemon water has its share of disadvantages too, like heartburn, frequent urination, aggravated stomach ulcers, and tooth sensitivity caused by the citric acid that can lead to tooth erosion. To avoid this, simply swish clean water in your mouth once or twice after drinking lemon water.

Clearly, there was a lot I hadn’t considered before starting my lemon water journey. I am wiser now! I’ve learnt that there's a limit to the amount of lemon water I can take daily and some of the precautions I should take. Although I'm now sticking to drinking plain water, I'll go back to drinking at least a glass of lemon water every morning soon.

What do you think? Yay or Nay to lemon water?

Winnie Gaturu is a writer, tech lover, mom, wife and student from Nairobi, Kenya. During her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, diy projects, filling in crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. You can catch up with her on yourhairandbeautywrite.wordpress.com.