Move of the Week: Plank Jumping Jacks

Hi guys!

I didn’t want you to think I forgot about my new Move of the Week post idea.  I actually meant to have Jen snap some pictures of me last night, but completely forgot.

So I’ll save my original thought for this week’s Move of the Week until next week.  Instead, you’ll get plank jacks!  I know I’ve mentioned plank jacks before (in a Favorite Things post!), but they are the only pictures I had on hand to use for this post.

Move of the Week:  Plank Jumping Jacks

Step 1

Assume a plank position.  Hands should be directly underneath your shoulders.  Abs should be tight, and make sure to keep the butt down so your body is in a straight line.  Feet should be together.

Step 2

Keeping torso and hands where they are, jump feet out so you now have a wider base.  This is considered the “jack” – just like you would jump your feet out if doing jumping jacks standing up.

Step 3

Return to the starting position in Step 1 by hopping feet back together.

These should be done quickly so you get your heart rate up!  I love this move because not only does it require zero equipment (mat is optional!), but it gets your heart rate up in a way that probably isn’t considered “traditional” cardio.  It also is a great way to work your core and upper body.  Try for 30, rest, and repeat for 2 more sets.  Alter the rep/set amounts for your own specific needs, and increase as you feel yourself getting stronger!

What’s your favorite way to get your heart rate up that might not be considered “traditional” cardio?

I’m off to CBC for Jam N Cardio Kix with the gym ladies tonight!  If you haven’t seen it already, check out the new website by clicking here. 

See you tomorrow morning with a new recipe post, and don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway.

Have a great night!

Neal’s Yard Remedies: Organic Beauty Products (plus a giveaway!)

Good morning, everyone!

Last month I was invited to attend a Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) party.  Normally these types of things don’t excite me much, but this one was different because my friend Cristin was hosting the party and my other friend Daniella was the NYR consultant representing the company at the party!

Of course I was an RSVP yes.

The day of the party, I decided to read a little more about NYR online and discovered that all their products are organic!  I immediately got excited for a new spin to healthy related blog entries on F&F, that living healthily can include using organic products that benefit mind, body, and well-being.  I learned that Neal’s Yard Remedies began in London, driven by the idea and passion that health and beauty should be more natural and less synthetic.  Their products are made from wild, organic, and natural ingredients and the company avoids using polluting, toxic, or harmful substances.  NYR encourages a more natural, holistic way of health, beauty, and well-being; and is actually now one of the top organic skincare companies in the UK, Japan and Dubai, with direct selling channels in the UK and US!

I couldn’t wait to try out some of the products.

When I arrived at Cristin’s apartment, she had lots of yummy snacks on display for us to munch on.

Chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, and pepperoni:

Cristin had a little bowl of honey out too and told me I just HAD to try a cheese and cracker combo with a dab of honey drizzled on top.  After giving her a skeptical look, I tried it, and what do you know.  Really good!

There was also a big fruit salad and a plate of cookies:

Note: Wine among the products!

Daniella did a fantastic job leading the party, educating us on the NYR products, and explaining the purpose of each item:

…and Cristin sure was excited for the benefits that came with hosting!

By the end we were all busy deciding what to order!

I left with orders placed for two exercise related items, obvviiiiously.  One was for The Arnica Salve, which is a stimulating salve to massage into muscles both before and after exercise.  The second was a Lavender & Tea Tree Soap which is an organic lavender essential oil ideal for using after sport & activity.  I also decided to order the Beauty Sleep Concentrate, which is one of the new sleep products that optimizes the skin’s night-time recovery, helps reduce the signs of premature aging, and lets you wake up to skin that looks and feels beautifully revitalized, soft, and supple.  I figured since I really stink at getting enough sleep, this might help me look more awake in the morning.  I have used it for a couple of weeks now, and while I can’t say I look any less tired, my skin definitely feels a lot softer!  I also got a few stocking stuffer gifts as extra Christmas presents:  Geranium and Orange Hand Wash for my mom, and a travel size hand cream for Allison.  Perfect.

Thanks Daniella & Cristin for a great night!

NYR ORGANIC FREE GIVEAWAY

I am going to give away a Lavender & Tea Tree Soap to one of you lucky readers!

Like I mentioned above, this organic lavender essential oil is ideal after sport.  Would make a nice little addition to your beauty collection!

Giveaway Rules

  • Mandatory First Entry:  Leave a comment on this post telling me what your can’t live without beauty product is.
  • Additional Entry Option #1:  Tweet the following:  I want to win free organic beauty products @FitnessandFeta http://fitnessandfeta.com/ #giveaway (Then leave a second comment on this post telling me you tweeted about the giveaway.
  • Additional Entry Option #2:  Post the following on your Facebook wall:  Today Fitness & Feta is giving away free organic beauty products, and I want to win!  http://fitnessandfeta.com/  (Then leave a third comment on this post telling me you linked to the giveaway on Facebook).

Note: NYR has no idea I’m doing this giveaway.  I just wanted to share one of their products with you for being such awesome readers.

I will announce the winner on Friday morning.
Have a fabulous Wednesday!