Simple and Efficient Workouts You Can Do On Your Own

We all want to stay healthy and feel good in our bodies, but sometimes the time that it takes to go to the gym and partake in an extensive workout regime is just too much time, money, and effort in our already busy lives. 
So for those of us that want to support our health and exercise without the need to go to the gym, here are some forms of exercise that you can do on your own with basically zero equipment. This seems truly befitting, especially in these precarious Coronavirus (Covid-19) times where confinement and social distancing are of the essence!

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Simple and Efficient Workouts

At home strength training 

At home strength training is very simple to do, and you can use little to no equipment in order for an effective workout. Some of the most efficient exercises that you can do from the comfort of your home include: push-ups, squats, lunges, abdominal crunches, etc… To be sure you are following a routine that you will really see results with, you can use a fitness app like the 30-Day Fitness App for a guided workout. Let’s say you want to focus on your midsection, the app has a specific 30 minute core workout that you can follow, as well as an entire abs regime that you can do and track your results with. 

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Walking

Walking is a very underrated form of exercise, even though it is an efficient way to get a workout in – workout that is easy on your body and, definitely something you can surely fit into your daily routine. Going for a walk and getting some movement in, in general, isn’t something that will get you drenched in sweat, yet it will activate your cardiovascular system. You can go for a morning walk, go for an after-dinner walk, fit in whenever and wherever you can during your day, and even get your family or friends to join you. This is especially helpful for parents since they can get their kids out for walks with them and get some exercise in all the while encouraging their kids to be active. 

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Jogging/Running

Running is a way for you to get outside or make use of that treadmill you have at home. You can boost treadmill workouts by doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on the treadmill or on your run and amplify your already effective workout. Running is something that you can really build up your endurance with and have fun mixing up where you go running. Do it somewhere where you appreciate the landscape, go with a friend, or download your favorite audiobook or podcast to keep you company and make your run feel less like a workout and more like a fun activity! 😉

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Cycling 

Cycling has become a more popular form of exercise in recent years with the growing popularity of group cycling classes. If you have a traditional bike, a ‘bike’ exercise machine in your home, or quick access to a cycling class, this is a fun and effective way to mix up your workout routine with a workout that really packs a punch. 

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Yoga

Yoga is an effective form of exercise for both the body and mind. It increases your flexibility, strength, and encourages you to focus on how your breath moves through your body.

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Workout out on your own and on your own terms really gives you the flexibility and the confidence to adapt your workouts to your own liking, availability and fitness level, as well as the flexibility to work through moments of frustration without feeling any pressure or competition by those around you.

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Here you have it! If you like these workout ideas, don’t forget to share your thoughts with me; Let’s share the love and positivity, so please hit the “share” button below and share with your friends.

Thank you for visiting and make it a wonderful day!

XOXO,

Edwige

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Yellow Crush | Spring Forward

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With everything going on in the world today, I thought I would bring this little burst of color to brighten up your day. I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for colors. Winter style is fabulous and all, but there’s nothing like making that Winter-to-Spring transition. The days get longer, the clothing gets a little lighter and the styles gets brighter. What else can we ask for?

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As much as I want to keep this post about Spring style, it will be hypocritical and insensitive not to talk about the Coronavirus pandemic that the world is facing. It’s been difficult to find that balance between real life and escapism. I want to address the issues that affect us all, but also maintain some degree of normalcy and decorum.

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That been said, none of us is really in control of this unfortunate situation, but my faith has allowed me and my family to surrender everything to God and to lean on Him. It’s fair to say that this pandemic is affecting all of us one way or another, but we must all remain calm, take precautionary measures and keep our peace through it all… and most importantly, know that in the end, everything will work itself out.

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The main message here is to not be fearful or anxious, but to keep praying and practicing mental positivity daily. I believe we will get through this; and I’m sending a prayer and positive thoughts to anyone that needs it.

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, through prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

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Now, back to this Winter-to-Spring transitional outfit. Do we like it? Share your thoughts with me. I’m taking this time of international pandemic and quarantine situation to prioritize certains things in my life, and practice more self-consciousness. Expect to see more blog posts, and in the meantime, subscribe to my newsletter to stay in the loop, and get your read on.

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As always thank you for visiting. I hope you have a great start to the new week! You can shop my look below.

Love & Light,

Edwige

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Cheers to the new year and decade! Happy New Year 2020!

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Happy New Year, guys! We made it to the new year and the new decade; and if you ask me, that is a blessing in itself! Today, I have no long recap of the year that just ended or a long list of new resolutions for the new year. However, as I always end the year with reflections and new intentions for the new year, all I can say is that I’m grateful and I’m looking forward to having a wonderful and fruitful year!

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This year has definitely been a year for the books. It has been full of blessings and lessons; highs and lows; joyful moments and painful circumstances, but I’m still going strong and I’m ready to take on 2020.

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I have to come to understand that the start may not look like the end, but we must believe that every “end” is the start to something new, and very special. Today I close the door to the past, and open the door to the future. I take a deep breath, and I step on through to start the next chapter of my life… and I suggest you do the same.

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If for some reasons, you feel like 2019 hasn’t been your best year, I want to encourage you to rejoice in the present, and know that regardless of what has happened (or didn’t happen) in 2019, you are still here, and your best days are ahead. Be proud of yourself and what you have accomplished. You are extraordinary and capable!

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That been said, I wish you all a wonderful year! May this new year bring you much joy and happiness, success and prosperity, good health and longevity. I’m sending you all lots of love, positivity, and blessings of abundance. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020! Cheers!

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Love + Light,

Edwige

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Hey Brown Girl, you’re beautiful!

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As a brown woman, and mother of 3 brown girls, I want to encourage every brown girl or brown woman seeing this post, to embrace their true genuine beauty. Black is beautiful; and we come in all shades of black, different type of hair, curly, kinky, nappy, locs, short, long etc.

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Whether you choose to wear your hair in its natural state or not, short or long, in protective styles, braided or weaved, we are all beautiful.

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Be confident in your skin and do not apologize for who you are; and if you need any reminder of how beautiful you are, here’s one for you: The world has crowned a black African woman – who chose to wear her nappy short hair on this crucial occasion – the most beautiful woman in the Universe. This is an extremely powerful and incredible moment curved in history forever; and we ought to be proud!

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Let us all congratulate Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019 for this incredible win! Her beauty was undeniable but she also gave one of the most beautiful and powerful answers… Teaching our girls about leadership, and encouraging them to take up space in the world is very important.

A shout out also goes to Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Teen who, for the first time in history, are all BLACK WOMEN!

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Miss Universe 2019 | Embrace Your True Genuine Beauty

Last night, Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019! What an extremely powerful moment curved in history forever!

“Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it.” – Zozibini Tunzi

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Opportunities will arise, and sometimes it’s just a crack in the door. The door may not be fully open for you to walk through, but I encourage you to put your foot in that opening, dig your nails into the door, pull it open and take up space and let them know that you have arrived and do not apologize for it!

It’s beautiful and powerful to see a brown girl from Africa, wearing her natural short hair be crowned among so many other beautiful ladies, miss universe. This is such a great reminder that Black Is Beautiful; and that we must embrace our true genuine beauty.

“I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time, not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labeled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and we should be given every opportunity,” she answered. (@cnn)

Zozibini is here to remind us that when doors open, even slightly, kick them in and take up space!

What doors are you busting through in 2020?

Love & Light,

Edwige

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