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Finding time to workout is something I struggle with on daily basis despite the fact that I’m a stay at home mom. For the most part I manage to drag myself to the gym 1 to 2 days a week. Occasionally, I will also run around my neighborhood for about 30 mins. That’s not too bad if you’re trying to maintain your weight however, my goal is to lose my chubby curves.

Last week I went to an event at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to learn how I can incorporate fitness into my busy schedule from fitness and wellness expert Bárbara Trujillo Gómez. We first powered up with a Pomegranate Apple with Honey Shot (recipe below) from Miel Pura. “Honey is a natural source of carbs and essential nutrients,” says Trujillo Gómez. “Try adding a couple spoonfuls to your water for a naturally energizing drink and enjoy throughout the day or before, during and after a workout.”

Pomegranate Apple with Honey Shot


1 teaspoon honey

2 ounces pomegranate juice

Splash of apple juice


        • Blend or mix all ingredients by hand
        • Pour into a shot glass or small cup for a quick energy boost
I’ll be posting more recipes later next week!
Afterwards, we broke a sweat learning some easy exercise moves that can easily be done in your home. According to Trujillo Gómez, some of the routines could be done while watching tv, standing in the kitchen, or even in intervals when working on a computer. For cardio boost, she recommended jumping rope for 10 minutes which can equate a 30 minute run. If you enjoy running, try walking in intervals of 2 to 5 minutes to heat your core and burn more calories. Below are a few great exercise tips to help you tone and trim before dipping into a swimsuit.

Upper Body and Core

Figure Eight – A great exercise for the arms, core and back

  • Stand with legs shoulder-width apart and hold medicine ball with both hands, arms extended over your right shoulder.
  • In one continuous motion bring the ball down at an angle toward your left leg in a curve-like motion, bringing the ball up straight over your left shoulder and down toward your right leg and back up to the right.
  • One movement, one flow, as if you were making the figure eight.
  • Bend your knees slightly as you are bringing the ball toward that leg.
  • Keeping body fully engaged, belly tight.
  • Perform 3 sets of 12 reps.

Medicine Ball Oblique – Great for the core and obliques

  • Lie on your back and bend your knees at a 90 degree angle so that your calves are parallel to the floor.
  • Place the medicine ball between your bent knees and hold tightly.
  • Holding the ball between your knees and keeping them at a 90 degree angle, bring both legs to the right and get as close to the floor as you can without letting them touch, then back to center and hold.
  • Repeat over to the left and return to the center. Be sure to keep your back as flat on the ground as possible so that you are using your core to move and hold your legs on each side.
  • Perform 3 sets of 12 reps.

Ball Toss Fantastic for the arms, core and back

  • Stand firm, feet hip-width apart.
  • Hold the medicine ball with both hands.
  • Bring ball up in front of your chest and slightly toss up and catch.
  • Toss up and down, keeping feet firmly on the ground only using the core muscles and arm movement.
  • Repeat tossing upward and catching.
  • Perform 3 sets of 12 reps.

* In the event that you do this exercise with a partner, toss the ball back and forth as opposed to up and down.


Lower Body

Squats – Squats are a great exercise for those who want to tone their lower body: hips, glutes and thighs.

  • Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend your knees so that you are in an upright sitting position and hold for a few seconds.
  • Bring yourself back up in standing position and repeat.
  • After 15 reps stay in squat position and hold for 10 seconds.
  • Keep your arms along your sides, keeping your abs tight and body fully engaged.
  • Add 15 jump squats for added challenge.

Curtsy Lunge – This twist on the classic lunge is excellent for your legs and glutes.

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart and hands on hips.
  • Take a big step back with your left leg, crossing it behind the right.
  • Keep your belly/core tight, shoulders back and body fully engaged.
  • Bend the right knee and lower the hips until the right thigh is almost parallel to the floor.
  • Repeat motion with the opposite leg.

Plank Full body action and toning.

  • Lie face down on a mat resting on the forearms, palms flat on the floor.
  • Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows.
  • Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels.
  • Tilt your pelvis and contract your abs to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle.
  • Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for 3-5 reps.
  • For an extra challenge, do 20 push ups (modified is ok) followed by a 30-second plank.
Kickbacks – Excellent exercise for the glutes.
  • Kneel on the floor and get on all fours with your knees hip-width apart and back parallel to the floor.
  • Place hands slightly wider than the shoulders.
  • Keep head steady as you lift the left leg until thigh is in line with torso.
  • Bend knee and slowly push flexed foot up toward the ceiling.
  • Squeezing butt, hold for one second and continue the slow movement for 12 reps.
  • Bring leg down, back on all fours, and repeat on opposite leg.

Back to the Basics – We all know what they are, but we just forget how great they are for the body. These can be implemented when you travel or even during your lunch break.

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Jump Rope
  • Hula Hooping
  • Walk/Run Intervals
  • Power Walks
  • Heel Walking~ great for your legs & your balance
  • Push ups

For a total body workout, don’t forget the arms! Grab your 2 lbs jars of honey and work those biceps and triceps!

*All photos are courtesy of Miel Pura.

*Thank you Miel Pura for my yoga mat and healthy recipes.

*Thank you Bárbara Trujillo Gómez for showing us how to trim and tone!

*The above review on this post is unbiased. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review, although I may have received a party favor that may or may not have been part of this review.


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