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5 Partner Workout Strategies + 10 Workouts

Double Your Fun: 5 Partner Workout Strategies + 10 Workouts

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If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. — African Proverb

Let me ask you something: Would you rather trudge through a workout on your own? Or would you like to meet up with a friend and knock it out together?

5 Benefits of a Partner Workout
  1. You’ll push harder.
  2. You’re less likely to quit.
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wlc compliant salad dressings

8 Quick and Delicious WLC Compliant Salad Dressings

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“The look of excitement on her face quickly turned to one of disappointment and then horror. For Zeus had packed the box full of all the terrible evils he could think of. Out of the box poured disease and poverty. Out came misery, out came death, out came sadness…”

— Pandora’s Box…or someone reading salad dressing ingredient labels.

It’s almost impossible to find compliant salad dressings in the store.…

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Playground Workouts

10 Playground Workouts You Can Do With Your Kids

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“Dad! Watch my Ninja Warrior move!”

I stood up from my squat and watched my older daughter swing from end to end on the monkey bars.

“That’s great, my Ninja Warrior! You’ve gotten so much better on those bars!”

I finished my squat set and grabbed my jump rope. Looking up, I noticed my younger daughter edging closer to the fireman’s pole.…

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Dump Ranch Recipe

Dump Ranch: How to Make a Healthy, Easy Dip and Dressing

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Don’t you just love a nice, dry salad? The first bite of lettuce crosses your palate like a wanderer clawing towards an oasis. The broccoli splinters beneath your teeth and pokes into your gums. Carrots snap like dry kindling before scraping down your throat.

Doesn’t that sound delicious?

Yeah, it sounds terrible to me, too.

My first Whole Life Challenge forced me to cut out salad dressings.…

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5 Seated Stretches to Open Your Hips and Close Your Day

5 Seated Stretches to Open Your Hips and Close Your Day

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If you spend your day sitting in a chair, a great way to balance out your body is to spend your evening sitting on the floor. Here are five simple seated stretches that you can do before bed or while you’re watching television. You can do one, you can do them all, or you can flow from one to the next.…

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Paleo Mayonnaise Recipe

How to Make Paleo Mayonnaise in Minutes, Plus 9 Variations

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Sometimes when you take on a new, healthier way of eating, it winds up being the little things that create roadblocks. Condiments are so often full of unwanted and unhealthy ingredients. The best way around this is to make your own. It’s not hard, either. Watch the video for instructions on how to make mayonnaise that not only tastes good but is good for you.…

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10 Simple and Intense 10-Minute Workouts

10 Simple and Intense 10-Minute Workouts

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Do you have a back-up plan when it comes to your ten minutes of daily exercise? Heck, do you even have a plan for getting at least ten minutes of exercise every single day? Whether you’re participating in the Whole Life Challenge or not, ten minutes of movement every day of the week can make a big difference in how you feel.…

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Whole Life Challenge Memorial Day

Tips for Having a Happy Whole Life Challenge Memorial Day

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Stressing about how to navigate the Memorial Day holiday? Worried about losing points?

Relax. It’s a holiday. If you have the day off, enjoy the extra time you have. If you are headed to a social engagement, enjoy your time with family and friends. These moments should be enjoyed, not fretted away by worry and guilt.

So how do you make that happen?…

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Heart Pumping Bodyweight Workout

A Totally Portable Heart Pumping Bodyweight Workout

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You can do this workout anywhere — outside, inside, on the road, at the gym, or wherever you find yourself. You only need one piece of equipment: your jump rope.

Watch the video, and I’ll demonstrate proper technique along with different variations of each exercise to make this workout perfect for any and all fitness levels.

A Totally Portable Heart Pumping Bodyweight Workout

Beginner Level:

  1. 25 single rope jumps, 10 squats, 10 push-ups
  2. 25 single rope jumps, 9 squats, 9 push-ups
  3. 25 single rope jumps, 8 squats, 8 push-ups
  4. 25 single rope jumps, 7 squats, 7 push-ups
  5. 25 single rope jumps, 6 squats, 6 push-ups
  6. 25 single rope jumps, 5 squats, 5 push-ups
  7. 25 single rope jumps, 4 squats, 4 push-ups
  8. 25 single rope jumps, 3 squats, 3 push-ups
  9. 25 single rope jumps, 2 squats, 2 push-ups
  10. 25 single rope jumps, 1 squat, 1 push-up

Intermediate Level:

  1. 50 single rope jumps, 10 squats, 10 push-ups
  2. 50 single rope jumps, 9 squats, 9 push-ups
  3. 50 single rope jumps, 8 squats, 8 push-ups
  4. 50 single rope jumps, 7 squats, 7 push-ups
  5. 50 single rope jumps, 6 squats, 6 push-ups
  6. 50 single rope jumps, 5 squats, 5 push-ups
  7. 50 single rope jumps, 4 squats, 4 push-ups
  8. 50 single rope jumps, 3 squats, 3 push-ups
  9. 50 single rope jumps, 2 squats, 2 push-ups
  10. 50 single rope jumps, 1 squat, 1 push-up

Advanced Level:

  1. 25 double unders, 10 burpees
  2. 25 double unders, 9 burpees
  3. 25 double unders, 8 burpees
  4. 25 double unders, 7 burpees
  5. 25 double unders, 6 burpees
  6. 25 double unders, 5 burpees
  7. 25 double unders, 4 burpees
  8. 25 double unders, 3 burpees
  9. 25 double unders, 2 burpees
  10. 25 double unders, 1 burpee

Beginner and Intermediate Modification Suggestions:

  • Do single-unders instead of double-unders
  • Do knee push-ups or plank holds instead of full push-ups
  • Squat to a couch or box if you feel unstable or uncomfortable during the squats
  • The Whole Life Challenge loves to help you find new ways to get fit while having fun.

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    Gluten-Free Pancakes

    3 Kid-Approved Gluten-Free Pancake Recipes

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    What should you do if you are craving something from your pre-healthy eating days?

    1. Eat it anyway.
    2. Leave out some ingredients and force-feed yourself the resultant hockey puck.
    3. Find a delicious and healthy alternative.

    If you’re intent on doing numbers one and/or two, read no further. If you’re the type of person that chooses option number three, then read on.

    This scenario happened to me with pancakes.…

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    Shoulder Mobility Stretches

    Improve Your Shoulder Mobility With 2 Simple Stretches

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    If you sit a lot, type all day, or play sports where your shoulders are hunched forward, then these mobility drills are perfect for you. Spending time working on your shoulder mobility will decrease your chance of injury, improve your athletic performance, and decrease neck and upper back tension and pain.

    You can do these two stretches at home, at work, in the gym, or any time you want to work on your shoulder mobility.…

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    Spaghetti Squash Dinner Recipe

    Ready in No Time 15-Minute Spaghetti Squash Dinner

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    You burst through the door and drop your keys on the counter. Your meeting ran late and you have to be downtown in thirty minutes. You’re starving. What can you make in fifteen minutes that doesn’t require advanced preparation?

    15-Minute Spaghetti Squash Dinner

    Ingredients:

  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce (pick one that’s Whole Life Challenge compliant)
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • Equipment:

  • 12-inch frying pan
  • Large baking dish
  • Plastic wrap
  • Direction:

    1. Cut ends off spaghetti squash.
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