Fitness Videos

Single Arm Hug A Tree Chest Exercise for Beginners

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring a beginner level chest exercise called a Single Arm Hug a Tree. Technically, this exercise is seen a lot in Pilates studios, but it can be modified with resistance bands for home use.

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Why Do a Single Arm Hug a Tree?

  • This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
  • Single arm exercises require more core, shoulder and triceps stability in order to complete the movement.
  • Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body. This will allow you to have more functional mobility in your everyday life.
  • Working just one side of the body at a time allows you an opportunity to really focus on form and bodily awareness. So you can perfect your technique before complicating things by adding another arm into the mix.

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How to Perform a Single Arm Hug a Tree:

  1. Place a resistance band of your choosing in a door or around a sturdy object.
  2. Take both handles in one hand.
  3. Sit or stand nice and tall with a straight spine, engaged core and shoulders rolled down in their sockets.
  4. When you are ready, open the arms wide with a slight bend in the elbows.
  5. Exhale as you bring both arms in towards the midline of the body and your fingertips touch in front of your sternum.
  6. Inhale and slowly open the arms back to the starting position.
  7. Repeat this motion 12-15 reps on each side for 4 sets total.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness

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Cooking Shows

Leafy Recipes Series: Southern Collard Greens for Better Health!

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Hello and welcome to today’s edition of Cooking with Fey! I’m officially asking for a refund on this year’s winter. It’s been too cold and we’ve had too much snow where I live. In short, I’m over the chilly weather. So to warm myself up I’m thinking back to my childhood in the south where my grandmother would make us collard greens as a side dish with dinner during the warm weather months when it was fresh from the garden.

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But I realize that you might be asking yourself, “What on earth are collard greens?” This leafy green is a southern comfort food and staple in many dinners. Collard greens are a part of the cruciferous family (think kale, Brussel sprouts and cabbage). Foods from the cruciferous family are amazing for digestive health and pack a punch in terms of other health benefits. Collard greens are no different, this yummy vegetable has many health benefits to add to your diet such as: lowering cholesterol, cancer prevention, heart health, digestive tract health and they have anti-inflammatory properties.

Collard greens also contains these helpful nutrients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Dietary fiber

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Vitamin A is necessary for human growth and development, cell recognition, sight, proper immune system function, sexual reproduction, as well as helping the heart, lungs, and kidneys to function normally. While Vitamin A sounds like a miracle, be careful how much you take. If you ingest too much it can be harmful to the body. Most doctors recommend that adult men consume 900 mcg per day, and women take 700 mcg per day to stay within healthy levels.

As you may know, collard greens is a fantastic source of Vitamin C, which is an important nutrient linked to immune system health. Having a strong immune system helps the body ward off illness or recover faster from sickness. Which is especially important now that cold weather seems to be here to stay for most parts of America.

Vitamin C is also great for the heart. In a research study published by the Harvard School of Public Health, the diets of 126,399 adults were examined over the course of many years to reveal that for every serving of fruits and vegetables a person consumed, there was a 4% reduction in their risk of developing coronary heart disease. The study also pointed out that leafy green vegetables, and foods high in Vitamin C, had the largest positive impact.

Other studies have found that activities such as daily walking, combined with collard greens intake, can reduce blood pressure. So if you are concerned about your heart health talk to your doctor about adding collard greens to your healthy lifestyle diet.

Vitamin C also increases iron absorption in the body, so if you suffer from an iron deficiency or anemia, then collard greens might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Vitamin K is important to the body because it is needed for the body to product a protein called prothrombin, which allows the body to support bone metabolism and form helpful blood clots (like when you get a papercut and the blood clots to stop the bleeding, not the scary kind of blood clot). Vitamin K creates healthy, strong bones by increasing their density. Denser bones are less likely to break or sustain injury.

Vitamin E is important to protecting the bodies’ vision, reproductive organs, blood, brain and skin. Gosh, that’s quite the list of benefits from one little nutrient! Vitamin E is also a source of antioxidants. As you may remember from a previous blog on strawberries, antioxidants have been shown in studies to delay cognitive issues like memory less, fight some cancers and decrease your chances of developing heart disease or diabetes. These same antioxidants also keep our skin looking young and beautiful. Science is starting to show that consuming antioxidants can help slow the onset of wrinkles, age spots or decreased elasticity in our skin.

Science is also starting to show that diets rich in antioxidants have a positive effect on cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases. While these illnesses currently have no known cure, diets rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds can lower the risk of developing these diseases later in life.

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Folate, which is one of the B vitamins, is important for tissue growth and normal cell function. Further, folate is especially important for pregnant women and our active aging populations.

Calcium is the essential mineral everyone was taught as a kid would help us build strong bones. And you are right in remembering that from 3rd grade science. Calcium is vital for the health of our bones, and for slowing down bone density loss as we age. The mineral calcium also impacts the muscle that surrounds blood vessels, causing it to relax. Which is important for blood pressure and muscle contraction. Just remember, it is difficult for the body to effective absorb calcium without the presence of Vitamin D in the body, so be sure to have an adequate source of Vitamin D in your diet to maximize the effects of calcium.

Now, you may be thinking, “why on earth do I care about fiber?” But worry not, I am about to explain about the different types of fiber, and why you should care.

Soluble Fiber is like the police force of the body. This type of fiber attaches itself to cholesterol particles in the body and helps them to be removed when we visit the restroom. This is very important because it helps to reduce the body’s overall cholesterol levels, which can be a contributing factor to heart disease.

Insoluble fiber can be thought of like a massive sponge in the large intestines. This type of fiber draws in water and helps regulate the movement of food through our intestines. So if you are having problems going to the restroom, then the insoluble fiber in prunes can help.

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Fitness Videos

Fey Fitness: TRX Strap V Sit Ups for Beginner Core Workout

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Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring a beginner level exercise called a TRX Strap V Sit Up. As the name implies, we are doing the dreaded and difficult V Sit, but the addition of the TRX Straps to help guide us up makes this exercise much more beginner friendly to perform.

Additionally, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!

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Why Do a TRX Strap V Sit Up?

  • Work multiple areas of the core at once. This move target the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis and hip flexors at the same time- so you get more accomplished during your workout.
  • Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
  • CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! A strong core also helps us with the rest of our fitness lives. A well-conditioned core helps keep us steady and our posture safe during weighted squats, during an Arnold Press, or when performing back exercises.

 How to Perform a TRX Strap V Sit Up:

  1. Lower the straps on the TRX strap to mid-calf.
  2. Sit facing the anchor point of the TRX Strap with the foot cradles right above your hips.
  3. Lay down on your back with your hands palm down in the foot cradles and your legs in table top. PRO TIP: If your core is fairly weak, adduct the legs together so they can work on a “buddy system” to extend out and draw themselves back in. Once you gain core strength you can leave a slight gap between the legs.
  4. Trying to move seamlessly, sit up and extend the legs straight out in a V Sit. Use a slight downward pressure of your palms into the foot cradle to help assist you slightly if your core is weak.
  5. Use your core to slowly lower yourself back to the starting position on the ground with your legs in table top.
  6. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and be sure to repeat for 3-4 sets total.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FeyFitness

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Fey Fitness: X Push-Up For Total Body Strength!

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Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an advanced level exercise called an X Push Up. But not to worry, you don’t have to be perfect at this exercise right off the bat, practice makes perfect as we strive for proper form and achieve stronger, toned muscles in the process.

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Why Do an X Push Up?

  • Motor control is increased in the body by strengthening the hip adductors. This means that your body moves more smoothly and effectively when performing bilateral and unilateral movements, such as lifting weights, rearranging furniture in the living room, or getting in and out of bed.
  • Our hip adductors comprise almost ¼ of the total mass of our legs, meaning this isn’t a muscle group to overlook when working the leg muscles. These muscles work with our hip abductors to provide lateral (or side-to-side) stabilization of our hips.
  • Also, the hip adductors are important for overall hip stability as well as pelvis and low back injury prevention.
  • Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
  • The hip flexors and hip abductors will get a slight workout from this exercise, which will make them stronger for activities like running, walking or getting out of chairs.
  • Motor control is also increased in the body. This means that your body moves more smoothly and effectively when asked to perform movements, such as lifting weights, rearranging furniture in the living room, or getting in and out of bed.
  • Work multiple areas of the core at once. This move target the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis and hip flexors at the same time- so you get more accomplished during your workout.
  • Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
  • Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body. This will allow you to have more functional mobility in your everyday life.
  • This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
  • Also the gluteus maximus, a prime muscle for hip extension, gets a good workout from this movement. The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, and the one most people are looking to shape and strengthen with the squat and deadlift. So just remember, strong glutes equal a shapely booty!
  • And the IT Band, which is composed of elastic connective tissue called fascia, runs along the outside of the thigh from above the hip to below the knee. This tissue is very important because it allows the IT band to act like a giant spring to assist in walking, jumping or climbing.

 How to Perform an X Push Up:

  1. Lower the straps on the TRX strap to mid-calf.
  2. Come onto your hands and knees in a quadruped position and slip your feet into the foot cradle of the TRX strap with the top of your foot against the bottom of the foot cradle so the bottom of your foot is facing the sky.
  3. Come into a plank position on your hands with your feet in the TRX straps.
  4. Trying to move seamlessly, abduct the legs apart while you lower your upper body into a push up.
  5. As you press up from a push up into a hand plank, adduct the legs together so they are parallel to one another.
  6. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and be sure to repeat for 3-4 sets total.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FeyFitness

Website: https://www.feyfitness.com

Fitness Videos

Snowmageddon At Home Upper Body Workout

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Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Snowmageddon is officially upon us where I live, with most of the people I know have been stuck at home for several days now. Even while I write this it is continuing to snow outside, so it doesn’t look like the end is in sight for us quite yet. With that in mind, some friends of mine have asked for a simple workout they can do at home to keep themselves in shape until the sled dog teams can come rescue us and take us to the local gym. So I decided to do things a little different this week and provide everyone with a simple upper body workout anyone can do at home with a chair and a dumbbell.

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Why Do an Upper Body Workout?

  • This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
  • Single arm chest presses require more core, shoulder and triceps stability in order to complete the movement.
  • Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body. This will allow you to have more functional mobility in your everyday life.
  • Working just one side of the body at a time allows you an opportunity to really focus on form and bodily awareness. So you can perfect your technique before complicating things by adding another arm into the mix.
  • Using dumbbells allows you to achieve a greater range of motion and work the back muscles (in this case the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, lower traps and erector spinae) more effectively.
  • Breaking the exercise up and focusing on one side at a time allows for intense focus to each side of your back individually, so beginners can feel the muscles engaging throughout the movement to work on form and efficiency of movement.
  • By increasing our muscle mass and lowering our body fat we reshape our back’s landscape. Reshaping the upper body in this manner can make us appear slimmer because the “V” shape starts at the back by being widest near the shoulders and tapering in at the waist. This is useful in creating that hourglass shape so many women want; and that “V” shape creates the desired shape so many men are after.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

Additionally, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FeyFitness

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Fey Fitnes: Double Leg Taps for Core Strength

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level core exercise called a Double Leg Toe Tap. This move is a more advanced version for the Single Leg Toe Taps I taught you a few weeks ago, so when you are ready to take this move to the next level this is how you will do it!

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Why Do a Double Leg Toe Tap?

  • By tensing your core muscles you keep the back in proper position to protect it during abdominal exercise. So basically, you are working your abs while keeping the back safe.
  • Performing this movement helps correct the pelvic tilt seen in people who sit for long periods of time.
  • Lumbo-hip-pelvic stabilizer muscles are also engaged to strengthen the hips and protect the back.
  • Motor control is also increased in the body. This means that your body moves more smoothly and effectively when asked to perform movements, such as lifting weights, rearranging furniture in the living room, or getting in and out of bed.
  • Work multiple areas of the core at once. This move target the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis and hip flexors at the same time- so you get more accomplished during your workout.
  • Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
  • The hip adductors and quadriceps will get a slight workout from this exercise, which will make them stronger for activities like running, walking or getting out of chairs.
  • CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! A strong core also helps us with the rest of our fitness lives. A well-conditioned core helps keep us steady and our posture safe during weighted squats, during an Arnold Press, or when performing back exercises.

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 How to Perform a Double Leg Toe Tap:

  1. Lay down on your back with your shoulders rolled back and your shoulder blades firmly planted on the ground beneath you.
  2. Move your hips into either neutral or imprint, depending on what feels best for you.
  3. Knit the ribs down and inward to engage your deep core muscles.
  4. When you are ready, bring both legs up into table top.
  5. Slowly lower both legs in unison to tap the heel or toe on the ground.
  6. Moving just as slow, return the legs to table top.
  7. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and for 3 sets total.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FeyFitness

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Cooking Shows

Leafy Recipes Series: Tasty Spinach for Better Health!

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of Cooking with Fey! Hopefully 2019 is shaping up to be your best year yet, and to kick things off we are starting my new Leafy Recipe series! So today let’s talk about my favorite leafy green- spinach.

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I eat spinach with EVERYTHING. From on my pizza, to in every salad I make, to alongside roasted meats. Why? Because spinach is a powerhouse vegetable that is amazing for you. Spinach has many health benefits to add to your diet such as: assisting in immune system function, protecting our heart and protecting our bones.

Spinach also contains these helpful nutrients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Calcium

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Vitamin A is necessary for human growth and development, cell recognition, sight, proper immune system function, sexual reproduction, as well as helping the heart, lungs, and kidneys to function normally. While Vitamin A sounds like a miracle, be careful how much you take. If you ingest too much it can be harmful to the body. Most doctors recommend that adult men consume 900 mcg per day, and women take 700 mcg per day to stay within healthy levels.

As you may know, spinach is a fantastic source of Vitamin C, which is an important nutrient linked to immune system health. Having a strong immune system helps the body ward off illness or recover faster from sickness. Which is especially important now that cold weather seems to be here to stay for most parts of America.

Vitamin C is also great for the heart. In a research study published by the Harvard School of Public Health, the diets of 126,399 adults were examined over the course of many years to reveal that for every serving of fruits and vegetables a person consumed, there was a 4% reduction in their risk of developing coronary heart disease. The study also pointed out that leafy green vegetables, and foods high in Vitamin C, had the largest positive impact.

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Other studies have found that activities such as daily walking, combined with spinach intake, can reduce blood pressure. So if you are concerned about your heart health talk to your doctor about adding spinach to your healthy lifestyle diet.

Vitamin C also increases iron absorption in the body, so if you suffer from an iron deficiency or anemia, then spinach might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Vitamin K is important to the body because it is needed for the body to product a protein called prothrombin, which allows the body to support bone metabolism and form helpful blood clots (like when you get a papercut and the blood clots to stop the bleeding, not the scary kind of blood clot). Vitamin K creates healthy, strong bones by increasing their density. Denser bones are less likely to break or sustain injury.

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Now, you may be thinking, “why on earth do I care about fiber?” But worry not, I am about to explain about the different types of fiber, and why you should care.

Soluble Fiber is like the police force of the body. This type of fiber attaches itself to cholesterol particles in the body and helps them to be removed when we visit the restroom. This is very important because it helps to reduce the body’s overall cholesterol levels, which can be a contributing factor to heart disease.

Insoluble fiber can be thought of like a massive sponge in the large intestines. This type of fiber draws in water and helps regulate the movement of food through our intestines. So if you are having problems going to the restroom, then the insoluble fiber in prunes can help.

Spinach also contain minerals like iron. Iron is a vital part of hemoglobin, which is the stuff found in red blood cells that is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. This means that if your body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells, your body isn’t getting enough oxygen. A lack of oxygen in the body can make you feel fatigued, like your brain is in a “fog” or decrease your immune system.

Calcium is the essential mineral everyone was taught as a kid would help us build strong bones. And you are right in remembering that from 3rd grade science. Calcium is vital for the health of our bones, and for slowing down bone density loss as we age. The mineral calcium also impacts the muscle that surrounds blood vessels, causing it to relax. Which is important for blood pressure and muscle contraction. Just remember, it is difficult for the body to effective absorb calcium without the presence of Vitamin D in the body, so be sure to have an adequate source of Vitamin D in your diet to maximize the effects of calcium.

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