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Too Much Cardio?

health club: girl in a gym doing weight lifting.

We all know cardio is essential to our fitness routines. But doing too much cardio can leave your workout routine in a rut.

Cardio workouts in moderation are great for your heart and lungs and burning up excess calories. But if you really want to bust up the fat in your body, you need to add strength training to your routine. Building up muscle strength is key to burning off fat.

Balance your workouts with no more than 30 minutes of cardio and add strength training at least three times a week. Don’t forget stretching and flexibility exercises. You will see greater results.

To revamp your fitness routine, read this article from Shine.

Reduce Workout Stress With Bath Salts

Warmer weather means it’s time to get serious with your workout routines. Soon, you will be leaving the jackets and sweaters behind and exposing your arms and legs.

Inevitably, with ramped-up workouts, you are likely to feel a few aches and pains.

Here is a warm, soothing way to ease your tired muscles. Make your own scented bath salts. It’s easy, inexpensive, and fun. They also make great gifts.

In a glass bowl mix together:

1 cup of dead sea salts or Epsom salts
1 teaspoon of glycerin or olive oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice.

Add the fragrance one drop at a time until you get the desired strength of fragrance. Store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Mix or shake before use. To use, add 1/4 cup of the mixture to the running water as you draw a bath. The warm salt water will soften your muscle aches and pull toxins from your skin. The lavender oil will help you relax and smell wonderful. I like to take a salt bath before I go to bed. I wake up refreshed and ache free.

You can purchase several kinds of bath salts at Wholesale Supplies Plus. They have European Spa Salts, Dead Sea Salts and more. Or you can buy classic Epsom salts at a drug store.

To give as a gift, you can add a few drops of food coloring to the glycerin and mix throughout the salts. Tie a pretty ribbon around the glass jar.

My Favorite Ballet Workouts

ballet dancer’s legs

Longing for a lean dancer’s body with strong, beautiful legs?

Me, too.

Here are my favorite workouts that incorporate ballet techniques.

Muscle Ballet Workout with Stephanie HermanMuscle Ballet
Starring Stephanie Herman

This is my absolute favorite ballet workout. I have it on VHS. I hope my tape never wears out.

Stephanie Herman has a very pleasant style and gives clear instructions. I have her whole line of dance-inspired workouts.

For more on Stephanie Herman, visit her Web site. You can explore her other workouts or take an in-person class.

New York City Ballet WorkoutNYC Ballet Workout:
Fifty Stretches And Exercises Anyone Can Do For A Strong, Graceful, And Sculpted Body (Paperback)

I prefer the book over the DVD because I like to work at my own pace.

I like the way they teach you to build your own workouts to suit your needs and to prepare you for other activities, such as tennis or golf.

The Ballet Workout with Melissa LoweBallet Workout
Starring Melissa Lowe

This is the first ballet workout I ever bought. It’s from the late 1980s as you can tell by the costumes.

Even though the makeup and clothes are a little outdated, the workout remains timeless. I love workouts that are full-on classic ballet, not just inspired by ballet moves.

Hot Bod FusionHot Bod Fusion:
The Ultimate Yoga, Pilates, and Ballet Workout for Sculpting Your Best Body (Paperback)

This book has sections on ballet, yoga and pilates techniques.

You can mix and match, so you don’t get bored with one workout. It doesn’t hurt that the models are gorgeous.

Balocity with Deanna McBreartyBalocity: Cardio with a Classic Twist
Starring Deanne McBrearty

This is my most recent purchase. I haven’t tried it yet. But I have watched it all the way through and I can tell I’m going to love it.

Deanna McBreary was featured in the NYC ballet workout book.
Visit her Web site for more information.

Ballet Class for Beginners with David HowardBallet Class: For Beginners

This is not designed as a workout. This is an actual beginner’s ballet class led by ballet master David Howard.

Such a treasure.

What are your favorite workouts?