Basil Watermelon Lemonade from Put On Your Cake Pants:
8 cups frozen cubed seedless watermelon
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup basil leaves, chopped (plus more leaves for garnish, if desired)
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons)
1. For the basil simple syrup: in a small saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium-low until the sugar granules have all dissolved. Remove the pan from the stove and add the chopped basil leaves. Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and discard the basil.
2. In a blender, combine watermelon, lemon juice, and basil simple syrup. Puree until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve, and top individual cups with basil leaves for garnish if desired.
Notes: I cut the cubes into thin slices before adding them to the blender to make sure there weren’t any seeds. Alternatively, you can strain the mixture after blending it, but you will also separate out some of the watermelon pulp, which I personally like to incorporate. Although I didn’t have time to do it for this rendition, I also recommend freezing the watermelon cubes for an hour or two before putting them in the blender.
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A BackOnPointe super-original!
If you don’t have any workout equipment at home, you can still use what you have! Here’s a workout that uses a throw pillow in a few creative ways.
Repeat this workout three times through for a full workout!
I’m still really proud of this workout.
So don’t think…just do it.
Want to know something cool? Our bodies are always burning calories. It takes energy to breath, pump blood, process information and generally just stay alive. Not to mention that thinking about exercising can actually increase your heart rate, which will increase the number of calories that you’re currently burning.
So sitting still and thinking about the gym for a few minutes can burn roughly 15 calories, with the potential for even more if you enjoy exercise. And if you think about the gym all day long while going about your usual routine? The average person will burn 2,000 calories!
Woohoo, yay for thinking!
1. Stand with feet about shoulder-width apart, toes pointed forward, feet parallel to each other, arms straight out in front of you (to help you balance as you move through the squat).
2. Keeping your spine straight, sit back into a standard squat. Remember to keep your knees above your ankles, putting the weight on your heels.
3. Keep knees open, above the feet, as you lower down into a deep squat. Hold for one second.
4. Stand back up straight and do a calf raise, exploring your full range of motion from top to bottom, arms still straight out in front of your body. Make sure the weight stays even on both balls of the feet as you raise up.
Every now and then, we have to give the body a break from excessive pounding (running, dance classes, and contact sports). Luckily low-impact workouts are typically easier on the body, especially our joints, and can be a great way to get in a heart-pumping workout while reducing the risk of injury. The guys at Greatist have rounded up the best 21 low- (or no!) impact exercises to keep things varied. They’re perfect for when you’re just getting started, dealing with an injury, or just want to try something new! Check them all out here.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks they should create blinders to make it impossible for me to look at the person next to me at the gym. I know I shouldn’t be worried about what someone else is doing because we all have different needs/wants/goals, but really, how tempting is it to see what the is speed that the person next to you is doing? I’m sorry, but ugh… I just to focus on me and not worry about others.
I am a huge proponent of body-weight based exercise. It’s convenient because you can exercise completely on your own schedule right from home. It’s cost efficient because, well, all you really need is yourself (although I also recommend a pen & paper to jot down how many reps you do!). Most importantly though, it’s effective. Machines are fantastic tools and the atmosphere in many gyms is often inspiring, but personally, I’ve gained all my strength completely through my yoga practice (which actually uses most of these regularly!).
I hope these explanations not only help you navigate the world of at home workouts, but also inspire you to try a few and maybe even design a workout of your own!