The summer holidays are upon us! From Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and even the Fourth of July coming up in a few months, it’s the season of travel, beach days, and cookouts with family and friends. Unfortunately for many of us, the warmer weather brings with it a sense of anxiety and urgency. Thoughts like “Am I ready to get in my swimsuit?” or “Will people be able to see the cellulite on my legs in this dress?” can creep back in despite our best efforts to love ourselves throughout the rest of the year. This month, I wanted to share some tips, tricks, workout ideas, and product recommendations that will help you feel your most confident and beautiful this summer WITHOUT shame or restriction.

Strong Legs for Summer

Get stronger than ever (and build those leg muscles!) with these low-impact leg exercises:

  1. Seated leg extensions: You can do these in a gym on a weighted machine OR at home in a chair!
  2. Ankle circles: Create a larger range of motion and generate flexibility in your joints with this simple and restorative movement.
  3. Chair squats: Struggling with your squat form? Chair squats are a perfect way to safely perfect your form on this incredible compound movement.
  4. Standing knee lifts: Want strong legs AND defined abdominal muscles? This is the perfect movement for you!
  5. Calf raises: … because those calves aren’t going to build themselves!
  6. Side leg raises: This movement is excellent for hip flexor strength, glute growth and overall mobility!
  7. Toe taps: This movement will help you improve your ankle mobility and dexterity in no time!
  8. Leg curls: Ready to build strong, defined hamstrings? Grab a chair and get curling!
  9. Marching in place: This exercise is a perfect form of low impact cardio AND can help maintain your lower body strength!

Healthy Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Ready to celebrate Cinco De Mayo without the bloat and hangover? I’ve got you! Check out these two delicious (and nutritious!) recipes and read up on more here.

Shrimp Quesadilla

  • Red Onion and Garlic finely chopped and sauteed with the shrimp
  • Jalapeño: Mince one jalapeño. Leave some of the seeds in it for a spicy quesadilla.
  • Tomato: Dice one vine-ripened tomato.
  • Shrimp: You can buy shrimp peeled and deveined to save time. If you get frozen shrimp, thaw them in the fridge the night before making this quesadilla recipe.
  • Salt to season the veggies
  • Cilantro: Chop fresh cilantro.
  • Tortillas: Choose high-fiber tortillas with 110 calories or fewer, like Ole Xtreme. You can use different tortillas, but the nutritional info will change.
  • Cheese: You’ll need shredded pepper jack or Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Tomato Avocado Salsa: Tomato, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, red onion, salt

Directions

  1. Tomato Avocado Salsa: Combine the salsa ingredients in a bowl. When ready to use, drain in a colander so the quesadilla doesn’t get soggy.
  2. Vegetables: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and sauté onion, garlic, and jalapeño in oil until soft for about two minutes. Add the tomatoes and salt and cook until thickened for a few minutes.
  3. Shrimp: Add the chopped shrimp and cilantro to the skillet and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook for one to two minutes until the shrimp turns pink and is cooked in the center. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Prep the Skillet: Clean the skillet, spray with oil, and return the heat to medium-high.
  5. Cook the Quesadillas: Lay a tortilla flat in the pan, spread shrimp mixture onto one half, and top with cheese. Cook the tortilla for two minutes to melt the cheese then add the drained salsa. Fold the bare tortilla half over the filling with a spatula and press lightly to seal. Flip it over and cook until golden and crispy. Slice it into wedges and serve. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.

Boozy Watermelon Lime Granita

  • 4 ½ cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2/3 cup white rum
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 small watermelon wedges, for garnish
  • mint leaves, for garnish

Directions

  1. Place the watermelon, lime juice, rum and sugar in a blender and process until smooth, then pour the puree into a 9 x 9 metal baking pan.
  2. Freeze for about 1 1/2 hours, then using a fork, give it a good scrape to mix everything around.
  3. Return the pan to the freezer and freeze until almost set, for about 1 to 2 hours. Use a fork to scrape the granita to form chunky snow-like ice crystals.
  4. Freeze and repeat occasional scraping until the entire mixture is frozen and shaved.
  5. Serve in martini glasses and garnish with watermelon wedges and mint.
  6. Store, covered in plastic wrap, until ready to serve.

Freshen up your space in time for Memorial Day!

On May 27th, we’ll be celebrating Memorial Day: a day dedicated to the men and women who died serving our country in the armed forces. If you’ll be celebrating with family and friends at your home, use this special holiday as an opportunity to pop some fresh new scents in your diffuser!

Have (safe) fun in the sun with BloqUV!

Looking to enjoy some hot girl walks in the sun this summer? Just throw on one of these gorgeous sun protective dresses from BloqUV! They come in 15 different colors and would make a PERFECT mothers day gift. Grab yours today before your favorite color sells out!

Speaking of mother’s day gifts…

What better way to pamper the mothers in your life than with the enchanting Magnolia Driftwood Lotion Candle from Element Tree Essentials! This luxurious lotion candle features scents of magnolia blossoms and sea breezes and it melts into a soft, buttery lotion that can be used on your hands or body. Grab yours the next time you’re in the studio!

The Magic of Laser Therapy

Looking to treat your mom to a relaxing laser therapy session to ease her joint or muscle pain? Look no further! Pick up a gift card at BeFitSRQ today.

Local Happenings: Mark your Calendar!

The SUP & Run 5k will be taking place on Saturday, May 4th! Check out the wide variety of categories and pricing options here.

The Friday Fest FREE Outdoor concerts will be kicking off at Van Wezel on May 24. Learn more about the headliner for this exciting event here!

The 22nd Annual Art and Craft Festival will be taking place this year on May 4th & 5th from 10 AM to 5PM! Be sure to bring the whole family to enjoy a day of shopping, creating, and celebrating local artisans. Learn more here!

Well folks, that’s a wrap! I hope the month of May treats you well and that the summer months are filled with delicious and healthy food, fun workouts, fun in the sun and ample relaxation with your loved ones.

Until next time,
Michele

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