Time to hit the books. The right lighting, the perfect temperature, an inspiring color scheme – we’ll tell you how to create a productive study space for when the kids head back to school.
Let’s be honest, sometimes getting to the gym can be the hardest part of your fitness routine. So I’ve come up with a quick and challenging ‘go-to’ workout that you can do at home- or anywhere with a fan for that matter! And you won’t need a single piece of equipment for this one.. but don’t worry! You WILL sweat so go ahead and turn the fan on high, grab your water bottle, and let’s get going!
I’ve compiled my top 5 favorite exercises that can be done anywhere and for any fitness level. You can repeat this time and time again and always get a killer workout without leaving your house! What you will need is:
Always take the first few minutes of your workout for a full body dynamic warm-up of light movements to get your blood circulating and joints loose. I like mini squats, arm circles, and star reachers. The goal for this workout routine is to do as many rounds as possible in the 30 minutes you have. This will ensure you will keep progressing and extending this routine as you work towards your fitness goals. Always push to do more than the last time!
Squats are the ultimate exercise move focusing on larger muscle groups and keeping your heart rate up. Adding the heel raise and overhead reach at the top of each rep makes these a killer full body exercise that will tone your legs, glutes, and keep your cardio UP!
Ole Jack knew what he was talking about with this full body cardio blaster!
Another sneaky full body exercise if done properly.
You’re definitely working up a sweat by now so grab your water as needed and make sure to crank that ceiling fan up! It’s about to get REAL!
A great lower body burner now that your heart rate is up!
Who needs a stair stepper when you can do mountain climbers?! Start in a good plank position with neutral spine and core engaged.
Repeat these 5 exercises as many rounds as you can in 30 minutes and don’t forget to stretch afterwards!
Krista Robinson is a PTA, CPT, and owner of PT Squared Fitness and Wellness in Collierville, Tennessee. Krista always knew she wanted to be a physical therapist and personal trainer, but a nearly fatal cheerleading fall emphasized her mission even more. Her goal is to help people lose weight and get healthy even if they have pain, injuries, or surgeries.
We’re in that perfect part of spring that makes for the best patio weather: Not too hot and not too cold, a nice breeze going.
Patios are taking on a refreshing new look and role these days. People want to spend more time outside, especially on nice days, so we’re seeing more seamless transitions from indoor and outdoor spaces. A lot of home comforts are moving outside – kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms.
Patio spaces are generally considered more casual than formal, but we’re noticing touches of luxury. Now, when we talk about luxury with design, we’re talking about the experience. Think about when you buy a luxury brand item: You’re buying it becuase you want to experience something elevated. It’s the same concept with patios. Whether it’s farmhouse or contemporary design, a luxury patio is about creating an ambiance and an experience.
To help you add a luxury experience to your patio, my team and I want to share some design trends we think you’ll love.
Patrick O’Connell is Hunter Fan Company’s Brand Design Director.
Rattan chairs are just the hottest thing right now especially in black and even indoors.
Claire McRoberts, Hunter Fan Designer
I literally have Pinterest boards devoted to rattan chairs.
One of the things I’ve been seeing a ton of are vintage type lighting options: Edison bulb string lights or updated versions of tiki torches or gas lamps.
PS: Edison bulbs are definitely not out, like some would say, but they are evolving into more modern applications.
String lights have evolved from twinkle lights and chili peppers to little decorative bulbs or little covers that aren’t kitschy but unique. It’s that extra ambient light.
Christine Holmes, Hunter Fan Designer
Get a huge amount of natural materials; enormous amounts of it – rough stone, wood boards, brickwork. You get those natural texture and design elements and neutral colors that go well with any decor.
I think color in general is welcome. It’s almost a waste if where you have an opportunity to do color and you do something boring, it’s such a missed opportunity.
Stairs built into landscaping, knee high walls, potted plants – any way you can add hardscaping without destroying the natural elements build interest.
We were at a hotel terrace in Los Angeles and it wasn’t just a couch, it was the equivalent of a king size bed, so it was very exotic to sit on with the curtain around it and the pillows with the fireplace nearby.
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