Saturday, February 14, 2015

Top 10 Fitness and Health Picks for 2015

Top 10 Fitness and Health Picks for 2015

In 2015, I would like us all to set a new standard of beauty: healthy! What does that mean exactly? 
Well, that means not worrying so much about the scale or the opinions of others; that means listening to your body and doing what you and your doctor think is best for you and your body; that means not shaming others for being too fat or too thin or too curvy or too buff; and that means loving yourself every step of the way, so that you can enjoy your life and uplift and inspire others along the way! 

It means living in a healthy way to keep your body, mind, and spirit healthy! 

But, I honestly think people get scared off sometimes by people who promote "healthy living" or "healthy lifestyles," because their posts on social media and such can be very intimidating. Believe me, I completely understand! Looking at pictures of their refrigerators stuffed full of fresh fruits and veggies and pictures of their clean, green houses and pictures of their rock solid abs CAN be intimidating. But even those amazing people who look like they are living the perfect healthy lifestyle did not get there over night. It takes time!

And in that time that it takes to grow and change, it is important that you focus on one of the most important aspects of healthy living - loving yourself. Why is that important? Well in order to truly embrace things that you know are good for your body, mind, and spirit, you have to LOVE your body, mind, and spirit. I know... that takes time too.

For me personally, and I think for many others, transitioning into a healthier lifestyle is not just about taking your time, but it is also about variety. Yes, you have to invest a lot of time into changing bad habits and making new adjustments to your life, and learning to love yourself... but if you are not varying your routine and challenging your body consistently, you may get burnt out quickly, especially if you're not seeing results for a LONG time. Then what happens? Well, you may give up. 

Not this year! Let's make THIS the year that you start to work toward a healthier you!!!

How are we going to do this? Well, to start, I have this handy, dandy list here that gives you MY personal top picks for fitness and health items to incorporate into your life in 2015.  You can purchase them through the links provided. (I do receive commission from Amazon for promoting and selling the items listed through their website, just so you know. However, that does not change the fact that I love these particular items and hope that they can benefit others as they have me.)

 I hope you enjoy my picks for the top 10 fitness and health items for 2015.

Top 10 Fitness and Health Picks for 2015

1. Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred

"Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred" is one of my favorite DVDs to use when I have been slacking off for awhile. Jillian leads you through effective warm up stretches and then works you hard before providing a little cool down at the end. Throughout, she pushes you to perform at your best, reminds you that even people who weigh over 300 lbs can do jumping jacks, and truly inspires. "30 Day Shred" includes 3 different workouts (Levels 1,2, and 3) that each provide their own unique challenges, helping to keep variety alive in your healthy life.

2. 10 Minute Solution: Pilates

"10 Minute Solution: Pilates" with Lara Hudson is by far my FAVORITE workout DVD EVER!!! I love the workouts, I love that each one is only 10 minutes, so I can have a 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 minute workout depending on the time! My personal favorites on this DVD are "Pilates for Abs," "Pilates for Buns and Thighs," and "Pilates for Flexibility." Lara is an excellent guide too. Pay close attention to her advice on how to use your breath as you work your way through each of the exercises, because she is great at telling you just what to do, in a calm, reassuring way. 

3. The ItWorks Ultimate Body Applicator

Better known as "that crazy wrap thing," the ItWorks Ultimate Body Applicator is an awesome product that helps to slim, firm, tone, and detoxify you. (I even notice that I tend to poop better after I use them!) Results start in as little as 45 minutes, and each "wrap" continues to work for 72 hours after application! Wow, right?They are only available through ItWorks because there is nothing else out there like them! If you buy them in the "Wrap Pack," you get 4 body applicators (wraps) and a tube of their defining gel as well. If you sign up as a loyal customer, you get the pack for cheaper. And if you sign up to be an ItWorks representative, you can make money and get free product.  I don't personally run an ItWorks business, but my dear friend Kelsey (aka: Crunchy Hippie Mama) does, so if you have any questions, please contact her!

4. Tone Fitness Hourglass Shaped Dumbbells

Dumbbells are truly an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, in my personal opinion. I regularly use my hand weights to aid in my exercises. They are great for chest flies and for use during squats.  It is also fun to march and curl dumbbells along to some upbeat music.  I recommend this set because it has three different sizes/weights AND it has a handy stand. (Plus... not going to lie... I love the colors!)

5.  Sundown Naturals Gluten-free Adult Multivitamin Gummis

I believe that a daily multivitamin is a very good idea for everyone. Sundown Naturals Gluten Free Adult Multivitamin Gummis happen to be the multivitamins that I take on a daily basis. I'm not sure how much more I could say to promote them other than that. I use them and I love them! These gluten free multivitamin gummis are good for you and taste good too. So with that, my promo is through!

6. Gaiam Stainless Steel Water Bottles

These fashionable water bottles from Gaiam are not just cool, convenient ways to carry around the ever so important water, they are also recyclable, BPA free, and eco-friendly. I like that. If you like that too you can order a Gaiam stainless steel water bottle on Amazon through this link:

7. Natalie Jill's Rev 4

Natalie Jill is an amazing, inspiring, hard working and beautiful woman! She is truly on a mission to help others live healthier and happier lives. In "Natalie Jill's Rev 4," she offers up 4 complete 10 minute workouts that focus on using your own body to become stronger. I love it! It is a great workout DVD for those pressed for time, those who like variety and constant challenge, and those who want to live healthier, happier lives while helping support the careers of others (like Natalie Jill) who make those kinds of better lives possible for so many.
To buy Rev 4, go here: Natalie Jill's Rev 4 DVD on Amazon
For more inspiration and advice from Natalie Jill, "like" her on Facebook: Natalie Jill Fit on Facebook

8. Natural Fitness Roam Folding Yoga Mat

This eco-friendly, folding yoga mat is super portable, which is good. Because healthy living is a round the clock thing; it is not just about gym time or yoga class once a week! Truly! 
Use this mat for yoga, pilates, meditation, and more. It even comes with a groovy recycled carrying case, for convenience, style, and that good "Earth saving" vibe!
If you'd like your own, you can pick one up on Amazon here:

9. Gaiam Total Body Balance Ball Kit

The Gaiam Total Body Balance Ball Kit is an awesome set to get you started with balance ball routines. It is also just a fun thing to sit on sometimes. Balance balls can help strengthen your core as well as several other muscle groups when used in regular workouts. They can also be tossed and rolled around and freak cats out.
If you want one, you can of course get it through me on Amazon:

10. Lebert Equalizer

You can simplify your exercise routine and conquer your fitness goals with the Lebert Equalizer Total Body Strengthener. It's a simple, portable, yet multi-purpose and versatile piece of strength training equipment that works arms, chest, back and core muscles by using your own body weight as resistance. Created by personal trainer and Taekwondo Black Belt, Marc Lebert, the Equalizer is now used by athletes of all levels and ages, as well as those of us who have learned to love our own bodies and take our health and fitness into our own hands.
If you want to purchase the Lebert Equalizer bars, you can get them on Amazon here:

And of course, keep checking back with The PonchoMeg Program blog for more great inspiration, fitness, health, and food advice, product recommendations, helpful health and fitness lists, and more!

And please, talk to your doctor before starting any diet or fitness program. I am NOT a doctor; I am just a health conscious fitness trainer, minister, model, actress, musician, writer, & artist who wants to help people.

Peace and Love to ALL!

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