“I Workout to Burn Off the Crazy”

"I workout to burn off the crazy" tank top

After a long holiday with little exercise, I threw on this tank because not only is it pretty funny, but it was totally appropriate to my mood before I worked out!  Even my family will vouch for the fact that I am a much nicer person when I exercise.

It’s not just me though, it’s true for all of us.  According to Dr. Shawna Charles in her article “5 Mental Benefits of Exercise”:

Most of us know the many physical benefits of exercise: weight control, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of diabetes, and increased energy, just to name a few. But what about the psychological benefits of exercise? From easing symptoms of depression and anxiety to keeping your memory sharp, there’s no shortage of mental benefits of exercise.

According to Dr. Charles, who holds a PhD in Psychology from Walden University,  the five psychological benefits are:

  • help for depression and anxiety
  • decreased stress
  • increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • better sleep
  • brain boost

According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), in their article “Exercise for Stress and Anxiety”,  “It takes about five minutes of aerobic exercise to begin stimulating anti-anxiety effects…One vigorous exercise session can help alleviate symptoms for hours, and a regular schedule may significantly reduce them over time.”

So, don’t just take my tank top’s word for it.  Get out there and move.  ‘Cause it will help burn off your crazy too 😉

I Workout to Burn Off the Crazy Tank
Panoware Women’s Workout Racerback Tank | I Workout To Burn Off The Crazy, Vintage Black


Look Amazing While Getting in Shape

Look amazing while getting in amazing shape

NIKE activewear pants
$115 – harrods.com

Nike shirt
$23 – net-a-porter.com

Sweaty Betty strappy sports bra
$51 – sweatybetty.com

Nike athletic shoes

Recreation of a Daily Harvest Smoothie

We have recreated this yummy smoothie by Daily Harvest a smoothie delivery service. I tried the service and it was awesome but I felt like for me it was not a necessity since I like to make them myself and I have the time. If that is not you, then get the service.

Daily Harvest Cacao Avocado Smoothie



I cut up several zucchini and froze them so I could have them handy.




My version below:

  • 1/2 cup zucchini
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 date
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Scoop vanilla protein
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • Add ice and blend away

This turns into a thick, rich, creamy smoothie  -so good!  Even my 10 year old liked it- bonus!   Just don’t let them see you make it 😉


Tired of Feeling Old and Fat? Pick Up Those Weights…


weight scale from freeimages.com

If you think you are the only one watching the scale tick higher and your arms get flabbier each year, rest assure – you are not alone.  According to Donna Bennett, a Certified Personal Trainer and Owner of Donna Bennett Training, “As we become less active, our metabolism slows down. We lose between 3 – 8% of muscle mass a decade and our percent of body fat increases. Over time our hormones change, we lose bone density and are at risk for osteoporosis. Plus, as we age, our balance and coordination diminish putting us at risk for injury and losing our independence.”

So, now you are probably thinking – great, thanks for the pick me up this morning Nearly All Things! Well, we are here to tell you that there is a bright side – we can do something about this!  We can become or stay strong, burn more calories, all while building healthy bones. Wondering how? Pick up those weights girls!

Woman lifting weights

Donna explains, “Strength training preserves muscle mass, controls weight by increasing lean body mass and burns more calories efficiently which can result in weight loss. According to the University of Mexico it can even increase one’s resting metabolism by 7%.” Which means you continue to burn calories even after you finish your workout – bonus!

“Weight training gets more calorie torching ‘bang for your buck’.  It creates an after burn affect that allows the body to continue to burn more calories at rest. This effect is called EPOC – Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. It can take the body anywhere from 15 minutes up to 48 hours (University of New Mexico) to return to it’s normal resting state.” – Donna.

So, if you are interested in burning more calories, maintaining strength, and slowing bone deterioration, you should grab a dumbbell, swing a kettlebell, or use your own body weight to perform exercises to increase your strength. And if all of this sounds intimidating – then we recommend signing up for a group class. It’s a great way to meet new people and improve your strength.  Get going – your future health and well-being depend on it!

Donna Bennett is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACE CPT), CFSC & IYCA High School SCS certified, Certified Tactical Fitness Trainer (START Fitness), FMS certified and USAW Weightlifting certified.  Her philosophy of Train for Life is evident in her free and fixed circuit style training that focuses on progression, variety and precision all in a safe, supportive and fun environment. When Donna is not training, she is busy being a mother to three boys and coaching soccer.  Click Here for more information on Donna Bennett Training classes.


Corus Fitness – Serious Workout for Your Abs

If you are looking to strengthen your abs, inner thighs and butt, then Corus Fitness is the place for you.  Corus is a modern version of pilates on a megaformer.  I personally have tried all types of exercise and can truly say this is one of the hardest.  You use muscles that you do not know you have, you gain strength and flexibility, and last but not least your core gets a serious challenge with every move you do.  Since there’s always tension on the reformer, seemingly easy moves, are crazy difficult.


Reformers at Corus Fitness
NearlyAllThings followers can get 15% off class packs (excludes already discounted new client packages) with the promo code Allthings.  It must be purchased by July 31st.
 What’s so great about Corus? First of all, it’s in a cool space and they play rocking music.  Second, it has state of the art equipment.  Corus uses the Lagree method. It is the first of its kind in NorthEast, Ohio.  Seriously, I bet you try it and love it.  Be prepared to be sore!


I love it and plan to continue.  I have been there a lot and its a great challenge every time. I recommend the unlimited class pack for $149 for the first month.  It saves a lot and will give you a good idea of how Corus can transform your body.  – Ashlee

It’s a great class – high intensity, low cardio – you’ll work muscles you don’t even think about.  From someone who works out regularly, I couldn’t believe that my stomach and inner thigh muscles could be so sore! – Libby

Check out the videos below.  Remember that there is tension on the megaformers so these seemingly easy moves are really tough.

Those of you in other cities reading our blog, Google your city and “Lagree” for a studio close to you!

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