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My Unexpected Holiday Treat

28 Dec

While many folks look forward to travel and cookies, I was looking forward to EXERCISE! This year I’ve learned that exercise is one of the most important ingredients for my sanity and well being. And between the rain, work, my cold, and stitches (I had a mole removed – all tests negative TYVM), I haven’t been working out hard, and I lost quite a bit of strength and cardio endurance (and sanity). Not that I don’t count my wogging excursions and dates with the elliptical (they TOTALLY count), but there is great value in dripping-sweat-kick-ass-workouts.

So, just for today, I will press, twist, squat, and jump. I’m happy to say that despite wanting to quit at minutes 5, 10 & 15, I persevered for 40 minutes. I’m hoping that by building my strength after a few more workouts that I’ll be past quitter mode. (But I’ve always been a mental sissy re: exercise, so I’m not counting on it). Continue reading

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20 Minute Cardio Quickie¬†(So To Speak)

14 Sep

I’m not a cardio fan. I’m a wimp both mentally and physically and have a ridiculously short attention span. I like weights, gadgets and toys though. To me, they are much more interesting and less tedious. I love this type of workout because it tricks me into working harder than I normally would. Plus it requires very little counting.

In 20 minutes, I was dripping sweat – so in my book, that totally counts.

Warm Up (3 sets, 10 reps each)

  1. Push ups
  2. Old school sit ups
  3. No weight squats

Workout (3 sets, 1 min each, no rest between exercises, 1 min rest between sets – and don’t be fooled my friends, a minute is a long time)

  1. Kettlebell swings
  2. Lunges with medicine ball/chop
  3. Plank (sigh….)
  4. Single leg squats (on my back porch step) with shoulder press (switch sides after 30 seconds)
  5. Speed skaters (with medicine ball)

Final Interval – Tabata (20 seconds SPRINT, 10 seconds rest, repeat for 4 minutes total)

  1. Mountain climbers on ground

If you’ve got 20 minutes to work out, what is your favorite?

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