Workout Wednesday: Travel-Friendly Workout

Happy Hump Day!

Wow, what a crazy week! After a film shoot this weekend, and a couple of gigs, I’m ready  for the road trip that Micah and I and our good friend, Elizabeth are going on in l.5 weeks πŸ™‚ Yay!!! I love Holden Beach! A few days of boogie boarding, and running on the beach are going to be amazing!
That being said, I don’t plan to spend much time indoors. Morning workouts will work just fine, and I’ll probably only do a 15 minute workout, utilizing body weight and a band, and for all you cardion junkies, circuit style strength training also provides cardio while giving you that lean muscle that you need if you expect to look “toned”. Even though it’s a circuit,  this routine shouldn’t necessarily be rushed. You need to think about the muscles you’re using, in order to get the full benefit of the exercises. 
Curtsey Lunges – These are amazing exercises for the  legs! Start out standing, with feet hip-width apart and band anchored under your right foot. Maintaining tension in the band, take a step back with your left foot, stepping back and across with your left foot. Contract glutes and thighs, pressing through the front heel to return to standing. Repeat for time and complete reps on the other side before moving on to the next exercise.

Bent Row – Hinge from the hips. Abs in tight. There should be a straight line from your head to your hips. Anchor the band under both feet with 1 end in each hand. Contracting shoulders, pull band towards you, keeping elbows close to the sides of your body. Lower slowly. Repeat for time.

Plie Frog Hop- Standing with feet wider than shoulder width apart, hinge forward from the hips – straight line from head to hips, and squat down, bottom back behind you. Maintaining hinged position, lightly hop feet off the floor, or rise onto your toes. Press heels into floor and squat down again. Repeat for time.

Push Up – From knees or toes, with body in a straight line and abs contracted, and hand shoulder width apart. Lower yourself towards the floor, rise, pushing the floor away from you. Repeat for time.

The trick  to this workout is that it uses multiple muscle groups, and it also uses large muscle groups, so that you burn more calories. Do you workout on vacay? How? Do you like vacationing where you can be active? Comment below! πŸ™‚

see you soon!
– Julie

Christmas Memories…Getting back into my routine, Digital Cameras, and a Stocking De-Stuffer Workout

Hi There,
So, it’s been a wonderful, fun, crazy week! My husband turned 30 on Monday, so between birthday/graduation festivities, and Christmas, it’s been nuts around here. It’s all good though. I was able to get some precious retail therapy yesterday, which resulted in new workout capris, a red dress, a green blouse, tights, a new belt, and….dah dah dah dah….Riding Boots!!! I’ve been wanting some for forever…Thanks Dad, Mom, and GeeGee! I did workout on Monday and today, but am soooo ready for some normalcy in my workout routine…and clean eating again, I missed clean eating greatly.
It was my first Christmas with my husband’s family, so I wasn’t sure what to expect this year, but everything turned out wonderful for the most part. There were a lot of memorable moments, but one of the most special for me was hearing my husband read the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2. His dad normally reads, but wanted to recognize Micah’s coming of age, and 30 was the birthday that Jewish young men came of age in Jesus’ time…How cool to have my father-in-law recognize Micah husband as the leader of his home… teary eyes…

Then on to Parties…oh-my-lanta…I don’t think my energy levels can hold up to 5 days of parties like this…it was fun, but I’m so glad I have 2 more days off before I go back to work. I definitely enjoyed playing board games with Micah’s siblings and cousins, you never know what will happen…by the way, if you’ve never played Imagine Iff, you need too.

I thought it was really cool that Micah’s sister asked my mom what traditions my side of the family has at Christmas time. We did stockings with his family this year, and his sisters have no idea how something simple like that made me feel more at home.

But my husband always does some epic Christmas present every year, well epic to me…something that for whatever reason, I’m too cheap to buy for myself, but he always knows what I want. Well, this year, he got me a Canon Powershot camera, so expect the quality of pics on this blog to drastically improve! Here’s a pic of the two of us from the scavenger hunt I used to lead him to his surprise birthday/college graduation party! Each “clue” was a special memory of the two of us, at various points in our lives that led up to this point.This pic was brought to you by …ahem….my new camera. πŸ™‚

Well I came up with a “Stocking De-Stuffer Workout” so you can break a sweat without leaving the house if you’re still recovering from guests. Why wait ’til New Year’s? You can do this workout with your own body weight or add weights. Just perform one set of each exercise, and move on to the next set without stopping. You can do it! I know it’s tough to get back into a routine, but the extra effort it takes is worth it!

Remember to let patience have it’s perfect work! I’m cheering for you!
Merry Christmas!

Tabata Turkey Blaster

Happy Thanksgiving!
With a full tummy and thankful heart, I write to tell you I successfully got in a workout on Black Friday, and you can too! I was at my parent’s house for Thanksgiving, and they don’t have a lot of room, but I brought my resistance bands, and I tell you, I was breaking a sweat!!! And I was breathing like I had just finished a round of sprints! I felt accomplished! But, the magic was I accomplished all this in 8 minutes! I used the Tabata format, and will probably use it for years to come! It works for me, and I can get on with my day. Here’s the Turkey blaster I did on Friday!
Exercise Tips
Bent Row: hinge at the hips without rounding the back. Keep your abs in tight as you pull the band toward your abdomen and exhale. Squeeze those shoulder blades.
Runner’s Toe Taps: Get into Runner’s Lunge Pose, hands on the floor. Keeping weight in the front foot, quickly tap back foot forward and back, bottom down.

Push-Ups: Whether modified or full, keep your abs in tight, work on  a controlled motion, quality over quantity.
Jumping Jacks: NO pidgeon toes, and keep your knees slightly bent at all times. You’ll need to tie the band tight enough to keep tension on it throughout the entire exercise.

Enjoy this workout, and tell me of your progress!