A Move to Carve Your Core – Workout for the Holidays

Wow…I actually had a Thanksgiving post planned…I think I’ll post it next year.

There has been a lot more going on than I could possibly write about in one post  – starting a new job, performing in a concert, and other fun events. I can honestly say that between this and Micah’s birthday this month, we will be going constantly on the weekends. Right now, I would be happy if I could hibernate after this week. (Bears definitely have the advantage on this one.) That being said, I’ve still been staying on top of eating healthy and workout out daily for the most part, even if I workout 5-10 minutes, I try to sneak in fitness when I can.

Christmas survival hint: just do something. It may not be the ideal, but at least you won’t be regretting that you didn’t do any workout.

Celebrate the healthy choices you do make!

I want to stay healthy but also have time to spend with friends and family, so I’ve been working on a 7-day fitness challenge. I’ll be posting the full program on pinterest on Tuesday of next week. All you need is 5-10 minutes for workouts each day, and your list of healthy habits. We will be adding one healthy habit at a time to the list, so by the end of the week, you will have 7 new healthy habits! It’s a start!

This leads me to an awesome exercise that I like to use. There’s a modification for almost any fitness level, and multiple muscle groups are worked, meaning that more calories are burned.  Word of Caution: Be careful if you have a history of wrist or shoulder injuries. In this case, start out with tabletop pose or even seated leg lifts on the floor. Here is the most advanced version, or just hold the reverse plank pose.

Think of this as your sneak peak move. There will be a different move/mini workout each day of the challenge, in fact, you won’t spend more than 10 minutes each day working out, so this is totally doable during this busy time of year. 
For a reverse plank, start out seated on the floor, hands behind you and legs straight out in front of you. (In tabletop feet are bent.) Lift your hips, keeping your shoulders down and core engaged, maintaining a straight line from head to toe. If this is not challenging enough, lift one leg at a time while in reverse plank….and don’t stop breathing…hehe. Hold reverse plank for 30 – 45 seconds or 2-4 leg lifts each leg for 3 sets. Do this first thing in the morning, and you won’t need that cup of coffee…or maybe more so. 
Anyway, tell me what other exercises you’d like to see in the challenge! I can’t wait to hear from you! 
Julie

Workout Wednesday: Total Body Tune-up

Here we are again! Snow, Snow, Snow!!!! Frankly, I would love for the snow to make up it’s mind whether it’s going to stay or go, but that’s just me. Speaking of snow…I’m always cold, but this winter is ridiculous! Our house doesn’t have central heating, so, I’m forever walking around bundled up, even though we live in the south. 
I have found some wonderful ways to keep warm:
1. Curl up with a good book, a blanket, and a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate.
2. Snuggle with my handsome fella. 🙂
3. Start baking things…our oven gets super hot, so it heats up the entire top floor of the house, which is really the only floor we use anyway.
4 Workout. Do some cardio. I’ll try out routines that I want to post, or pop in a cardio dvd. Either way, I feel better. 
5. Clean house…okay, so I’m desperate by the time I have to do this to keep warm, but it works great, so, there we go. I’m currently working on the 40 days – 40 bags of clutter challenge. Which was deperately needed at our house. I found out that I have 20 books that are great, but for whatever reason, their just taking up space…There’s even some fitness related ones too. (Check out juliesunshine22).

I love total body circuit training, and this one has some sure-fire arm and leg toners.
So, Stay warm, and get moving!

   
Squat down then while in a squat, reach left leg behind you diagonally. Return to squat then stand. Repeat, alternating sides.

Start out in Plank, hands wide. Bring right hand to meet left hand. Repeat, alternating sides.  
Butterfly Bridge: Perform a glute bridge. While hips are lifted, press knees apart, maintaining tension.Press knees together, then lower. Repeat.
Reverse Plank

Bicycle Crunch