New Year, New You

2018 Fashion, Fashion, Favorite Features, Fitness

Regretting all the food you ate over the holidays? It’s never too late to get fit and ready for the new year. As they say – summer bodies are built in the winter!

I started with getting myself new athletic/workout gear. Check out Fabletics, which I talked about here. They offer great gym clothes for reasonable prices. I also often get cute workout clothes at Target, Forever21 and T.J. Maxx. While I really like brands like Lululemon (and I do have a few of their items) I don’t like how expensive their brand is for clothing I will ultimately sweat in. However, their travel and athleisure style is great!

We all get busy with life, and it’s hard to stick to a routine. I try and keep my fitness goals mangeable so I can achieve them. I aim for at least 30 minutes every day Monday-Friday. In reality, I only work out about 3-5 times a week. However, if I aim for five times a week, I generally an make it to to at least three times.

I have a gym membership, and I do take a few classes around town. However, I also have a few circuits that I do at home to ensure that I have no excuse not to get my 30 minutes of activity in each day.

A colleague of mine at my office gave me this high-intensity-interval-training (HIIT) circuit, and it works! No matter how many times I’ve done it – it is hard every time.

For five minutes, you rotate through each exercise group with a one minute rest in between. You can do this with a partner and take turns in between each exercise or do it by yourself and go as hard as you can for five minutes. I generally count it as a success if I can do at least two full circuits within each five minutes.

30-Minute HIIT Circuit

Burpees – 25 reps
Lunges – 25 reps

Rest: 1 minute

press ups – 25 reps
squats – 25 reps

Rest: 1 minute

box jumps – 25 reps
triceps dips – 25 reps

Rest: 1 minute

shoulder press – 25 reps ( suggest using barbells)
bicep curl – 25 reps ( (suggest barbells)

Rest: 1 minute

kettle bell thrust – 25 reps
leg up sit ups –  25 reps

If I have the time, then I’ll add 10-15 minutes of core exercises and finish with some stretched. Do each below abdominal exercise for 40 seconds with a 20 second rest in between.

10-Minute Ab Exercises

  1. Starfish
  2. Crunches
  3. Bicycles
  4. Side planks
  5. Leg lifts
  6. Side twists
  7. Leg kicks
  8. Leg Circles
  9. Windshield wipers with legs
  10. Plank hold for 1:30 minute

 

What are your fitness goals for the new year?

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