Squat Challenge

I haven’t been as good as I should be, after my completion of Mini Marathon about working out and running. My intention had been to run two to three miles a day following the marathon in May, but I have fallen off the wagon a bit.

I came across a squat challenge, and thought I’d give it a try.  Yesterday was Day 1. 250 squats, how hard can it be, right?!  Can you say: jelly legs!! I did them throughout the day, not all at once which made it a little bit easier to complete all 250!

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Reasons to replace your office chair with a stability ball.

Better Posture
With no chair back to slouch into or armrests to lean on, you’re almost forced to keep your back straight, which can encourage better posture. 

Stronger Core
Sitting up tall forces you to use your core muscles, which not only tones your midsection, but can also help prevent back pain. Remember to actively sit on the ball with a straight back — slouching forward on a ball will not give you a six pack!

Reduced Damage From Sitting
A desk job often means sitting in the same position, hour after hour, but you should be aware that staying sedentary for so long could be lethal

Using an exercise ball as a chair may seem easy, but it’s pretty challenging on your muscles since they’re so used to relaxing into a chair. 

Interval Workout.

There are tons of different ways to workout on the treadmill but lately my favorite workout has been doing intervals. Doing an interval workout burns way more calories and makes the workout go by much quicker than just running for a straight hour. By changing your running speed every minute, you’ll also be winning the war against weight gain.

Skyzone Air Aerobics.

I hate working out super late. I usually have no energy and all I want to do is hop in my pajamas and fall asleep. I usually try to workout as soon as I get home from work so that I don’t make excuses to not go to the gym. My normal workout routine is to do a 6 o clock class at LA Fitness or go to the gym and run at my apartment. 

Last night Kalyn, Anne and I decided to check out Skyzone Aerobics. The workout was hard to get through because of all of the jumping, running & weight training. I wanted to quit after the first five minutes. The class started with a few light warm ups before moving on to trampoline sprints. After we ran the laps and the warm-up was over we started circuit training that followed the perimeter of the court. 

The circuit was a nice full body workout that targeted every part of your body. After the circuit we ended the class running sprints again. Sky aerobics was definitely a great workout! 

I was skeptical at first about working out on a trampoline. 

  • – NASA concludes that the benefits of the trampoline are 68% more effective than jogging.
  • – 10 minutes of bouncing on the trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes of jogging, without the added stress on your joints.
  • – Bouncing enhances overall coordination, spatial awareness, flexibility, timing, reaction speed, agility, and balance.

It takes a lot more effort to maintain balance and form on a trampoline, and your body benefits from the extra effort 🙂

Healthy Eating Preparation.

I’m not a huge fan of plain flavors especially original flavored oatmeal. I love sweetening things up and adding more flavor to my food. This morning at work, I whipped up some original oatmeal while spicing it up with blueberries, strawberries & peanut butter. 

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I am so tired of this rainy weather. I keep thinking the rain will let up , but it just keeps pouring.  It has been warm this week so it would be the perfect weather to run outside but I guess the treadmill will have to do until it stops raining. 

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Kalyn gave me an awesome healthy lunch idea over the weekend and this is my third day straight bringing it to work. I cut up a red pepper, green pepper & a cucumber, bought pocket thins from Kroger & roasted red pepper hummus. 

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