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Friday, July 27, 2018

My Favorite Workout Routine

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One thing I've gotten asked  quite a bit over the Summer is about my workout routine.  
Let me start by saying, I'm not a personal trainer but this is what I've been doing (and loving!)

Since I was in Middle School, I've always enjoyed working out.  Betsy and I would get up early before school and do "Bodies In Motion with Gilad".  Ever heard of it?  Old school but it was a good mix of cardio.  
Flash forward to today - I still love a tough workout.  
Over this past winter/fall, I took a few months off.  I wasn't mentally into working out and used my early wake up time to focus on blog work.  At the beginning of the summer, my good friend (and workout partner) reached out saying she had come across a new workout and we should do their Summer challenge.  I was ready!

HiitBurn is where our Summer challenge is from.  You guys - I'm absolutely loving this!  HiitBurn is run by a husband and wife team - Dennis & Kelsey.  Their workouts are tough and they provide lots of meal ideas.  You can check out their instagram @hiitburn.
 (by the way - this is not sponsored.  I'm just sharing what I've been using and loving lately.)

HIIT workouts are my absolute favorite! I've done running challenges, lots of cardio, strictly weight training and by far, HIIT workouts give me the best results.
What I love most about HIIT workouts are that they are short but intense.  
Not only that - I love that the workout routines are scheduled.  Everything you need for a tough workout is planned and organized for you.  No thinking involved.  

On the HiitBurn Website you can find a variety of routines to follow.  I also suggest checking out their YouTube and my favorite new workout addition is their HIITBURN app. where there are tons of workouts.  

Ok - so that's the program I've been using all Summer.  My friend and I workout Monday - Friday and take the weekends off.  Our workouts are about 30 mins.  If we finish the HIITBurn workout a little early, we'll hop on an elliptical for  5-10 mins.  Nothing crazy.  No long hours spent in the gym - but I've seen results!  I'm gaining my muscle tone back and I feel better overall.

I share all this as an option that I'm loving.  No matter where you are in a fitness journey I encourage you to do something.  Whether that's a quick walk, 10 squats, 10 burpees (my favorite!), or 10 crunches - you'll feel so good afterwards!

Here is an example workout (and one of my favorite workouts! I love working legs.)

* Strength -(12 mins)
4 rounds // set your interval timer for 60 seconds on and 30 seconds rest.  
~Bulgarian split squat (left) (in a lunge position, back leg on a bench, step, coffee table....whatever you have nearby) squat down and up.
~Bulgarian split squat (right)

After 4 rounds
~Glute raises - 60 seconds (lay on your back on floor, knees bent, raise hips up and squeeze)

*Density HIIT
Complete each exercise for 30 seconds without rest in between.  Complete 2 full rounds.  Then rest for 1 min 30 sec.  Complete 2 more rounds.  
~Reverse alternating lunges

Complete as many rounds as possible in 4 minutes.
~Squat jumps - 10
~Mountain climbers - 10 each side
~Ice skaters - 10 each side

The other big question I get asked is what I eat in a day.  Funny thing.  My major in college was Dietetics.  I've always loved nutrition.  After college, however, I took a different route and didn't become a Dietetian.

Here are some of my favorites.
Breakfast ideas:
~Greek yogurt, cut up fruit, and protein granola
~2 eggs with 1-2 slices ezekial bread, toasted and topped with all-fruit jelly
~protein pancakes - 2 eggs, 1 mashed banana, small handful quick-cook oats.  Mix and cook like a pancake.  Top with peanut butter or a small amount of syrup.
~Pancakes made with Kodiak Cakes 

Lunch ideas: 
I'm not a huge fan of lunch.
~ Salads - so many varieties and toppings to choose from.  Just try to keep it clean and use dressing sparingly.  Grilled chicken, vegetables, fruit, nuts, etc.
~Turkey & cheese sandwich on whole grain or ezekiel bread (slightly toasted)
~Toast, mashed 1/4-1/2 avocado, top with a fried egg
~Ezekiel english muffin, toasted with natural peanut butter and all-fruit jelly
~protein smoothie of some kind - my favorite lately: frozen banana, frozen strawberries, soy or almond milk, small handful of oatmeal, scoop of peanut butter or protein powder.

Dinner ideas:
I eat whatever I cook for the family.  However, I keep my portions healthy.

~For example, if I make tortellini with grilled chicken and pasta sauce I limit the tortellini I eat and have more chicken and a larger side salad.  If I make garlic bread, I just eat the crust that my 6 year old doesn't like.  hehe
~Last night we had flank steak and roasted vegetables.
~We have salmon every couple of weeks.  Here is my favorite salmon recipe:
For the kids - top with brown sugar.  For the hubby and I - top with a little brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes.  Then bake.
Peach salsa to put on top: can or fresh peaches diced, diced red onion, cilantro, diced jalapeno, touch of minced garlic, mix & refrigerate until salmon is ready.

I try to keep my eating at 80/20.  I enjoy a glass or two of wine most nights and an occasional treat (i'm not a huge sweets person anymore). I try to be smart at my food choices - especially at breakfast and lunch.  I don't stick to a strict diet as that's not how my day to day life is.


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