By Sara Haley, creator of The Daily Sweat
Happy Valentine’s Day! I love holidays because they always inspire me to be creative with my workouts. This year I used some of my favorite sayings from Valentine Conversation Hearts to create a full body workout. (And, since everyone always asks me how I fit in my workouts, now that I’m a mom, I thought I’d share with you what really goes on at my house when I work out at home—see the video below!)
Below is a list of the exercises in the circuit, including how many reps to do. The whole thing should take you around 10 minutes. Put on some of your favorite songs—”Call Me Maybe”, anyone?—and do the moves back to back. Most of all, have fun while you’re doing it—you may even be able to recruit your hubby or kiddos to help you out!
Sara Haley’s Crazy Conversation Heart’s Circuit
There’s a new workout trend coming our way, and you can thank the animals for this one. Primal animal workouts are exercises based on the movement patterns of different animals and their forms. The purpose of these workouts is to use your own body weight as strength training rather than actual weights. Some of the animals the movements are based off of include gorillas, panthers, crabs and even ostriches. It’s basically the paleo version of a workout only instead of eating the animals you’re acting like them. (more…)
By Jessica Smith, co-author of Thin In 10
If your number one reason for not exercising regularly has been not having enough time to fit it in, get ready to toss that excuse out the window. This short, but effective, routine uses minimal space and zero equipment to help you squeeze in a shot of exercise anytime, anywhere! Try it once, twice or three times throughout the day for a total body workout that also keeps your heart rate elevated for maximum fat burning results.
The 10-Minute Total Body Tune Up
Do each of these five moves for the recommended time, with little to no rest in between exercises. Repeat the circuit 2x through in total for a complete 10-minute workout. Note: you may want a mat or towel for some of the moves done no the floor.
Total Toner #1: The 180-Degree Hip Circle
Targets: Core, Arms. Hips, Glutes, and Thighs
J.J. Kunkle is an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer and owner of The Fit Life, LLC in Bellbrook, Ohio. She never leaves home without her running shoes and shorts.
“I couldn’t workout out last week; I was on a business trip. The hotel didn’t have a gym!” I’ve heard it a thousand times from my clients and friends—an excuse to get off track and break the exercise habit.
Travel is the worst time to skip your workouts, because most likely you are eating out for every meal, consuming way more calories than normal. So I make sure my clients are armed with an easy, quick travel workout that can be done anywhere!
Kettlebells are all the buzz in the fitness world right now. Kettlebells have been around for centuries, but have become popular among athletes and fitness enthusiasts in recent years.
They are mainly used for ballistic or swinging movements or used in press and pull movements similar to those associated with normal weight training. Kettlebell exercises engage the entire body, thus making each movement maximize core stabilization and total-body muscle recruitment. In other words, kettlebells are a great total body workout that improve muscle tone and reduce body fat.
I understand that the majority of the female population is intimidated by weight training, but kettlebells are a great way to reach your fitness goals and have a blast doing so. I recommend integrating a kettlebell exercise routine or two into your weekly workout regimen. The benefits are completely worth it. (more…)