Some of my go-to workouts

Guys, I tried this workout from Fitnessista last Friday and holy smokes, it was a killer! So many squats and lunges! My legs were on fire. It hurt a little on Saturday but after some stretching and foam rolling, all my tightness seemed to work itself out.

I’ve been trying to save body weight workouts on my phone, that way I have no excuse to not do a workout. If I ever get stuck in a rut, I just open my phone and choose from one of the many workouts I have saved and bam! instant inspiration.

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Here are some of my favorites I have saved:

Cardio HIIT Workout.

45 Minute Interval Treadmill Workout.

10 to 1 Body Weight Workout.

Yoga for Runners.

Total Body HIIT Workout.

Walking Treadmill Workout Roundup.

Let me know if you use any of these workouts! They are all so fun and make you work up a sweat.

Search my blog for more inspiration and let me know what kind of workouts you want to see on the blog.

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Working out and traveling

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always do my best workouts on the weekends. I don’t have as many time constraints, I can focus on my workout and I have plenty of time to stretch, warmup and cool down. 

But when I travel on the weekends, I feel like I can’t get workout as well as I want.

 

* I had to include this hilarious picture I took of Murphy while we were traveling. 

That was the case this weekend. We visited my in-laws in Tennessee and had a great time, but my workouts suffered. 

Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. My family is more important than any workout, but getting in one sweat sesh a day makes me feel better and helps me be the best version of myself. 

So while I didn’t get to run and have a killer total body workout, I did get it some solid movements and walks with Murph that worked up some endorphins.

So don’t beat yourself if you chose to spend time with family rather than working out. While I missed my workouts, I know they will be waiting for me Monday afternoon after work. 

Movin’ & Groovin’ 

Yesterday I killed my workout. I ran a mile for a warmup, did a 24 minute HIIT workout and finished with some sprints in the yard with Murphy. *I wish I had the stamina of my dog. I was dying and he was happy as could be running laps around our yard.*

There is no such thing as a bad workout. Every movement counts. Burning calories in your garage is the same as burning them in a gym.

Put in the work and you will see results. #MotivationWednesday. Here’s a recap of my workout yesterday.

Lift all the things. Strength training makes you strong (duh) and helps burn fat. I’m starting to get baby arm muscles!!!

Trying to get a picture while doing jumping jacks is a lot harder than it looks. This is the best I could get. Enjoy.

Friday Favorites v. 65

Happy three day weekend! With Labor Day being on Monday, both Ryan and I are off and I am so excited. With him having to work every Saturday, Sundays are our only true day together, so I’m pumped for an extra 24 hours with my main man.

Before I can jump into the long weekend, I need to wrap up some things at work and get in a run to start off my favorite month of the year.

So let’s chat about Friday Favorites.

1. I scheduled out the rest of my vacation days for 2017. Since Ryan and I didn’t take an actual week-long vacation this year, I got to spread my days. Well I basically didn’t use any vacation days the first half of the year, so now I have a bunch to use before I lose them.

2. Healthy Snacks from CVS. We have a CVS rightnextdoor to work, I walk over there all the time to get snacks when my stash is running low. I love that they are offering healthier options! Even though occasionally Sour Patch Kids somewhere sneak into my basket.

3. With the devastation of Houston, I’ve seen so many groups and business and individuals come together to show their support and raise money and volunteer their time. Keeping praying for those who had to evacuate, those still in their homes and all the emergency responders risking their lives to save others.

4. Fantasy Football starts on Sunday for my group of friends and I’m so pumped. My team name is Gridiron and Wine and I’m ready to take home a win this year.
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5. I survived my second week of teaching, which involved giving a quiz, assigning an article, grading papers and so much more. I love challenging myself and this job is perfect. I am learning just as much as I am teaching.

6. The best recovery routine for rest days. A great video and explanation from Runner’s World.

7. My post on five easy bbq recipes from earlier this week.

8. This is what happens when I take all the sheets off the bed for them to be washed.
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My goal for August

Tomorrow starts my favorite month of the year! September is the start of fall, cooler weather, football season and mine and Ryan’s anniversaries! Our dating and wedding anniversaries are one day a part, so we have lots to celebrate this month. (Fun fact: We got married 364 days after we first started dating. So we literally came full circle in a year.)

Anyways, as I’ve mentioned on the blog before, earlier this year I was so hot and cold with running. I had passion and then I lost it. I found some mojo, but not enough to keep me training for a fall half marathon. So when I got my new Simplified Planner, I made a note on August 31 that I wanted to run 30 miles in August. (For some reason I thought there was only 30 days in August? Even though I clearly wrote my goal on 8/31. Insert face palm emoji.)
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Anyways. I did it! While I didn’t run a mile every day (not that that was ever the plan) I did reach my goal. It felt good to set a goal and stick to it. I’m now planning for 45 miles in September.

I’m trying to give myself more grace. Not excuses to not get stuff done, my room to breathe when things aren’t perfect.

Here’s to another great month!

45 minute interval treadmill workout

While I know many of you dread the treadmill, I’m here to encourage you to give this treadmill workout a try!

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This workout keeps things fresh pyramid intervals. To me, the change of pace helps keeps me motivated and push my limits — plus it keeps things from getting boring! This 45-minute plan is the perfect cardio workout to help incorporate intervals into your gym routine.

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Friday Favorites v.63

The heat and humidity is back and brutal. After a couple weeks of nice weather, I am dreading the heat and humidity that is only going to get worse from here.

On the agenda for this weekend — house and yard work on Saturday and Holiday World on Sunday! It’ll probably be our last time heading up to Holiday World for the summer, so we are planning to stay from open to close! I am so excited.

1. I’m just going to leave this here as a little reminder.
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2. I’ve been reading Daily Garnish for almost seven years. I read this post not too long after it was originally published, but for some reason, when I was searching through her blog earlier this week, it popped up again and I am SO glad it did.

3. I hit my highest milage week this summer. Yay for longer runs and treadmill miles that help keep me sane.
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4. Totally random, but for work earlier this week, I got to tour a 3.8 million dollar house! It was so crazy and so pretty — six bedrooms and six bathrooms. I would not even know what to do with that much space!

5. If you’ve read this blog some time, you know my guilty pleasure show is DCC: Making the Team. This week was finals which includes the solo rounds! It’s one of my favorite aspects of the tryout and I love seeing the dancers perform something unique to them.

6. With all the talk about the solar eclipse that is happening on Monday, NASA is streaming a 360-degree video of the event. How neat!

7. Still loving Kroger Clicklist. Forever and always.

8. Another week, another new toy.
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I’ve found my running bug

For the last few months, I’ve gone back and forth from hating running to daydreaming of a half marathon. I tried to do some strength training. I watched yoga videos. But nothing stuck.

Well…I’m back! I’ve found my running bug again. Last week was my highest mileage week in a while and I’ve kept the momentum going.

I’ve been hitting the treadmill every day after work, I’ve been lifting, doing squats and eating healthier.

WHO AM I?

And I know this isn’t rocket science, but I feel 10 times better. The endorphins from working out after work give me a second wind to power through the night (whether it be work, cleaning, chasing Murphy around).

I’ve been eating more greens and less chips and I feel less bloated. I’ve lost three pounds this week. And while I don’t want to judge myself based on a number on a scale, it is nice to sometimes see numerical results.

I know this was a lot of rambling, but I just want you all to know that we all goes through the phases. Sometimes I’m on my game and sometimes I’m not. That’s life.

I try to remember that “this too shall pass” and that life is about balance.

Now I’m going to power through the day, run 3 miles after work and spend the night curled up on the couch eating ice cream with my two favorite boys.

Balance, y’all.

How to build a home gym

No waiting for a treadmill or weight rack. Cranking the radio or tv as loud as you want it. Honestly, there are a ton of pros to a home gym.

For me, it was about cost and convenience. Gym memberships have gotten to be outrageous. While I don’t have a pool at my house, I have basically gotten everything else for my home gym. I love that I can get a workout in any time of day and in any weather and I don’t have to worry about what to do with Murphy, driving in bad weather, or if the gym is open.

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BE FREE
To me, one of the best things about a home gym is you don’t have be self conscious. You can wear what you want, sweat and stink the place up and don’t have to worry about looking ridiculous. The only there to see me is my dog.

In a commercial gym you’re going to be surrounded by obnoxious bros, loud frat boys, and chicks who can currently lift more than you. Or on the other hand, people who don’t care, take up machines with texting and little kids running around.

Not everyone in a commercial gym is like that, but they are there… trust me.

FIND A SPACE
Are you going to use your basement or garage for your home gym? Neither one of those an option? Find a space that suits you and your needs. Clean it up, make sure there is plenty of space for equipment and movement and get started building your own home gym.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Put up some inspiration (motivational posters, floor length mirrors, race medals, etc). This space should be designed to help YOU reach your goals.

When we first got out treadmill we actually wanted to put it up in our basement (air conditioning! tv!) But once we started putting it together, we realized our ceilings were too low for Ryan to run on the treadmill (I had no problem, but I’m short)

So then we had to move it to the garage and I think it works much better out there! I have plenty of room to move around and I can crack up the radio and open the garage doors and let all kinds of natural light in.

START SMALL
Dumbbells
If you’re doing a programs that calls for you to add non-bodyweight focused resistance training to your regimen – such as 21 Day Fix, 22 Minute Hard Corps, P90X, or Body Beast, you’ll need to pick up dumbbells or resistance bands.

Jump Rope
It’s simple and cheap and doesn’t take up any room. Trying jumping rope for five solid minutes. It’s harder than you think.

Pull Up Bar
We scored one at Academy Sports for less than $100. It was the last thing we added to our home and it has made such a difference in helping me improve my upper body strength.

Foam Roller
Owning a foam roller is like having a personal masseuse on call whenever you need relief from your soreness. Foam rollers can help ease tension, improve mobility, and reduce muscle pain in as little as five to 10 minutes.

Treadmill
We have a treadmill in our garage, but that’s because I am a runner. You absolutely do not need a treadmill to have a great home gym. While it was an investment, it has paid off in the long run, because I get to use it every day, Murphy gets to hang out in the garage with me and I can run rain, shine, sleet or snow.

My review of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750.

Agree with this list? Disagree with anything on this list? See a reason for working out at home that needs to be added?

Comment in the section below and let me know if these reasons ring true for you, or if you think there are any other reasons why people should train at home.