Trying something new — Beachbody On Demand

Hi friends! I thought today would be a good day to check in and let you know what I have been up to lately.

It has been so liberating to run without a training plan. I’ve been running varying distances from 2-6 miles, fast to slow and alone or with Murphy. I also added Beachbody to the mix for something fun, new and challenging.
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I follow a few Beachbody coaches on IG, but for the most part, I’m not interested in “drinking the koolaide.” The on-demand program seems like a good way to have access to lots of different workout videos and that’s what I’m using it for! For now, Ryan and I just signed up for the free 14-day trial to see if we like it. I’ll check back when it’s all said and done and let you know if we buy a year membership.

We already had a few weights, a weighted ball and some resistance bands, but thankfully we don’t really need much more than that! Most of the workouts are body-weight based and they are killer! The few workouts we’ve done have left us sweaty, sore and wanting more.img_1964

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Working out during the holidays

We all know working out during the holidays can be TOUGH. So much food, so many parties and traveling and so little time. Here are some quick and easy tips and ideas on how to stay active during December.

• Gina from the Fitnessista created a workout advent calendar. It’s such a simple and fun way to get active and get in some workout endorphins during December.

• If you have any type of fitness tracker, try to hit 10,000 every day! Take a walk after your meals to help with digest + to get some fresh air!

• Plan in advance! Try to carve out some time for a run or schedule a few classes to attend. If something is already on your calendar, you’re less likely to skip it!

(But don’t forget to go with the flow! Sometimes plans change. Don’t stress.)

• Join a reindeer run (or other holiday-themed 5k)! Invite your friends and family members to participate, this way you all are held accountable to show up.

The most important thing to remember to enjoy the holidays! This season only comes around once a year, so don’t stress about your running or your meals. Keep things in moderation and remember to move some.
Happy last-day-of-November!

HIIT workout playlist

A playlist can make or break a workout or run. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve wanted to quit mid-workout and a killer song comes on and pushes me through. If you’re in a music rut, check out this playlist for some killer, up-beat songs to get you through any HIIT workout or long run.
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“Ready For It?” — Taylor Swift
“Buzzin” — Mann
“7/11” — Beyoncé
“Hey Mama” — David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
“I Would Die 4 U” — Prince
“Bend Ova” — Lil Jon, Tyga
“Little Lion Man” — Mumford and Sons
“Drunk in Love” — Beyoncé
“Roses” Zaxx Remix — Chainsmokers
“Sorry Not Sorry” — Demi Lovato
“It Girl” — Pharrell
“Humble” — Kendrick Lamar
“Happiness” — NeedToBreathe
“Toxic” — Brittany Spears
“Elephant” — Tame Impala
“Lady Marmalade” — Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and P!nk

Now there is obviously a huge mix of songs on this playlist. I love all kinds of music and it shows. Feel free to add your own favorites get to working out!

What’s your favorite running song? Let me know in the comments below!

Post-Halloween treadmill and weights workout

Anyone else eat way too much Halloween candy last night? I may or may not had opened a bag of Reese’s pumpkins and ate them while watching This Is Us. Oops.

So, if you feel blah today because of too much sugar and sweets last night, I have a fast but hard workout for you to do today! It combines running and some bodyweight movements — the best of both worlds!

5 minute warmup — a good mix of walking and running.

30 seconds ALL OUT SPRINT.
30 seconds recovery.
Repeat x5.

***You should be running so fast that maintaining that speed for longer than your chosen interval time feels impossible.

Squats: 3 sets of 10; at the end of each set, hold the pose for 10 seconds.
Lunges: 3 sets of 5 on each leg; hold the pose for 10 seconds at the end of each set.

5 minute cool-down — a good mix of running and walking.

60-Minute Calorie Meltdown

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is super busy, but I am trying to stay positive and not get too bogged down with ALL THE THINGS on my to-do list. I am excited for a long workout this afternoon when I get home and I thought I would share it with you all.

Pop Sugar has lots of great workouts and it’s nice to visit their website, grab a workout and not have to think about it or plan anything.

While I do’t think you have to workout for an hour to see results, I do think long workouts (and runs) and be effective.

This workout from Pop Sugar is a great combination of strength and cardio. It keeps you form getting bored and gets the calories burning since you are using all parts of your body.

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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.

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. 

Total Body HIIT workout 

Hi friends! How are y’all today? I am getting over some soreness from my workout Saturday, so I thought I would share some of what I did with you all.

I’ve been looking at lots of workouts on Pinterest lately, and I’ve been combining lots of different body-weight moves to make one intense HIIT workout! It’s a good mix of legs, abs and arms and left my muscles shaking and sore.

The skaters killed my legs and butts, but that means the move was working! I also think plank jacks are my new favorite thing.

I encourage you to give this workout a try. Let me know what you think!

EXERCISE DESCRIPTIONS
I know most of these are pretty simple workouts, but some of them were knew-to-me, so I thought I would try and explain them as best I could!

Touchdowns: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointing forward and arms at your sides. Jump into a squat position and touch the ground with your left hand before jumping back into the starting position. Jump into a squat position again, this time touching the ground with your right hand.

Skaters: Begin in a small squat position and jump sideways to the right, landing on your right leg with your left leg behind your body and behind your right ankle. Reverse directions and jump to the left with your right leg behind your body and behind your left ankle.
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Plank Jacks: Begin in a plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your core braced and your feet together. Jump your feet out wide and then back again while upper body remains in place.
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Friday Favorites v.67

Another Friday is here and we are half way through the month of September! This week has been very busy and this weekend will be no different! I am so looking forward to the end of the month and our mini-vacay to STL to watch some baseball and eat + drink all of the goodies!

Until then, it’s work work work. Workout. Run. LIFE ALL THE HEAVY THINGS. Repeat.

Check out past Friday Favorites posts here!

So let’s get started with this week’s favorites.

1. Jenny Simpson snagged her sixth win and fifth consecutive at the 5th Avenue Mile. She also matched the 27-year-old course record, winning in 4:16.6. CRAZY FAST.

2. Probably my new favorite Instagram account. 


3.#DeskGoals
A happy workspace is a productive workspace. I have pictures of Ryan and Murphy at my desk and anytime I look at them, they automatically cheers me up.

4. A runDisney race is on my bucket list for sure! Check out this RW article about Why You Need to runDisney.

5. Total Body HIIT workout. Plus I love these super cute tights I found at TJ Maxx. 

6. Truth. Do you have a tv show or movie you can watch time and again without getting bored?
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7. Apple Watch commercial featuring Kara Goucher. I’ve been wanting an Apple Watch for months and now I’m really debating splurging on the AW3 for Christmas. Any Apple Watch users want to chime? I’ve also looked at other Garmin and Fitbit watches, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on any of them yet.

8. Murph passed out on the kitchen floor after playing with his toys at my parent’s house earlier this week. He is such a ham.
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