How To Vary Your Workout

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Are you getting everything into your workout that you need? Did you know that to be healthy you need to do cardio, strength training and flexibility?  You have to mix it up. it keeps your heart, lungs and muscles strong and flexible.  You need it all.

I recently finished a round of PiYo.  It’s a program I really like, but I do need to change it up after 8 weeks.  Here’s a sample of my weekly schedule.  I try to cover, cardio, strength,  and flexibility.  I have incorporated one day where I can put any workout in that I would like.  Trying something new each week keeps me motivated to keep working out.

Monday:  PiYo workout (strength, flexibility, cardio)

Tuesday:  Strength workout, concentrating on back  (there are a lot of push-ups in PiYo) and legs.

Wednesday:  Elliptical and stationary bike (cardio)

Thursday: Strength workout (a different one from Tuesday focusing on the same muscles)

Friday:  PiYo workout (strength, flexibility, cardio)

Saturday:  This is the day reserved for any new or interesting workout I would like to try.  So far, I’ve tried Turbo Fire Low HIIT 20 and an ACE stability ball workout.  They were both fun and I looked forward to them once I picked them.

Sunday:  Rest day. If I have to skip a different day during the week, I use Sunday as a make-up day.

So within 30 to 45 minutes per day, I can keep my entire body healthy and have a different workout every time I step into my home gym.

How do you vary your workouts?

The Shorter More Intense Workout Trend

In the last year or so , there has been a switch in the fitness world to shorter, more intense workouts.  Many of the people who joined the P90X and other extreme fitness movements got great results.  They also found that they couldn’t fit hour long workouts into their schedule six days a week for the long term. People still wanted the good results, but they wanted them in a shorter period of time.

 

Enter High Intensity Interval Training and Tabatas type workouts. After all, who doesn’t want good results in a fraction of the time, right?  The at home fitness industry has answered with workouts like T25, Turbofire and P90X3. These are great, but what if you are just starting out? You have to be careful that a more intense workout doesn’t leave you injured.

The key is starting at a lower intensity level and working your way up. If the workout calls for a burpee, for example, there are several different levels you can start at and work your way up.  Most DVD type workouts have one person demonstrating the modified version.  Stick with that until you are fit enough.  Want to put your own workout together or modify a more intense one you already have? Here are several videos I made that demonstrate body weight exercises at several different levels.  Use them to pick the intensity that’s right for you.  Then get more intense as you get more fit!

A Workout You Can Do Anywhere

Hubby and I recently went on a trip to Key West (ahhh!) It was the middle of January. The winter where we live was HARSH this year.  We didn’t want to spend any time inside if we could help it.  I designed this workout to do outside in the courtyard of our hotel.  It overlooked the ocean (again ahh!). This one required no equipment and you can literally do it anywhere.  Take it with you on your next vacation, or just to your backyard. Comment below and let me know where you did the anywhere workout!

If you like this workout you might also like the “Get Consistent Challenge”.  Click here to get everything you need to run your own challenge with your friends.

PS:  This is my very first try at making an infographic and my link doesn’t work.  Here’s the video link if you need it.

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How to do Lunges the Right Way!

Have you ever done lunges in your fitness program and had knee pain afterwards?  Maybe you were doing them incorrectly.  Here’s a short video to explain how to do them the right way.  When you don’t use proper form for exercises, an injury can sideline you and cause you to quit exercising. That is defeating the purpose of getting fit in the first place.  Practice your lunging form in a mirror or have a friend watch you to make sure you are doing them correctly.  Protect those knees exercisors!

 

Fitness: Rip Deck Workout App

Ever do the Deck of Cards Workout? Each suit represents a different type of exercise (hearts are jumping jacks, spades are burpees etc.). Each card stands for a certain number of reps. My hubby tried this the old school way (real deck of cards) with his group training class.  Being the techie that he is, he googled “deck of cards workout” and found the Rip Deck Workout App.

 

This app gives you four levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced and custom). Once you set up your workout, you just tap the screen to flip your cards.  It gives you the suit, what exercise you should do, and the number of reps to complete. All you need to do is follow the directions. Simple! The workout takes about 30 minutes.  You can do it literally anywhere and you don’t need any equipment at all.

It times you on each exercise and gives you a breakdown of how many reps you completed and how long it took to do each card. It has a social component too.  You can e-mail your results to a friend and challenge them to beat your score.  You can also post your results on facebook or twitter.

The cost of this app is only 99 cents.  If you use it and get in great shape, it will be well worth the investment! If you have used Rip Deck, let me know what you think about it.

Home Gym: Organize Your Workouts

I do most of my workouts in my own home gym.  It’s cheaper, it’s convenient and sometimes it’s kind of cluttered.  Here’s a good way to organize your Tabata workouts so you can always find the one you want, when you want it.

Post-it notes aren’t just for the office. My hubby works with personal trainers from One-on-One Fitness.  He gets Tabata work-out ideas from them.  I like to search for mine on You Tube. (Check out my facebook page for a new Tabata video each Tuesday.) We write each Tabata workout on a post-it note. Then we post it on the wall in our home-gym basement. When it’s Tabata day, we choose one that is posted on the wall, put it on the coffee table so we can refer to it as we work out. When we’re done, we post it back to the wall. It’s ready to go the next time we need it. It’s easy to do, it’s convenient, and my personal favorite, it only costs the price of a pack of Post-it Notes!