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I am guessing that you are probably here looking for my opinion on when it is ok to workout when you are not feeling well. My quick take on this is to listen to your body and do what you think and feel is right. If you are run down then rest and let your body heal. You need your energy to get better. However if you have energy and want to get a short lift in or maybe some light cardio, because it is good for your psyche (that is my problem lol) then have at it!
I know you are expecting to see a normal gym bag list. Don’t forget your shorts, t-shirt, bag, towel etc. Well this is a much more important list. If you forget a couple of these things then you might as well go home! In fact if you have all 5 of these things and no gym clothes….work out in your work clothes! Let’s get started,
One of my favorite things about the fitness industry and working out is that you can make a slight change to an exercise and make it better. You can be creative with angles and timing and equipment. If you always keep safety and technique in mind there is no limit to the possibilities. However the opposite is also true. You can sometime change things for the worse and this will cause injury….or even worse….do nothing at all.
One of the moves that I just don’t get is holding on to the treadmill when you are using the incline. What makes this worse is that some machines even build in handles for you to hold on to. When you walk or run up a hill the difficulty increases and your body adapts to that difficulty. Your upper body leans into the hill depending on the incline and your legs work to propel you.
Here is a 20 minute cardio workout that I want you to do this weekend. If a 6 month old can do her ab exercises and hold a conversation, you can do these 20 minutes.
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This workout uses high intensity interval training (HIIT) to burn calories and tone your body
You will perform the following 7 exercises for a full 60 seconds with a 20 second low intensity interval in between, during the 20 second rest intervals I want you to keep marching in place and take deep breath to get ready for the following 60 seconds of exercise.
Your body weight is all you need for this workout..You will complete the 7 exercises twice.
Warm up with 2 minutes of combined walking and light jogging in place, and 20 squats.
Exercises in this routine:
Jumping Jacks – Remember these from gym class?
Jump squats – . These are intense. If you can’t complete the entire minute of jump squats without stopping, that’s okay, take a break and just jump right back into the exercise as soon as you can. Same goes for all exercises.
Mountain climbers – Remember to keep your abs engaged and your body should form a straight line from neck to feet. The quicker you go the harder it is.
High Knees - Running in place lifting knee’s high up.
Burpees – We all hate them but they work.
Fast pace butt kick’s - Running in place but trying to hit your butt with your heels.
Alternating leg reverse lunge – Try not to pause in between legs. Keep it quick and steady as long as you can maintain proper form, again, same goes for all exercises
Cool down (5 minutes), stretch.
Please Google any exercise that you are unfamiliar with and remember to listen to your body and stop if you feel weak, check with your physician before starting any exercise plan if you have concerns and drink water during and after your workout