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MONDAY MOTIVATION: 5 Simple Exercises in 10 Minutes

MONDAY MOTIVATION: 5 Simple Exercises in 10 Minutes

For those of you who claim you don't have time to workout, this one is for you. We all get busy and sometimes it feels like you don't even have time to take a bathroom break, let alone workout.  BUT, with some prioritization and a few sacrifices, we can all find the time to squeeze in some exercises when it comes to keeping us healthy.  Try getting up 10 minutes earlier in the morning, or find 10 minutes during your workday, or 10 minutes right before you go to bed to give this short yet challenging workout a try.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Fun Fitness - Countdown Workout

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Fun Fitness - Countdown Workout

This workout is designed with the "Kid in You" in mind.  Do this workout from 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 minute of each of the exercises that will make you feel like a kid again (well at least most of them!).  The whole thing will be 15 minutes long, so repeat it 1-2 more times to get in a good sweat and most of all HAVE FUN!

5 minute circuit:

  • 0-1:00 - Jump Rope
  • 1:00 - 2:00 Hopscotch (either set up a real one or just imagine it & go back and forth)

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Indoor Conditioning for Runners

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Indoor Conditioning for Runners

The winter has arrived folks, which means if you are a runner, things get a little trickier with your workouts.  But don't think about it as a setback.  Instead, think about it as an opportunity to work on cross training and strengthening the muscles that make you the awesome runner you are!  

Here is a great Strengthening routine that you can work into your weekly schedule.  Be sure to get in a good warm-up prior to starting and do some active stretches as well.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Back Burnout

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Back Burnout

Looking to improve your posture and strengthen your back muscles? This back workout is a tough one but will strengthen and tone all of the muscles in your back.  

Did you know that your back is made up of many different muscle groups including your Latissimus Dorsi (Lats) which runs down your whole back, your Trapezius (Traps) which forms across the top part of your back, the Erector Spinae which runs vertically down your spine and accounts for most of the strength in your lower back, and finally the smaller muscles that run across your upper back are the Rhomboids, Infraspinatus, and Teres.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Strength, Cardio, Core

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Strength, Cardio, Core

This workout will take you through a strength exercise for the whole body, then a cardio exercise to get your heart rate up, and then core exercise to strengthen and stabilize.  The suggested time is 40 seconds on and 20 seconds off, with a full minute rest between circuits which will take you to a 20 minute workout.  Double it and you are looking at a full hard core 40 minute workout.  Or if 40 seconds is too long for you, take it down to 30 seconds on and 15 off.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Thanksgiving Morning Burn

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Thanksgiving Morning Burn

My best advice on  Thanksgiving is to get out and be active, but knowing that many people eat way too much and give into the tryptophan coma, here's a workout you can start your day off to hopefully offset at least some of your meal! This workout will get your heart pumping and the weight training will keep you burning calories for hours to come after your workout.  Push yourself a little harder and you'll be thanking me later!

The workout consists of tabata rounds with 45 seconds on, and 15 seconds off.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Isometric Strengthening Workout

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Isometric Strengthening Workout

Isometric muscle contractions happen when the muscle fires up but there is no movement.  In other words, there is no lengthening or shortening of the muscle during the exercise, rather it is static.  While it might sound easy, these types of exercises will leave your muscles screaming!!  These are great exercises to be used during rehabilitation from an injury or for people with joint pain or arthritis, however, they are also a great change up for anyone's normal routine.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Quick Tabata At Home Workout

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Quick Tabata At Home Workout

The Holiday season tends to be a crazy time of year and fitting in a workout becomes tough to do.  Don’t fall victim to this hectic time by taking a month off … try a daily 20 minute Tabata workout to keep you active and burning the extra holiday calories!  You’ll be thanking us in January!

Warm up with a 5 minute jog, bike, or some high knees and jumping jacks then do some windmills, leg and arm swings and side to side twists.

Do 40 seconds on and 20 seconds off for each of the following exercises then take a 1 minute rest and repeat 2 more times.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Compound Move Circuit Workout

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Compound Move Circuit Workout

This circuit workout will hit multiple body parts in compound moves that raise your heart rate and strengthen your whole body.  This workout is complex so only try it if you feel comfortable and are stable enough to maintain proper form.

Warm up with a 5 minute warm up and some windmills and side to side twists to warm up the core.

Do 40 seconds of each exercise with a 20 second rest in between and 1 minute between circuits. Then repeat 1-2 more times.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Simple No-Brainer Station Workout

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Simple No-Brainer Station Workout

If you’ve ever had one of those days where you want to get a great workout in, but just don’t want to think about it, then keep this one in your back pocket for a simple, no-brainer effective workout!

Warm up with a 5 jog, cycle, elliptical, etc. and then some windmills, arm circles and leg swings.

Do 45 seconds of each exercise with a 15 second rest between then a 1 minute rest between sets. Repeat the entire thing once.

Set #1:
Frog leaps
One leg weighted deadlifts