Posts Tagged ‘Workouts’
April 15, 2014
Even though I was in the know of possible cooler weather this week, I woke up to something truly unexpected.
I mean it is mid-April, correct?
I kid you not… I was just telling Scott how excited I was to see the green grass reappearing on our evening walk last night.
I also purchased a couple pairs of spring flats and sandals on mega clearance yesterday… which I guess will have to wait until I can officially retire these bad boys.
So close, Michigan. So close.
One thing I can always count on to warm me up is a big cup of coffee and a plateful of warm cookin’.
(Dunkin’ Hazelnut coffee with almond milk, egg beaters with sharp cheddar cheese, turkey bacon + organic strawberries and grapes.)
I originally felt like taking a morning run with Roadie for my workout today, but I lost full interest in that thought when I saw white ground.
Days like today are perfect for inspiration to get back to the gym and try out a new workout. Here’s one I put together just a few days ago!
30 Min. Steady + Sweaty Elliptical Workout
I actually used to skip right over the elliptical for cardio workouts. I have always been a treadmill girl, and didn’t think the elliptical could be all that interesting or challenging.
Over the past few years, however, I have enjoyed incorporating the machine into my cardio rotations and can fully eat my words on the whole “not challenging enough” claim. It’s all about incline and resistance!
Backpedaling a little bit, I threw this workout together while I was on the machine and thought it was a good one. It wasn’t as hard as some of my others… but it did the job and kept me entertained for thirty minutes of stationary cardio.
(Although I encourage you to try the workouts I post, please note that they may not be the right settings or exercises for you. Also, please note my full disclaimer in the right sidebar!)
I might just try it again tonight before Fitness Pilates.
Welp, I’m off to get goin’ on the day. I hope you are having a great start to yours, and I’ll be back later with the kick-off to Beauty Week!
March 18, 2014
Morning! I hope you had a great night celebrating the green holiday, and that your Tuesday is off to a great start.
We ended up postponing our dinner party, on account of sold out corned beef. Yeah, I guess waiting until the late afternoon to purchase that on a holiday when everyone else is cooking with it too isn’t the greatest idea. You live, you learn right?
Scott and I ended up having a very relaxed movie night in, which was just fine with me. It’s nice to have plans to not have plans every once in a while.
Today, I am off to the dentist to pick up my night guard and hopefully get on the road to getting rid of these morning headaches. Remember my post about teeth grinding? Yup, that’s still a thing.
Anyways, this week is a unique one for us, as we don’t have any scheduled home games! These types of weeks always give me a chance to catch up on life and actually get myself to the gym more than a few times. Woo hoo!
I wasn’t in the mood to really do much yesterday, but I knew I wanted to get my blood and heart rate pumpin’ on the treadmill. Days where I think I will go crazy “just running” for x amount of minutes prompts me to create more exciting, interval workouts to keep me busy.
Here’s what I did yesterday, which ended up kicking my booty pretty well.
HIIT Treadmill Workout
As always, please be sure to adjust the speed and workout to fit your personal fitness levels. A speed of 8.5 is pretty challenging for me, so I wanted to work my way up to it. There’s nothing wrong with starting lower with a sprint minute of 7 and go to 7.5 or 8, for example.
After 21 minutes, I ran just about 2.2 miles and finished off my workout with a series of abs, planks, and pushups with a long stretch afterwards.
The gym wasn’t terribly crowded around 4 p.m., which I have a feeling was the result of it being St. Patrick’s Day. I tried my best to incorporate some form of green into my gym apparel, and it seemed to work out pretty well considering I didn’t experience any pinching from strangers.
I have a feeling today might be a little more crowded at the gym. If you’re looking for something to keep you busy, I encourage you to hop on the treadmill and give this series of intervals a go!
Now I’m off to the dentist. See you later this afternoon!
January 23, 2014
I know what you’re thinking… and I really couldn’t agree with you more. (It’s about time I put up a new workout around here!)
You see, I have admittedly slipped back into the “easy” Fitness Pilates and running on the treadmill routine over the past few months. I chose to use the word “easy” because my brain rarely has to do anything during them. I show up to class, get my booty and core handed to me, then hop on the treadmill to knock out a few miles afterwards. Simple enough.
As mentally effortless as that may seem, it can also get boring after a while. For this reason, I have always loved interval workouts that constantly require an eye on the clock and sets of continuous movements.
About two weeks ago, I received the motivation I needed to get out of my repetitive workout rut and am pumped to share it with you!
Gymboss Interval Timer and Stopwatch
Thanks to the lovely people over at Gymboss, I am now a proud owner of a multi-use interval timer and stopwatch perfect for almost any kind of workout. From Tabata and CrossFit to cardio and stretching, I can think of at least ten different ways to use this handy new addition to my at-home gym. And that’s just off the top of my head.
As soon as I opened the packaging, I got inspired to create my own workout to test it out. I asked you guys what you’d like to see most and the clear answer was a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout. Alrighty!
I completed the following HIIT circuit workout earlier today that you can do at home or in the gym without any additional equipment.
It took a few minutes for me to set the timer up for my intervals, but after reading the instruction manual it wasn’t too hard to figure out.
There are three different modes available including interval, stopwatch and clock. For the workout above, I made sure to set the interval (top right) at 1:00, a rest time of 0:20 (bottom right), and a repeat of 8 times (bottom left) since that was the number of exercises in the set.
I also turned on the vibrate option (the V next to BH) to see if it was just as easy to follow without looking by wearing the belt clip. It was!
I have always been a fan of interval workouts, and in the past have relied on the stopwatch timer on my iPhone. That theory seems to work, but at times can be a distraction from the workout. I constantly have to do math in my head and occasionally lose count of things. With the timer, I have a clear answer of when I should be moving on to the next exercise and when the workout is over.
Gymboss interval timers come in a variety of colors (don’t worry guys… they aren’t all pink) and retails for just under $20.
If you are one who enjoys mixing up your workouts and trying something new, I highly recommend investing in some kind of an interval timer. Since I still have yet to own a fitness watch (I knowww, right?), I have a feeling this interval timer and I are going to become best friends.
The wheels in my head are turning just thinking about all of the tabatas, cardio, and circuit workouts I can create so much easier!
Gymboss Interval Timer and Stopwatch Giveaway
Today I am excited to share that Gymboss has agreed to give one lucky Housewife Glamour reader the chance to win an interval timer of your own!
To Enter: Leave a comment on this post sharing what kind of workout you think you would use this stopwatch timer for the most (running, HIIT, boxing, CrossFit, etc.) and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter!
You have until Midnight Monday, January 27th E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced first thing Tuesday morning, the 28th.
*Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.
*Disclaimer: Although the Gymboss Interval Timer and Stopwatch was provided to me, free of charge, I was not compensated for this review in any way. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! Please see my full dislaimer before starting any kind of new workout routine.
October 18, 2013
Good Morning! This one is a lively one for me because I am taking the plunge and starting a link up for all of those Friday Favorites lovers out there. Please tell me I’m not the only one excited about this.
It all started with an excuse to share some of my random musings from my days through sporadic Glamour Randoms. I was pleasantly surprised to find out you guys enjoy these type of posts, which is what inspired me to start structuring them more and publishing them on a weekly basis through a Friday Favorites series.
After months of seeing “What I’m Loving Lately” and “Friday Faves” grow in popularity, I found myself clicking on any blog that shared their collection of weekly favorite thoughts, product finds, or funnies. Mostly because they usually appear on Fridays and it’s a great way to reflect on the week and transition into the weekend. (TGIF!)
I decided to create a link up for anyone to share any type of favorites post… because… well, why not? If I like to creep on other people’s favorites, chances are that you do too.
Whether it’s fitness, food, holiday, fashion, or whatever related, feel free to share your list of things you’ve been loving lately through the widget (blue button) at the bottom of the post. If you are not a blogger, I still welcome you to take part in my weekly FF party and share some of yours in the comments section!
Let’s do this!
Friday Favorites #7: Week of 10/18
While Jimmy John’s has some serious drool-worthy white bread on their hands, I have been grateful for their “unwich” option I discovered back in Orlando.
You still get the same gourmet sandwiches you know and love, just wrapped tight in lettuce instead of the sub bread. This week, I was craving their Beach Club (no mayo) something awful!
Rarely do I miss the bread. Occasionally I will revert back to it, but I enjoy a bag of Salt ‘n Vinegar chips on the side during most visits instead. (<- utter weakness.)
• Champion Fitness Tank via Target
Gah! I just love Target. But really, who doesn’t?
While I normally don’t intentionally shop for clothes there (key word = intentionally), I can’t help but to quickly scan the active wear and sale sections every now and then. On my latest trip I found this adorable and ridiculously comfortable C9 by Champion Fit and Flare Tank for under $10.
Since I live in active wear these days, I appreciate a comfortable fitness tank I can wear pretty much anywhere. Plus the built in sports bra is always a bonus!
• Welcome Back, Whole Foods Market
Since moving up north, I have only visited our local Whole Foods Market a handful of times. Considering I stopped by the one across the street from my old barre studio in Orlando at least twice a week, this is a big deal.
Instead of making my regular trip to the grocery store, I decided to get my new recipe thinking cap on and get inspired by new products and produce just waiting for me to discover and try!
Behind those Whole Foods doors always lies organic goodness and endless possibilities. It can actually get a little overwhelming because I end up wanting to put everything in my cart. I have always encountered very friendly and helpful staff at any location I have been to, which always makes my shopping experience a pleasant one.
Then I see my bill. Ha! It seems so expensive, but worth it every once in a while.
• Chai Tea Lattes
While shopping, I stumbled upon their cafe which instantly made me crave something warm. The weather was dreary, cold, and rainy outside which always makes me crave tea.
Bypassing the coffee and pumpkin spice espressos (which you all should know is a win in itself for me), I confidently ordered a small chai tea latte with almond milk.
I enjoy a simple herbal tea with hot water every now and then, but was actually craving the chai and latte this time. Can’t get enough of them lately!
• Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Stop it right now. While I was reaching for my usual Van’s Gluten Free waffles, I just so happened to see these beauties.
The pumpkin spice already made the buying decision for me, but when I saw they were also made of quinoa, amaranth and flax I became fully intrigued.
Even though I already ate dinner, dessert, and brushed my teeth, I just couldn’t go to bed without trying one of them. They were calling to me.
I toasted one waffle and topped it with the same pumpkin-apple sauce topping I did yesterday. You know that moment you realize you ate the last bite of ice cream and keep digging your spoon into the bottom of the bowl for more anyways? That’s exactly what happened here.
• Treadmill Sprints
With the (mostly) gorgeous fall weather going on up here lately, I haven’t actually been into the gym for quite a while. Instead, I’ve been enjoying running outside and doing a variety of at home workouts.
Yesterday, I hopped on the treadmill for a quick series of sprints before my Fitness Pilates class. Below is my “resting” position, where I took :30 in between each minute sprint to get ready for the next one.
Be sure to hold on tight and please make sure you have your footing when you get back on if you ever do this. The machine I picked was right next to the trainers corner, so I’m sure they were all staring at me thinking I’m either crazy or kicking butt.
Anyways, here’s what I did!
It may have been short, but sure got me nice and sweaty!
• This Article: 29 Underrated Things About Being In Your Late Twenties
Because I can’t get enough of anything that makes me feel better about turning 29 next year. I originally saw it on Gina‘s blog last week. Good one!
• Frozen Fruit For Easy Smoothies
Any time fresh produce (especially berries, bananas, or spinach) is about to go bad, I try my best to make it last longer by freezing it. Having fruit prepped and accessible makes my motivation to make smoothies at home so much higher.
Occasionally, I will get on a smoothie kick and buy bags of my favorite frozen fruit to have on hand.
I would by any fruit, but love that I can easily add mangoes and peaches to my smoothies without all the hassle of cutting them up first. (Mangoes are such a pain!)
Friday Favorites Link Up Party
Since this is the first post (and first week) I am hosting this link up party, I don’t expect it to be uber successful. I would, however, be tickled to see at least a handful of you join in on the fun.
Also, I encourage you to grab this button and include it in your posts. Simply copy the code and paste it into your text. Party on!