Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday Five: 5 Workout Moves to Get Back on Track

The day after Christmas is always a tough day to get back to your normal workout routine, especially if it is cold outside.  I pretty much did nothing the last two days but eat all the food that was provided during our work potlucks. I snacked on sweets and salty treats all day. Why? Well...why not? It is the holidays after all and I wanted to enjoy them with my work family. But then days like today I look back and think maybe I shouldn't have eaten those s'mores cupcakes, or multiple tamales, or donuts, or other random calorie consuming food. So I started thinking what are some 5 easy workout moves that can get me back on track today. Here's what I came up with:

Stand with the feet parallel or turned out 15 degrees—whatever is most comfortable. Slowly start to crouch by bending the hips and knees until the thighs are at least parallel to the floor. Make sure the heels do not rise off the floor. Press through the heels to return to a standing position. 

There’s a reason this one’s a classic. With hands shoulder-width apart, keep the feet flexed at hip distance, and tighten the core. Bend the elbows until the chest reaches the ground, and then push back up (make sure to keep the elbows tucked close to the body). That’s one!

One of the most effective full-body exercises around, this one starts out in a low squat position with hands on the floor. Next, kick the feet back to a push-up position, complete one push-up, then immediately return the feet to the squat position. Leap up as high as possible before squatting and moving back into the push-up portion of the show.

Mountain Climbers:
Starting on your hands and knees, bring the left foot forward directly under the chest while straightening the right leg. Keeping the hands on the ground and core tight, jump and switch legs. The left leg should now be extended behind the body with the right knee forward.

Tricep Dips:
Get seated near a step or bench. Sit on the floor with knees slightly bent, and grab the edge of the elevated surface and straighten the arms. Bend them to a 90-degree angle, and straighten again while the heels push towards the floor. For some extra fire, reach the right arm out while lifting the left leg.

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  1. These are so simple moves and can be done anywhere. No excuse not do get a quick workout in. -L

  2. These are some of my go to workout moves! They are simple. effective, and can be some anywhere!

    1. Great way to get a good workout and burn a few calories. :)

  3. A lot of these are my go-to moves! :] (I should really incorporate more burpees and mountain climbers into my life though! :P )

    1. I have a love/hate relationship for burpees. :)

  4. So simple yet effective! and I must be crazy because I love burpees :)

    1. You must be crazy! jk...I have a love/hate relationship with them.

  5. Oh yes, all great ones. Um yeah, not a big fan of the burpees...