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Move It Monday + Weekend Photos

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Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I didn’t post nearly as much as I would have liked last week, hopefully this week will be better. 🙂 Our weekend was great. We went to Santa Barbara and spent the weekend in an Airstream Hotel of sorts, called SB Auto Camp. I’ll give more details and suggestions on the trip in another post, but check the place out. It’s worth the google search!

Now, let’s get to Move It Monday. I finished up my work out week with a 6 mile run last night, and it went surprisingly well. This week I am going to continue with the same type of workouts, but switch up the resistance training workouts.

(warm up before, & cool down/stretch after a workout.  Always consult your doctor before starting a workout plan)

Monday

Runner’s World Strength Workout

Core Circuit #4

Tuesday

3.5 mile run

Wednesday

Kickboxing – 25 minutes

Runner’s World Yoga Video – 25 minutes

Thursday

3.5 mile run

Friday

Medicine Ball Workout

Core Circuit #3

Saturday

OFF

Sunday

6 mile run

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Tomorrow or Wednesday I’ll put up a post about some Santa Barbara’s to-do’s. In the meantime, here are a few pics! 🙂

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Hope you have  a great Monday!

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Move It Monday + Total Body Dumbbell Workout

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Hello everyone! Hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend. We just laid around the house and did as little as possible. We were pretty successful. 🙂

How was your weekend?

As far as workouts go, this week was sub par. I was called into sub for a 1st grade class on Thursday and Friday, and I let that be my excuse to skip a workout. Whoopsies. 😦 So this week I have to get it together.

My 5 mile run went pretty good yesterday, but I think I’ll stick with it one more week, then bump it to 6 the next time. Here’s how the rest of the week is lined up! You’ll find a Total Body Dumbbell workout below.

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(always warm up before your workout, and stretch after your cool down)

Monday 

1/2 mile run

Total Body Dumbbell (see below)

1/2 mile run

Tuesday

3.5 mile run

Core Circuit #1

Wednesday

Cross train (45 minutes)

Thursday

3.5 mile run

Friday

1/2 mile run

Resistance training

Core Circuit #2

1/2 mile run

Saturday

Active  Rest

Sunday

5 mile run

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Total Body Dumbbell

1. Stationary Lunges w/ Bicep Curl (10 each)

Squats w/ Dumbbell Press (12)

2. Push Ups (12)

Bent Over Row (12 each)

3. Tricep Pullovers (15)

Bicep Curl 21’s

*This workout will be done in supersets. You’ll perform the 1st set of exercises, back to back, and then rest for about 2 minutes. Then repeat 2 times. Then you’ll move on to the 2nd set of exercises and do the same. Same with the third. You’ll do 3 sets of each exercise by the end of your workout.

Have a great Monday! 🙂

Move It Monday + 10 Reasons to Exercise

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Hope everyone had a great weekend! San Antonio was a blast, but it’s always good to get back into the swing of things on Monday. We came home to, still, no A/C!  I guess I’m getting soft with age because sleeping in 85°+ temps at night leave me a tad bit cranky. :/ Anyway, later this week I’ll give ya few pointers on visiting San Antonio. 🙂

10 Reasons to Exercise Today

Our lives are super busy these days. Whether you’re a mom of a couple toddlers or a young 20 something with a demanding job, most of our days are scheduled to the minute. Having such a strenuous to do list can leave you pretty exhausted at the end of the day, and make it easy to put a workout on the back burner. Maybe “you’ll do it tomorrow morning,” or “get started next week.” Well folks, the time is now and rarely is there an excuse worthy of ditching. Next time you think about playing hooky, think about these guys!

1. Increase Energy

Although you may be exhausted from your day and skipping a workout may seem like the best thing to do at the time, if you give yourself 30 minutes to an hour of moderate to vigorous exercise, you’ll be surprised how you feel. You’ll have far more energy than when you started, and be healthier as a result.

2. Weight Loss and Health

If you have a few problem areas or a little extra weight that you want to get rid of, the best thing you can do for yourself is workout. If you workout, you’re body will begin to crave better healthier foods. As a result of diet and exercise, you may see some of those pounds start to disappear.

3. Stronger Bones

Resistance training can help combat things like osteoporosis and bone fractures if you follow a safe regimen that your doctor approves. Starting resistance training as soon as possible can really help increase bone density as you age. As you get older, this is super important so that you stay out of the ER and out of hard casts!

4. Improve Focus

After a good workout, cognitive function and focus increases. As an elementary PE Teacher, I really believe in this. A lot of students that participate in recess or PE and immediately go back to the classroom to their academic work see an increase in focus and retention. the same rule applies to adults, so take advantage!

5. Increase Productivity 

This is my favorite reason. Exercising leaves you feeling energized as we already talked about, but the result can be amazing! If you “don’t have time to workout,” this reason is screaming at you. You’ll be able to blast through your to-do list after a good workout. The energy that exercise leaves you after a workout allows you to get more done with the time you have. Win, Win!

6. Sleep Better

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, trying to find sleep, this one is for you. Sometimes we don’t distinguish between mental and physical exhaustion, and when we try to go to bed our minds are exhausted, but our bodies are not as much. Getting a  workout in that day can help clear your mind and exhaust your body, leaving you ready to actually sleep when you go to bed.

7. Stress Reliever 

Speaking of clearing your mind, exercise can help relieve you of the stress from your day. If you have a hard time shutting your mind down and relaxing, sometimes a workout can help.

8. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease, Lowers Blood Pressure, etc. . .

I’d say this one speaks for itself. If all it takes is a steady exercise regimen to combat life threatening diseases, sign me up! Things like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity may all be prevented by the right diet and exercise.

9. Improve Confidence

The way we feel about ourselves has such an impact on our day-to-day. If you feel confident in the way you look and feel, chances are you’re going to have a better day than if you don’t. Exercise can help improve confidence, which can really improve our mood, productivity, and relationships.

10. Improve Function Immune System 

Are you one of those people that get multiple colds every year? Do you find yourself “not feeling very good?” Well, if you said yes, think about getting into to fitness. There are many studies that suggest a link between exercise and a decrease in illness. If you exercise regularly, your heart gets stronger and is able to pump more blood to the body’s systems, allowing them to work better for you!

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Monday

Evening Run – 2 miles

Resistance training

Tuesday

Evening Run – 3 miles

Core Circuit

Wednesday

Evening Run – 2 miles

Thursday

Kettlebells and Core Circuit

Friday

Evening Run – 3 miles

Saturday

Active rest

Sunday

Long Run – 5 miles

Hope you all have a great day! 🙂