Tabata Inspired Memorial Day Workout!

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching. Here’s a quick total body, tabata inspired sweat sesh that will get you back to the party in 30 minutes!

I know — I said on Monday that I couldn’t believe we were in the last full week of May. But it’s true! Memorial Day is less than a week away and summer is creeping up quickly. In fact, many people consider Memorial Day to be the first celebration of summer. For me, it usually signifies the first of many quick, but effective workouts. You know the kind. The kind that will get you the most bang for your buck in a short amount of time so you can get back to celebrating, whether that means on the lake with a beer, or on the couch with a movie, simply enjoying a day off.

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I first learned about tabata aroooouuuund five years ago in my group fitness class hey day. The trainer mixed in intervals of strength and cardio to give a serious total body workout in a relatively short amount of time. I almost puked the first time I did it, so obviously it won me over. I have since learned that what I was doing was not “true tabata”, but I love the format all the same. When I want a workout that will leave me gassed in about half an hour, I reach into my bag of tricks and pull out what I call “tabata inspired”.

Equipment Needed:
-Timer
-Dumbbells
-Kettlebell
(optional — you could just use a DB for the swings!)
-Mat

Directions:
-Complete each exercise for 20 seconds and follow with 10 seconds rest
-Repeat each circuit four times before moving on to the next
-Rest 40 seconds between circuits
-Total workout time = ~34 minutes.

Tabata Inspired Memorial Day Workout

If you give this workout a shot, whether on Memorial Day or any other day, I’d love to hear how you liked it! There are many, many tabata timers and interval timers available to download to help save time in transitions. I use Seconds for any interval workout I complete. It’s a good one!

I’m linking up today for Wild Workout Wednesday (and this one definitely fits the bill!) with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen!

If you are interested in more workouts, click –>HERE<– and get to sweating!

Good Friday

Happy Friday! And Good Friday, at that. I’m not blogging today as I’m preparing to head home to visit family and celebrate the resurrection of my Savior!

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Good Friday

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Easter is so special to me. I love spending time with my family and all that it represents! Without my Lord and Savior who gave his life for me and mine so long ago, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the things I do. It’s with a grateful heart that I say, see you Monday, friends!

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Five Ways to Bounce Back After the Holidays

Happy December 28, y’all! Can you believe that we’re just days away from the new year? Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with NYE following closely behind, it can become easy for the last few weeks of the year to turn into one big party. The mindset of “I’ll start fresh in the new year,” can set in making your health and fitness goals fall to the wayside. I used to fall into this trap, but now I try to steer clear as much as possible! Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tips and tricks that help me bounce back after holidays, long weekends, or even lazy days and resume my normal routine.

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ONE // Pick up where you left off

I’m currently in the middle of the last week of an exercise program I’ve been doing for the last few months. I always struggle with completing programs and didn’t think this one would be any different. However, I started it in October and now I only have three days left! This program carried me through both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I didn’t work out on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day, but instead of beating myself up over it or freaking out over the schedule changes, I just jumped back in! I’ll be wrapping it up on Friday just in time to start fresh for 2017.

TWO // Get off the scale

Seriously. Get off the scale! For most people, a little bit of holiday weight gain is inevitable, especially if you took a few rest days in addition to an extra piece of pie. Unless you just went completely crazy for the whole week, those pounds are nothing but water weight and will be gone within a few days of resuming your normal schedule. Missed workouts happen. Overeating happens.

THREE // Give yourself a boost

Sometimes ignoring the scale and jumping back in as if nothing happened is easier said than done. In those cases I like to give myself a little extra boost. Many times this comes in the form of new workout clothes that make me feel great. I recently had a couple of Fabletics credits to burn and I put them to good use. Within just a few clicks, Oxalis and Brady were all mine. 🙂

Another way I like to give myself a boost is by replenishing my supplement stash! Some of my favorites include Advocare Catalyst, ThermoPlus, and Spark. An Herbal Cleanse is a great option as well!

FOUR // Plan your workouts

I am T-totally a list maker and a planner. Something about having a plan just makes me feel so at ease. I love to sit down at the beginning of the week to plan the workouts I’ll be doing for the next few days. If you usually walk into the gym (or your home workout area) and just do something, try making a plan and see how you feel afterward!

FIVE // Meal Prep

This goes hand-in-hand with planning your workouts! If you are trying to jump back on the clean eating train, prepping is the best way to do that. You are about 100% more likely to stick to healthy choices when you have healthy choices ready to grab! Some of my favorite healthy snacks are apples and peanut butter, ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, and raisins), or larabars. The quick snacks are especially great when you’re still busy with holiday obligations toward the end of the year.

 

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