Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving? I can’t even wrap my head around how 2012 has flown by. I know the holidays tend to give the ‘newly fit’ or ‘I just lost 15lbs’ folks a challenge. What’s that challenge you say? The challenge not to eat all the foods you have deprived yourself of for months.
I hope you have been giving yourself some cheat snacks in an effort not to gorge over the holidays but in the event that you haven’t here are a few tips to get in your head over the next week so you’re not unbuttoning your pants after dinner.
Tip #1: Don’t stop your workout schedule just because it’s the holidays. Continuing to workout could mean the difference between gaining all 15lbs back, gaining 5lbs or simply maintaining.
Tip #2: It’s OK, to tell grandma, “No, Thank You”, when she offers you that second piece of sweet potato pie.
Tip #3: Be on dishes duty. Stay active as much as possible!
Tip #4: Remember portion control! Fill that plate with veggies first, than meat, grains, and a starch.
Tip #5: Left overs are your friend! No need to eat everything in one sitting or even one day.
Pre-Sweet Potato Pie Workout
50 jumping jacks
15 walking lunges
25 arm curls w/ side step
15 mountain climbers
20-30 minute walk/run
I was flipping through ‘The View’ clips on Hulu yesterday and came across Sherri Shepherd’s ‘Hot New Workouts’ segments. Of course I was glued and the one that caught my attention was Surfset Fitness. I’ve always had this fantasy ever since the movie Blue Crush of being a surfer and having an endorsement deal with Hurley or O’Neill and getting on the cover of Surf Magazine. HA!
So, I digress and back to Sherri’s segment. One of the workouts she showcased was with Sarah Ponn and Surfset Fitness. This workout is amazeballs and I could at least pretend that I was a great surfer after several workouts.
Here is a clip of Sherri – I absolutely love her commitment, this is truly a full body workout.
Sherri & Surfset Fitness
I already signed up to get an email when Surfset Fitness hits gyms in Chicago. I’m so excited and I can’t wait to sign up for a class. I just might become a recreational surfer! YES!!
Have you heard of or tried any new workouts lately?
There are a ton of toning exercises that you can do in the comfort of your home with your LO. I find that I’m more inclined now to do some of the exercises, now that Yus is older and I don’t run the risk of being spit-up on.
Here are few toning exercises we do:
mommy & me
1) Squats – assume your normal squat position, make sure your LO is secure and start your set. Yus is counting now so this makes it more fun as he counts for mommy.
2) Lunges – I like to make sure Yus’ legs are slightly open so they can hang on either side of my lunge leg. The up & down motion for some reason always makes Yus laugh
3) Kiss Me Crunches – have your LO straddle you and/or sit on your lower abs pelvic region, make sure to get those shoulders off the ground, kiss and slowly come back down.
4) Baby Back Plank – get in your starting plank position (forearms on the floor, right leg straight and left leg bent) this will allow for stability while your LO is climbing on for the ride. Straighten your left leg, hold in that core, breathe and hold plank for 15-30 secs, riding the alligator is so much fun, as long as its mommy
Let us know what toning exercises you do with your LO. Send us pictures on Facebook and Twitter we’d love to see them!
By Bill Waltzek – CPT, Owner of ForwardFit
let the kids join in!
With the busy schedule of a mother, workouts are hard to come by. So finding the time to workout has to be strategic. Last month I created a playground workout for ForwardFit that required no equipment – just the use of the local playground. With the popularity of this workout I thought, let’s do something fun and creative one that will require no equipment, plus the imagination of your child.
What’s a better way to get a workout in then when your child is only 10 feet away from you, playing with chalk and being creative? Let them help create your workout!
Perform the following workout and not only will you get a great calorie burn but you will not have to worry about paying for daycare to get your sweat on.
So, last week we talked about getting Bootylious and the plyo exercises you can do to maintain that rump. Let’s continue on the Bootylious trend and end the month with yet another way to keep that rump in check. I’m sure you do it everyday subconsciously and may just even clock more steps with this great device. It’s WALKING, get excited! This low impact activity can boost your heart rate, tone lean muscle in your legs and keep that rear on the up.
Now, what’s the device you ask? It’s a fitbit. It can be clipped on your pants pocket, waist, or my fav place the bra (right in the center). That way I don’t lose it. It’s small enough that no one even knows I have it on. Since I received it, I’ve worn it everyday and noticed that my daily total steps have increased. I take the stairs at work, park farther from entrances, and make it a point to do some walking on my lunch break. Now everything I do is a workout.
What does the fitbit track?
- daily steps
- calories burned
- floors climbed
The fibit does sync with myfitnesspal and converts your steps into calories burned for you. I also, like that the it takes into account the amount of effort it takes me to walk. For example, when I’m carrying Yus during a walk it calculates for the weight I’m holding, thirty pounds of solid boy.
My Fitbit dashboard for 5/29/12
Note: On “workout” days I do take my fitbit off for the workout so, I can track my cardio and strength workouts separately.
Do you own a fitbit? Are you making a conscious effort to take more steps in your day?