Happy Wednesday! I always think of Wednesday as the ‘springboard’ day of the week, because doesn’t it feel like the second it passes Sunday is here already? I dunno, maybe that’s just me, but lately, life is just going by so quickly. via GIPHY I was sick for about six weeks, and during that time I couldn’t workout much, and it was making me so down in the dumps. I have such a hard time when I think back to the long periods in my life when I didn’t exercise regularly (even just moving my arms!) — no wonder I turned to other things to try and make myself feel human. It is always so humbling when I’m getting back into the swing of exercising after many weeks of not having the ability to do so. I think of this whenever I think of people getting started with fitness — maybe for the first time in their life. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated — in fact, it isn’t — the best advice I can ever give about getting into shape or coming out of a fitness ‘slump’ is to find something you like and take it one workout at… View Post
If you used to follow my old blog, BeetsPerMinute, you know that back home in the States I used to be a Spinning instructor. I need to be one again – I do miss it so. I often receive requests for fun workouts and playlists and recently I’ve had several requests for HIIT cycle routines, which happen to be some of my favourite workouts to create and do, so I’m always happy to share them. Life is crazy, and not everybody has 60-90 minutes to put into their workouts. It doesn’t make you a failure or unmotivated either – and if anybody tells you that, they are dead wrong. If you see a theme with (most) of my workouts it’s that they are quick, fun and effective. If you’re like me, you have days (maybe multiple) when you just don’t feel like doing exercise – especially in the winter. And this is entirely okay. Do not beat yourself up for not feeling it some days and sitting out your workout. It’s not a morality thing, it’s self-care, and it’s 100% up to you how and when you move your body. You don’t need to spend your entire day to get… View Post
When it comes to an effective workout, many people believe they must go out and buy loads of pricey boutique fitness equipment items. But the truth is, many items you likely already own can help you get in a fast and fun workout that can also bring you great results and the following agilit workout can deliver them! You may have seen, heard of or even tried a workout using a “medicine ball” as they are a popular (and affordable) piece of exercise equipment to own. However, many of the moves traditionally performed with a medicine ball can also be carried out using a football, and they will still get you a great workout. Chances are you have a football kicking (pun intended) about somewhere at home! Workouts using equipment like medicine balls are known as agility-based exercises. What is agility? Agility is the ability to change the body’s position while incorporating skills such as balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, and strength. Adding in 2-3 days per week of agility circuits will keep your muscles engaged, metabolism boosted and boredom squashed. Fast-paced, fun workouts — like the five-move circuit I am sharing with you today — are perfect for those of you who like to… View Post
I don’t know about you, but when I was a young girl, one of my favorite things to do was jump rope. I loved to make up songs with my friends as we would skip along without a care in the world. Ah, good old fashioned nostalgia! School year items seemed to come and go quickly, but the jump rope never seemed to go out of style. Fast forward about 25 years, and I still can’t resist a good go with my jump rope because not only is it fun but it is also an excellent way to get in a quick and effective workout! The jump rope is a strengthening and conditioning exercise. You don’t need to get fancy or as intense as Rocky Balboa to get the most out of a jump rope workout, either. All you need is a jump rope (long enough for you depending on your height), a suitable surface for jumping, and a timer app for your phone (or an egg timer, because nostalgia) and you’ll be all set to start jumping yourself into a sweat fest! Jumping rope does take some coordination, so pace yourself if you tend to be on the less coordinated… View Post
I love functional fitness workouts. What is functional fitness you might be asking? Functional exercises are moves which aim to allow for the body to adapt to daily activities with proper form to prevent injuries while building strength, improving strength and coordination. Even if you think that utilising workouts designed to enhance functional strength and agility are not going to help you reach your goals, you might want to re-think it. According to the American Chiropractic Association, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is also the number one reason for calling out of work as well as the second reason for doctors visits. One of the best ways to prevent back (and shoulder and neck) pain is to engage and strengthen the muscles throughout the body. And one of the best ways to work on building stamina and flexibility is to engage in workouts that use functional exercises to ensure that even those of us who sit at a desk for most of the day can do so with proper posture. As you continue to read this blog, you will discover that I am a massive fan of boot camp and circuit training styles of… View Post
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