Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fitness with Carol - Quoted in the Washington Post!

Check out this article, "Muscle imbalances can wreck your workout," with some great tips on keeping your body and muscles in balance and happy harmony with one another. Our bodies are amazing at accommodating for an injury or any slight imbalance - this goes for the serious athlete and the casual exerciser. For anyone this could lead to a more serious problem down the road if not properly addressed.

I love how the article points out we do the exercises we LIKE not the ones we NEED. For me, I like almost anything involving cardiovascular exercise but I am not so much a fan of stretching and flexibility! What does THAT tell me?

Friday, November 8, 2013

FE Tip - Minimal Equipment/Maximum Benefit

Excuse #348 why I don't exercise:

"I want to work out at home but I don't have the space or money for equipment."

Two words: JUMPROPE and STAIRS

Cost about nothing and you probably have at least one of them already - even 2 stairs will do the trick!

Here's a quick 15-minute workout that will work both your heart AND muscles:

First Set:
  • 1 minute jump rope. If you don't have one you can pretend OR try these jump squats AND don't worry if you mess up! The point is to keep moving!
  • 1 minute - simply climbing stairs. If you only have one stair - do stepping up and down
Repeat 3 times, resting 30 seconds between each set.

Second Set:
  • place jump rope on floor in a straight line. Start in a push-up position on one side; walk your whole body over and back across the rope staying in push-up position with hips in line with shoulder 8-10 passes
  • Tricep dips or push-ups with hands on step 12-15 times
Repeat 3 times, resting 30 seconds between each set.

There you go - minimal equipment/maximum benefit!