Ever since I interned for a health & fitness publication in college, I've been interested in eating clean and staying fit. I feel so much more confident about myself when I'm getting exercise and feeding my body whole foods. I try to make working out a priority every week... but I'll be the first to admit that exercise can be really hard to fit into a busy schedule! Today I'm sharing my workout routine with you. This is just what works for me, but you should adjust your routine to what works best for your schedule and your body!
Since I moved to Charlotte, I've been attending Jazzercise classes two to three times per week. I like to go first thing in the mornings to go ahead and get my workout out of the way... that way I can shower, get dressed and then go on with my day. Jazzercise is really great because the classes consist of 45 minutes of aerobic activity and 15 minutes of strength training. It's not a "dance" class, per say, because it combines dance moves with yoga, pilates and kickboxing, and also includes exercises using hand weights and the stability ball. I love it because the instructor switches up routines every day and they always play really good music. Most people think I'm a 60 year-old woman when I tell them I love Jazzercise... but it really is an insanely good workout!
I try to attend Jazzercise on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (sometimes I'll skip a day if I'm super busy with work!). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I aim to get in physical activity by either walking or running for 30 minutes. I'm not a very good runner so sometimes I'll do intervals - run for 2 minutes, walk for 5, run for 2, etc.
On these days I will also do abdominal and arm workouts on my own. I am OBSESSED with YouTube videos, especially the 8 minute abs video. Yes, it's hilarious and from the 80s, but I swear it works. Before a beach vacation, I'll start doing 8 minute abs several times a week because after two weeks there is a noticeable difference in my stomach - it's much flatter! I also do the 8 minute arms video using 3 pound weights, which tones your arms without making them bulky. I swear by these videos. Every spring I incorporate them into my workout routine to prepare for bikini season and always see results!
Although Saturdays and Sundays are rest days for me, I try to stay as physically active as possible. I love hiking, going on walks and playing tennis, so sometimes I'll try to incorporate these activities into my weekend. Even making simple changes such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a huge difference!
Swoozie's monogrammed sun hat // purple bathing suit // light blue bathing suit (sold out in that color)
Working out releases endorphins, relieves stress and builds muscle. It also gives you confidence to look and feel your best this summer. My annual family beach trip is officially one month from today, so I'm going to be amping up my workouts and clean eating (and buying new bathing suits, see above photo evidence!). If you're interested in some recipe posts on my clean eats, let me know in the comments!
Thanks and have a great Wednesday, everyone!