Happy Friday, everyone! I am so excited for the weekend, this week seemed to drag on forever. Today I thought it would be fun/different to share my updated workout routine with you. I know a lot of you made some fitness resolutions for 2017 (I did too!) and are excited about working towards those. Although like every girl I want a "bikini body," working out is more about how I feel on the inside. I love the feeling of accomplishment I have after a good workout, and it gives me confidence to know that I'm strong enough to do 15 push-ups or whatnot. Exercise is also a HUGE stress reliever... if I'm feeling anxious or stressed out, heading to a pure barre class or going on a long run does wonders to clear my head.
Anyway, here's my basic routine:
*Pure barre: Yep I'm still doing pure barre! I answered a bunch of questions about pure barre in THIS blog post. It is the only workout class I've taken that I've been able to see dramatic results with. I've been in sports/worked out my whole life and never had ab muscles, until pure barre! This is my main source of exercise. My goal for January/February is to go four times per week.
*Sweat with Kayla: A lot of you guys are probably familiar with Kayla Itsines, the Australian workout goddess behind "Bikini Body Guide" workouts. I have followed her on instagram for years and am constantly inspired by her posts. I'm not super serious about following her program, but on days when I don't go to a pure barre class I love doing the workouts on the Sweat with Kayla app. The workouts are 28 minutes long and you can choose whatever area you want to focus on: legs, arms, abs or cardio. Just a warning, the workouts are insanely hard. I usually can't do everything it says to, but I always end up getting a really good workout. (FYI - the app is pretty cool and also has healthy recipe ideas, grocery shopping lists and a weekly workout planner.)
*YouTube videos: Sometimes my days are so busy that I literally only have ten minutes free for a workout. That's where YouTube comes in handy! If you've followed me for a long time, you probably know that I've sworn by the "8 Minute" workout videos for YEARS. (My mom does them too!) 8 Minute Abs is an amazing ab workout, and I do 8 Minute Arms with a set of 3-lb weights. They're really easy to fit in your routine in the morning or right before bed.
*Walks/Runs/Fun Activities: Chris and I both like doing active things together. We go on a walk or go to the park at least once a week. We've always done this, but it's even more fun now because we have Winnie! We take her off her leash at the park and have contests to see who can run the fastest. Chris and I also like to hike and play tennis in the spring and summer. I also like to plan physical activities with my girlfriends, we also love to go on walks or we'll go to a pure barre class together - working out is way more fun with a friend!
If you have any questions about my workouts, let me know in the comments :)
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