When I first started blogging, my intent was to share workouts often. In the past year or so, I’ve let that slip. So I give you – New Year, New Workouts! Hopefully, I’ll remember to share my workouts at least a couple times a month.
Even though I haven’t had a gym membership in 5+ years, I’m still working out at home. I have weights, a BOSU, Med Balls, Kettlebells, bands, treadmill and a bike trainer. I personally don’t think you need a gym membership to stay in shape. It’s nice to have, but I don’t think you need fancy equipment, either.
Whether you are working out in a gym or at home, it’s always a good idea to mix things up. Doing the same exercises day after day is boring. And most likely you aren’t seeing any difference in your strength or endurance. Keep your workout fresh by changing it up often.
January can be a bit of a downer month – it’s cold, it’s gray outside and the holidays are over. You know what you need? Some good ol’ fashioned exercise. It really is a wonder drug. Release some kick ass happy endorphins with this 30 minute cardio Jumpin’ routine. It’s a no equipment needed workout!
You may have noticed that there’s quite a bit of plyometrics work in this workout.
When I was discharged from physical therapy back in November, my PT wanted me to concentrate on plyometrics at least one workout a week (preferably a non running day). If you look at running, it’s essentially jumping from one foot to the other.
Ahem – plyometrics.
Plyometrics are fast, explosive movements that strengthen muscles, improve cardiovascular health, improve balance and boost metabolism. When you incorporate plyometrics into your routine, you’ll find you’ll be able to turn your legs over faster which means faster running times. Sounds good, right?
Plyometrics are quite demanding and require a strong foundation of balance, core strength, and stability. Be sure to do strength training and other injury prevention exercises to keep your body balanced. As always, listen to your body!