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. It’s also a great way to work on teaching your body to rely upon fast-twitch fibers instead of the slow-twitch that is used in distance running. You’ll be able to turn your legs over faster and push off harder which means increased economy and faster times. Sounds good, right?
Plyometrics are quite demanding and require a sound 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!
I saw this fun Q & A on Athleta’s chi blog and thought it would be fun to answer My Fit Minute questions.
What’s your go-to workout right now?
Right now I’m all about my PT exercises, 15-20 miles of cycling 2-3 x/week, 30-40 minutes of walking 3-4x/week, Ashtanga yoga 4x/week and weights 2-3x/week. I miss running like crazy, but am trying to focus on what I can do at the moment to get back to it.
Do you have any fitness goals you’re working toward?
I’d like to gain strength throughout my whole body. And of course, get back to running.
Are you a rise-and-shine-and-workout kind of girl or do you prefer training in the dark?
What do you think?
Where do you love to get away for the weekend?
This summer we’ve made it a point to designate at least on day on the weekend a Fun Day. A day where we get out and enjoy the fresh air and maybe even play tourist. The beach and wandering on trails are two of my favorites.
Name your top three favorite foods.
- Nut butter
How do you like to relax?
To me relaxing is sitting on the beach with my toes in the sand. If that’s not happening a massage, pedicure, facial or anything that pampers me is a close second.
Name something you find utterly inspiring.
What is the coolest thing no one knows about you?
That I’m not cool?
If you could master anything, what would it be?
I’d love to surf or scuba dive. I’m a classic Pisces – I’m drawn to anything with water. I just need to learn how to swim better and get over my fear of open water.
Your turn! Answer any of the questions in the comments.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mira.
I’m no stranger to fitness trackers. I’ve tried a couple and wore a Fitbit Charge quite regularly for months. Even though I was running high (for me) miles in marathon training and active throughout the day at work, I still liked to see how many steps I got in a day. Then one day, I didn’t wear the tracker. And that was followed by another day. And then another. I didn’t miss not seeing the numbers at all.
But then I hurt my foot back in April. My activity level dropped significantly with no running and minimal walking. Once I was out of the boot and able to withstand being on my foot for longer periods, I felt like I needed something to give me a little reminder to get off my butt and be more active during the day.
Just about that time, I was asked to review the new Mira Fitness Tracker and Bracelet.
I know what you are thinking – Another fitness wearable?!?!
I thought the same thing. But Mira is different than any other wearable I’ve seen on the market.
Mira is a device specifically targeted to women. It was created with an active woman in mind and not specifically a hard-core performance athlete. Mira tracks only what’s important: steps, calories, distance and elevation. Although I’d like to think of myself as a performance athlete and someone who likes all the numbers, Mira stood out to me for one reason.
It doesn’t look like a bulky, ugly watch.
I’ll gladly wear my Garmin or Timex One GPS+ watch while I’m running. But outside of that, there’s no way I could wear it for everyday use. They are both huge!
The other fitness trackers that I’ve worn, they just looked like a cheap piece of rubber. When wearing “real” clothes, i.e. non running/yoga/gym clothes, it stood out like a sore thumb.
With Mira, it blends in like another piece of wrist candy.
Designed to sit on the bracelet, the Mira tracker looks more like jewelry than technology. For the gym or other more casual looks, the tracker easily detaches from the bracelet and clip to any piece of clothing or pocket. Mira resists sweat, rain and getting splashed. Just don’t go swimming with it.
Mira goes beyond tracking to learn from your data. It’s the only tracker that gets to know you — like what time of day you have the most energy or how much time you have to be active each day — then offers healthy tips and recommendations personalized to you. The app for Mira offers personalized motivation and journal to track all your activity.
What I don’t like? It kind of bummed me out when I realized that the device does not vibrate when I hit the 10,000 steps mark. That’s one feature I’ve liked on the other devices.
Other than that, I love it all!
Mira retails for $169.99 and comes in brushed gold or midnight purple bracelet. It comes in petite, small or medium. I have the small and it fits perfectly.