So... I started working out this week - yay!
I convinced my husband (who, as an ex-football player, has a ton of experience with working out) to come up with a plan for me to easily fall back in to a routine. I can honestly admit that I'm not the "work out" type, so keeping it under 10 minutes was essential. He gave me a plan that did just that and I thought, "Ha! This is gonna be a breeze..." To my surprise, every workout so far has been under five minutes but it pushes me for every single minute! I love it! (I'll share what I've done so far at the end of this blog).
The plan is challenging enough that I don't feel like I'm wasting my time, yet, simple enough that I'm committed to keeping it up. I feel like it's a great option for someone like me who is ready to get fit and needs a starter plan that can fit easily into an already busy life! At the end of each day, whether I've done my workout in the morning or right before I go to sleep, I feel accomplished and ready to move on to the next day.
There is also a Beginner to Buff 30-Day Challenge found on AbbaFit's website (sign up for the newsletter to get emails when new challenges are posted) that uses simple moves with your own weight/resistance to get a more toned body. Another great solution for anyone looking to add a second workout to their day or a primary workout for someone just getting started!
Take a look at the plan below that I've been following so far and try it out! Tell me what you think! Like I said, it may not look like it but I got a GREAT workout each day in under five minutes!
WARMUP: Jumping Jacks for 60 seconds
WORKOUT: 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest --> Push-ups, Floor Sprints, Plank Dips
WARMUP: Jog for 60 seconds
WORKOUT: 20 seconds on, 10 second rest --> 10# Bicep Curls, Squat Pulses, Crunches
Wednesday (Rest Day)
WARMUP: High Knees for 60 seconds
WORKOUT: 15 Tricep Dips, 15 Burpees, 15 Bicycle Crunches
Let's get fit together,
photo: Scott Webb
model: Jenna-Rae Mitchell
Tabata 5.0 is a 5 Minute Tabata workout that works every part of the body. The focus of the workout is the High Plank Position. As you work the upper and lower body, the core is engaged giving you a serious burn when you are done.
I did the workout today and the most challenging part was the High Plank Dips. I didn't know how hard my abs were working until I did the dips. I wanted to stop but I powered through with the support of my wife and finished the workout strong.
One thing I love about the workout is the 10 second break in between exercises allowed me to refocus my mind and push hard on the next exercise. Another thing, with the workout being 5 minutes, I was able to fit in the workout before work and I feel energized to start my day.
We would love to hear from you, below share your Tabata 5.0 experience.
Until next time...
It can be intimidating when you’re taking a first step. Seeing a new path ahead of you, all kinds of doubts and fears start to creep up in your mind. Will this work? Will I be successful? What can I expect?
Well, I’m taking my first steps back to a fit life! I’m not looking to be the “perfect size” or have a “perfect journey.” To be completely honest, I don't enjoy working out (but hold on, I'll get there!). I just want to be a better version of myself. Being a business owner, a wife, a mother, as well as having a full-time job, it doesn’t really feel like I have any TIME to think about getting fit. However, I’ve learned that it’s not about having time, it’s about making time – and I’m finally ready! I hope that my blogs will be a witness to you that you’re not alone. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, no matter how well you've stuck with your plans, you have someone that is cheering for you to “do your best” and “never quit!”
Can’t wait to share more about my journey, who I am and my passions in life. Comment below with your FB, IG or Twitter profiles so I can follow your journey too!
Let’s get fit together,
(P.S. I did my first workout today in over a year! I'll post my quick but challenging workout on my next blog...)
What is keeping you from the lifestyle you desire? It is not your children or your spouse. It is not your parents or co-workers. It is not your culture or job. It is you. You determine your lifestyle. The power is in your hands. This is where your journey starts; with you.
You have the power to change. It is not about creating some workout plan that adds more stress to your already stressful life. It is about asking yourself.
What do I really want? What will make me happy? What can I do right now?
Life is a journey and on the journey we pick up habits and routines that make us comfortable and keep us from living the life we want to live. We forget how fun it is to discover new things!
Whatever you have done in the past does not have to determine what you can do now. Changing your lifestyle can be uncomfortable and painful but it is also rewarding and exciting. It is not about anyone giving you a plan to follow. You carry your plan in your heart. Be empowered to follow your heart. For true health starts inside of you.
The best way to good health is your way.
Until next time....
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