Last month I shared my Design Your Own HIIT Workout cheat sheet, and today I’m doing all the work for you and giving you a full bodyweight resistance HIIT workout.
Still loving these all summer long. They BLAST calories, and keep burning calories long after you’re done.
I’ve been doing them in the gym mostly, either in the “CrossFit” area of the gym where there are kettlebells, TRX straps, and medicine balls OR I’ll do them in the group fitness room that usually has dumbbells lying around I can use.
BUT. It’s my new favorite “go outside” workout to do. Preston and I take Nedders to a park near us. He can run around loose, we can do laps around the park for a bit of a jog, and I’ll bring out my Interval Timer app and fling together a HIIT workout for us.
I’m not carrying equipment of any kind to the park, so that’s why this is just a bodyweight resistance HIIT workout!
Don’t worry, it’ll still kick your ass.
You can mix up the length you do each exercise for your own skill level. If you’re a beginner, just do 20 seconds on and 20 seconds of rest! It’s all about progress. I think 45 seconds is an awesome length because it’ll get your heart rate pumping – but much longer doing jump squats and my legs don’t work the next day ;)
Plus my anal retentive side really likes that 45 seconds on and 15 seconds off means it’s easy to measure how long this workout will take… Just 14 minutes to get through this once!
Happy hump day, friends!
I just have a quickie post for you today because I feel like I have nothing to say! And the only thing I have to share is a super short workout playlist. From now on, I’m going to post these maybe quarterly, or just when I have a nice long playlist to share. Some months (like this month), I honestly listen to a few songs on repeat for most of my workouts and call it a day.
I think I listened to that Kungs song just as much as I listened to all the others combined. Though the Jack Garrett song had my full attention for a solid week before that…
Anyhow, happy listening and working out! :)
I get recipe ideas from everywhere. Restaurant meals and menus, cookbooks, cooking shows, regular TV shows, commercials, advertisements, conversations with folks, random moments of inspiration, cravings.
THEN there are the recipe ideas that are invented to fill a specific purpose.
This morning’s half marathon training post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I bumped it to make Monday’s reading a bit more entertaining when I realized what an incredibly unmotivating drag this post would be ;)
After a week of basically ZERO workouts and very boring thrown-together meals, I really thought about not posting this at all. BUT here’s the deal: part of enjoying a healthy lifestyle is accepting that sometimes a busy and sleepy week (plus the world’s most powerful kinked neck…) takes the lead, and that’s okay. It doesn’t matter. You do your best – or even just wait for the week to go away – and hit the “redo” button the next week!
So here’s what a week looks like when my healthy lifestyle is NOT as much of a priority as it usually is.
This week marks the start of my couch to half marathon training plan!
I suppose it really should be “Take 3” in the title because this will be my third half marathon, but I don’t even count the first one. Training didn’t really happen… It was mostly sheer force and a little bit of a miracle that I made it through my first one. It was definitely a miracle that I recovered from it quickly given how many aches and pains I developed during that race.
Last year, I trained for my second half marathon in just 6 weeks after an epically (for me) inactive few previous months and pretty short jogs. I made myself a custom training plan that worked fantastically!
This year will be a different kind of challenge. I have never run less in a year than I have in this past year since my last half marathon. (And I’m doing the exact same one as last year, so they are exactly a year apart.)
On the other hand, I’ve been much more active in general compared to last year and I’ve been eating better too. I’d say overall I’m in significantly better shape now than I was this time last year. But not running shape.
This week was pretty BLAH for me. One of those obnoxious weeks where everything I don’t love crawled by and everything I do love whizzed away.
Probably because my “free time” was cut wayyyy short by a whole lot of sleeping. I know, I know. Such problems I have.
Preston and I both were unusually sleepy and unmotivated this week. The kitchen was barely clean all week. We didn’t finish putting away camping stuff. Don’t even get me started on our (complete lack of) workouts.
We DID manage to drink some beer (camping leftovers ;)) and watch Homeland. That’s about it…
And so, it was not a week where I was reveling in the small joys that make the Friday Favorites post, but these weeks are perhaps the best for Friday Favorites. Forcing myself to hunt for positivity in a meh week is so therapeutic.
Here’s what I landed on…