I want to preface this post by saying I am not a fitness model and Ryan inspired me to do this post. But seriously, fitness is important 🙂
I can’t tell you how many workouts I’ve pinned which only end up hanging out on my “Health & Fitness” board. However, I do have a little set of workouts that I keep in the rotation. How lucky am I that my sweet boyfriend pushes me to work out even when all I want to do is lay in bed. But that brings me to one of my favorite quotes.
It’s so true right?! You just can’t feel bad after a workout (well, unless you injure yourself… safety first!). I also believe that 25 minutes of a high-intensity workout is way more effective than a 45 minute workout where you give 50% and just go through the motions.
The best exercises to tone those legs are squats. They can be done several different ways depending on your gym or home set up. One of my favorites is shown below. Grab a medicine ball or even a small dumbbell. Squat down as low as you can go or at least until your legs are at a 90 degree angle and the push up and fire the ball as high as you can or lift the weight all the way above your head. Ryan yells- I mean encourages me to make sure I keep my abs tight and back straight. This exercise will get your blood pumping while working your legs, butt, abs and even shoulders.
I feel that calves are often forgotten about. We often find ourselves doing large amounts of cardio, but forgetting to isolate specific muscle groups. What could make that mini dress or pencil skirt look better? A pair of toned calves is what! Ryan says leg exercises are often neglected by women because they think they will get big, muscular legs. Well, he assures me that unless I start drinking 3 protein shakes a day, these exercises won’t turn my legs into an NFL running back’s.
Calve raises are super simple to do on your own, no need for a gym. Just find a set of stairs and you are all set. If you find that doing both legs at once doesn’t give you enough of a burn, do one leg at a time or even add a weight. 3 sets of 25 reps on each leg will make wearing those high heels that much better.
We know abs are super important, especially in the summer months. Just remember, to get good abs you have to start with cardio to trim down that tummy. I sure don’t have a 6-pack, but I know the importance of a strong core. Regular crunches are fine, but I really like this variation on the exercise ball. I start out in a plank position with my feet flat on the ball, then tuck them in toward my chest, then straighten again.
And don’t forget about those curls. In just 3 short weeks, you too can tone up those arms.
**Results not typical.
Ps. Ryan & I watched Sharknado 2 last night. The first one was so bad they made a sequel- seriously, it’s like a train wreck, you just can’t look away!! Bad graphics. Bad acting. The fakest looking sharks attacking NYC. So many celeb cameos- even Jared from Subway makes an appearance. Has anyone else seen this god awful movie?
Oh by the way, happy first day of August! So many exciting things are happening this month. Four birthdays, starting my 2nd year of PA school, and beginning my urgent care rotation! Time sure flies- TGIF y’all!