Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Resolution Workouts for a Thriving 2014

I have had a few new Thriving Wives as well as Thriving Wives to be, approach me regarding workouts to kick start 2014.  Of course, I direct them right back to the blog where my talented partner Nic has made glorious graphics to print and take on the go.  So, in an effort to support these ladies in their new fitness goals, I have decided to take some of my favorite routines and put them all in one place.  Now, get these printed, load that Move It Music and let's get going!  2014 has got to be tight and right.  Whether you are a gym rat or prefer to workout at home, I've got something for you to try.  Now, again, GET GOING!

Let's start with some weight training.  Please adjust to your current needs.  Perhaps you need 3-5 pounds, no problem, do it.  Do not push yourself when starting out as it will just lead to injury.  It is better to lower the weight and maintain form to complete the reps, so please, do what you need to do for your individual workout.  This particular routine can be done in the comfort of your own home while catching up on Real Housewives (that is often how I roll, two birds with one stone I say) or while rocking out to tunes a blasting, totally up to you.  If you prefer to knock everything out in the gym, that works as well, it all comes down to getting it DONE!  Alternate the days you do the workouts and break up the sets.  For example, start with one set of each (bicep curls, over head press, squats, lunges) and then go through the whole routine again.  That will ward off muscle fatigue and allow you to hold proper form throughout each set.  Now... GO!

Free Printable Weight Routine

Our recently released Power Hour, is another great workout to do at home and it takes almost no time at all.  This is a perfect one to do after you get dinner started and before you jump in the shower.  If you can wake up 20 extra minutes in the AM (I cannot, I barely get up in time for work as it is), then that would be an even better time to knock out this quick workout.  Get that metabolism revved up and ready for a new day!  I typically do this workout in my bedroom, in front of my mirrored closet doors so I can be aware of my form when doing each move.  I turn up the jams and ignore everything around me until that song changes, then I take on the next task with a fury!

For the easily bored gym rat (like myself), I love this workout which requires me to change machines, and often.  Just when I am starting to loath what I am doing, it is time to move on to the next.  It makes the time go super fast and before you know it you have knocked out 50 minutes of killer cardio!  Again, adjust to your current levels, just aim to be out of breath. You want to push yourself and get uncomfortable, that is the only way you will truly change.


This old favorite also helps the easily bored.  While the treadmill is a wonderful machine and all, just running at the same pace can get pretty old...and quick.  Especially if you are like me and start thinking about all the things you have to do after this run and therefore start to wonder if you should shave off some time and get to Costco sooner.  The answer is NO!  If your run is constantly changing and you are required to watch the clock to do the next move, you will see the time fly by and feel your shirt stick to your sweaty body faster than ever.  So, adjust as needed but HIT it and HIT IT HARD!

Hoping these will help you get your 2014 off to a great start as well as provide some variety to your weekly routine.  Strive for at least 3-4 days of cardio and alternate your weight days.  Good luck!

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