Happy New Year everyone!
PS – I loved hearing about your words and intentions for 2013. Thank you for sharing them with me. They are all so incredibly inspiring.
Did you stay up to midnight? Usually, I’m in bed before the balls drops in Time Square. This year, I joined a couple of friends and ran a New Year’s Eve 5K in Prospect Park. It was fun to dress in super bright gear, don glow sticks and run.
It was a great way to jump start the new year. I wanted to count the run as my January entry for the 5 by the 5th Virtual Run Series hosted by Laura at Mommy Run Fast. However, since I technically ran on December 31st, I will go out and run another 5K or 5 miles before the 5th of the month. I know, I’m a stickler for rules.
Are you doing the 5 by the 5th series? Let me know in the comments if you are. There’s still time to register.
After crossing the finish line, we made our way to the Long Meadow to watch the fireworks. I’ve never been so close. It literally felt like they were exploding over our heads. You could feel each boom and smell the smoke. This was the first time in the 9 years I’ve lived in Brooklyn that I’ve watched the fireworks.
I’m excited for the New Year and to get back on track – less about challenges and more about focusing on listening to my body. Is it crazy that I’m excited to come up with my workout plan for the next few weeks/month?
Speaking of which, here’s a workout to help jumpstart your workout routine now that the holidays are over. It’s a simple bodyweight workout that does not require any equipment. I did this workout in my in-laws’ living room over Christmas. I really didn’t feel like working out. 30 sweaty minutes later, I felt much better.
The workout is broken into three circuits. Each circuit contains 1) a quick cardio burst, 2) a lower body exercise, 3) an upper body exercise and 4) a core exercise.
What I love about this workout is that it tricks me into completing a hard workout even when I don’t really feel like doing it. Because the workout is broken into 3 circuits of 4 exercises, it feels much more manageable to me – I only think about completing the next 4 exercises instead of a long list of 12 exercises.
Here’s how to do the workout:
- Complete each exercise in the circuit in order with minimal rest between exercises.
- Rest 1-2 minutes once you’ve completed the circuit.
- Repeat the same circuit again.
- Complete each circuit 2-3 times, depending on your time and fitness level, and then move on to the next circuit.
- You can switch the order in which you complete the workout each time you do it.
Here are some more information on some of the moves:
- Russian Twist
- I-Y-T Shoulder Stabilization – These are great exercises to work on stabilizing your shoulder joint and mobilizing your scapula. I do these exercises in order – I pose, then Y pose, then T pose to complete 1 rep.
- Plank with Shoulder Taps
- Plank with Torso Twist
- Bird Dog (at 0:56 seconds of the clip) – You can also increase the intensity of this move by extending out your arm and leg and then contracting your core to bring your elbow to your opposite knee as you tuck them in under your body.
How was your New Year’s? Do you ever play mind tricks with yourself when you workout?
Disclaimer: I do not have any official training, certifications, or degrees in fitness. The views I express are mine alone, based on my own experiences. Always talk to your doctor or a trained professional before starting a new diet or fitness plan.
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