Let’s get physical!

 

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Hello there,

Let’s talk about getting physical. And by that, I mean….working out! What else? I love to workout. Well, not always. Sometimes I really have to force myself.

Today, I’m sharing all the different ways I love to stay active. This is part of Kimberly Snyder’s weekly Beauty Detox Blogger Assignment.

I spend most of my time in my home gym or outdoors. I’m an anti-gym person. After years of working in a gym, I grew tired of it and needed a change.

My workouts consist of weight training, running, walking, hiking, HIIT (high intensity interval training) and yoga.

WEIGHT TRAINING

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Squats are one of my favorite exercises. Not only do they burn a lot of calories, they keep your butt firm and lifted 🙂

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Lunges are another favorite.

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Planks are the best. A must for a strong core and back. Today, I tried my new friend Taryn’s boot camp. It was fun. Thankfully, there was lots of shade on this hot So Cal day.

 

CARDIO

I get my cardio from walking, running, hiking and HIIT (high intensity interval training) I plan on doing a post on HIIT soon. I’m not a fan of steady state cardio. Who wants to spend 45-60 minutes on a treadmill or elliptical? Not me. I like to keep my cardio short and sweet.

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I love going on hiking trails. Not just because its great exercise but the mental benefits are amazing. I feel peaceful and calm when I’m out there soaking up the sun and the natural surroundings. That’s pepper spray I’m holding pepper spray in my left hand. Have to watch out for those coyotes and mountain lions. I don’t leave home without it. You never know.

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I love getting to the top and enjoying the view.

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When I don’t have a lot of time for a run, I take my dog Rusty on a short run around my neighborhood. He’s my short distance running/sprinting partner 🙂

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He also joins me in the gym sometimes 🙂

YOGA

Last but not least, yoga. Yoga is often put 2nd or 3rd to cardio and weight training but I believe it is so important to incorporate often. I admit, I don’t practice yoga everyday but I do make it a priority because I feel so much better when I do. Both physically and mentally.  I believe the more flexible you are, the less risk you have for injury. This week I have challenged myself to practice yoga everyday. I’m loving it.

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I do yoga inside my living room, sometimes at a yoga studio or outside. I find doing yoga outside so refreshing. I love the fact that you can do it anywhere.

Aside from physical exercise I enjoy staying active with my backyard garden. Watering, planting, harvesting, etc.

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When I heard the title of this assignment, I couldn’t help think of Olivia Newton John’s “Lets get physical”  Now I feel like dancing 🙂  That’s another thing I enjoy. But I’d be too embarrassed to share any photos of me dancing. Haha

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These are some of the ways I get physical. Thanks for allowing me to share them with you. What type of exercise or activities do you enjoy?

Marlene

 

 

 

 

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