Two Quick Workouts (You Can Do Anywhere)

Happy humpday!  I never get tired of saying that and I totally should.  It gets me loads of eye rolls.  Too bad, right?

Since this week is about stopping negative behaviors and starting healthy actions, I thought it would be fitting to give you two challenging and effective quick workouts that you can do anywhere.

Back when I worked in an office, I was always so busy and felt like the only stretching or exercising I could fit in was walking back and forth to the shared printer!  It’s critical (and research shows) for people who have ‘desk jobs’ to take breaks from sitting and take in some much-needed movement.  I should have taken breaks to fit in mini workouts to keep my energy levels up and improve my focus and mood.

These two workouts could easily be done on a break (if you’ve got the space)!

Even if you’re short on time and motivation, you can manage one or two quick workouts, right?  That’s like one-third of an episode of your favorite show (or maybe less).

I am going to share with you, two quick workouts that require no equipment other than your body to do!

(Even though I am a certified personal trainer, please check with a physician before participating in this or any exercise program. )

 

Workout 1:  10 Minute Total Body Workout

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Workout 2:  10 Minute Cardio Workout

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Too often people get caught up in thinking that if they don’t put in at least 25-45 minutes that they are not getting an effective workout.  I say the most ineffective workout is the one that doesn’t get done.  Fitness, as we all know, is the result of all of your efforts and defined as, “the condition of being physically fit and healthy.”  If you’re pressed for time, getting in one of these ten-minute workouts will get your heart rate up, boost your metabolism, and help you develop lean muscle mass.

Whether you’re at a level of putting in 5 or 90 minutes right now is irrelevant, it’s getting your body moving and working up to a level (and habit) where it becomes a priority and a regular part of your day.

Here are examples of some of the exercises listed in this post.

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What’s your favorite quick workout?  Would ten minutes a day be something can commit to starting your fitness journey right now?

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Workout Quickies:  Burpee Burner

Heyyyyy, Everybody!  As I was typing the “hey” out, I started to crack myself up.  I often do this, and lately, it’s while I’m in public.  Last week, my friend Jenn introduced this web series to me called,  Whine About It with Matt Bellassai.  (NSFW)  You’ll get the “hey everybody” reference once you watch these.

You must watch, btw.  Omg.  So hilarious.  You’re welcome.

Anyhoo, today we’re talking about quickies.  Workout quickies.

Who doesn’t love a quickie?  A workout quickie.

No one, that’s who.

Who doesn’t love burpees?

Almost everyone, I think.

That’s why it’s good to wham bam and be done with them and know you got a total body workout, am I right?

Workout Quickie #1:  Burpee Burner

As with any exercise I recommend on my blog, please check with your physician before performing.  Burpees are extremely challenging, so if you’re new to them, I advise you to start slowly and build up to this circuit over time!

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I have included examples of some of the exercises for your reference!

180 Burpees

“Frog Hop” Burpees 

Half Burpee (Alternating single arm for an extra challenge)

One-legged Burpees (You can omit the plyo jump to modify)

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What’s your favorite “quickie” workout to fit in when you’re busy?

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Battle Rope Workout

Hey, everybody! It’s been a while since I’ve done a fitness post!  Since I fill my days with workouts, I’ve created for my clients;  thought I would share one with you.  I LOVE workouts that are off the gym floor.  I have a confession:  I DON’T LIKE THE GYM.

Say WHAT?

 

I love working out, of course, but I don’t like gyms.  I know that sometimes you gotta take it inside, but what I like to do and how I roll with my clients can be done just about anywhere.  I like to create fun, varying, and functional workouts because they keep people interested and THEY WORK.

One of my ABSOLUTE favorite tools is the battle rope because it is so much fun AND I feel like a total badass after I use them.  So, badass, in fact, that, I feel like I could roll up on Rhonda Rousey …and still get my ass kicked in under three seconds.  I think that battle ropes should come with a warning on them because you do feel insanely tough after you use them and you could end up having your mouth write a check your ass can’t cash.

But I digress because I’m starting to make no sense.

If you have access to battle ropes or want to buy them to add to your fitness equipment collection, I’ve got an excellent workout for you that will not only burn a shitload of calories while increasing your strength and coordination, but it will also make you feel super empowered.

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 Battle Rope Workout!

 

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I tried this workout with my client, Kaly, this past Saturday and she was working up a sweat and having so much fun in the process (even in the miserable Glasgow rain that has made a comeback)! She was a good sport and let me take a few snapshots!

Incidentally, it’s hard capturing someone busting their butt with battling ropes, as she was!

battlerope CollageI love to keep workouts fun and exciting, and with battle ropes, you get just that.  Strength training and endurance rolled into one killer workout.  I HIGHLY recommend giving them a try if you want to mix things up and feel totally badass!

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Have you ever used battle ropes?  What’s the most fun workout you’ve ever done?  Do you train rain or shine?

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Cooking Butternut Squash Noodles With Pasta Texture

Happy Monday!  What did you do this weekend?  I had a good one for several reasons, but the three most important ones were definitely because it was SUNNY BOTH DAYS!

I ran 7 miles on Sunday (with ZERO knee pain), AND I got to meet Neil from none other than, Neil’s Healthy Meals and his lovely wife, Lynne on Saturday!  Neil, Lynne, Luke, and I all got together for lunch and had great laughs, food, and general conversation.  I love meeting bloggers I follow in real life!

So, back to the topic at hand today:  BUTTERNUT SQUASH NOODLES!

I’ve had a BUNCH of emails, comments, and in-person questions about my veggie noodle “porn” as one of my pals called it.  We’ve gone too far as humans, right?

Actually, who am I kidding?  LOOK at this zoodle …errr voodle errr …boodle…

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Whatever you call it, it’s magnificent!  I am a former pastaholic.  I put my hands up and admit it.  So when I tell you the following fact, it’s the absolute truth:  I have eaten actual pasta twice in the last eight months.  

Some people are super skeptical about purchasing a spiralizer.  I get it.  My first purchase was the Veggetti.   

I started out making zoodles (zucchini noodles), and at first, I was like, “Ugh, whatever, they suck.”

SO open-minded of me, right?

I stuck by my Veggetti, and I kept using it to make things like cucumber-based salads, carrot-based salads, and regular and sweet potato fries/pancakes.

Then I got an actual sprializer and started playing with the big kids:  Turnip, celeriac, cabbage, and most importantly BUTTERNUT SQUASH.

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So much more than a beautiful veggie

Cooking spiralized noodles has become a sort of trial and error process, for me.  Firstly, I had to contend with the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit heats switching to a British oven.  Secondly, I am SUPER picky about food texture.  I don’t like my veggie noodles watery and, if I’m making them for a pasta dish, I want them as close in texture to pasta as possible.

There are people who are afraid of change, and the idea of making vegetables into pasta is just something they downright fear.

Side-note:  I feel like there are people who read my blog who were not even born when Wayne’s World came out.

Whatever, I’m old.  It bears repeating.

Obviously.

BUT back to butternut squash noodles.

I’ve discovered there are three rules for cooking butternut squash noodles with PASTA texture:

  1. You must use your Blade C. (I ALWAYS get A and C backward.  Apologies!)
  2. You must cook the noodles FRESHLY spiralized.  (If you store them in the fridge for a few days they will leak moisture and shrivel up into nothingness in the oven. )
  3. You must cook them at a LOW heat (about 125 Celsius/ 250 Fahrenheit) for anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, tossing around the pan every 12-15 minutes.  (My oven takes about 53 minutes, to be exact.)

Your butternut squash noodles will have the most amazing texture if you follow these rules!  My husband devoured/loved my slow cooker marinara sauce best on our noodles.  When you can wrap your veggie noodles around your fork and bite down on that perfect texture, you’ll be like, “spaghetti who?”

..and it started from one amazing veggie!

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Happy butternut squash noodle making!   Get creative or keep it simple. This vegetable in noodle form will seriously make you think twice about grabbing a box of pasta next time you’re at the shop.

Did I also mention it takes almost NO effort to make butternut squash noodles?

I’ve shared this before, but Ali over at Inspiralized.com has a great tutorial for how to prep and spiralize just about anything that can be spiralized.  Check out her tutorial here.

You might also like to see more of my spiralizer recipes here.

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Good morning, Fitfam!  It’s been an entire week since I’ve posted anything, and besides the fact that you probably didn’t even notice, I’ve just been super busy.  As I’ve mentioned before, I am building up my own training and coaching business, and things are off to a great start.  I love being able to be busy, help people better themselves, and also never get bored!  So, this week’s topic at #TheFitDish with Jessica and Jill is “A Day In The Life:  A Photo Collection“.

First, a confession:  I have many weaknesses as a blogger, but one of the worst is my lack of photo taking skills.  My inability to take photographs is true in real life too.   I can visit a country and take 6 pictures!  Believe me, it infuriates many people!  So, with this week’s topic being a photo-centric post, I made an effort to take some photos to document what my Mondays look like!  Mondays have become a very busy day for me, I have different clients (and deadlines) at different places throughout the city.

So, without further delay, I give you…

A day in the life

5:30 AM — I’m up!  Getting in some water, stretching, and packing up the bag to head out the door!

6:30 AM — I’m on the train, on my way into City Centre  to meet my first client!

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7:15-8:30 AM  — My first client of the day!  We did some suspension training and cardio — woot woot!

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8:40 AM — I head to the subway to head over to the West End to meet my next client!

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9:15-12:00 — I headed to Loch Lomond ( about 20 minutes outside of Glasgow) for an outdoor workout and walk with a client who just wanted to get out of town and be in nature!  It wasn’t as sunny over there, but it sure was beautiful!

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12:00-12:30 PM — Caught the subway back to City Centre to start my venture home!

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12:30-1:30 PM — I decided to walk back to my apartment from City Centre!  Whilst on my way home, I took a shameless Instagram #OnAQuest photo of my S’mores Quest Bar!

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1:30-2:00 PM — LUNCH TIME!!  I had a chopped salad:  Spinach, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, corn, and chicken with chili lime dressing and a couple of pickles, because pickles…

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2:00-4:30 PM — I am working with a nutritional therapy client, so I spent some time reviewing notes and getting together some food lists for our next appointment.  I also took this time to go through some emails, and to get together my assessment paperwork for a new client consultation at 6 pm!

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4:30 PM — Time to get back on the train and head into City Centre to pick up some items at Holland and Barrett and a quick stroll outside, because the sun has actually been shining in Glasgow the past few days!

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6:00 PM — Up the giant flight of stairs, to meet with my new client and perform fitness assessments and get her started!

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7:00 PM — Met my husband for a ride back home (seriously, my legs were jelly)!

7:30-10:00 PM — Dinner (spiralized butternut squash noodles and slow cooker tomato sauce), a MUCH needed shower and some quality time with the hubby.  *Sigh*.

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10:30 PM — Goodnight moon!  I am exhausted and I have a client at 7 am tomorrow!

What did your Monday look like?  Are you one to always take a photo?

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