Make Your Move

By Lisa Rhea

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The best exercise program is the one you enjoy and will actually DO.

A lot of people who aren’t active regularly find it hard to get in a good workout routine. Life is busy and it’s hard to get the motivation to get started.

Not to mention, there are a million different programs on the web, but what should you really be doing?  The answer is simple – do what you enjoy.  Ultimately, the best workout plan is the plan you will follow.  A perfectly designed program will do you no good if you don’t follow it.

As far as motivation goes, stop thinking of exercise as work and start to think about it as an opportunity to unwind and recharge.  The time you spend working out may be the only time you have during the day to focus on self-improvement and your own well-being.  Granted it takes energy to get started, but once you’re done being active, you’ll certainly feel better.

Most days, I prefer to exercise outside or go to the gym – I find it easier to focus outside of my home and I love the outdoors. But you can get a great workout in the house without any fancy equipment, as well.

If you want to work out at home, one option is to get a set of hand weights.  For less than $25, you can pick up a pair of dumbbells at Wal-Mart or any sporting goods store.  Depending on your strength, I would recommend 10 to 15 pound dumbbells for women and 20-30 pound dumbbells for men for the following workout.

There are countless workout combinations you can do with a set of dumbbells – here is one of my favorites.  In the video, Jaime demonstrates the full version, and I’m doing a modified version for those with less strength, or like me, who are pregnant and can’t strain the abdominals.

The Workout

Warm-up: pick an activity to get your heart rate up, such as toe taps, knees to elbows, jump rope, jumping jacks, etc – or any combination of the above.

With a pair of dumbbells, perform:

10 shoulder press
10 bicep curls (each side)
10 squats
10 pushups
10 plank rows (each side)

Rest, repeat 3-5 times

If you want an additional challenge, add a high-intensity activity in the mix, such as 100 jump rope rotations or 10 burpees.

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