How are you doing on this fine Friday?
Thank you all so so so very much for all the encouragement regarding my health as of late! I know you've all probably heard this time and again from others, but I cannot tell you how grateful I am for you. It is most certainly a privilege to be a part of this community, whether you are a blogger or a reader. :D So thank you and God bless you abundantly.
Do you remember how I once mentioned that many people around me think I'm weeei-uhhhd for striving for a healthy and active lifestyle?!
Well guess what! I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel...hah! My friends and family members are timidly approaching me for help and fitness advice, wahooo!
Now, this isn't to say that I'm superwoman or that I know it all because I'm definitely far from it--nor do I think that I am in great shape because there is certainly room for improvement. However, I am truly beginning to see that when we live our lives in such a manner that they become a positive example to others, naturally (and eventually) others will want to follow.
First, it started with my sister's new life in Christ and a positive mindset. Now, there is the new addition of fitness to people around me as well.
I feel like an uber genuine dork posting these! Haha. But this is a workout I made for my sister and my friend Susan. I call it "The Big 5". ;) And bear with me because I feel silly and exposed enough as it is! :P
***Pictures are courtesy of Susan.
1.) Ski jump lunges with medicine ball and twist <--long title
-Stand hip width apart
-Jump towards your right side and immediately cross left leg behind while doing a lunge.
-Keeping back straight+core engaged, twist torso and upper body to the right. (disregard messy desk)
2.) Burpees to jump
-Start by standing and dropping to the ground, do a pushup. (Can modify and do it on knees)
-Immediately jump your feet forward and get up to a stand
-And jump up as high as you can!! :) (If it's too hard, you don't have to jump & just simply stand)
-Start out by standing straight, holding desire weights. Keep chest open+shoulders back. Then, bend at the hips+lower back and go down as far as you're able to. Keep back straight and look ahead. Then, carefully come back up and squeeze your glutes!
4.) High knee runs
-Do a running motion on the same spot while moving your arms as if you were running. Bring knees as high as possible. You should feel it in your abs.
5.) Crossed knee tucks
-Stand straight, hip width apart. Then, bring your leg up and bring down your opposite elbow. It feels like a crunch, standing up.
6.) I need a golden tan!
This is a circuit of 5 different exercises. I have my sister and Susan do 3-4 rounds of this circuit. Do not overdo it, and listen to your body! If you are literally dying after 2 rounds, then just go with 3. If you can do more, then that's great. Typically, these take 15-20 minutes on average. Set a timer and see how fast you can do this circuit but without sacrificing good form and posture. :D
I was and am so crazy proud of Susan and my sister for taking this great leap to stay active!
Susan doing her burpee pushup. :)
The Big 5 Workout
- Ski jumps with medicine ball and twist- 10 reps (total of both sides)
- Burpees with jump (can be modified on knees) - 10
- Deadlifts with weights- 16
- High knee runs- 30
- Crossed knee tucks- 10 (total of both sides)
It looks simple, but trust me that it's more challenging than it looks!
Here's another set of exercises that I like to do every now and then when I am short on time.
Let's remember that fitness and holistic health doesn't just depend on the physical, but also the mental and spiritual aspect. If we're not emotionally well, then everything else in our lives will be affected through it.
By the way! This is random and hopefully Greg won't kill me if he sees this...But wasn't he just adorable as a child??!
Greg is the biggest one here. Doesn't he look exactly like now, but just younger?!
I kind of took these incognito. *Muuuahhahaha*
Have a great weekend and live it to the fullest! I have a baby shower and a birthday to attend tomorrow. :D
Have you done HIIT type workouts or circuits?
Would you feel exposed showing these kinds of photos or is it just me?!