I can’t believe that Halloween is tomorrow. I know most of us had our parties and get-togethers over the weekend, but still. We are only two days away from November, and then on to Christmas. Always looking ahead.
This month has both simultaneously been taking forever to get through but also flying by in the blink of an eye. Do any of you feel this way? I find this kind of thing happening to me more and more as I get older. Months, weeks, even days end up being both fast and slow.
Always the weirdest occurrence.
But although I am excited for November to almost be here, that means I am only one month away from Blogmas, which I am both dreading and anticipating. This month I am going to begin planning, and rounding up everything I need or I will be in for one of the most stressful Decembers of my life.
Please feel free to send me suggestions, if you have any of things you would like to see a post about or just some idea you have about Christmas. I sincerely welcome ideas of any kind to get me through this month.
This past week, one of my friends and I got to talking about 30-day challenges since a lot of people seem to start them either right before the holidays or right after. Never during. Too busy.
A lot of these challenges kind of start slow but end up adding exercise a day or building up the sets and reps until you reach a pretty decent workout. These workouts are good for beginners or people who don’t know where to start, but sometimes you can get bored of them because they begin so slowly. I wanted to try to find a way to kind of create a hybrid of the beginning stages and ease of the first few days of the workout with the efficiency and results of the end of the challenge.
Thus, possibly the most adaptable workout I have made so far was created.
For this workout, you can add weights of some kind (kettlebell, hand weight, or medicine ball) to almost every move to make the difficulty of this workout a little higher or you can simply use your body weight. In addition to this, you can raise the number of sets you do, but keep the reps the same. This is more of a HIIT workout so you need to keep changing up the moves at a fast pace instead of staying with one for a longer time.
Also, as you will see, there is no true rest interval in this workout unlike most of my others. If you need to, you can add a 10-sec rest at the end of each set. But first, try to focus on regulating your breathing and lowering your heart rate during the plank, which I know can be difficult sometimes.
THE MOVES YOU MAY NOT KNOW
*You will need a chair or a low surface (such as a table) that can support you
Sit down on your chair/surface and place your palms down on to the edge of the chair/surface so that you have enough of your hand gripping the edge so that you will not slip but enough of your palm on to support you. Lift your butt off the chair/surface and walk your feet out so that you are in an elevated crab walk position. Slowly bend your elbows and lower yourself until your butt almost touches the floor. Slowly lift yourself up to your starting position. Repeat.
Sit down on the ground and bend your knees until the bottoms of your feet are flat on the floor. Lean back slightly and lift your feet off the ground, keeping the bend in your knees. Lean back until you are engaging your core, but not straining. Lift your hands to your chest as if you are holding a ball (or actually holding a weight) and rotate to the left and touch the ground right behind your left hip. Rotate to the right side and touch the ground right behind your right hip. Continue twisting back and forth for the complete set.
*You may use a weight or weights on any of these moves to make them a little more difficult
10 jumping jacks
10 tricep dips
10 mountain climbers
10 Russian twists
1 min plank
10 sec high knees (fast as possible)
10 sec butt kicks (fast as possible)
Repeat 10 times