First, I saw this video of Form Drills by Runner's World. It includes some simple exercises, some of which I have been incorporating into my strength training and core workouts, and I just had to share. Check it out HERE.
Second, I achieved my goal of getting active after work yesterday. I opted to workout with guidance from the Nike Training Club (NTC) app. I have been using this app and Skimble, and honestly, I think I like them equally. They both have their pros and cons but I was so into trying to unlock my next reward with NTC so I went there. I started with the Ab Buster and followed it up with the Glute Buster with some focus on inner and outer thighs as well. Both were 15 minutes long for a total 30 minute workout. Pretty good and my toe held up just fine.
How do the workouts go? I am using the Get Focused plans right now and they seem to have the same structure. Each 15 minute workout is broken into 5 minute segments. You do exercises for 4:30 and then there is a 30 second rest before you repeat the drill, and then again. I have taken to skipping the rest and doing something else active during those 30 seconds but I do make sure I am working a different muscle group. For some, I can see the rests may be necessary but I don't really need them. And it is odd to end on a rest anyhow. And yes, unlocking the next reward was enough incentive to keep me going when my daughter wanted me to do something else. Don't worry --- she got my full attention afterwards and it makes me a better mommy to work up a sweat.
Now on to the Tuesday Tunes. Many of us listen to play lists when we run or workout. For those who can run it solo --- congrats and I am sure you still listen to tunes and have some favorites. To spark conversation about some good upbeat tunes, or just good relaxing tunes, I am aiming to "introduce" a song weekly and please, feel free to vote for songs for me to share. I would love to hear what you are hearing!
Introducing "Another One Bites the Dust" from Queen --- not a song you will hear me listening to on a standard day but it has a great running beat and I have been loving it with my workouts recently. Imagine crunches, etc. to the beat of the song.
Today I am grateful for:
- A cool giveaway I am about to announce!
- Enhancing random nature pictures!
- Challenges - I really need to write a post on the two challenges I am about to embark on and why. But for now, check out their buttons on my sidebar.
- Gift Certificates - I just got $5 from Famous Footwear as a birthday gift!