Got Balance?

Balance is defined as the ability to control the body’s position, or distribute your weight to stay upright and steady. Balance is important for fall-prevention, but it’s also important to be in tune with your body so that rather than leaving balance to chance, you’ll know how to activate the right muscles while completing exercises or daily tasks requiring balance. People often say, “I don’t have good balance,” as if balance cannot be improved. It can! Balance is about equilibrium, but it’s also about utilizing, and strengthening, the muscles used for stabilizing and joint support. Balance exercises are especially important for seniors, but why wait? Why not meet that challenge early on and head-on, by incorporating balance exercises into your training? Here are exercise ideas to develop your balance, from easiest to more difficult: ~ Balance on one leg. ~ Balance on one leg while moving the opposite leg in various ways. ~ Balance on one leg while circling the arms, throwing and catching a ball, or passing a weight from hand to hand. ~ Walk heel to toe, forward and backward. ~ Sit on a stability ball and lift and hold one leg. ~ Practice balance exercises while barefoot. ~ Balance on one leg and close your eyes. ~ Balance on one leg on a pillow, BOSU, wobble board or other unstable surface. ~ Perform upper body exercises while standing on one foot or with feet staggered in “tightrope” position. ~ Hop in place and land on one foot. ~ Hop forward and back or side to side, landing on one foot. ~ Balance on one leg and reach...

Rock This Workout!

We’re battening down the hatches, throwing wood on the fire, stocking up on food, doing 25 jumping jacks approximately every 3 minutes, and randomly screaming things like HOLYEFFINGSH*TBALLZISITCOLD in defense against – and reaction to – the wicked cold that has descended upon the Midwest. I’m not sure I’ve felt cold like this ever. And it makes me wonder about the sanity of those who live in northern regions. No seriously, what’s the matter with you people. I’m always cold, and I hate it. If I’m moving around I’m not too cold, but if I’m doing work at my computer, I can wear three layers, a scarf, and a blanket wrapped around me like a toga and still be cold. IT’S SO ANNOYING. But I’ve discovered two things that truly warm me to the core: a hot hot hot shower, and exercise. And that, my friends, is my motivation to keep up with my workouts even on days when it sounds more reasonable to burrow under down comforters and never come out. In fact, I just HiiT last week’s workout, In Your FACE, and topped it off with some specialized strength training sets (push-ups, front-weighted step-ups, push presses, and so on), and for the first time all day, I’m warm. I’m warm!  I’M WARM! I mean, I’m hot. RAWR. So I know you feel like holing up with a non-stop supply of carbs, but buck up little camper. It’s time to hiit this workout. No, wait – it’s time to ROCK this workout. Cuz that’s how we roll. For this week’s workout, you’ll need two light Sandbells, one heavy...

12 Days of Kicking Ass Workout Challenge – Day 12! We Did It!

Merry Merry! You made it! It’s Christmas! It’s Day 12 of our 12 Days of Kicking Ass workout challenge! I won’t take up a lot of your time. Today is a day of celebration, family, faith, food, and fun. And if you wanna make room for all those holiday goodies, hiit this workout before you head to Grandma’s house! You know what my favorite exercise is, so no one will be surprised that the last challenge of our 12 days is a 3-way burpee challenge!  From my family to yours, I hope you have the merriest of holidays! Catch you on the flip side!  ...

12 Days of Kicking Ass Workout Challenge – Day 11!

On the 11th day of Kicking Ass, Laura gave to me….. Hmmm, what to do, what to do. I mean, we’ve hiit legs. We’ve hiit arms. We’ve hiit abs, and we’ve hiit cardio. What else can we hiit? How about all of the above? Today’s challenge is a full-blown Quickie Workout! This one is called Crush and Burn! In this workout you’ll sculpt strong shoulders, burn fat, and cardio UP in challenging high-intensity intervals! Burpees, hellraisers, kneeling get-ups, and a jump lunge variation mean this workout is loaded with intensity! Lace up your sneakers, set your timers, take a few deep breaths, then get ready to Crush & Burn this HiiT workout! Learn the exercises – plus make-it-easier modifications – by watching the workout preview below. Then set your timers for 50 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, and do this quickie as many times through as you can!  Beginners – aim for at least 2 times through. Take breaks between rounds if needed. Intermediate level – you get 3 rounds for sure. Advanced – HiiT this one 3-5x through! Merry Christmas Eve to y’all, and come back tomorrow for our big hurrah final workout challenge! For this workout, you’ll need paper plates as sliders, light sandbells or weights, and a mat.   Related Posts: Day 1 – EMOTM Challenge Day 2 – Legs on FIYAH! Day 3 – 8-Minute Abs Day 4 – Jumping Rope! Daaaayyyyy Fiiiiiiiiiiive – Stairs & Squats! Or Stairs & Burpees! Day 6 – Push-Ups, Push-Up, and more Push-Ups! Day 7 – Wall Sit Challenge, Bitches!  Day 8 – 3 exercises, 1-minute AMRAP each Day 9 – 3 rounds of 1-minute AMRAP knee tuck...

12 Days of Kicking Ass Workout Challenge – Day 10!

Only 3 workout challenges to go! Only 3! Just 3! 3! So remember? That one time? When a bunch of fitness professionals shared their #1 favorite exercises?  That..  that was awesome. (Name that SNL skit.) And today, we’re gonna DO their favorite exercises! Surprisingly, none of them chose the same exercise! So we can make a super-awesome Quickie Workout out of their favorites! You’re going to do 10 reps of each of the 5 exercises, and repeat that for 2-5 rounds. If you do five rounds, that makes this a 250 reps challenge! You can do them in any order you want. I will recap the 5 exercises for you, then share how I would order them. Neila Rey, popular Google+ personality, chose the push-up.   To make push-ups harder, you can place your hands on dumbbells and add a row after each one! To make them easier, you can do them on your knees, or with your hands elevated on a step, chair, or even the counter top! Jeff Oriente, another Google+ rising star, chose the squat. Revisit the original post for detailed instructions on proper squat form. To make this harder, you can hold dumbbells at shoulder level, or a barbell on your back! Next, Justin Glenn shared his favorite exercise, the dead lift. To do a proper dead lift, bend your knees, sit your weight back, and place your hands about shoulder width apart on a barbell (or dumbbells) that is right in front of your shins. Press your feet into the floor to lift the bar and stand, keeping your chin and chest lifted. Do...