The holidays are closing in on us, and you know what that means… food, food, food! There’s no better time of year for indulging in deliciousness. And after a year of healthy eating, you deserve it!
In the midst of all that food-focused fun, it’s a great idea to keep up with your exercise routine (or start a new one). Working hard for all you eat makes the food so much more worth it, and staying healthy is always a top-of-mind priority.
For this fall, we’ve partnered up with Nicole Perry of Pumps and Iron, a local Boston blogger and fitness guru who develops awesome workouts to share online! She has everything from bodyweight workouts to treadmill runs, so be sure to check her out for some awesome new routines.
This week we’re featuring her Isometric Workout, a routine that builds muscle through resistance. We especially love this workout because it’s super quiet. No jumps, leaps and bounds to bother neighbors below, your napping toddler, or your easily-perturbed dog. This routine is quick—only about 40 minutes—and can be shortened if necessary. It targets all major muscle groups, from legs to arms and abs, and requires hardly any equipment (the weights are optional depending on your fitness level!).
You’ll definitely feel the burn with this one, but won’t break out into an intense cardio-inducing sweat… so you can still go along with your day feeling exercised and rejuvenated!
- A pair of 5-lb hand weights (optional—you can just use bodyweight)
- Exercise mat
You’ll hold each position for 30 seconds and then move right onto the next without taking a break. After you’ve held each one for 30 seconds, do the same thing, holding each for 60 seconds. Once you’ve completed the 30-sec round and 60-sec round, take a one minute break. Repeat for a total of 3 times through (6 total rounds). This workout will take you just under 40 minutes to complete. If you’re short on time or a beginner, eliminate a round, going through twice instead of three times.
You can hold a pair of hand weights as you go through these for an added challenge or simply use your body weight.
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