Happy Hump Day! I got the chance to sub for another instructor at the gym yesterday and I love her class. They are so much fun! However, her class is a lot different than my insane boot campers! It is a low impact strength and conditioning class. Just because a class is low impact doesn’t mean it isn’t a good workout! This is a great low impact workout that is still tough but will be easier on your joints and require less jumping or plyometric moves. I got a great workout and it is always nice to try something a little different. This workout combines strength training and cardio burst intervals. Give it a try.
Warm Up (5 Minutes)
For the warm up you can warm up with a brisk walk or easy jog on the treadmill, elliptical or bike. Or you can do a combination of dynamic warm up moves. I like to do a combination of dynamic exercises for 30 seconds each. Here are a few suggestions: bodyweight squats, lunges, jacks, jog or march in place, butt kickers, high knees, toe touches, walk outs, or push ups. These will get your body warmed up and your muscles loose so that you will be ready for the workout.
After the warm up you will complete each exercise in the circuit at maximum intensity for 30 seconds rest for 10 seconds if needed. Complete 2-3 rounds.
Always be sure to cool down and stretch following any workout. Right now I am trying to incorporate more stretching into my workouts and it is feeling really good!
After my workout I had a great smoothie bowl. I don’t know about you guys but I like to eat my smoothies rather than drink them really fast. I have been addicted to smoothie bowls lately. Here is what I had today it was yummy. Feel free to adjust to your taste.
Blueberry Almond Smoothie Bowl
- ½ of a frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup of non-dairy milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 scoop green vibrance or a handful of greens like spinach or kale
Add all the ingredients to your blender. To get a thick smoothie you will need to use a high-powered blender like a Vitamix. Once it is blended and has a thick consistency (like soft serve ice cream) scoop it out into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings like fresh fruit, chia seeds, chopped almonds, unsweetened coconut, or granola. I topped mine with this yummy granola that tastes like a peanut butter cookie. I seriously love all of her recipes!!!!
Just remember to go easy on the toppings they can add up in calories. I prefer to measure mine out for portion control.
On another note, I really need to start taking more pictures of my food! Next time I promise!