It has been a couple of weeks since I’ve written about my favourite exercises that helped me to get in shape.
Yes, we just love those squats and all the hassle-free muscle training they are providing, but once in a while everybody wants to play a bit with their routines and add new easy-to-do-at-home exercises that isolate glutes and give them a good training.
This week it’s a hip bridge, hip raise or butt lift!
With just a mat or a carpet on the floor you are able to easily train your glutes muscles at home! No equipment required :)
It has been a long week and I feel bad to say I forgot about my home workouts for the whole week. We were moving to a new flat and I simply didn’t have time or energy to exercise due to all the cleaning, moving furniture, grocery shopping, furniture shopping, home appliances shopping etc. But I think I burnt some good calories this week anyway. Let me tell you that because for 3 previous months I kept doing my exercises daily and eating healthy, this week of a setback didn’t really show on my body.
Now, in a new home and in the beginning of a new week, I’m back to my daily routine and this week’s favourite exercise is S-Q-U-A-T-S. It used to be said that squats are mainly male exercise but gladly for us the sports fashion changed and now most of the training websites, videos and Instagram pages are flooded with motivational pictures of round sexy butts to motivate us and start doing squats :)
Until not very long time ago I belonged to that group of people, who only ate breakfast in hotels on a trip, or at work when I was working in a coffee shop and had an option of starting my day with freshly made granola and home-made yogurt. But most of the time I didn’t care to make myself breakfast in the morning at home, moreover I felt like if I eat in the morning (or until 2-3 pm for that matter), I would feel more hungry throughout the day. Oh, how wrong was I! After I started my 7-min workouts that turned into 15-20 min of daily exercises, I have completely changed my eating habits. Now I understand that eating a healthy breakfast gives you energy for the whole day, gives you strength for exercises and eliminates late-night food cravings after a light dinner.
So, here is an option for breakfast that can be cooked and eaten fresh or prepared in the evening the day before – Fritata with Zucchini.
Lunges seem so easy to do at first, but.. killed my legs yesterday with Reverse Curtsy Lunges. What IS this exercise? 2 minutes without a break made me feel like I ran half an hour on a treadmill! I’m definitely adding them to my daily HIIT routine.
In the beginning of June I was looking for ways to incorporate sport and healthier choices into my life and I ran across an article about the high-intensity 7 minute workout that has been making its way through the world, with scientists saying this little time spent exercising can be just as effective as an hour of running. And I thought to myself – why not make an experiment? If I can’t commit to spending 7 minutes a day for exercises, what good can I say about myself? Simultaneously, I started reading about healthy diets for reducing body fat and boosting my metabolism.
Little exercise is much better than no exercise at all – every day is an opportunity to start changing
There comes a moment for most of us in life, when we decide we are not satisfied with what we see in the mirror and we can’t blame it anymore on our mother-nature. No matter how many kilo 5 or 25 you want to lose, no matter how unhealthy your lifestyle was yesterday, you can start changing today!
Two months ago I told myself that I want to be healthier and stronger! No more dieting, no more restricting meal plans that only make you feel miserable. No more blaming myself. I needed a rational way to incorporate healthier choices and sport in my life. Former professional tennis player, I dropped sport long time ago. Then there were my weak attempts to start doing yoga at a nearest yoga studio, then I bought a 1-year fitness club subscription but only went there 10 or 15 times. There always was an explanation: too far, too expensive, too cold in the swimming pool, not clean enough, I’m too tired after work, no I can’t go to gym at 7 am before work, oh, I lost 3 kilo this month and have my perfect weight so why would I go to the gym, I don’t have time, I don’t have time, I don’t have time for it. I would always look at pictures of fit women and think – well, she has a good metabolism, genetics, too much free time or any other empty excuses. This year I made myself change. First the change happened in my head, then in my body. Continue reading