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Spring!

April 4, 2015

Spring is in the air! Winter was a bit harder for me than usual thanks to some life stuff that I won’t get into that had a huge effect on my stress levels and moods. Very thankful that working out is second nature because I can see how easy it would be to let it slide if it’s something you have to think about doing. As it is, I will admit to struggling a bit with emotional/stress eating and the mood swings that tend to follow a binge (yay blood sugar!)

But as that old saying goes, it’s always darkest before the dawn. Things have really turned around over the past couple of months and now, with the warmer air and longer days, I’m feeling renewed. My gym sessions are more intense, my diet is cleaner (not perfect but better) and I no longer want to roll over when my alarm goes off in the morning.

One workout I’m loving right now is the Burn 60, described here. Basically you do three ten minute rounds of sprint intervals alternating with three ten minute rounds of circuit style training. I always change up the exercises but a couple of typical circuits might look like:

Side plank x30 seconds each side
Jump squats x20
Push-up x15
Squat thrust x10
Plank x45 seconds

OR

Plank kick outs x15 each side
Kettlebell deadlift x20
Sumo squat w/ kettlebell pull-up x20
Push-up x15
Plank x45 seconds

Do that routine two or three days a week along with some days of steady state cardio and the abs that went into hiding during that long cold winter suddenly start appearing again.

Happy Spring everyone! Here’s to warmer temperatures and positive outlooks!

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