Well, good morning to you all! Did you have a good weekend? I sure did and can’t wait to fill you in about the trial yoga teacher training weekend I did. I need a bit more time to process my thoughts…and wake up since I’m feeling pretty tired this morning. And I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling that way, am I right?
Last week, when I shared my 11 Tips To Stick With Your Holiday Workouts, I suggested having a regular low-key, rejuvenating workout – a workout you know you can do when you feel like moving, but not busting out anything too serious or high energy. I know there are a plethora of quality circuits and calorie blasting circuits running around blog pages and Pinterest these days, so I thought I would share something a little more rejuvenating with you today. I hope you like it.
Then, you will move into a series of six different exercises. All the exercises are low impact and lower intensity moves that still work many important parts of the body – lower back, hips, core, etc. A few of the moves also have a balance component which can help mentally wake you up and energize you.
For the six exercises, you may choose to do them as straight sets – completing 2-3 sets of each exercise by itself before moving on to the next exercise in the workout, resting between each set. This also decreases the intensity of the overall workout. If you’re feeling up to it, the workout may also be done as a circuit, moving directly from one exercise to the next and going through 2-3 rounds of the circuit, resting between each round. If you choose to do the circuit, I do suggest going at a slower pace to keep the overall workout a lighter intensity.
Complete 10-15 reps per side of each exercise and 2-3 sets of each. Below is a list of the exercises:
- Figure 4 Squat (may also do assisted using chair or wall for balance)
- Bicep Curl with Knee Up
- Standing Side Knee Crunch
- Bird Dog
- Bridge With Triceps Extension
Finish with another 10 minutes of walking to cool down and follow it all up with a good stretch. Enjoy!
What’s one of your favorite lighter intensity workouts or moves? How often do you schedule in recovery or lighter intensity workouts like this?