Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Spice Up Your Walk
I've been doing a lot of running lately but today I needed to give my running legs a break from all of the pounding and decided to power walk instead. Since I'm used to the harder effort required by a run, I did something to spice up my walk a bit. After my 10 minute warm-up to get my muscles moving and loose, I started really hoofing it with some fun intervals. Every 3 minutes I added in 20 repetitions of a leg exercise. I did walking lunges, squats, plie squats (legs wide with toes pointed out like a ballerina), calf raises, curtsey squats and reverse lunges. Before I knew it, I had gotten in over 200 repetitions of leg exercises without having to dedicate a workout solely to toning my legs. The walking kept my legs feeling loose and kept me moving and more interested by my workout. Of course I couldn't stop there, though, so I took the stroller over the bridge and back as well. Not only did I get in my cardio today, but I got some serious resistance training in as well using high reps and my own body weight, something we all have available wherever we are. I came home feeling great. I challenge you to give it a try.