Happy Workout Wednesday!!
With today's workout/health post I have an anecdote from my workout last night. My friend and I workout on some stairs in the River Valley by my house; its a pretty common area, meaning that other people workout there and use it as a route to get to wherever they are going. We always leave our water bottles at the bottom of the steps, and yesterday I left our workout routine, which was written on a piece of paper. Well, while we were at the top of the stairs, we see a man approach out water bottles. He picks up my friends and starts drinking from it!! Then he picks up the paper and reads it! We make out way down, and he is a very grubby, grungy, weird looking man, who then asks if those are our water bottles. WTF?!! Who does that?! My friends could no longer drink from her water bottle, as this man was not clean. A little while later, we are at the top again and some young teenage boys, see our stuff and start nosing around, so I just yelled to them that that was out stuff, and they left it alone. This has never happened to us before. It was kind of bizarre.
Okay and on to today's Workout Wednesday.
As of late, Ive been buying Shape Magazine...and have come to love it. They always provide a handful of different workouts, real life stories, recipes, facts and tips, as well, as the cover models story and workout. In this months Shape, June 2011, there was a small article on Jumping. Yes, Jumping. Apparently jumping exercises are top notch. They call these 'plyometrics', which means " quick, high-impact moves that strengthen your muscles while increasing your speed and endurance". Apparently 'plyometrics' burn more calories than other exercises.
Not sure what exercises are plyometrics? Well, let me tell you some!
- Jump Squats
- If you have a step or other devise you can use in its place, there are tons of jumping exercises you can do; think stepping up with a jump, shuffling over it, side stepping with one foot planted on the step while the other moves from one side to the other, etc.
- Frog jumps- yes they look silly, but hey, you cant always look chic. right?
- jump squats
- hopping up stairs
Well, theres a start. After reading this I added in more jumping to my workout yesterday. We did 60 jump squats, 60 jump lunges, 30 burpees, 50 jumping jacks, and hopped up the stairs 2 times. And now my legs are very sore indeed!