Summer Workouts For Enjoying Summer Fun–Guest Post By: Taylor Ryan

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Right now everyone’s schedule seems crazy. For a lot of families summer means vacations, cookouts, parties, out of town guests.. and more. All of which deviates you off your “normal” schedule.

Of course the summer is filled with fun things, but if you’re off your norm, then what does that mean for your body? If your food choices are a bit more relaxed and you find yourself unable to hit the gym then that could spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e for your body.

Now more than ever (well, with the exception of the holiday season) it is extremely important to stick to a solid workout regiment to keep your metabolism on full blast!

Don’t you want to end the summer looking just as good or even better than when you started it?

So then… what the heck can you do, obviously you can’t add more hours to the day! But you can workout much more effectively without even having to go to the gym.

Interval workouts are top-notch when it comes to fat burning An if you push to your full potential then you can have an amazing workout done in less than 15 minutes.

I’m sure you can find 15 minutes in the mornings, right?

Here’s a fun fact about intervals: It would take 5 hours of steady state cardio to equal the amount of fat you can burn in just 1 hour of interval based workouts. Crazy, but true.

If you need help putting together a top-notch interval workout, have no fear. This is my favorite one, but you will need a time of some sort. I personally use a GymBoss Interval Timer.

In this workout you’ll do an exercise full-out for 50 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and move to the next. There are just 4 exercises total in this interval workout. You are going to complete three rounds all together.

It should take exactly 12-minutes to do it! Get pumped and excited about this. At the end, your heart and breathing will let you know that you’ve worked hard.

Exercises:

  • Squats
  • Push-ups (on knees if necessary)
  • Jumping Jacks (or jump rope if available)
  • Dips (off of a chair)
Make sure with your squats that you stay flat on your feet. Sit down as if about to it in a chair. Heels should never leave the ground and the ultimate goal is to get your thighs parallel to the ground.
With your dips, sit on the edge of a supportive chair, hands by your sides, fingers facing back. Slide your tush off the chair and lower your body down by bending your elbows back. Once your upper arms are parallel to the ground, push up to starting position.
Now you have no excuses to miss out on summer workouts. And by Labor Day you might just look better than when Memorial Day rolled around.
Guest Author: Taylor Ryan is a NASM certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist specializing in women’s fitness. You can find out more about her and how Taylor can help you by visiting her site: The Art of Weight Lifting (theartofweightlifting.com). Taylor lives in Charleston, SC with her husband where she also runs a women’s only boot camp.

 

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