Hey Diet.com members and visitors!
I thought I'd share a couple fitness-related tidbits with you today, because being active is a pretty big part of my life and it's fun to share with others!
First up, here's the workout that I did at the gym last night, with many exercises linked to demos where you can watch the move in action:
- 35 minutes on the Arc Trainer (a fun, elliptical-like cardio machine)
- 20 squats, holding 12 lbs on each shoulder
- 40 weighted v-sit twists, holding 12 lbs
- 20 deadlifts, 12 lbs each hand
- 30 weighted crunches on exercise ball, holding a 12 lb dumbbell straight out in front of me (lengthening my arms and holding the weight further away from my body makes my core work harder!)
- 40 static lunges, 12 lbs each hand, 20 each leg
- 40 weighted side bends, holding 12 lbs each hand
- 20 bridges
- 20 alternating core kicks from bridge position (kicking one leg up into the air at a time, from the bridge position, in a controlled motion, keeping hips square the entire time)
- 20 single leg hip lifts, 10 each leg
- :30 plank
- 10 plank glute kick backs
- :30 "swimming" motion, lying on stomach with chest/shoulders off ground (works lower back and lat muscles)
- 30 alternating chest flys, holding 8 lb medicine ball (I did this lying on the ground on my back, instead of on an exercise ball as the demo shows, and just as an aside - this is one of my FAVORITE exercise moves currently!)
I also recently did a GREAT hike with my boyfriend David - known as the most difficult day hike in the state of Oregon! Mt. Defiance is a 4,960 ft mountain (just an ant hill compared to the time I climbed Mt. St. Helens!), and the trail that we were taking has an elevation gain of about 4,800 ft in just 6 miles. For those of you who aren't familiar with all that lingo... that means it's REALLY steep - the entire way! This hike is so serious, people even use the Mt. Defiance hike as a training hike for Mt. Hood.
Climbing the 6-mile trail up was a REAL workout, and took a lot longer than I expected, but I did a great job on it! It took us a little less than 4 hours to get to the top, and about 3 hours down - so about 7 hours of cardio all in all! I always wonder how many calories I burn doing things like this...
Here's me at a few different points during the hike: