Staying Aktive

Staying active isn’t always easy, we both have hectic schedules between work, school and blogging so we have put together a helpful guide on our favorite mini workouts that can easily be done no matter your schedule. One of our biggest motivators is new workout gear and you can never go wrong with a stylish pair of leggings. These pairs by Aktive are our newest and most favorite addition to our closet. The fabric is soft and breathable and they don’t fall down when doing lots of different activities. You can also use code SOS for 20% off your purchase!

Traveling can be the easiest way to fall out of your routine. I have found that a few key moves that you can do in your hotel room has helped me get my daily activity in. If you can, repeat sequence 3 times with 60 seconds rest between.

  • Tricep Dips: (10-15 reps) using a chair position your hands shoulder width apart, extend your legs out in front of you, slowly bend your elbows to 90 degrees and then extend your arms back up. repeat move
  • Squats: (10-15 reps) Standing with your feet spread shoulder-width apart, pushing your hips back and bending your knees lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then slowly push yourself back to the starting position. If you can find something heavy to use as a weight with your squats or to add cardio add a jump once you get to the bottom of your squat.
  • Ab Bikes: (20 each side) Lying on your back with fingertips behind ears, legs in the air, and knees pulled toward chest lift your shoulder blades off the ground. Straighten your right leg at a 45-degree angle and rotate your upper body to the left, bringing the right elbow toward the left knee. Switch sides by straightening your left leg, bending your right leg, and bringing the left elbow to the right knee. Alternate sides in a pedaling motion
  • Push-Ups: (10-15 reps) Hands and arms should be positioned slightly below your shoulders, fingers pointed forward. Shoulders are pushed down away from your ears. Lower your body until your chest is an inch or two above the floor, elbows pulling back at roughly a 45 degree angle. Push your chest away from the floor and repeat.
  • Burpees: (10 reps) Squat down and plant your palms on the ground on either side of your knees. Quickly hop both your feet out behind you, so you’re in a tall-arm plank. Firm your arms into the ground so your shoulders are strong, inhale as you lower your body to the floor and exhale as you push up. Hop your feet together in between your hands, so you’re squatting with your hands on the floor. Launch yourself off the ground from both feet into a nice, straight jump. Repeat* Try this killer HIIT workout found on Pretty Pretty Pineapple. Combining both push-ups and burpees in under 15 minute session will leave without any excuses to miss your workout!

Between work and school I sometimes find it hard to get a workout in. I have been pushing myself to do something little everyday and for me that’s doing a little routine during the time the kids I nanny take a nap. I have been doing body wight exercises but you could easily add weights to make it more difficult. Here are a few of my favorite.

  • Lunges – (3 sets of 10-15) Keep your upper body straight, with your shoulders back and relaxed and chin up (pick a point to stare at in front of you so you don’t keep looking down). Always engage your core. Step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle. Make sure your front knee is directly above your ankle, not pushed out too far, and make sure your other knee doesn’t touch the floor. Keep the weight in your heels as you push back up to the starting position.
  • Leg Lifts – (3 sets of 30 secs) Lie on your back. Place your hands, palms down, on the floor beside you. Raise your legs off the ground (Exhale as you go). Keep your knees locked throughout the exercise. Hold for 30 seconds, or as long as you can. Return to starting position (Inhale as you go).
  • Plank – Plant the hands directly under the shoulders (slightly wider than shoulder-width apart) like you’re about to do a push-up. Ground the toes into the floor and squeeze the glutes to stabilize the body. Your legs should be working in the move too; careful not to lock or hyperextend your knees. Neutralize the neck and spine by looking at a spot on the floor about a foot beyond the hands. Your head should be in line with your back. Hold the position for 30 seconds. As you get more comfortable with the move, hold your plank for as long as possible without compromising form or breath.
  • Jump Squats – (3 sets of 15) Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Start by doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up explosively. When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. Land as quietly as possible, which requires control.
  • Beach babe push up – ( 3 sets of 15) Begin in plank with your knees on the mat. Extend your right leg straight behind you so it’s parallel with the floor. Engage your abs, and keep your left heel in line with your hips by engaging your glutes. With your right leg extended, exhale to bend the elbows, lowering into a push-up. Inhale to straighten your arms, keeping your leg lifted. This counts as one rep.

This usually takes me about 30 minutes to complete and my muscles definitely feel it by the end. Living a healthy lifestyle and staying active are super important to us and we hope you will find our little routines helpful to you!

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