Organic Workouts: Back To The Basics

Many people like working out without machinery. They like  getting back to the basics. I like to call this type of workout Organic. The benefits of organic workouts is they are always reliable, and portable. You don't have to have any machinery to pack around, because working out organically needs no tools. Just you, your breathing, your muscles.

Running in the sand

Jogging in the Sand– Of course any type of jogging, walking, or running can be beneficial to your heart, and muscle health. But if you can find a way to do this in the sand, nature will work you harder than regular pavement would if you were to go the same distance. If you don't have sand available, jogging uphill is a great alternative!

Sit ups, crunches & reverse crunches– Yea, the ab lounge is pretty awesome. But I'm sure we all Sit upsremember how to do our sit ups and crunches too. Many people (especially us women) try to avoid them at all cost. In actuality, these are the fitness exercises we can use when away from the gym, or only have a few minutes a day to work on them!

Reverse crunches  and jack knives are great too. In these exercises you lay flat on the floor and lift your legs together straight up in the air then straight back down (but not all the way down! let your ankles hover a few inches above the floor!). In a jackknife, the legs do the same thing, but when they go straight up, you pull front up as well, in a crunch + reverse crunch manor.

Lunges & Squats– These are great exercises that also barely get utilized. The best part is whenever you are alone you can drop a few squats, or lunge across the room and back. Do them while doing laundry, or cleaning the house, or hover over your chair for a few seconds before you sit down at work! Take advantage of your body's natural weight resistance. A great benefit to practicing these daily will come out on the dance floor. Sometimes tall girls (like me) have a hard time "pop lock and dropping it" or "getting low." But doing squats more often will help you get low and feel more confident about it!

Lunges

Pull ups and Push ups– Now time for the arms! Don't forget do do a few simple push ups daily for arm workouts. Try and do push ups until you fail. ( a fail is a pause of three seconds or more between repetitions). As for pull ups, if you can't even do one, go back to what you did in high school. Jump up there and hold the pull up pose for as long as you want. Try these on a thick tree branch or other overhead bars you come across!

Have a happy workout!

~HealthyGirl

Swimming for Fitness

Maybe swimSwimming for fitness…. have you ever tried it? There is always lap swimming, which is a great way to get in shape and beat the summer heat! Most pools set aside lanes for swimmers to do laps in during certain hours of the day. The pools are usually in the “down time” of the day, so you don’t have to worry about children getting into your lane, or being self conscious about your bathing suit. It’s just you, the pool, and the lifeguard, and trust me, the lifeguard is the last person you should be self conscious in front of. (Coming from a person who used to be one!) The pool is their job, and all they are concerned about is if you are still breathing.

Ok so you have a suit, the goggles, and you know about lap swimming. What’s still keeping you away? Maybe lap swim isn’t for you. After all, it is a very repetitive exercise. Some of you dear readers may even have  a hard time swimming. Well I have the perfect water cure for you!

Aquasize: A new workout system that is becoming more popular is called Aquasize. It is a different form of swiming exorcises that runs more like a fitness class. This is a class that is taught with an instructor, like yoga or Zumba, but in the water. There is shallow and deep water aquasize, depending on how fit you are and how well you swim. Shallow water aquasize is a lighter workout for those starting out. They have small weights you strap on your ankles, and many tools for new and exciting ways to work out! If that doesn’t seem like a hard enough workout, you and upgrade to deep water aquasize. Call your local pool today and see what they have to offer!

Take away the Aches: For those with achy joints, arthritis, and stiff muscles, a “take away the aches” class might be right for you. This class is still gaining popularity, so not all pools will have it, but if you are having these kinds of problems and your pool offers it, it is worth it to try it. This class is one that I have taught personally, so I know the benefits! It is not much in the realms of a workout, but more of a body loosener. This will help ease pains that come with age and medical conditions. I highly recommend this class if it is available to you.

Of course every pool is going to be different, and will offer different services. Go ahead, give your pool a call, see what they have to offer. What have you got to lose?

~HealthyGirl