Weekend Things

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I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!  It has been freezing here!  It is seriously hard to get motivated in weather like this!

The girls have all had colds and mild fevers so we have mostly been taking things easy. Saturday they had a big play and lunch with their cousins.

In the evening I took them to watch my sister in law perform on Aerial Silks! It was very cool to watch! It made me want to get out there and try something new. Maybe sometime in the future when I can figure out a way to escape the house for an hour alone I can try Aerial Silk classes!

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Today was even less eventful and even more freezing. I got a lot of housework done… super unexciting, although always nicer to be in a cleaner house. The girls played together beautifully all morning by themselves and Summer slept. This afternoon we rugged up and headed to the park.

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I have worked out once this week, which was last night. Overall I have been really slack this week. I have a million reasonable excuses as to why, but they are just that – excuses. I really do enjoy it when I do it and I always feel better for it.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to? Hope it wasn’t so cold and grey for you all!

Jess xoxox

 

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Tabata High Intensity Workout!! Kathy Prohoroff Review

Zumba at People's Park Davao CityHello!

How has your week been going?  Things have been fairly quiet around here, which is a nice break after having lots of family in town.

I have been trying to get back into exercise now that Summer is 8 weeks old! My only time to exercise is at night when everyone is in bed. This limits me to workouts in the front yard or exercise videos inside. As it is winter and freezing I  have been opting for exercise videos inside.

I don’t actually own too many exercise videos, or DVDs I guess I should be calling them, I mainly look to youtube for workouts. And it can be quite the gamble! Although overall it really is a great way to find a workout that you can do on the spot. I g

et a lot of hits on the site for previous youtube workouts that I reviewed. So I thought I’d share the occasional review for those interested.

This workout by Kathy Prohoff is an amateur recording but she has done a good job! There  is no warm up,  it gets straight into intense cardio sets. In total there are 5 rounds with a different exercise each round. In each round you do the same exercise over and over for 20 seconds with a 10 second break. And you 8 sets of 20/10s (tabatas) within each round.

The 5 exercises include Jump

 Rope/High Knees,

Burpees,

Jumping lunges,

Jump Squat hop hop and One legged jump squats with a hop hop. There is a cool down and stretching at the end.

For a quick workout (around half an hour) it is very challenging and left me quite sore the next day. There are lots of high impact,  jumping exercises so it would not be good for anyone with any joint problems.

Do you have any favourite workout videos? What is your favourite way to workout when you can’t get outside or to the gym?

Jess xoxoxox

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First Workout Back

Valerie Hays from the cast of "Over she goes" being leapfrogged, 1937 / by Sam HoodHello!

How are you all? I have missed blogging, I guess it is a nice psychological outlet for me that helps me keep my head clear. Funny how you don’t even realise the impact of something until it is absent from your life.

However, I wouldn’t trade time with my babies for blogging. And the last few weeks have been amazing.

I have also missed working out. I was not doing anything spectacular with it before, no awesome goals or impressive mileage. However, it played a regular and important role in my life!

I took the full recommended 6 weeks post-partum off from exercise, apart from walking and managing the kids. (Managing/ trying to keep up with the kids frequently feels like a workout.) It was nice to have a break and truly I think I needed it to recover properly. By about 5 weeks I was starting to feel ready but I waited the extra week.

This last week I have worked out 3 times, which I am pretty happy with. All have been short (30 to 40 minutes), full body and contained lots of intervals. I wasn’t as out of shape as I had anticipated, possibly because I was pretty active keeping up with the girls at the end of my pregnancy. Whereas, at the end of my pregnancy with the twins I was on bed rest for 3 months. However, it definitely feels much much harder than it did before!

I am taking it slow and trying to keep a positive attitude about my fitness and the state of my body! ha! Pregnancy is definitely hard work and it is really really easy to get depressed after the baby arrives for all sorts of reasons. Feeling down about changes to your body is hard to avoid, at least it is for me! I have to admit I found it the hardest whilst my in laws were here as we spent lots of time at the beach! I love the beach, however, I didn’t have a swimming suit that felt comfortable and I really didn’t feel ready to be swapping a track suit for a swimming suit! Totally silly and I didn’t let it stop me enjoying myself, but it was hard to keep my head in check.

Since I am finally talking about exercise I thought I’d share one of my full body workouts for those who are interested! Sharing is caring, but comparing is not! So if you are returning to exercise after having a baby or just trying it out please don’t worry if it is not at the appropriate level for you. We are all different and I constantly make modifications to workouts, even ones I plan for myself.

Please note before commencing any new exercise regime it is important you consult your Doctor. Especially if you are returning to exercise after having a baby! If you feel dizzy, light headed, overly tired, in pain or injured immediately stop what you are doing and see your Doctor. This is a fairly challenging workout and should keep your heart rate up fairly high. Not a beginners workout.

5 minute warm up – cardio of choice

25 Wide squats

Jump Rope 1 min

25 Lunges with forward shoulder raises

Jump Rope 1 min

25 overhead tricep extensions

Jump Rope 1 min

25 Bent over rows

Jump Rope 1 min

25 Wide grip push ups

Jump Rope 1 min

Plank 3 x 10 seconds

Cool down and Stretch!

Do you have any tricks to boost your confidence when you are feeling not so good about yourself? Do you find it hard to get back into exercise after a break?

Jess xoxoxox

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