Workout Wednesdays: Arms

Arms are what I struggle with the most. I always find it hard to come up with workouts to do. Below are some arm exercises that are fairly simple, and can help you gain a little bit of extra muscle.

Front Dumbbell Raises

For this exercise start with the dumbbells in down in front of you. Raise one hand up in front of you and then lower it back down, and repeat with the other hand. Do 3 sets of 20 on each arm to start.

Tricep Overhead Press

You can use either a dumbbell or a weighted exercise ball for this one. Start with your weight lifted above your head and your arms completely stretched upward. Then bend your arms back behind your neck. Do 3 sets of 15 to start.

Dumbbell Squat and Press

Grab 2 dumbbells for this exercise and start with them raised to your shoulders, squat down keeping the dumbbells in the same position, then when you stand up raise the dumbbells up above your head. Start with 3 sets of 20.

Standing Hammer Curl

For this grab two dumbbells. Simply curl your arms up in the motion as shown in the above picture. Do 3 sets of 30.

Dumbbell Step Up

These are very simple. As shown in the “Get Leggy with it” blog post, it is the same step ups except this time you have weights in your hands. Do 3 sets of 30.

Hopefully these will help you build up that arm muscle you have been working on. Until next time lovelies.

Workout Wednesday: Get Leggy With It!

The feeling in your legs the day after a leg workout is the worst and also the best feeling. It is nearly impossible to walk, however you also know that you put a good workout in the day before. Below are some of our favorite (not) leg workouts.

Wall Sits

These bring back memories of middle school volleyball. It was either 1 minute wall sits or running laps. When doing a wall sit properly your legs should be at a 90 degree angle, and you don’t want to have your hands or arms resting on your legs. Holding this position for 20 seconds is a good goal to start out with.

Lateral Lunges

The above picture illustrates lateral lunges very well. Simple bend one leg while stretching the other in an outwards position. She is holding weights, which is an optional step. Do 3 sets of 25 on each leg.

Lateral Leg Raises

Lateral leg raises are fairly simple but you can get good results from them. Lay on your side and while keeping one leg on the ground, raise the other up as illustrated in the picture above. 3 sets of 25 on each leg is a good starting place.

Step Ups

Most gyms have equipment for doing this exercise, but if you are doing it at home you could use a stepping stool as well. Step up onto your surface with one leg, and then switch and do the same with the other. Do 30 with each leg, and repeat at least 2 times, but 3 sets will show better results.

Squats

There are many different forms of squats. If you do not have actual equipment (or just aren’t strong enough to do squats with weights like us), you can do the without any equipment. Start standing straight up and bend down until your legs are at a 90 degree angle. Keep your hands out in front of you for the best results. Do 3 sets of 25.

Doing 3 sets of 25 is a good amount especially if you are just starting up. As you move along in your fitness journey you can add more reps to each set. I would suggest going up in increments of 5.

Let us know some of your favorite leg workouts below. Until next time lovelies!

ABS-olutely Stimulating

Everyone dreams about having a six pack, but reality is that most people don’t. I wish it was as easy as laughing so hard that the six pack would just form, but unfortunately it is not. Here are some ab workouts that I like to do (and that will hopefully lead to that six pack I’ve been dreaming of).

Reverse Crunches

Reverse crunches are crunches…in reverse. Rather than bringing your head up to your knees you bring your knees back towards your head. If you are a beginner, crossing your legs will make this exercise less straining. I typically do 3 sets of 25.

Russian Twists

Most of you have probably heard of these as they are a fairly common ab workout. You bend your knees and raise your feet slightly off the ground, and twist back and forth. You could also use an exercise ball to work your ab muscles even more. I typically do 3 sets of 40.

Penguins

The name of this exercise says it all. You bend your knees back and tap the sides of each feet with your hands, and it really does feel like you are waddling like a penguin would. If you put your feet so that they are touching, it works your abs better. I will do 3 sets of 100 (50 each side).

Crunches

Most people already know how to do these. The picture shows it pretty well. I do 4 sets of 25.

Side Crunches

When first introduced to these in high school, my best friend said she felt like a ‘fish out of water’ while doing these. The main goal is to get your legs and shoulder off the ground as illustrated in the above picture. I do 2 sets of 25 on each side.

Leg Raises

These are my least favorite exercise. It is pretty simple and there is not much to explain. You lay flat on your back and lift your legs slightly into the air and hold it there. I usually try to hold it for 1 minute, but I usually take a rest at 30 seconds.

Hopefully these exercises will help you get those abs of steel. What are some of your favorite ab workouts? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time lovelies!

Where Have We Been?

Good Morning lovelies!

As you have noticed, our posting has been lacking a bit. Unfortunately, life happened for us. With wrapping up finals week, end-of-the-year teacher meetings, and life changes, it became hard to find time to sit down and write a post for our lovely readers and followers. But now that things are starting to wrap up, we are hoping to be able to get back up to our three posts a week schedule. Ideas and drafts are in the making as well as a slight restructure to the type of posts that will be featured on days of the week.

Concerning our other blog, Wisco Girl Trails, we have trails selected and three scheduled for the summer. Our first group hike will be taking place on June 1st, weather permitting of course. So fingers crossed!

Thank you to everyone who has read, liked, and followed our blog(s). We appreciate all you lovely people taking the time to do so!

#BreaktheStigma

See the person in front of you. They smile, laugh and engage with those around them. You think to yourself, ‘They really have their life together and will definitely go far.’

What you may not know is that when at home or alone, they are struggling to go through everyday routines. They could have be sleeping too much or too little, feel numb to things around them or have a sense of hopelessness, having thoughts or memories that they are unable to shake, or may even be thinking of harming themselves. It is very easy for people to smile and put on a mask that hides what they are really going through or struggling with. Just because they don’t show the outward signs, that does not mean there is not a daily struggle.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and our social well-being, in other words, how we think, feel, and act. It is also a factor in how we handle stress, manage relationships, and make decisions. Having a positive mental health is important through every life stage, from childhood and through adulthood.

While there are biological factors that contribute to mental health, such as genes or family history, that does not exclude life experiences like trauma or abuse.

The Stigma

Whenever someone hears the words ‘mental illness’ or ‘mental health’, right away a negative view is formed, even if subconciously. Even though people may accept the medical or the genetic explaination of the condition and treatments available, there is still that negatitve feeling attached to those words.

There is still a lack of understanding on what really is mental health or how this negative stigma can affect the person who struggles with the mental illness and their families as well. The persona who suffers from the illness can feel shame for having issues and this can lead to isolation. As unfortunate as it is, they face or have experienced harassment, bullying, violence, and discrimination when looking for employment or housing. The stigma can also prevent them from seeking help due to the shame/humiliation they feel, which only makes it worse.

Not Alone

You are not alone. That is very important to remember. 1 in 4 Americans have a mental illness of some kind. Stay connected with others and get support. You do matter and there is hope.

Very Well Mind – Mental Illness and Stigma

MentalHealth.gov – Let’s Talk About It

Workout Wednesdays: Flex Those Pecs

Let’s be real here. Everyone always finds it sexy or fun to be able to do this.

Who doesn’t? However, it will not happen over night. Hard work, exercising daily, and eating right. And just like with any other goal… commitment.

Unfortunately, our chest exercise knowledge is basic and we are at a beginner level. So what we ended up doing was asking one of our friends to give us a few beginner chest exercises, to which he happily agreed. Eventually, we hope to get to heavier weights and more challenging exercises.

Wisco Girl 4 Beginner Chest Exercises

Push Ups

Keep your body in a straight line throughout the movement.

3 Sets 10 Reps 30 Second Rest

Image From Pop Sugar

Incline Dumbbell Flyes

Slowly lower the dumbbells to the sides and when you feel a stretch in your chest, bring them slowly back up. Be careful not to go too far or you may hurt yourself.

3 Sets 10 Reps 60 Second Rest

Image From Miss Athletique

Bodyweight Dips

Make sure your torso stays perpendicular to the ground. Keep this posture throughout the movement. Be sure to lower yourself as far as possible.

3 Sets 10 Reps 60 Second Rest

Image From Fitness Purity

Dumbbell Bench Press

Lower the dumbbells to where they are outside of your shoulders then push them back up.

3 Sets 10 Reps 60 Second Rest

Image From Womenly

What level are you at? Any pointers for these beginners in their muscle building journey?

Until next time lovelies!