The ‘I Can Barely Walk the Next Day’ Workout

As a new member of a gym, I was given two opportunities to have a free session with a trainer. He asked me what I was looking for in my workouts and which types of workouts I enjoy. I responded that I was hoping to slim down and be more in shape to keep up with those kiddos at school. I love cardio but the trainer showed me a way to get my cardio without touching the treadmill or bikes.

Working out on your legs is a great way to kill two birds with one stone; working on your legs as well as getting a great cardio session in. Here are a few different exercises to try to get those toned legs and heart beating fast.

Kettlebell Lunges

Lunges are a great way to combine the cardio in a leg workout. Using a kettlebell is a great way to add weight to the workout. Of course know your limit and starting small is always a great idea.

Squats

Squats are a large part of a leg workout. I use a box step to squat and “sit”. You can squat using a high bar or with nothing at all. Here, again, they used kettlebells for these squats adding a weight and he is on a few steps to allow him to squat lower.

Above and Beyond

Creating your own workout and combinations of squats, lunges, box jumps is all up to you. Here is one guys workout to try.

Even though these gym beasts have high intensity leg workouts, there are always ways to modify them to fit where you are at fitness-wise at the moment (which I will definately be doing!). The only one that knows how fast, hard, and how much weight to use is you.

Add your leg workouts below for others to try! Have fun lovelies!

Bye Bye Soda

Quitting any bad habit or addiction is never easy. It takes major dedication to give something like alcohol, smoking, or in my case soda, up. I used to drink 2-3 cans of soda every day. This was not healthy at all. It became routine for me to drink soda when I had an early class, was studying late at night, or just needed a little pick me up during the day.

I hit a point where I was not only gaining weight from drinking so much sugary soda, but I could not sleep at night because of the caffeine. I knew I had to make a change or my health would start to deteriorate. I knew I would not be able to just stop drinking it all together at once, so made a game plan.

The first thing I did was start limiting myself to one can of soda a day, and I would not drink it at 4 PM. This helped me fall asleep quicker, and stay asleep. After a couple of weeks of one soda a day, I changed my plan again so that I would only drink one can a day on the weekends. After about a month and a half of this, I stopped drinking soda all together. Overall it was about a two-month process to rid my soda habit, but it was so worth it.

Giving soda up had some major effects on my body at the beginning. My body was so used to getting soda every day that when I gave it up, my body cleaned itself out. I was sick for a week, and I thought about just drinking a soda to make it stop, but I held strong and after that initial week I started feeling so much better.

I had so much energy just from drinking water right when I woke up rather than a can of soda. The thing I missed most about soda was the fizzy texture of it, so I found some healthier alternatives, that had the same feel as soda, as well as some that would give me the extra energy boost that I needed.

Ice Drinks: These drinks have the same texture as soda does, which is why I like them so much. Another plus is that you can usually get them for $1 a bottle. There are also a ton of different flavor options.

Drink Flavoring: There are many different water flavor options that are easy to stick in your purse and simply add it to the water very conveniently. You could go with a powder option or a container of liquid flavoring. I recently found energy options of these, and they taste great and give me that extra boost of energy.

You can quit your bad habit too, you just need to be motivated and willing to take the steps necessary. Let me know what habit you were able to get over and give us a follow. Until next time lovelies.