Park Workout Routine

Looking for a change of scenery? The gym is a great place to get all of your routine done, but when the weather’s nice and the ‘eau-de-B.O.’ in a tight space isn’t cutting it for you, try out the park or the playground for a change. All you need is an open space, a bench, monkey bars and/or a swing for a full-body workout. And hey, you might even get a couple of kiddies to join in the workout as well. Click here for a park workout routine.

 

Park Workout Routine

20-Minute Arm Workout

Ladies… There’s no denying that we usually focus on our legs, bums, and abs when we go to work out; often forgetting about our arms. And it’s no surprise why! Anyone who goes to the gym can tell you that the massive barbells with 100 lbs can seem super daunting (and will send some of us running to the cardio machines instead). So if you’re looking to build upper body strength, look no further than this 20-minute arm workout. The best part? You can do it at home to build up that foundation to take on those barbells at the gym. Right on!

 

10-Minute Jump Rope Workout

Looking to boost your cardio routine and add some interval training to your regime? Try out these jump rope exercises that will get you hopping (we’re sticking to this Easter bunny theme if you haven’t noticed). Burn up to 135 calories in just 10 minutes! If you’d like to learn more, click here.

 

Jump Rope

Leg Workout: Vol. I

Looking to get your legs into tip top shape for the Spring, but unsure on how to get there? Try out this 5-15 minute leg workout that will get you started on the right track. We’re talking squats, lunges, jumping squats and more. For full directions and tips, watch the video below:

 

5 Most Effective Calf Stretches

Our calves are the muscles we rely on the most when we climb an incline or go down steps. They help propel us forward and keep us from falling on our faces. This muscle group is also the most likely to get tense and tender after finishing a rigorous cardio routine. If you want to show your calves a bit of love, try out these 5 effective calf stretches. Set aside five minutes as a cool-down stretch session after running on the treadmill, and trust us, you’ll be thankful you did. Click here to see all of the poses you can try. Happy workout!

 

Calf Stretches

How To: Squats

Wondering if you’re doing squats correctly? Watch the video below for quick tips on how to maintain good posture and form when doing your squat routine. Remember! It’s always better to do fewer repetitions using proper form, than more repetitions with a poor posture. Enjoy!

 

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How to Use a Foam Roller: Upper Back

If you’re feeling tight or achy after sitting all day, try out a foam roller to relieve tension in your upper back and neck. Feeling a bit lost on how to use a foam roller for this area? No problem! Click here to watch a video for techniques for your upper back and neck. Remember, always modify your stretching and pressure to the level you’re at. Best of luck!

Foam Roller

Elliptical vs Treadmill

Out of all the exercise machines out there, chances are you’ll be seeing both an elliptical and treadmill at a gym. Both machines have been around a long time, but have you ever wondered if one unit was better or more effective than the other? Ideally, both exercise machines should be used for your cardiovascular regiment, but there are pros and cons to both. To read more about the elliptical vs treadmill, click here.

 

Elliptical vs Treadmill

Benefits of Dynamic Stretching

Prior to starting a workout, we were always told to stretch our muscles in a static position, that is, by holding one pose for close to a minute before changing positions. Although this system works well at the end of one’s workout, it’s actually a poor way for the body to prepare itself for exercise. Dynamic stretching is the preferred course of action prior to starting your routine because it warms the muscles, increases a person’s range of motion and reduces the likelihood of injury. To learn more about the benefits of dynamic stretching, click here.

 

Dynamic Stretching

Fat-Burning Abs Workout

If you had a resolution this year to get in better shape and improve your health, don’t give up! Keep working on your goals and feel the (good) pain with this fat-burning abs workout. This sequence has 6 different exercises including jumping jacks, squats and planks. If you’re up for more of a challenge, try doing the whole sequence multiple times. Happy workout!