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My Least Favorite Exercises....(But They Work!)

I've been working out consistently again.  This week I've hit the gym four days and I committed to five.  Tomorrow's Total Body session at Forever Fit will meet that goal.

Yesterday was Leg Day and we did so many squats and lunges that my body is still aching today.  I'm loving the burn, baby!

As I was thinking about ways to amp up my workout routines, I started a running list in my head of my least favorite exercises.  I always cringe when I have to do these, but the truth is, they work.  

Wall sit
Stand with your back against a wall and bend your knees to about a 90-degree angle. Hold this stance, with abs tight, for up to a minute. Repeat.  Want more of a challenge?  Hold a medicine ball in your lap while you "sit." (Or, hold a glass of wine in each hand. Kidding.  Maybe.)

Triceps Dips
Start by sitting on a sturdy chair. Slide off the edge of the seat and support your weight with your hands. Bend your elbows to slowly lower your body toward the floor and then return to your original position. (I know, I know.  You'd rather eat chips and dip instead of doing tricep dips.  I feel ya!  Feel the burn! This muscle burner is so much better for you!)

Get in a plank position and bend your elbows to lower your chest as close to the floor as possible and then back to the plank position. Repeat. Stay on your toes if you can, but feel free to drop to your knees if you need to make the push-up easier. Keep your core tight and be careful to not let your hips sag.

(Also, don't do this near the dog.  She will think you want to play with her and she will try to bite your ankles.  Oh, only my dog does that? Weird.)

Weighted Squats
With feet about shoulder-width apart, bend your knees to lower your hips down and back. Be sure your knees don’t extend over your toes. Make the exercise more challenging by holding a bag of books. The added weight makes your muscles work harder.  (Squatting while reading a book on the toilet does not count, people!)

Russian Twist
Grab a medicine ball and sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet on floor. Keeping your back straight, lean back and hold the ball in front of you. With your core tight and engaged, slowly twist your torso to one side then back to center. Then twist to the other side and back to center. The extra weight of the ball intensifies the workout.  (Okay, seriously.  Wouldn't it be more fun to drink White Russians while doing the Russian Twist?)

Weighted Lunges
From a standing position, step forward with one leg and lower your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle (be sure your front knee doesn’t extend over your toe). Then push back to your starting position and repeat with the other leg. Alternate. You can make the exercise more challenging by holding a medicine ball or free weights in each hand. (Take the plunge! Do a lunge! Or 50...the more you do now the sexier your legs will look later!)

(Burpees are from the Devil! Need I say more?)

You don't need a gym membership to do these, you can do them at home, or anywhere really!  As much as I hate doing them, they really help with weight loss and toning my body.

Burpee challenge, anyone?


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