February is National Heart Month! And of course, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This has every teenage girl drawing hearts on her notebook, but as much as I’d like to talk about romance and relationships, I’ll focus more on heart health for this blog. 🙂
As I try to become a better runner and improve my endurance, I wanted to take a step away from the treadmill. Running is great cardio, but it’s important to add some variety into your workout routine so your muscles don’t get bored. Aerobic exercises are just as great for the heart, and probably more fun than running for 30 minutes.
First, let’s talk benefits. Including cardiovascular exercises into your workouts helps with weight loss, strengthens your heart and lungs, reduces stress, and reduces risk of heart disease and cancer; just to name a few! Of course you’re going to sweat during these workouts, but that’s a good thing. My personal goal is to break a sweat everyday!
The following workout will definitely get your heart pumping while strengthening your upper legs, back and abs. You will need: Dumbbells, TRX band, box or bench, med ball, ankle weights
Heart Pumping Lift
Power circuit* (repeat 4 times)
Single-Leg Wall Sit (Switch legs each round) x 30 seconds
Bicep Curls x 15
TRX Back Fly 3 x 12
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Russian Twists w/ Ankle Weights 3 x 30 seconds
Renegade Row w/ Burpee 3 x 10
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Side Plank w/ Knee Lift 3 x 12 (each side)
Single Leg Step-ups w/ Leg Drive 3 x 15 (each leg)
TRX Ab Roll Out 3 x 12
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*When doing a power circuit, move through the movements as quickly as possible without rest.
I’d love to hear how your workout went! Leave a comment or send an email!