No Equipment? No Problem. (Bodyweight Exercises)

In a few weeks I’m travelling on vacation and i have been lost without to do with my new-found fitness motivation. I skip a few days of workout and completely lose all my motivation. Bringing a set of dumbbells does sound like a good idea so i have been researching body weight exercises and coming up with a travel routine to keep myself on track. I’m hoping we will do enough sightseeing that extra cardio will not be necessary.

Lunges:

No-Equipment lunges

Hip crossover:

No equipment hip-crossover V-up:

No equipment v-up abs Elbow Plank:

No Equipment Elbow Plank Mountain climbers:No Equipment Mountain Climber Reverse Crunch:No equipment reverse crunchWall sit:

No equipment wall squatDaily Workout:

Jumping jacks, squats, push ups, mountain climbers, cross crunches, high knees, knee pull ins, chair dips, leg raises.
the daily workout no equipment

Overall workout:

Side bridge, wraparound ankle touch, double step push up, push up bird day, windshield wiper, row.

no equipment workout

12 Move Exercise Routine:

Jumping jacks, wall sit, push up, crunch, step up, squat, triceps dips, plank, high knee running, lunge, push up and rotation, side plank.

No equipment full workout

30 Minute, No Gym BodyWeight Workout:

Tuck jump, push up, squat, mountain climber, triceps dip, glute bridge, jump plank, superman.

30min no gym workout

4 Moves Anywhere Workout:

Forward lunge, squat jump, push up, and bend and thrust.

anywhere workout

Fitness Tools

First of all I want to say that I’m not normally a big fan of numbers, counting calories, and obsessively keeping tracking of everything. But everything has a use and I think they can be an effective tool if used appropriately. When starting out its hard to keep track of which foods to eat, how much of each, how much to exercise and when to stop eating and all the overwhelming details. Those are some of the tools I use/have used to figure out numbers and keep track of food and calories.ultimate goal weight scale

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):

Is the amount of calories you through basic body functions such as breathing. . Calories burned through normal daily activities and exercise are not calculated in that rate. The BMR should be the minimum caloric intake per day.

Resources:

BMR Calculator 

MyFitnessPal Calculator 

Caloric intake:

In order to know the amount of calories you need to consume to maintain your weight use the Harris Benedict Equation. You essentially multiply your BMR with you activity level. To lose weight decrease your caloric intake by 500 – 1000 calories depending on how much you need to lose. Do not go below 1200 calories.

Resources:

Harris Benedict Equation

Calories Weight Loss 

Target Heart Rate (THR):

Target heart rate zone is the ideal heart rate you should be achieving during exercise. It allows you to gain the benefits of exercise without putting unhealthy pressure on your organs. It is usually 60-80% of your maximum heart rate. Maximum heart rate is predicted through subtracting your age from 220.

Resources:

Pulse and Target Heart Rate

Heart Rate Monitor Iphone App 

Food Diary:

Food diaries can be a great way to start a weight loss journey. They help keep you accountable and make it easier to judge portions and calories.

Resources:

MyFitnessPal

SparkPeople 

Lose It App

Exercise and Workout How-To:

Resources:Some apps make it easier to come up with exercise routines, offer a way to track calories burned, track progress, and help keep you on track. Most of the ones I listed are phone/tablet options since they offer more flexibility when exercising.

Nike Training Club

Fitocracy

FitBit

iphone workout app

How to start Yoga?

In order to improve my balance and flexibility i decided to add yoga to my daily workout routine. Thought I would share some of the information i found while researching the topic.

Benefits of yoga:

Yoga benefits

 

Types of yoga:

This pdf by health central illustrates the different types of yoga and their benefits.

Yoga_for_starter_Infographic

Vigorous and hot yoga are the best for weight loss.

Meditation:

benefits of meditation

meditate right now

Yoga poses and sequences:

  • Make sure you warm up your muscles before starting, stretching ‘cold’ muscles can cause injury
  • Hydrate especially of you are doing hot yoga
  • Eat a snack or a meal 1 hour before you start, but make sure you are not full while practicing
  • Be aware of how it feels and if some moves are too painful

yoga sequence

yoga strike a pose yoga poses yoga sun salutations good morning yoga sequence

Poses for runners:

yoga poses for runners

What I look like doing yoga right now:

first time doing yoga

How i will hopefully look some day:

yoga pose

Resources:

Workout Gear (Wishlist)

I have been all over tumblr the last few days (follow me 🙂 ) and i have seen a lot of cute workout clothes, shoes, accessories, and tools. I have perfectly nice clothes and shoes right now, but a girls can always add to her shopping list, right? 😛 Fun neon colors are all over the place from shirt to shoes to dumbbells and yoga mats! I think treating myself to one thing at fitness/ weight loss milestones might be a great motivation. It will surely feel great to work for them. A few things on my wish list:

love pink workout outfitHandanapink yoga matfitbit

yoga gearpink workout geargaiam yoga mat dumbells

pretty in pink workout outfit

nike pro workout outfit

nike workout outfit

pink workout outfit

nike free runsgrey and pink workout outfitworkout shirtWorkout outfitsWorkout outfit

nike colored shoesyoga matsNike workout shoes

I tried finding the different pieces online. Feel free to mention any i missed, i didn’t recognize some of the brands.

Fitness Challenges 2

I decided to compile some more fitness challenges. I have enjoyed utilizing the fitness challenges I uploaded earlier this month (more fitness challenges). Somehow adding the word challenge changes my perspective on things and adds a whole nother layer of motivation which i have enjoyed.

30 Day Arm Challenge:

Push ups, planks, and chair dips

30 day arm-challenge

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Fitness Challenges

If habits are formed in 28 days what better than a month-long fitness challenge to spark new healthy habits in our lives? the challenges are a mix of one exercise or a combination. Some are cardio, others are bodyweight exercises. Quite a few focus on abs and butts.

Jumping Jack Challenge

Start with 300 and make your way to 700 jumping jacks

Jumping Jack Challenge

30 Day Fitness Challenge

50 daily pushups, start with 50 squats and make your way up to 250, and progressive planks.

30 Day Fitness Challenge

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Legs and Abs Workout Routines

Day 5 of my weekly strength training exercise routine is ‘Legs and Abs’ day. Here are some strength training exercise routines that target various leg and core muscles while improving overall fitness.  I will be rotating the different workout routines each week.

Lean Legs Pyramid (squats, lunges, toe touches, wall sit, jumping jacks)

Work Out Routines

Butt wortouts ( Squats, bridge, Lunge, Donkey Kick, Pistol Squat)

Exercises

Sexy leg Workout (Calf raises, sumo squat, leg raises)

legworkout1

 

Over 40 Different Abs Exercises (Plank, bicycle crunch, crunches, russian twist)

40 Abs exercises

Lunge Hop and Kick Butts

Lunge Hop Butt Kicks

List The Ways in Which You Can Love Others

I can call people more often

Courtesy of xtomatolove

Courtesy of xtomatolove

I can respond others when they reach out to me

I can hug my friends

I can smile at my loved ones

I can my best around them

I can forgive

I can ask for forgiveness

I can offer to help a friends out

I can tell them ‘i love you’

I can spend my time with them

I cam make what matters to them important to me

Random Thoughts on The Treadmill

Courtesy of Jazmincat

Courtesy of Jazmincat

I have been working out a lot more recently as part of my Good Habits Challenge and 2013 fitness goals. I usually follow along to a work-out video or follow the instructions on an app, but some days i’m really just not feeling it at all. On those days i make my way to the treadmill. It is one of the most boring exercise machines, but sometimes that is exactly what i need. It frees my mind to contemplate life . On one side of my treadmill there is a cup-holder and on the other side there is a bigger oddly shaped compartment that i never figured out what it was supposed to accommodate.  I never discovered its real purpose, but  i found something that fits perfectly. My new ipad mini fits the mysterious compartment so well you would think it was made for it – it wasn’t, the treadmill is years old.  I like to watch movies while i’m walking on the treadmill. Most of the shows i watch i mentioned in my top tv shows post plus a few more recent ones. TV shows are a great distraction, by the end of the episode i enjoyed some tv and had a workout.

Are you seeking contentment or excitement?

I think i’m currently seeking contentment in my life. I am content with how my life is right now. Even small changes scare me. I have a very inflexible comfort zone. How do i start seeking excitement in my life? I want to step outside my comfort zone. I want to push my limits. As i wrote previously i want to be stronger in 2013. There are a few opportunities headed my way and all i want to do is to say no and go on my merry way. I am trying to push my self. To think about how it would feel after, being able to say “yes, i did that”. I don’t want to look back and have a life filled with what ifs and regrets.

Word of the Year (2013): Strong

 

Courtesy of Vibrant Colors

Courtesy of Vibrant Colors

I recently discovered a new blog that i enjoy visiting. The blog is called Analyfe and on it Erin recently discussed her word for 2013 being connect.   Which reminded me that i haven’t posted about my word for 2013 yet. My word for 2013 is strong.

I was on holiday in Malaysia for the new years. I remember sitting in the hotel a few hours before midnight hearing the crowds gather around the Petronas Towers to watch the fire workers. I wanted to finish writing what 2013 is going to be all about for me. Somehow it does not count unless i plan it all out before midnight. I wanted to chose a word to focus on, a word that wil help me reach my goals. For 2013 i want stronger relationships, beliefs, dreams. I want to be stronger. To stand up for my thoughts, to pursue my dreams, to my push my limit. To be stronger than the fear of failing. I want to be strong mentally, physically, and emotionally. I want to be forgiving, accepting, and loving.

An Imperfect Perfectionist

Most people around me assume that a perfectionist is someone that does everything perfectly. I’d say that would be a dream come true. In reality there are very few things i can do “perfectly”. Being a perfectionist places impossibly highe expectations on my self. If i know that i would never be able to meet my personal standards i would rather not even try. I create impossible expectations that set myself up for failure and frustration. I want to be strong enough to try anyway. I want to be forgiving to myself when i come short of my expectations. Being terrified of even trying is probably the biggest obstacle standing between me and my goals.

This year i want to:

  • Say yes to opportunities offered to me
  • Stop second guessing my self every step of the way
  • Realize that i am more than capable of accomplishing anything i set my mind to
  • Never regret when things go wrong