Oh the perks of living in Georgia.
Thankfully, I joined a gym back in December, complete with whirlpools, steam rooms, sauna and spa. Not to mention the complete yoga and Pilates studios. Who am I kidding? I joined a resort.
In spite of all of this, some days it’s tough to get myself out and to the gym. Winter workouts that have been inspiring me to get my booty to the gym lately.
1. Kickboxing – There is no better way for me to workout my stress (and burn some major calories) than with kickboxing. With my current tendonitis (aggravated by our recent car accident), not having pressure on my hands has been great. Not to mention the great music and always energetic instructors.
Note to self: I need to figure out how these ladies constantly have this much energy.
PSA: If you don’t look where you are kicking when doing a back kick, you look like an
2. Swimming – A good swim does wonders for my cardio and stress level. I am a total water baby and just love being in the water. Plus, swimming is really great for cross training, and my favorite way to work on strengthening muscles.
3. Cycling – Have really only been to one spinning class… because I can’t hoist myself up on a hurt wrist. But working out on the stationary bikes has been great for me, especially if I do a swim first and then head into the fitness area for a 30-40 min session of stationary cycling.
4. Yoga – For the Type A part of my personality, making myself go to a yoga class, calm down and center myself is a challenge. I would much rather be in a martial arts class, swimming in the pool or riding away on the bike. However, balance is important in fitness, as well as flexibility, so off to yoga classes I go.
Replenishing your body after a workout with nutrients and protein is just as important as the workout itself. A great smoothie usually hits the spot.
And this particular one may be my new favorite post workout smoothie. It contains clementines, bananas and ginger – a wonderful winter combination that also reminds me of the beach.
Citrus Ginger Smoothie (1 serving)
2 clementines, peeled and divided into sections
1/4″ piece of fresh ginger, skin removed
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tsp agave nectar
4-5 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a blender, pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.