Lately, I have fallen into the winter blues a little bit and neglected my normal exercise routine. Even purchasing a gym membership has not gotten me back on track the way I should be. However, I love when I can find really challenging and exerting work-outs that take up a minimal amount of time in your day.
As schedules get really busy and the weather remains cool, exercise sometimes ends up taking the back seat. That's why I love this 20 minute jump rope exercise routine I found over at Shape Magazine. I love the idea of incorporating a jump rope into my exercise - it shakes things up and makes it a little more fun. Also, "jumping rope burns more than 10 calories a minute while strengthening your legs, butt, shoulders, and arms. And it doesn’t take long to reap major rewards. You can burn more than 200 calories in two, 10-minute sessions each day." I love having a work-out that makes such an impact with a minimal time commitment. This is definitely my new morning workout!
5 minutes: double-leg jumps
Jump continuously at a steady pace. Keep shoulder blades down and back, chest lifted, and jump softly. Swing the with wrists, not arms.
45 seconds: plankBring elbows directly under shoulders, nose directly over thumbs and feet shoulder width apart. Draw belly button up and in. Keep legs engaged the entire time. Take deep breaths.
2 minutes: single-leg jumpsJump continuously on one leg for 30 seconds. Switch to other leg for 30 seconds. Repeat one more time, 30 seconds each leg. Keep leg that is lifted in front of leg that is jumping. Try to switch feet without stopping.
2 minutes: double-leg jumpsJump continuously as fast as possible. Make sure feet are not pounding on the ground and chest stays lifted.
45 seconds: opposite arm/leg extensionsCome onto hands and knees with wrists directly under shoulders and knees under hips. Extend left leg only up to hip height as you extend right arm up next to your ear. Come back to center and switch side. Lift right leg up only to hip height as you lift left arm up next to your ear. Come back to center and continue to alternate for 45 seconds. Make sure to keep core engaged and shoulders down and back the entire time.
Repeat the entire circuit one more time (2x total).