Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Workout Wednesday: Cardio and Total Body

It's a leap year, which means today is an extra day. We all get one more day to accept the fact that February is o-ver. Is this year flying by for anyone other than me? I swear. Maybe I'm super sensitive to the issue because with every passing day, my little girl gets a bit older. And bigger. Can't precious little babies stay small forever?! If only.

So not only is it Leap Day, it's also Workout Wednesday. At least in my little corner of the Internets. Did you work out today? Will you work out today? Perhaps the following will provide a little inspiration. It's a total-body workout with cardio before and after the strength portion.

Workout Wednesday: Cardio and Total Body
Equipment: This routine is best done at a gym with a readily available treadmill, hand weights, elastic band and both cable and calf press machines. However, the cable machine is only used once and calf presses can be done on a step or just the floor. If you don't have an elastic band, you can replace it with a hip machine at the gym. And you can replace the treadmill with a track or sidewalk.

If you aren't sure what to do about the first cardio portion, you can use this as a guide. It's mostly a walking workout, with but one portion of running. Feel free to adjust as you see fit, based on your own cardio fitness.

Lemme know how it goes. And remember, the above is but a guideline that you can tweak according to your own needs. Never lift more than you can, for example. So if 12-pound weights are too heavy, drop down until you feel comfortable.


In other news, this Catholic girl gave up coffee for Lent. And sweets, which is going well. But the coffee give-up...not going so well. I'm having some pretty intense cravings. Especially for this:

Teeccino herbal coffee. Vanilla Nut. So good. And caffeine-free, which is good for me right now. Oh, AND—it's not really coffee. Just herbs and other goodness that have been perfectly blended to recreate that awesome coffee flavor. I'll say it again: So good. And so good for you.

And technically, since it isn't coffee, I could drink it during Lent. But that just feels like cheating, no?

Question: What's your favorite cup of coffee? Where does it come from, what does it contain?

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