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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Leg Workouts Anywhere by Melissa Paris

What I love about Melissa Paris (Missy) is that she always knows how to come up with workouts that you can do anytime, anywhere.  This leg work out is perfect for when you take that 20 minute break from writing.  I don't know about you all, but I'm planning to keep my yoga mat right by my desk so I can do these exercises while I let my writing thoughts percolate.

For more information about Melissa Paris, check out her blog and her Facebook page or connect with her on twitter (@Melissa_Paris).

Now, here's Missy!

It’s time to stand up!!  You don’t have to step inside the gym to get fit and feel great.  Taking short breaks throughout the day will help you reach a healthy fitness level.  If you have time you can go through the whole routine if you have a few five-minute breaks you can split it up throughout your day.

Repeat this cycle 2-3 times depending on length of break.

20 Jumping Jacks

20 Bird-Dogs: Face down with knees and hands on the floor.  Raise opposite hand and leg straight at the same time for a 2 second count. Repeat on alternating sides until you have completed 20 on each side.



30 Squats: Keep feet shoulder width apart and push off from your heels.



30 Lying Hip Raises: Squeeze your butt at the top and make sure to keep your foot that's on the ground flat.



20 Stationary Lunges: Make sure you do a 90 degree bend on each leg, then squeeze your butt at the top when you stand back up.  Remember to push off from your front heel.




20 Side Lunges:  Stand with both feet wide apart, toes facing forward.  Bend your right knee and shift your weight to the right side, keeping your left leg straight.  Come back to center.  Repeat the same thing on the left side and return to center.



Repeat all exercises 2-3 times depending on how long a break you're taking.

This week, see if you can take some time every day to do something a little bit active.  These exercises are a great place to start and can be a nice break from writing, to help clear your head.  My goal is to try doing at least one cycle of these exercises every day this week.  Who's with me?

Update: Missy just launched her new website today so check it out! 

3 comments:

Ghenet Myrthil said...

These are great! I like the idea of breaking up exercising throughout the day so it doesn't seem like such a big deal. Maybe I can even do some lunges at work? ;)

K.V. Briar said...

Yay, thanks Missy and Gabi this post is awesome! I love taking breaks from writing to work out and do some strength training exercises. It helps me get things straight in my mind about my writing. After I workout writing always comes much easier. I'll be doing these exercises today for sure!

salarsenッ said...

Short workouts work for me! With four kids and trying to write I have little time...like the rest of the world. :) Thanks for sharing this, Gabi!

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