Pregnancy leg day

I鈥檓 a little over 6 months pregnant now. My belly is getting bigger which means movements while working out are getting more difficult. However this isn鈥檛 stopping me from working out! Workouts are the one thing keeping up my strength and energy for the boys!

Today was a leg workout. 4 sets of 12! 馃挭馃徎

At home leg workout

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No gym or not able to make it to the gym? Here’s a few easy leg exercises you can do at home. They require no equipment, just yourself!

馃敼Leg Raises

馃敼Donkey Kicks

馃敼Side Leg Raises

馃敼Laying Down Leg Raises

馃敼Inner Thigh Raise

I do each of these 4x 15-18!

Leg day ideas

Leg day! My favorite day! I’ve changed up my leg workouts again. I’ve said it before, I always change my workouts every 6 weeks. This keeps my body from getting “used” to a workout and it keeps me from feeling like I’m on repeat. These exercises aren’t too difficult and you can do them at home or in the gym. The first two actually workout your upper body and lower body together!

鉁达笍 Side squats with medicine ball

鉁达笍 Sumo squats with kettle bell raise

鉁达笍 Squat turns

I try to do each one 10-12 times. Depending on the medicine ball I use for side squats, sometimes I can only manage 8-10 with the extra weight.

Happy squatting! 馃挭馃徎

Walking for exercise

I鈥檝e heard people complain about never having time for the gym. Or they don鈥檛 have the funds for a gym membership. I completely understand! I have been in the same position!

Transitioning from marketing to teaching I quit my job to take classes full time to get my teaching license. I canceled my gym membership to save money till I started working again. But I鈥檓 not one to sit around and not workout. I needed to do something. Every day I would take my dog out for a long walk. I hate running but walking I can do! My pup and I would walk for an hour a day. Some people laugh and say walking does nothing for you. But that鈥檚 actually incorrect.

In addition to a healthy diet, walking can do so much for you. Here are a few benefits:

鉁达笍 Improves your mood

鉁达笍 Improves circulation

鉁达笍 Helps with weight loss (burns calories)

鉁达笍 Can reduce arthritis pain

鉁达笍 Manages high blood pressure

鉁达笍 Improves balance and coordination

鉁达笍 Reduces stress

鉁达笍 Boosts your immune system

In addition to these, walking gives you time to think! If you鈥檙e someone who likes time to themselves every so often, walking is a great break away.

Have a young child? Put them in the stroller. Have older kids? Make them walk down to the park with you. Have them kick a ball or play a game while you walk around the park!

Even just 30 minutes a day can do you more good than nothing at all. Get your body moving! 馃弮鈥嶁檧锔

Lunge Variations

I love lunges! They are easy to do at the gym or at home if you’re limited on workout equipment. There are so many different lunge variations too! I rotate these 6 into my leg workouts at different times. There are more variations of lunges and even squat variations that you can mix in. But these are the 6 I鈥檓 featuring today. They鈥檙e easy and they get your butt, legs and abs working!

1锔忊儯 Side (lateral) lunges

2锔忊儯 Crossover lunges (there are so many names for this one)

3锔忊儯 Reverse lunges

4锔忊儯 Walking lunges

5锔忊儯 Tic tocs

6锔忊儯 Front lunges

Happy lunging! 馃槀馃挭馃徎

Small Victories

I鈥檝e said it before, even small victories should be celebrated! It鈥檚 not a huge visible change but it鈥檚 one I鈥檓 proud of and worked hard for! There is exactly one month between these two pictures. The difference is 5lbs, more muscle and me loving wearing shorts again!

The picture on the left was taken Aug 10. I weighed in at 130lbs at the time. The picture on the right was taken today, Sept 15, and I weighed in at 125lbs. My goal wasn鈥檛 to lose a bunch of weight. It was to lean out a little. Build more muscle and lose a little fat. I think I successfully achieved that! My legs are a little more defined than they were a month ago. I am incredibly happy with my progress.

How did I do it? Consistent workouts, fueling and hydrating my body and a HUGE load of support from my husband. Days that I had no energy and was so exhausted my husband would send me a text telling me to get after it, telling me I can do it and remind me how great I always feel after I push through. Sometimes I just need a little kick in the butt and he knows that. It always worked! And he鈥檚 right, I always did feel amazing after, even on my most tired days.馃槈

My goal now is maintenance! I鈥檒l continue to eat healthy while occasionally treating myself! Like tonight! I鈥檒l be enjoying a pizza, or burger or whatever my little heart desires as my celebration!

Everyone has different goals. But make sure you are rewarding yourself and celebrating even the smallest milestones!

Celebrate your small victories! 馃帀

Steam for soreness

I woke up SO sore this morning! Since I changed up my workouts I swear I鈥檓 sore after every muscle group workout now! It鈥檚 one of those good sore feelings, like you know you pushed yourself just the right amount. It is however making me a little slow today. Bending over to pick up Ryder has been a struggle. I spent most of the morning on the floor with him so I wouldn鈥檛 have to do much lifting. 馃槀

Today will be a leg day so I can give my upper body a little rest to recover. Then I鈥檒l hit up the Four Seasons steam room.

Did you know a steam room not only cleanses your skin but helps relax stiff muscles and joints, which aids in the recovery process! During a steam there is an increase in blood flow and circulation. This is due in part by heat causing the blood vessels in the skin to expand. Steam also helps boost your immune system and remove toxins from your body. What I wouldn鈥檛 give to have a steam room in my house! 馃槏

Leg day exercises

Leg day! These are 3 of my favorite exercises to do on leg day. Really easy and sure to get your butt and inner thigh sore the next day!

鈥ide step squats with plate

鈥ront lunges

鈥arbell deadlift

The side squats take a little coordination since you鈥檙e squatting then lifting the plate. Sometimes I look funny because I zone out, get off on my squat/lift and get myself all confused. 馃槀

I typically do 4 sets of 12 for each. But you can adjust to what鈥檚 best for you! Happy lifting!

Leg day exercises

Yesterday was leg day. My favorite day! When I tell people that most of them look at me like I鈥檓 crazy. 馃槀 I don鈥檛 know why but I鈥檝e always loved leg day.

I typically change up my workout routine every 6 weeks. If I was able to get to the gym more I would probably change it up every 4 weeks. But 6 is good for someone like me who can only get there a couple times a week. When I change my routine, I rotate in and out different exercises and change the sets of weights I do with them. You never want to do the same workout for too long because your body adjusts and gets used to it. When your body adapts to an exercise it will burn fewer calories because it’s not working as hard. Changing up your workout routine “shocks” your body. It has to work harder therefore you will burn more calories and avoid a fitness rut.

These are 3 of my favorite leg day exercises that I have in my leg day workout routine for the next 6 weeks. None of them is to difficult but they will definitely get your butt and thighs burning!

Reduce Cellulite Naturally

Everyone battles cellulite. Some more than others. There are a few natural ways you can minimize its appearance:

1. Apple cider vinegar: Elements found in ASV such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and minerals, play a key role in flushing out toxins from your body. It helps reduce bloating as well.

2. Clean eating: Reduce or eliminate processed foods and sugary foods from your diet

3. Hydrate: Drinks lots of water. Water helps to naturally flush out impurities from your body.

4. Build muscle: Muscle toning helps to act as a 鈥渇iller.鈥 Your skin will look less dimply with muscle.

5. Massage: Increasing blood circulation to areas with cellulite will help minimize its appearance.