Apr 11 2012
I have been spending a lot of time at the beach during my vacation in Hawaii and that means I have sand everywhere.
Even when I rinse it off, there’s still the sandy reminder of paradise all over my body. Putting on workout shoes, feeling little grains of sand between my toes, and going to the gym just didn’t sound as nice as working out on my balcony, barefoot, in a bikini today.
This workout is only 8 minutes. You don’t need equipment. You don’t need a large space. I know that you can make the time to do this for yourself.
This is the perfect workout to do while on vacation. Take it to the beach. Do it in the sand. Take it hiking. Do it on a mountain top. Simply do it. I can show you how, but you are the one who needs to do it.
Follow through with proper nutrition. Your body doesn’t work like a simple math problem, with addition and subtraction. You can’t balance out nutritional choices with exercise. There’s chemistry involved. It’s not simple math of calories in, calories out. .You need to fuel your body properly through exercise and diet.
If you have set a goal for yourself, it is up to you to make that goal a reality.
Go on vacation! Enjoy yourself! Just remember that you have set a goal. No matter what your goal is, it is your goal.
You want to succeed. You want to achieve. You want to work for it. You want to be consistent. You want to be successful. Believe in yourself. Believe that your decisions matter. Believe that your hard work will pay off, and get to it.
xoxo ~ Cori
Sand in My Shoes – 8 Minute Leg Workout
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Sand in My Shoes – 8 Minute Legs Workout
4 exercises. 2 minutes for each exercise. Try not to rest until you are done! Keep the blood pumping to your legs constantly to get the most benefit! Just go from one exercise to the next. For beginners, going through the routine just one time great. If you want more burn, repeat it! I go through a total of 4 rounds. Beginners, if you are concerned about being able to do the full exercise, simply modify it so you can do it pain free. Have a bad knee? Bad hip? Bad ankle? Bad bag? Adjust the range of motion so you can do it pain free and go.
Remember to post your scores! I want to know how you did! Keep track of your workouts so you know when you’re making progress!
Always warm up with a dynamic warm up before any workout!
Squat as deep as you can, then push up through your glutes. At the top, extend your ankles and get up onto your toes. Hold it for a second and squeeze your calf muscles. Hands behind your head to stretch out your chest and keep your posture erect. Keep your chest up, so make sure you are looking straight ahead or up, never down.
1 minute right
1 minute left
Bring your leg up and inward in a small circular motion, bend you knee. Bring it out to the side and plant it into the ground. Lunge to that same side. Step in and tap your feet back together. Repeat. Stay on the same side for the full 40 reps. Each time make sure you are pushing from the ground all the way up into your butt. Try to make sure your knee doesn’t go past your toes or out further than your ankle. To make it more challenging, balance on one leg between each lunge instead of tapping down in the middle.
Lunge to Single Leg Balance:
1 minute right
1 minute left
Lunge backward. Bring your back leg up, knee towards your chest and hold it for a second. Squeeze your abs and your glutes. Repeat on the same side for a full minute then switch. Each time you lunge make sure you are pushing from the ground all the way up into your butt. Try to make sure your knee doesn’t go past your toes or out further than your ankle.
Single Leg Bench Squats:
1 minute right
1 minute left
Sit down. Get back up on just one leg. Keep your other leg up. If you have to tap it down for a second to regain balance, pick it right back up. To make it easier, use a higher ‘bench.’ To make it harder, use a lower ‘bench.’ If you get to the end and you want more, go back through the full routine again.
There it is. You don’t equipment. You don’t need a large space. You can get a great workout done while you’re on vacation. Want more? Repeat it. I go through 4 rounds of this workout. It doesn’t come easy for me. I have to put in the work to make it happen. Now it’s your turn. Start with your own personal best and try to improve each week.
Post your scores! Post how many rounds you were able to go through! Try to come up with a way to make the exercises even more challenging! Try to have better form than me!
I like to post something about cardio and nutrition at the end of every post because it is important.
Cardio and nutrition are going to be two of the most important parts of achieving your results, no matter what what your goal is. You can not work off your nutritional decisions with exercise. What? You can’t eat a donut, then just do 2 hours of cardio and *poof* it will be like it never happened? That’s what I’m saying. Come on. No. You can’t.
Your body doesn’t work like a simple addition or subtraction problem. It is not calories in vs. calories out. What you eat has a chemical effect on your body. Even if you do cardio to ‘burn it off’ the chemical effect is still present. Different sugars have an affect. Different proteins have an effect. Different fats have an effect. When you take a vitamin, you understand that it has an effect in your body that cardio will not ‘work off,’ right? Food works the same way. Different foods have positive and negative chemical effects within our body. You can’t just work them off.
You have to unlock and unleash the body fat by working with your body in every aspect. Your body works in harmony like a symphony. When one instrument is off, the entire song doesn’t sound right. A good steady drumbeat can’t make up for a guitar that’s out of tune. 2 hours of cardio cannot make up for a donut. Or pizza. Or macaroni and cheese. Or wine and a baguette. Got it?
I do a minimum of 45 minutes of stairs with intervals as cardio each and every day. When I’m trying to lose fat I usually do two separate 45 minute cardio sessions a day. Even while I have been recuperating from the car crash, I have still been able to do at least one session of my daily cardio. I love my cardio and I like to stay conditioned. I personally prefer to do a little more cardio than the average figure competitor, then also eat a little more. It takes more time and effort, but I feel the pay off is well worth it. The pay off is that I feel awesome. I feel energized by cardio. I love it.
Post Workout Nutrition
When I was trying to gain muscle I finished every workout with a protein shake, animal protein, and some complex and simple carbs. These are healthy choices for gaining or for performance. These are not the right choices for me for trying to lose fat, define and sculpt muscle. Trying to define and sculpt muscle is different from gaining muscle. This means I need to eat something different.
When I am trying to lose fat and sculpt muscle, I am much more strict with my diet. Only true food sources. No protein powder.
I finish up every workout with lean protein from true food sources (a little red meat, white chicken, white fish and egg whites are best) and some dark green veggies or Super Greens mixed with water only. Again, no protein powder. If you are a vegetarian you would most likely need to supplement with protein powder. If you are not, let me say again that true food sources work best for losing body fat.
Even when I am trying to lose fat, I still FEED my body.
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You can also look at my current personal fat loss diet in order to get ideas on how to develop your own nutrition plan.
You can click on the link to my fat loss diet to get details about what works for me, but here is the basic breakdown.
This is my meal plan while I am trying to lose fat and define muscle. My carbohydrates come from complex sources only and are kept to about 100 grams per day.
My sugar is kept at about 18 grams per day. That’s it. That is less than what is in one banana. That means fruit is not in my fat loss nutrition plan. My sugars come from minimal amounts that naturally occur in veggies and in the complex carbs I eat each day. No matter what your goal, I highly recommend you watch your sugar intake, even ‘healthy’ sugar like fruit, and moderate it to a minimum based on your own personal goals.
My protein is kept at about 250 grams per day and comes from high quality, organic, free range (or wild) lean animal sources. My fats are kept at about 40 grams per day and come from my protein and complex carbohydrate choices (not additional plant sources like olive oil, coconut, nuts, or avocado).
That equals about 1800 calories per day. I don’t drop it much lower than that.
I eat natural, organic, whole foods that I cook myself, or if possible I eat them raw. I drink 1 to 2 gallons of water and a couple cups of either coffee or tea. There is no mysterious, magical diet. If you want to lose bodyfat you need to eat a fair amount of lean protein and A LOT of green veggies at every meal. Period.
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Try to come up with a way to make the exercises even more challenging! Try to have better form than me! Let’s inspire each other.