Groovy Workouts

by HEAB on December 11, 2009

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I’m currently listening to Christmas music on Grooveshark. Amy Grant’s Breath of Heaven is playing right now, one of my favorites!

I’m loving all the excitement surrounding my Vita-Mix giveaway thus far. Three people have offered me their first born child, and I think I had five people tell me they wet themselves after reading about the giveaway. Awesome. Click here to enter if you have not done so already. Again, you have until Sunday night, December 13 at midnight CST.

So, HEAB has been all about pancakes, kabochas, and Vita-Mixes lately, but today I thought I’d talk a little bit about exercise. Now that it’s cold out, I haven’t been walking outside nearly as much. In fact, it took all that was in me to take the dogs on their walk yesterday. Thank goodness for my leg warmers! :)

I’ve been doing yoga, but mostly at home. As much as I love my studio classes, it’s just hard to fit in a 90 minute class in the middle of the day, and I’m usually working in the afternoons and early evenings. Why don’t more yoga studios offer EARLY morning classes???? OK, OK, so there are early morning options. I’ve just been too lazy lately. So, what have I been doing besides yoga sessions at home?

Well, this past weekend, I had so much fun making up a hotel workout. Call me crazy, but I love staying in hotels and enjoying custom HEAB workouts. It’s my first winter with no Y membership in about 10 years, and I totally took advantage of our hotel’s gym. First I walked on the treadmill for one mile at 4 MPH pace/8 % incline. Then I did 25 jumping jacks, 20 walking lunges, a 45 second squat hold against the wall, and a 2 minute plank hold. I then ran a mile on the treadmill increasing my speed every minute from 4 MPH to 8 MPH, repeated twice followed by more jumping jacks, squats, etc. I finished by running up the stairs back up to our room on the 5th floor. 45 minutes of sweat infused randomness. I loved it. Make your workouts fun my friends. Don’t be scared to switch it up. Go in the gym with no plan and just do what you feel. I used to run run run. My path was straight to the treadmill for 60 minutes of boring torture. Why why why I wasted so much of my time doing something I did not enjoy is beyond me. Oh well, lesson learned.

I’ve also been attending free kettlebell classes at Lululemon. Thanks Lululemon for all your awesome and amazing classes that you offer to the public. I encourage all of you to check out your local store if you have one in your area. I am amazed by their public outreach…and I now understand why their pants are so expensive. 😉

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Me and Justine after class this past week. Justine really did use the 18 pounder. I did not. :)
So yeah, my workouts have been somewhat random lately, but I’m having fun with them. Today I plan to hit up the yoga studio for an afternoon class and hopefully take the pups on a short walk.
Before I go, I would like to present you with my Banana Hammock made in Katie’s honor…

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Una banana stuffed with pureed cinnamon kabocha and dark chocolate chips…melted. Have you made a Banana Hammock yet?