Feb 022016
 

Not all workouts need to be an hour long. Sometimes you just don’t have the time. Sometimes life gets crazy and you don’t have time to drive to the gym, change your clothes, get in the pool and swim…but you want to do SOMETHING. There are definitely ways to get in a workout without having to sacrifice a ton of time.

This post is about a few things you can do when you only have 30 minutes to get your sweat on!

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are by far the #1 option when you need a good work out with a giant calorie burn in a very short period of time. If you don’t want to pay for a gym membership, or won’t have the opportunity to GO to a gym, owning a few kettlebells of various weights can make getting fit at home easy. Trust me! Michael has invested in about 6 different kettlebells and his workouts at home are either running, kettlebells or biking to work. He’s been working really hard the last few months preparing for our little guy’s arrival by getting fit and his kettlebell workouts rarely last longer than 30 minutes. It’s doable.

I definitely miss going to the Warrior Room. It was a cool community and a fantastic workout. I am looking forward to returning after the baby is here! Here are a few posts that included some kettlebell workouts you can try:

Warrior Room Part 2

Two Classes

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I definitely recommend taking a class or two somewhere, or hiring a personal trainer, to teach you the proper form. There’s a bit of a learning curve but once you get the form down, you can do it on your own and you don’t need a class. You can find videos online for different routines and it’s easy to do it at home by yourself.

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Using kettlebells is pretty easy and it’s such a good calorie burn! Trust me when I say you’ll burn those calories in 30 minutes.

Battle Ropes

Battle Ropes are FUN and hard. So hard. Your shoulders will burn. You will burn so many calories. You’ll be drenched in sweat and it really doesn’t take more than a few minutes to get to that point! What I love about doing this exercise is that it’s fun and different.

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There’s a podcast I listen to that was pretty eye-opening when it came to fitness. Joe Rogan’s podcast is really diverse–he talks about everything. Psychedelics, politics, feminism, sports, comedy, history…But fitness is a big part of it. I remember one episode where he described something called “functional strength” and he said he preferred that kind of workout to your typical weight lifting routine. Basically, doing something “functional” like flipping giant tires, pulling and pushing heavy loads, and doing things like the Battle Ropes made him stronger in a more functional way. Instead of being a big meat head with no neck, his muscles WORKED for him, instead of being “pretty.”

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An article I read, Getting Outside the Box: The Definition of Functional Strength, says:

Functional strength is the strength that gets us through life and daily survival. Manual labor typically involved walking, running, pushing, pulling, and grasping.”

I really liked the idea of that and then I got the exposure when I was going to the Warrior Room. They had battle ropes and giant tires and it was SO hard and challenging but I noticed immediate differences in my strength levels and core strength after only a few weeks of doing functional exercises like this! I am a big fan! And these types of workouts don’t take a big chunk of your time.

 

Body Weight Exercises

Similar to the above functional exercises you can do. These don’t require equipment. These are simple things that can get your heart pumping, burn a lot of calories and you can do them in your living room if you need to!

Squat Jumps

We did squat jumps a lot at the Warrior Room and they ALWAYS got me. I loved doing them because I saw results, but dang I’d be sore. It didn’t take much to get my heart pounding. This is a great thing to do when you are short on time.

 

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Burpees and Mountain Climbers 

Like many of you, I have a love-hate relationship with burpees. They are efficient and effective but damn they kind of suck! :) burpee

Mountain Climbers:

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An example:

Sometimes if I had limited time and needed to get in and get out in terms of the gym, I would do something like this:

quick warm up

jumping jacks

push-ups

squat jumps

squats

burpees

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Effective calorie burn without taking a long time.

Running

Running is a really efficient way to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. Obviously you should have a base of some running before just going outside and doing an epic 5 miles. That would hurt. So if you are already a runner, or a sometimes runner, running is a GREAT way to get in a workout when you only have 3o minutes.

When I used to run at lunch time at work I had 1 hour. That meant I had to change, run, then take a quickie shower, get dressed and be back at my desk within that hour. It was definitely a challenge, but a good one. One of the things I miss most about doing that was having my evenings free. Instead of my work day being really long and not getting home until after 7pm because of gym time, I got off work and had my evening free to do things with friends, go out for happy hour, basically enjoy some downtime! Plus, it got me out of the office, improved my mood and broke up the long day.

Repost: Why I Run the Waterfront

What a Great Workout!

Finding a Workout Buddy

I got pretty good at running during my lunch hour. I got good at changing quickly, then I’d run for about 40-45 minutes, and it would take me 10 minutes to shower and get dressed, grab my food and be back at my desk.

If you only have 30 minutes to workout, go for a run. Sprints and intervals would be your best bet for maximum calorie burn, but just running works too.

I’ve given it a lot of thought and I think once I am back running after the baby is here and after maternity leave is done, I will try and go back to running during my lunch hour. I don’t foresee a ton of extra time in my future to go to the gym after work and some things are going to have to change. I think running during my lunch hour might be the best way to do that!

What are your favorite ways to workout in the shortest amount of time?

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Jan 202016
 

I’m really glad we took a weekend to celebrate us and the upcoming big change in our life. It was a time for being together just the two of us, talking about hopes and fears and thinking about what our little guy will be like. It was a good opportunity to talk about all the things we’re going to have to deal with and make choices about once we have a kid. I think it was a good weekend to reconnect and bond before things change drastically!

The hotel we were staying in had a gas fireplace. It was nice and romantic and cozy. Just laying in bed early in the morning with the ocean waves and the glow of the fireplace…I could have stayed there forever. But I was starting to get hungry and we had things to do and a puppy to get home to! Another photo of Bella’s weekend:

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She’s so cute. 😉

For breakfast we drove to a teeny town called Neskowin, a few miles south of Pacific City just before you get to Lincoln city. The Cafe on Hawk Creek had excellent reviews and I am so glad we went because it turned out to be a nice little gem in the middle of nowhere. Great service, cute place and the food was absolutely excellent. Michael got the huevos rancheros and said they were wonderful. I got the French Toast again. I know, I know. Not the best option but…they sounded so good and I’m really glad I got them because it was one of the best French Toasts I’ve had!

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The food was fabulous, the coffee was great. This is definitely a place we’ll go back to for breakfast when we are on the coast. You wouldn’t think a little restaurant in a teeny tiny town would be so wonderful but it was. What a nice find! And we had a visitor watching us while we ate:

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The waitress said there was a walkway to the beach right next to the restaurant so after eating we strolled down the walkway and discovered a wonderfully hidden little beach.

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The sun was out, it wasn’t too windy and it wasn’t raining. It was a bit on the chilly side but it was still a nice walk on the beach.

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Here is a bump photo–31 weeks at the beach!

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I was happy to be able to practice using my new camera that Michael got me for Christmas. The beach is the perfect place to experiment with a camera.

After walking around a bit it was time to turn back. I was sad to leave the beach, especially since it was finally a nice day! But I was also anxious to get home to our fur babies.

When we got home Bella was SO mopey!! This usually happens after spending the weekend with Amy. I know Bella really wishes she had a playmate. Someday I hope we can get another dog but right now is definitely not the best time, and our house isn’t big enough for two adults, a baby, a dog, and two cats. Our yard is huge and perfect for two dogs though. Oh well. So we deal with Miss Mopey Dog for a few days and then she snaps out of it. She seriously moped on the couch with sad puppy dog eyes all day long.

Monday when we got home I went the gym for a quick workout, had a chiropractor appointment for my SI/back/hip and then snuggled with my fur babies.

Birthday

I was honestly feeling kind of blah about my birthday this year. I don’t know why. I was definitely blah the last two weeks. Lots of crap and stress and the body issues had me feeling down. Going to the beach and relaxing was a nice way to reset everything. But Tuesday came, I hadn’t slept well the night before, it was raining, I was running late and had to go to work. I usually take my birthday off from work and do something nice for myself–either we go out of town or I take the day off to do something fun. This year I’m saving up all my time I can for maternity leave so…into work I went. Blah!

I did get a massage after work, though. That was nice! When I got home I saw this:

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Beautiful flowers and a card from my hubby! And he cooked this delicious dinner for us:

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Blackened salmon, sauteed kale and sweet potatoes. It was just what I was craving for dinner. And he surprised me with cheesecake for dessert. We shared this giant slice:

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I had been craving cheesecake for awhile and this was a nice treat.

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