Wednesday Warmup 3/4

Okay, so apparently I'm a huge fan of alliteration.  I love the Motivation Mondays, Fitness Fridays, etc. so I thought, why not a "Warmup Wednesday?"  Bear with me and just go with it... for those of us on the East Coast, and upper half of the U.S., we might be needing this "warmup" this morning since we just got snowed in yet. ah. gain.  I can't tell you how sick I am of the snow, but I won't complain about it here (trust me, I know you all are too).  Anyway, if you're needing a kick in the rear to get your day going and help make it through to the latter portion of the workweek, check out the kickstarter workout below!

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Grab a timer and a chair | let's start to move!

Squat Jacks - like jumping jacks, but do them in a squat position.

Tapping Planks - grab a chair and set it in front of you, then get in a low plank on your elbows.  Alternate reaching one arm up and tapping the seat of the chair.  Keep your core tight throughout (think of pulling your navel in toward your spine).

Tricep Pushups - lie on one side, crossing your bottom arm over your chest.  Place the hand of your top arm underneath your bottom shoulder.  Keep your legs out straight and planted on the floor.  From this position, push your upper body up off the floor.  Do one side for 30 seconds, then switch to the other side.

Jump Lunges - start in a typical lunge position, legs bent at 90˚ angles, arms straight up in the air.  Propel yourself up into the air and switch legs, landing back down in a lunge on the opposite side.  Alternate this jumping pattern, keeping arms overhead.  Trainer Tip: if this is hard on your knees, try alternating lunges without the jump.

Up & Under Planks - start in a low side plank, feet stacked, top arm raised up toward the ceiling.  From here, reach your hand down underneath you as you raise your hips.  Then reach back up toward the ceiling.  Alternate this up & under pattern for 30 seconds on one side, then switch.  Trainer Tip: if you have difficulty with this move because of shoulder pain, take some weight off by tucking your feet behind you and balancing on the sides of your knees instead of your feet.

Good luck!  I hope that gets your body moving and feeling like you can take on the rest of the week!  Stay tuned for a great Fitness Friday post this week and part 3 of my adventures around Australia!  Here's to a healthy & happy Wednesday!  And remember: one healthy choice at a time.