Here’s the thing I don’t understand: People make all of these New Year’s resolutions to be healthier and get in shape for next year, and yet New Year’s Eve is when everyone parades around in short, body-hugging dresses. I say, why not make your resolutions start today, instead of waiting for 2014? Why not look even more fabulous in your sparkly New Year’s Eve party dress? Today is as good of a day as any to start being a healthier, more fit version of you! Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can achieve today.
Know Before You Go
Do a 10-minute warm up before your workout. Walk or jog around your block or in place in your living room, or dance around to 3 of your favorite songs. If you have access to a treadmill, walk at a slow speed (I recommend 3.5 mph) and at a high incline (8.5-9.0). Drink water between each circuit to stay hydrated, and stretch for 10 minutes after the workout. It’s OK if this workout is challenging for you… if you keep this up just 2x per week, in a month or so this will likely be easy peazy.
-free weights (3 lb), medicine ball, balance ball
Circuit 1 – Do 3x Through
A) The “Balance Buster” – Begin by standing in front of a balance ball. Bend at your hips towards the ball, and rest your forearms on the ball. Walk your feet backwards until you are in a plank position on the ball. Hold this position for 30 seconds. If this exercise is too difficult for you, stabilize the balance ball by placing it in the corner of a room before doing this exercise.
B) The “Ball Haul” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat with a balance ball wedged between your feet. Rest your arms at your sides. With control, lift your legs, holding the balance ball, until your legs are perpendicular to the ground. With control, slowly lower your legs until they are just a few inches above the ground. Repeat 12x.
C) The “Pass Through” – Begin by on your mat with your arms outstretched behind your head holding a balance ball. Simultaneously lift your shoulders, and the ball, off of the mat while you also lift your feet off of the ground until they are at a 90 degree angle. Pass the ball from in between your hands to in between your feet. With control, lower your feet, holding the ball to the ground, while you simultaneously lower your shoulders back to the mat. Next, lift your feet, and the ball back toward the ceiling, and simultaneously lift your shoulders off the mat. Pass the ball from in between your feet to in between your hands. With control, lower your hands, and the ball, to the mat while simultaneously lowering your legs to the mat as well. Repeat 10x.
Circuit 2 – Do 3x Through
D) The “Overhead Haul” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat holding a medicine ball behind your head. As you sit up, lift the medicine ball up overhead and try to touch the medicine ball to your toes. With control, slowly lift the medicine ball back overhead as your lower back down to the mat. Repeat 12x.
E) The “Twist ‘N Shout” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat holding a medicine ball at your chest. Lift your legs (feet together!) to a 45 degree angle off of the floor. Lift your torso off of the mat until you feel that your abs are engaged. Holding this position, twist to the right and tap the ball on the ground to your right. Then, twist to the left and tap the ball on the ground to your left. Repeat nonstop, alternating sides, 12x each side.
F) The “Super Workout Girl” – Begin by lying face-down on your mat with your arms outstretched in front of you holding 3 lb weights and your legs outstretched behind you. Simultaneously lift your legs and arms as high off of the mat as you can. Hold for 3 seconds. Repeat 10x.
Circuit 3 – Do 2x Through
G) The “Balancing Act” – Begin in a position as if you are going to do a push up. Lift your right leg up behind you. Hold for 3 seconds. Return to starting position. Then, lift your left leg up behind you. Hold for 3 seconds. Repeat 12x, alternating legs.
H) The “Terrible Toe Touch” – Lay on your back on your mat. Keeping your feet together, raise your legs to a 90 degree angle. Hold 3 lb weights in both hands. With control, slightly lift your upper torso to try to touch your right foot with your left hand. Slowly lower to starting position. Then, try to touch your left foot with your right hand. Repeat 12x each side..
I) The “Pull Me In Close” – Lay on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides. Slightly raise your torso and legs off of the floor until your abs are engaged. Lift both arms off of the ground, fully extended in front of you. Keeping both legs off of the ground the entire time, bring your right leg towards your torso, and wrap your hands around the back of your right thigh to draw it closer to your torso. Then release your right leg, and bring your left leg towards your torso. Wrap your hands around the back of your left leg. Repeat 12x each leg, alternating legs.
Fitness Tip of the Day
Getting ready to indulge in some ‘libations’ at your New Year’s Eve party? Opt for vodka with soda water and a lime to save on calories, while still having fun.