February is Heart Health Month, which focuses on the leading cause of death in America for both men and women, which is heart disease. The good news is, the disease is completely preventable through participating in exercise, making nutritionally sound food choices, understanding your family health history and monitoring various indicators such as blood pressure and cholesterol, along with metabolic factors such as weight, body fat and blood sugar levels.
There are so many ways to use and enjoy your body each and every day, and finding some awesome variations to include in your sweat sessions will not only help you to stay heart healthy, but will increase your metabolism, burn lots of calories and keep you staying toned, fit and healthy!
Exercise also releases chemicals in the body which help to promote an overall sense of wellbeing and positivity, while reducing existing feelings of anxiety and depression. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins are the quartet of neurotransmitters responsible for our feelings of euphoria. These neurotransmitters are released when the body experiences the positive stress of exercise, and can help to improve your mood, focus, relaxation and overall positivity throughout the day!
This month, I wanted to give you a heart-pounding circuit that you can complete at home or in the gym, which won’t take up a ton of your time, uses all the key fat burning muscles in your body, which include chest, legs and back, along with core functional strength. You will be sweating up a storm, all while improving your cardiovascular health and ramping that metabolism!
The below workout is plyometric in nature, which simply means the feet are going to leave the ground, and you are going to exert maximum effort in short intervals of time.
Make sure to complete the warm-up provided, and give it your best!!
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- Walking High Knees: 1 minute
- Butt Kicks: 1 minute
- Frankenstein Walks: 1 minute
- Inchworm: 10 reps total
- T-Plank (Alternating sides): 20 reps total
- Lunge Rotators: 30 seconds
- Reverse Lunge, Swing Kick: 10 each side
- Jumping Jacks: 1 minute
- Challenge yourself here! Work to move through the circuit quickly, but powerfully, exerting maximum effort!
- Goal: 4 x’s through! Resting 1 minute between rounds
- Additional Challenge: add ankle weights to the circuit and complete 1 minute of Jump Roping at the end of each round!
Happy Sweating, and Stay BeautyFit® Strong!
Yours in Health and Fitness,