I headed to the gym this morning with a page from this month’s Women’s Health: a Comb-Move Workout that works key muscles in different combinations to tone and really work them. I have to be honest, I read women’s magazines a lot, and this is the first time I have ever taken one of their fitness pages to the gym to actually do the moves. But I was reading through these last night and they looked fun and doable- so I gave them a try. I did all of the moves but one, which looked like it would put too much stress on my knees. I loved them!
I did 2 reps of each exercise (10-15 of each, depending on how hard they were) and felt like I was working by body, but not overly so. It was perfect. I only used 8 pound weights because that’s where I’m at with my strength! I think my #1 tip to anyone with who wants to try magazine workouts is exactly that- it is wonderful to have them as a guide, but you need to know your body, know how much you can lift over a period of time, and which exercises will put too much strain on your joints and muscles. Don’t do those! The exercises took about 20 minutes and I did an additional 20 minutes of hard biking (low level, high speed). I was nice and sweaty by the end!
I didn’t have much time when I got back, but I wanted to make both breakfast AND lunch at home, not buy them. I had 15 minutes to do so (and eat breakfast). I saw a banana and a peach that weren’t looking great and I decided on a smoothie. It took 30 seconds to make, start to finish, and allowed me to sip breakfast while making lunch.
I added Almond Milk, which I love.
And Peanut Butter for protein, staying power, and taste!
And lots of ice!
It was filling and delicious. And I felt good about using produce that maybe wouldn’t have been very tasty to eat, but was perfect for a smoothie— instead of tossing it.