From yoga to running and everything in between, I love to move and make it happen at least once a day! This was a fun outdoor sunset sweat-sesh I did on the deck of the cruise ship when I had my fun adventure with Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas. It wasn’t hard to motivate with the deep blue sea under my feet so I managed to mix up my workouts and stay active outside with a few of my fave moves.
I like to add intervals and lunges when I can, along with some core work too. It can be as simple as stopping, dropping and crunching after a few miles, or adding in walking lunges towards the end of my run to cool down. I also find that stretching after a few miles keeps my legs loose and helps to avoid injury.
But just be sure NOT to over stretch before you’re warmed up. Start out with a few minutes of walking and toe touches, then get down to business!
- Cool down and walk about 3/4 minutes.
- Stretch hamstrings and back by bending down and touching toes. (About 1 minute)
- High lunge stretches, holding each lunge for 5 breaths. (Repeat 5 x’s each leg)
- Downward Dog gives my back and legs a nice stretch. Fold over and bend down, pressing your hands and feet to the floor. Bend your knees to protect your back if you can’t straighten your legs. Inhale and look up, then exhale and fold over your legs. Step your legs back, lifting your hips towards the ceiling and making an inverted “V” shape with your body. Steady your pose with strong arms and legs, and hold for about 5 to 7 breaths.
- Dancer’s Pose helps me to open my chest and stretch shoulders and biceps while improving balance. Bend the right knee and grab the inside of the right foot with the palm facing up. Find a focus point and bring your knees to touch. Then with an inhale, lengthen through the spine and all the way through your left fingertips. With an exhale, slowly begin to kick your right foot into your right hand. Your torso will naturally start to lower down while you reach your left hand out in front of you. Keep your hips leveled. Hold for 5 to 7 breaths. Repeat this sequence on the other side.
- Tree Pose is a great way to stay centered and breathe as you strengthen your legs and core. Hold for 5 to 7 breaths. Repeat on other side.
Stay fit and keep moving, Sporties!