Happy Thanksgiving! I hope all of you are having a great day with the people you love the most. So far, we’ve made a late breakfast, watched the parade, and napped. Solid turkey day if I do say so myself. We’ll be heading to my grandparents’ to eat pretty soon, but I have a few minutes to pop in and share how my little “work out in the morning” experiment has been going. Tuesday morning I ran 2.5 miles and Wednesday I did some squats. I thought about getting up this morning to work out, but my toddler slept until 8. Reason enough to sleep in, am I right? I’ve decided to work out tonight instead. After eating a huge Thanksgiving dinner, moving a little will probably be necessary. A short walk followed by a quick dumbbell circuit sounds like the perfect plan.
My favorite part about this workout is that I can do it in my living room. I’ve learned that the more I can do in front of the TV, the better. I wish I was kidding. Speaking of television, I’m now addicted to Scandal. I am so mad at y’all for suggesting I start watching that on Netflix. My productivity is dipping to dangerously low levels.
And now for a breakdown of the moves:
Bent Over Row: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend slightly at the knees and hinge at the waist. Let your arms hang in front of you with your palms facing each other. Bend your elbows, pulling the dumbbells up toward your torso. Squeeze your shoulder blades together until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Hold for a moment and then slowly release your arms to the starting position.
Bicep Curl & Press: Stand with your feet directly under your hips, with your arms by your side. Holding a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing out, bend your elbows to bring the weights to your shoulders. Keep your arms moving upward, straightening your arms above you while turning your palms to face out. Press directly overhead. Lower your arms back to the top of your bicep curl and then straighten your arms back out to the starting position.
Push Up: Get into plank position with each of your hands on a dumbbell placed slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Lower your body until your chest reaches the floor, keeping your body in a straight line the entire time. Keep your core engaged as you push yourself back up into the starting position.
Bent Over Raise: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend slightly at the knees and hinge at the waist. Let your arms hang in front of you with your palms facing each other and elbows extended. With only a slight bend in the elbows, lift the weights out and up until your upper arms are parallel with the floor. Hold for a moment and then slowly release your arms to the starting position.
Plank Tricep Kickback: Get into plank position with your each of your hands on a dumbbell. Pull the dumbbell in your left hand upward, bending at the elbow. Hold for a moment, then kick your arm back to form a straight line. To get back into the starting position, bend your arm back and place the dumbbell on the floor. Repeat with the other arm to complete one rep.
There you have it! Are any of your planning to get a work out in today? More importantly, are any of you planning to eat your body weight in pie? That’s what I really want to discuss, if I’m being honest. Have a great afternoon, y’all!