Day 13: Sweat Happy!

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One thing I  hate to hear is “I can’t do it” when I know it was never attempted. It reminds me of when my son tells me he doesn’t like a certain food…when he’s never tasted it before. He just doesn’t like the look of it, so he assumes it will taste bad.

So we have a rule, you have to try it before you can say you don’t like it. Funny thing is…90% of the time, he actually likes it!

Same thing with our exercises. I know a lot of the time, we look at exercises and just think, “oh I can’t do that” or “that looks too hard” or “I’m not strong enough”.  When the truth is, you are stronger than you think and you can do these exercises.

You just have to try!

Who will you be today? The 6 year old who turns his nose up at food that “looks bad” or the powerful athlete who knows that the only way to build strength and character is to overcome the fear of doing things you once thought you couldn’t do?

Time for long runs, races, push ups, burpees and a wall sit! Sounds like happy sweat to me!

If all we did was run, we’d have powerful legs, but weak core, arms, back, and shoulders. That’s because even though running burns lots of calories, it only works about half the body.

Burpees provide a strength workout for the whole body. They place stress on the legs, core, chest, arms and shoulders. With every single rep, you’ll build up your glutes, hamstrings, abs, quads, and more.

One of the downsides of running to get in shape is that to burn a decent amount of calories, you need to go for a fairly long run.

However, burpees require far less time. That’s because they’re high intensity and work the entire body. It’s a fast-paced, dynamic and demanding form of exercise that will cut time out of your workout. Let’s face it, it’s the perfect addition for busy people.

Challenging ourself is an important part of sticking to the exercise program. Imagine how good it will feel when you build up the number of burpees you can do! Especially on long run day… Yes, you will be tired, but it’s only 20!

Work today’s strength exercises into your run today. Run a little then stop and do some push ups, run a little more then do some burpees. Our numbers are low today so you can work this in, then find a wall for :60, and you’re done!

Day 13 exercises:

  • 30 Push Ups
  • 20 Burpees
  • :60 Wall Sit

Finish off your day with some nice gentle stretching then you’re ready for a fun Mother’s Day weekend minus the guilt of not being active. 🙂

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