Workout

Sunday Runday: Run to the Kettlebell Workout

This morning I woke up with a desire to workout, actually to get specific, I wanted to run. I was inspired after my brunch date the day before with my workout friend... she told me she had plans to run 10 miles outside, and so I got the running bug again. This hasn't happened in awhile, so I listened to my body, and my heart, and got dressed in workout clothes. I walked down the hallway to our home gym, and started the treadmill, but as soon as I got started running, I didn't want to run the three miles I set out in my head. I wanted to make it harder. I picked out my Pandora 2000s playlist, and turned up the volume as loud as it would go. I hopped off the treadmill as soon as I hit half a mile, and did 4 kettle bell moves, 10 reps each. It was enough to get my muscles moving in a different way, and enough to throw off my controlled runner's breathing that I thank yoga for. Goblet squats, swings, high pulls, and russian twists, all with my kettle bell. It's funny though, I have a 25lb kettle bell, and all it took was one swing to realize I need to get a heavier one... maybe 35lbs! 

I ran at half mile increments until I reached 3 miles. I was sweating, my cheeks were rosy, and my breathing was labored, but I did it, and even reached an 8:34 mile pace! Things are looking brighter for the end of 2017, and I hope to kick off 2018 in a big way! 

If you want to change up your treadmill runs, or try this workout outside, it's posted below for you! Remember to listen to your body... when it calls for movement, MOVE. 

Fitness Friday: KettleBell Hell

I keep a notebook by my bed, because it's in those times right before I drift off to sleep that ideas come to me... whether it's for a recipe, a workout, something I need to do the next day, or a blog post. The other night this happened. I was about to go to sleep when suddenly I had an idea for a workout. Kettlebell Hell. That name actually didn't just come to me until I was writing this post, but it seems fitting. This quick, and effective workout combines both upper and lower body moves to give you a total body workout in a short amount of time. 

I, for one, understand how tough it is for most people to get in a workout, but we all have 15, 20, even 30 minutes to devote to our healthier selves. It's so important to squeeze a workout in every day, even if it's a walk or a simple yoga flow before bed. Every second you take care of your body counts. 

I'll be posting a video on my Get Fit with Kristyn Instagram page, for anyone that needs help with the moves. 


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The only equipment you need are three kettle bells, two lighter ones of the same weight, and one heavy one. Stop giving excuses, and start giving it your all. When your workout is over, you'll be so glad you dedicated the time to yourself. 

Let me know below when you complete this workout! 

5 Minute Ab Workout

I'm sure that I'm not the only one that is so busy, even in the summer, who barely has 5 minutes to workout. Now I know having no time is no excuse, but sometimes we're extremely short on time, and we don't have a spare minute to drive to the gym. So I've come up with a quick 5 minute ab workout you can do right before bed, or you can get done right when you wake up. Now I KNOW we all have at least 5 minutes, and if you don't even have 5 minutes to change your body - to feel better, be stronger, and get fit, then you need to reprioritize. This workout can be done with actual equipment, but if you're on vacation, use what you have - water bottles, a beach ball, ANYTHING similar to dumbbells and a medicine ball. You don't even have to use weights if you can't find anything. 

I've literally whipped out all the excuses you can throw at me. So do this workout every night, and let me know how you feel by the end of the week! 

Memorial Day Workout

I know most of you are completing or have completed the Murph WOD today in honor of our fallen soldiers, but if you're not and your gym is closed, I've got the perfect workout you can do with no equipment! 

We live in the land of the free, because of the brave. Our soldiers give their lives, and everything they have to protect us. They sign up, knowing that they are sacrificing their lives, whether that means they are deployed away from their families in foreign countries not knowing how long they'll be away, or they don't get the chance to come home at all. So I'm betting that you'd be willing to sacrifice 10 - 15 minutes to finish this workout, and complete the exercise that you may not want to do, in honor of our soldiers. 

BURPEES. 

Not everyone likes them... okay, most people hate them. So what better way to honor our soldiers than by completing this workout. It may not be on the same level as the Murph, but it'll get your mind focused on what matters in life and why we have this day off, your heart rate up, and your workout in and done. 

Let freedom ring, and let that sweat drip! 

Happy Memorial Day! Just remember. 

Quick Pyramid Workout

Just because I can't workout, doesn't mean I can't create workouts for all of you! It has been difficult to hold myself back from working out. Even though I am still not feeling up to it, I hate sitting there at the gym, and watching everyone else get their workout in. Don't get me wrong, it's inspiring to watch, but it just reminds me that I can't workout. So here I am creating more blog content, workouts, and recipes. 

I hear people over and over again complain about having no time. One of the main reasons that people quit the gym, or maybe sign up and never go, is because they claim that they have no time. I know this is not true though, because people who are dealing with all sorts of situations from kids, families, and significant others, to working multiple jobs, dealing with long commutes, and having to take work home, oh and don't forget the house.. these people, they're making their health and wellness a priority, and they're getting their workouts in. I'm not saying they have hours to spend at the gym - but they take 20-30 minutes out of their day and MOVE, whether it's a walk around the block with their dog and baby, a quick 20 minute workout during nap time, or while their dinner is cooking in the oven, or even waking up a half hour earlier and getting a quick sweat in. I get that life is busy, trust me I've been there - working two jobs, with a two hour commute each day, and working weekends. I get it. If you want to live a healthier life though, you need to make the time. 

Below you'll find a quick pyramid workout that can be quickly done with no equipment! 

No excuses now! 

Comment below when you finish the workout, and let me know how long it took you!