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Me, today. 7.1.12. Day 7 of the Anywhere Workout Challenge!

Today I was so excited to wake up! The morning greeted me with sunshine and blue skies. After a deliciously creative and organically healthy breakfast I was ready to face a fear and de-traumatize myself with a new experience. Bee keeping class. When a little kid my pinky toe was stung by a bumble bee and what felt like an eternity of pain is still a significantly clear memory. While I don’t outwardly run around in circles flailing my arms wildly and screaming like someone put a ferret down my pants every time a bee gets close, you bechur bottom inside that’s exactly what I feel like doing. So, all set with long sleeve and ankle covering shoes ready to jump in a bee suit and surround myself with thousands of stingers flying around my head, a big letdown. Apparently there was a mishap in scheduling and the class was not happening today. Whomp whomp, I was fairly disappointed, but ah well, occasion saved for another day!

What that did get me thinking about though was running around, wondering how long I could outrun a swarm… So today’s workout was cardio focused!

– High knees: essentially the same as jogging, but driving your knees up as high as you can and swinging your arms to help you keep pumping. Keep good posture here and abs drawn in.

– Burpees: starting from standing, jump as high as you can driving your arms up to the ceiling. With a slight bend in the knee, land toe first and roll down to your heels, cushioning your landing. Continue the momentum downwards by placing your hands on the ground in front of your toes. Jump your feet back to end in plank position and do a clean push up, abs tight, back straight and nose all the way to the floor. At the top of your push up jump your feet right behind your hands and go from this squat position to a jump in the air. You’ll have completed a burpee! Do 10 in one set, and 5 sets, with 30 seconds rest in between, making sure to keep your form when landing and pushing up. Be sure to breathe – easiest to exhale when jumping, inhale on the kick out, exhale when pushing up and inhale on jumping feet to hands. Push through it, you can do it! If it’s too much, start with 2-3 sets.

– Mountain Climber intervals: from plank position, with feet shoulder width apart bring one knee in towards your chest, alternating legs at a slow pace for 10 seconds, medium pace for 20, fast for 1 minute and slow for 20. Do this 5 times in a row holding your core tight, slight bend in your elbows and shoulders pressed down.

– The Sprinter: start in sprinter position. Hands on the ground shoulder width apart, right foot about a foot behind your hands and left extended back. Step forward with your left leg coming to a standing position and with that momentum kick as high as you can with your right leg. Place both feet on the ground and bend to put hands on the ground and left leg back to where you started. Do this for 30 seconds on each leg. Do each leg 3 times.

– Jump rope: 5 min of jump rope and if you don’t have one, just pretend.

– Criss Cross Apple Sauce: in foot ball position- on all fours, feet shoulder width apart and a bend in both knees – keep your abs tight and do a small hop turing your hips to one side and crossing one foot in front of the other so that they trade places. Jump again coming back to your original position and do again turning the opposite direction. Do this, alternating sides, for 30 seconds and 5 sets. You should feel it in your abs, lats and thighs.

Good luck, this is a tough one! Keep in cardio shape and able to run from bees! 🙂

Do you have some other cardio favorites? Share your awesomely active exercise!

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