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With the new year comes resolutions. Did you make any? A common theme for many is to get in shape. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to establish new routines and habits. I am working on my health and fitness as I mentioned last week. I am cleaning up my eating and getting back to a fitness schedule. I always feel so much better when I’m back to my healthy routines.
One of my problems is over snacking. I have been working on finding better for you snacks. I am trying to be consistent with my eating every day. I eat three meals and three snacks a day. This is what works for me. I recently found goodnessknows® snack squares. It comes in three different flavor varieties: goodnessknows® Cranberry, Almond, Dark Chocolate, goodnessknows® Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate, and goodnessknows® Peach & Cherry, Almond, Dark Chocolate. I found them at Walmart up by the registers.
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I put together a quick HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. It’s only 10 minutes and everyone, including beginners, can do this workout. HIIT workouts are all the rage right now. They allow you to burn lots of calories in a short period of time. HIIT workouts are essentially alternating between intense activity and rest periods. The key is really push hard and give it your all during the active periods.
Start with an easy 2 minute warm up like walking in place. Then you are going to alternate four different exercises (jumping jacks, squats, sit ups, side lunges) for 20 seconds each with 10 seconds of rest in between. You will repeat this cycle three times. This will be your 10 minute HIIT (and 2 minute warm up). To burn even more calories you can do this a couple times throughout the day. Let me break it down for you:
2 minute warm up – Walk in place
Do jumping jacks for 20 seconds. Then rest for 10 seconds.
Do squats for 20 seconds, yes even if it’s burning keep going. Then rest for 10 seconds.
Do sit ups for 20 seconds. Then rest for 10 seconds.
Last do alternating side lunges for 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and go back to the beginning. Repeat these steps two more times for a total of three times.
This is a great HIIT to start out with if you are just beginning your fitness journey or if you have never done high intensity training before. I like to follow up my workout with a snack if it’s not close to a meal time. Like I mentioned above goodnessknows® is my go to snack. They remind us that doing a little good for yourself can go a long way. Goodness to greatness! It just takes a little work.
Check out more healthy living inspiration here. Did you make any fitness or healthy living resolutions this year? I’d love to read about them in the comments!