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I don’t know about you, but having a new outfit always motivates me to get sweaty. I recently was given the opportunity to try out a couple pieces from the Target® C9 activewear collection. I decided on the Long Sleeve Active Performance Tee, Medium Support Sports Bra, and the Woven Shorts with Compression. There were so many choices I had a hard time narrowing it down to these three items.
In Arizona it doesn’t ever really get super chilly so shorts are an option here the majority of the year. These shorts are great because they give extra coverage with the compression inner liner. The waistband is also really wide and comfortable and there is a little pocket on the inside in the back of the shorts for a key.
The top is a relaxed fit and I love how nicely it pairs with the sports bra. The bra features removable pads and when I purchased this item it was only $10. Such a great buy. Removable pads are a must for me when I am buying a sports bra.
Target® was having an awesome sale on their Target® C9 activewear collection when I purchased this outfit. I spent $40 for everything! The New Year is a great time to get moving and if you are looking for affordable activewear to get you motivated be sure to stop into your local Target®. They also have a great variety of home workout DVDs if you need a little extra inspiration.
It is always fun to make new years resolutions for the upcoming 12 months ahead. I don’t know about you but often times I can get a little carried away with what I plan on doing versus what I actually end up accomplishing.
Towards the end of last year I was in physical therapy. My muscles had become very imbalanced to the point that I couldn’t even bend over to pick Maisie up from her crib. I realized how important it is to work out with a purpose and to train all my muscles equally.
This year my plan is to continue to improve the muscular imbalances in my body by strengthening weaker muscles and working on the range of motion in areas that are tight. Curious to know what I am doing? Here are three exercises that I have added into my routine for the new year….
Figure Four (Piriformis) Stretch: While lying on your back with both knees bent, cross one ankle above the other knee. Next reach and connect your hands behind the hamstring of the non-bent side. Gently pull the hamstring towards your chest until a stretch is felt in your hip. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times on each leg.
Single Leg Squat: Start by standing about 2 feet in front of chair, facing away, feet hip width apart. Lift one leg and place top of that foot on the chair behind you. Slowly lower into a single leg squat, keeping your front knee behind your toes and dipping the back knee toward the floor. Focus on keeping your core engaged and shoulders over your hips. Straighten back up to starting position and do 20 reps total on that side. Repeat on other leg.
Single Leg Deadlift: Stand with feet together. Lift leg slightly so foot is just off floor. Lower fingers to floor while raising lifted leg back behind. Keep back straight and knee of supporting leg slightly bent. Keep hip and knee of lifted leg extended throughout movement. Once stretch is felt, return to original position by raising torso while lowering lifted leg. Straighten knee of supporting leg as torso becomes upright. Perform a total of 20 reps. Repeat on other leg.
I have done these exercises in the past but never for a specific purpose. In the last few weeks I have increased the degree of difficulty by adding weight during the single leg squats. I am so happy when I have finished all 20 reps on both sides.
If you are looking to challenge yourself on the single leg deadlift you can place your standing leg on a stability board and slowly work your way up to using dumbbells. These are hard, especially after doing the single leg squats.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my new years resolution to create a more balanced body. I would love to hear what you are working towards this year. Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Facebook or Instagram.