Curvy Girl Workout

Curvy Girl Workout
curvy-girl-workout
curvy-girl-workout

I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I remember my Mom put me into gymnastics, soccer, and basketball when I was a kid. She never allowed me to do the cheerleading or the dance classes. I was playing with the boys, getting knocked over but getting back up stronger, and sticking it to them. In high school, it was mandatory to play a sport which is a testament to the importance of staying active is (it also kept some of us out of trouble).

Working out has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I had to get in shape for varsity high school soccer, which meant running four to five times a week in the summer, so I could keep up with the upperclassmen when our season started. I had to lift weights and get in shape to play collegiate basketball and softball, if I wanted any playing time. But now that I no longer need to stay in shape, I still find it imperative to workout in order to feel good and stay healthy.

curvy-girl-workout
curvy-girl-workout

Last week we talked about how to build body confidence. One of my tips was exercising to feel good, not to lose weight. As a curvy woman, even after my sports teams commenced, I’ve always had a huge desire to stay active and healthy as an adult, but have never had a goal to lose weight. I think it’s extremely important that we are healthy while we maintain our curvy figures.

Not only does it mean exercising to make ourselves stronger and more powerful, it means fueling our bodies with healthy foods that will help boost our energy and lead us to a more healthy lifestyle.

Exercising to lose weight can be daunting…which in turn, puts an immense amount of pressure on us. Let’s change what exercising means to you! It’s a great tool to shift our minds, more than our bodies. We shouldn’t think about it like a chore but rather to feel better, get stronger and more powerful.

I switch up my workouts, weekly; I run, play basketball and create my own workouts that don’t involve a gym.It can sometimes be challenging to get motivated but I hold myself accountable for getting it done. When I’m done, I’m so glad that I did it. Here’s an example of a workout. Follow along and let me know how you liked it!

curvy-girl-workout
curvy-girl-workout

This is a typical workout that I do in a park. For my warm up, I usually run 1.5 to get to the park. If you don’t run, I’ve included an alternative warmup that can be done anywhere!

Warmup: (No static stretchy! Save it until the end)

40 seconds – jumping jacks

20 seconds – high knees

40 seconds – bear walk

20 seconds – freeze mountain climbers

curvy-girl-workout
curvy-girl-workout

Workout

15 – bench dips (find a park bench, tree stump or cement structure)

40 – walking lunges (20 there, turn around, 20 back)

15 – bench push ups

40 – walking lunges

30 second break

20 – plank to twist (10 each side)

30 – standing bicycle (10 each side)

20 – plank to twist

30 – standing bicycle

30 second break

15 – bench dips

12- squat leg lift

15 – bench pushups

12 – squat leg lift

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curvy-girl-workout

30 second break 

20 – plank jumping jacks

40 – walking toe touch (20 there, 20 back)

20 – plank jumping jacks

40 – walking toe touch

30 second break

15 – push up taps

20 – bench step ups (10 each side)

15 – push up taps

20 – bench step ups

30 second break

20 – reverse leg lift (20 each side) (hold onto a railing or wall for balance)

30 – waist pinchers (15 each side)

20 – reverse leg lift

30 – waist pinches

Great job! Now spend about 2-3 minutes cooling down with some static stretching. Hold each stetch for 20-30 seconds each.

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curvy-girl-workout
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