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It's been a long time
I must have started four different posts for today. I was having the hardest time concentrating. I would get about two paragraphs in and completely lose steam about whatever it was I was blogging, only to start over and have the same thing happen again. Guess why I couldn't concentrate? My freaking lower body is a hot mess of pain. You must be thinking in horror, "But why, Kel?" Two words: walking lunges. And then I realized: I have my topic for Foreign Language Friday!
I would do anything to get out of lunges. They are by far my least favorite exercise. I hate every form of lunges, which is why I never do them if given a choice. That is why fitness classes are so valuable to me; I constantly work my body differently and harder than I would by myself. This week I had two instructors with one track minds: walking lunges unto death. And now that I've totally talked them up and you are psyched to try them yourself:
How do you do a walking lunge?
|Hello, BEAST. (Dumbbells optional)|
Why should you torture yourself this way? Lately I've been really conscious of my booty; specifically the way it jiggles when I run. Lunges work your glutes* (think "butt") and your hamstrings (think back of the thighs), so they will help tone (i.e. tighten it up) that area.
(*Glutes = story for free. My children learn a lot of vital information from me. Including, but not limited to, the definition of a "verp". I also think it's really important to teach them to be good stewards of their bodies by embarking on a variety of fitness endeavors, and so I often include them when I'm doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred or morning yoga stretches. This is why Esther knows how to um ... flex her glutes. She frequently completely stops all activity, concentrates really hard, and says in delight, "I'm workin' my GLUTES!" as she squeezes her little tush together. Abso-glutely adorable.)(Did you see what I did there?)(*giggle*)
Lunges are also good for your hamstrings and quads (think front of the thighs). If you want to be a faster runner, building strength in those muscles is the way to do it. If running isn't your thing
(Weight Loss Update: I've lost four of the eleven pounds so far. YAY!)
E'rbody have a wonderful weekend. Do some walking lunges. Or not. But definitely enjoy some Tim Horton's. (I'm pretty sure I should be on payroll there.) See y'all Monday!