Be Well Workout of the Week: Hop Your Way to Killer Muscles

For this week’s workout, you are going to be doing some hopping. A LOT of hopping, actually. Here’s how it’s going to work: First, grab a resistance band to use for some of the exercises as well as for the hops, and you’ll need another weight for dead lifts, too.

You’re going to have a pair of exercises to do, then a 30-second round of hops. When you do the hops, put the exercise band on the ground and use it as your mark to jump over. You’ll complete the circuit four times, starting with 20 reps of each each exercise, decreasing by five reps each round. Each round is also going to have a different variation of hop — so get ready to get your bounce on, people! Read more »

The No-Gym-Necessary New Year’s Workout Challenge: Week 1

If your New Year’s resolution is to get back on the workout train but you don’t want to invest in a pricey gym membership to get your sweat on, we’ve got you covered. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you a workout plan every week, consisting of five workouts that can be done outdoors or at home. The biggest investment you’ll need to make to participate in the month-long challenge is a set of dumbbells or a kettlebell, and you’ll have to choose the weight based on your fitness level. (Whatever weight you choose, you should be able to get through all the reps in set of exercises while still feeling challenged by the time you get to the last one.) Of course, if you have a gym membership, you can easily do these workouts there.

To kick things off, we have your first five workouts below. Good luck, friends! And before you get your sweat on, note: If you Instagram yourself doing these workouts, make sure to post the photos with #bwpnewyearschallenge. We are big fans of the sweaty workout selfie around these parts.  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Work the Rowing Machine 

This week, you’re going to hop on a rowing machine! If you’re anything like most people, you’ve probably walked by the rower 100 times at the gym and thought about trying it but opted for the less scary treadmill instead — so here is your chance. And if you don’t have access to a rowing machine, don’t worry: You can do whatever form of cardio you want in between rounds.

You have a circuit of exercises to do with reps descending by two for each exercise. So, you’ll start with 20 reps of one exercise, then 18 of the next, and so on. After you do the final exercise of the circuit, hop on the rower and go for 250 meters (roughly one minute if you’re doing cardio for time) before starting the next round of the circuit. The goal is to get through the whole circuit four times, while maintaining awesome form. Good luck! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Ultimate 30-Minute Track Workout

So I guess if it’s going to be 65 degrees outside in the middle of December, we should probably take advantage of the wonderful (and insane) weather and work out outside this week, right? For this workout, you’ll need to find a track for the sprints you’ll be doing in between rounds of exercises (and if you can’t find a track, don’t worry, you can do this inside with some cardio equipment instead).
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Be Well Workout of the Week: Jump Rope for Joy 

This week, let’s take it back to the playground. Grab a jump rope, a high ceiling and some space and channel your inner third grader. You’ll start with one exercise, then do 50 jump rope jumps. Then, you’ll do the same exercise, add a new exercise and follow that up with 50 jumps. Then you’ll do the first and second exercise, add a third, and follow that up with 50 jump rope jumps. Do you see where we’re going here? You’ll follow this pattern, adding a new exercise to the list each round, until you end up with eight exercises.

Yes, it will be killer. But it will also totally be worth it. Happy sweating! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Crush Calories With a Kettlebell and Physioball

For this week’s workout, you’ll need a kettlebell and a physioball. (Can you tell this week’s workout is going to be a toughie?) For the kettlebell circuit, you’re going to start by doing 20 reps of each exercise, then do 16, then 12 and, lastly, eight reps of each exercise. Then, you’ll move on to the physioball circuit where you’ll do the same number of reps, but different exercises. Once you knock all four rounds of the physioball circuit out, you’re done! Got it? Good luck, friends!
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Post-Thanksgiving Workout Challenge: 5 Exercise Moves That Torch Major Calories

Let’s burn off those Thanksgiving calories, shall we? This 30-minute, five-move workout, packed with high-calorie-burning moves, is guaranteed to help you shed all that stuffing, mashed potatoes, and extra piece (or pieces) of pumpkin pie. Well, at least put a dent in shedding it. And a bonus: There’s no equipment needed for this workout. So grab the family, head to the living room and get moving.

All you need to do is put 30 minutes on the clock and complete this five-move circuit as many times as you can. Happy sweating! Read more »

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