It’s holiday party season, and that means lots of events with friends and family. If you’ve recently started a fitness routine, it’s a great way to boost your confidence and feel good about your progress because you’ll see people you probably haven’t seen in awhile, and they’ll likely comment on your healthy changes. You can get red-carpet-ready with the following move, mantra and must-have!
The running lunge move from my Red Carpet Runway Workout video works legs, glutes, abs, and cardio.
From a standing position, step your right foot back and place your left hand above your left knee for support. Your left knee should track over your ankle, not your toe. Bend your right knee so that it almost touches the ground (deep lunge) and then bring your right knee up towards your chest, keeping the left knee bent. Step your weight back into your right foot behind you. Repeat 20-30 times and you’ll feel it working your left quadriceps and glutes! Switch sides and repeat.
Make it harder: Add a hand-held weight to increase the intensity and chisel the arms. By lowering your right hand and weight by your left knee and then lifting the right elbow up to the sky (as if you were pulling the starter chain on a push-lawnmower), you work your upper back (trapezius and rhomboids) and improve your posture when those muscles are strong. Lift the right arm each time you bring the right knee in towards your chest.
The only person you should try to be better than is the one you were yesterday!
RockMyRun is a fitness app that not only provides seamless mixes of fresh fitness songs, but also matches your running (or walking) pace. I use this app to teach fitness class with fresh songs and adjust the beats-per-minute (BPM) to the speed I need for different class formats. But when I go outside to work out on my own, it’s nice to be able to match the beat to your steps so that you keep up with yourself and don’t vary your pace, It's especially motivating when you reach the oint that your muscles are telling you to slow down, but your head is saying "keep up". Just don’t blame me if you get weird looks from passersby because you just can’t resist singing to yourself while you work out—the music is that good!
Continue doing the running lunge, add your new music playlist for all your workouts and repeat the mantra above, and you’ll be rocking any red carpet this holiday seaso! Once you work on your fitness, why not look even slimmer and toned with my posing tips? Here’s a free video with pointers to help you look your best and make sure photos of your outsides reflect how fit you feel on the inside.