Welcome to a brand new, low impact (but very effective!) Lower Body Workout. This routine is apartment friendly and can be completed quickly and quietly. No jumping in this workout.
All you need is a yoga mat and some space, and you’re good to go. One round takes 16-Minutes. The workout can be repeated for a total of three rounds if you would like a longer/more challenging workout. You also have the option of stacking it with some of my other routines.
I love the flexibility of short workouts. You can do a round and be done for the day, or customize it based on the amount of time you have to get in your workout. With a toddler and preschooler, I often only have time for a short workout.
You will find the workout video and photo tutorial below.
Just a few short hours after filming this workout I was struck with intense pain and hospitalized for four days due to a kidney stone. It was not a fun experience. Stay hydrated my friends! I’m not sure what the composition of the stone was yet. It was sent to a lab to be analyzed and we haven’t gotten results back yet. I may need to make some dietary changes (like hydrating, eating lower oxalate foods or making sure I’m not getting too much calcium) depending on the lab results.
I am feeling much better now, and it was certainly a reminder of how important health and wellness is. It’s so easy to take your health for granted, but when you experience sickness you are quickly reminded of how much your everyday life is impacted by how you feel.
My doctor said it was likely that the stone formed during my last pregnancy, which is very common, but I will be happy to have official results.
For the majority of my hospital stay I was not allowed to have any food or drinks, because they were staying ready to take me into surgery. They provided me with a breast pump because I was still nursing, but by the end of the week my milk dried up and my nursing journey came to an end. While it’s been nice to have my body fully back to myself it’s been very sad to end our nursing journey under these terms.
The silver lining of this experience was realizing how many people were willing to step up and help our family while I was hospitalized. From phone calls and text messages, to people helping with the kids while Jesse was at work or visiting me in the hospital, knowing that we had that strong support system was heart warming.
I hope that you all enjoy today’s workout. I’m working on getting back in a filming schedule. Life has thrown some wrenches into my plans lately, but I’m clawing my way back to some semblance of a routine.
I look forward to working out with everyone again! Let me know what you thought of today’s workout in the comments below.
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- Goddess Lift: Right
- Goddess Lift: Left
- Clam Lift: Right
- Clam Lift: Left
- Leg Thread Glute Bridge: Right
- Leg Thread Glute Bridge: Left
- Crescent Heel Press: Right
- Crescent Heel Press: Left
- Warrior III Pulse: Right
- Warrior III Pulse: Left
- Standing External Rotation: Right
- Standing External Rotation: Left
- Half Moon Pulse: Right
- Half Moon Pulse: Left
- Chair Balance Heel Pulse: Right
- Chair Balance Heel Pulse: Left
Repeat for up to three rounds.