Unlike my brother who made the varsity lacrosse team as a freshman, I am not the most athletic person. In high school, I played field hockey and ran long distance on the track team. Between those two sports, I never had to exercise on my own or outside of practice. However when I got to college, I realized it was now my responsibility to work out. I quickly found a routine that works for me so I thought I would share it with all of you! I also included some of my favorite workout pieces that are good quality yet affordable.
1. First, I like to do about 20 minutes on the elliptical. I find this is a good way to warm up and get some cardio in. The gym at my school is free to students, so I take advantage of that! If you don't have access to a gym, you can lightly jog outside for the same time.
2. Next, I like to do abs. I switch this up a lot because I get bored easily, but I'll do around 7 to 10 minutes of various ab exercises. I really like the Cassey from Blogilates on YouTube - she has short videos that are very effective and work really well!
3. The last thing that I do is some running on the track. I loved running in high school and still do. I like to do interval training, so what I'll do is jog the straight aways on the track and then sprint the curves. My track coach told me this is one of the easiest ways to get lean and faster in general. It burns a lot of calories, and is the most efficient way to run for exercise, since you only have to do a few laps to complete the workout. I'll normally to 3 to 5 laps, depending on the day.
4. About twice a week, I like to try different workouts with my friends. On Sunday, my friend and I did the Carrie Underwood leg workout that was featured in Glamour. Today is Wednesday, and I am still sore! This one definitely works! Last quarter, I did a yoga class once a week as well, and it was a lot of fun, but very challenging!
I do this workout about 3 to 4 times a week, depending on how much time I have. I am not a professional trainer, I just thought I would share what I like to do. You can modify these workouts to create a personal plan that is at your level. Again, I am not trying to lose weight, I'm trying to be toned and as fit as possible for me. Let me know what you do to stay in shape in the comments - I'm always willing to try new things!