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FITNESS: my favorite ways to sweat.

FITNESS: my favorite ways to sweat.

An upcoming vacation usually makes for the perfect extra dose of motivation to visit the gym a bit more regularly. Since I worked out for 10 days in a row before going to Mauritius, I thought it was high time to share a new fitness post with you guys. It’s been a while since the last one about my 45-minute workout routine, but of course that doesn’t mean I haven’t worked out since then. My routine at the gym hasn’t changed much, but in all honesty, I haven’t spent too much time at the gym lately. Instead, I like to mixed it up with lots of running, some yoga and quick at-home-workouts. Also, to kick-off the year, I did a 3-day juice cleanse again, which I feel is always such a great way to get back into a healthy routine.

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My favorite ways to sweat outside of the gym:

  • Yoga: whether it is Hot Yoga (I like the studio on Gumpendorferstr.) or deep stretching at Yin Yoga, I love unwinding with some me-time. While I certainly don’t consider myself a typical yogi, it is the only exercise where I truly feel like I can unwind and leave the studio feeling full of energy!
  • Running: This is what I like to consider my “lazy” workout. I requires the least amount of time (unless you run a marathon, of course) and is also the most affordable. The minimum I usually run are about 5km in 25-30 minutes, but currently I am aiming more at 7-8km per run. My secret to running regularly? A workout buddy! My neighbor and I make a great team when it comes to getting eachother’s butts off the couch and it is so convenient that we can take off right from the front door.
  • The 100 Workout: I have been doing “The 100 Workout” for years and find it to be super effective. Especially when paired with a short run afterwards. The idea is simple, count down from 100 by sets of 10 with different exercises. 100 jumping jacks, 90 sit-ups, 80 squats, … you get the point.
  • Hiking: Whenever I am at home with my parents in Zell am See, I try to hike with my mom as much as possible. When I was younger, I never understood people who voluntarily spent their time walking up a mountain, but now I love it! Not only is it a great cardiovascular workout that burns quite a bit of fat, the view is usually amazing as well. The hikes I go on are usually somewhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Kayla Itsines: Most of you probably know Kayla and her guys. I also purchased it last year and tried the 12 week challenge. It didn’t go that great for me personally (gained 4kg), but I still think her workouts are great choice if you only have 30 minutes to spare. I subscribed to her newsletter, which includes a lot of helpful insights as well as an occasional free workout to try at home.
  • A Bikini A Day: In my opinion, Tash & Dev of A Bikini A Day are the ultimate bikini body inspiration. Amazing looking women with a great and relatable mindset on food and fitness. I love my occasional plate of pasta, a glass of wine with dinner or scoop of ice cream. No harm in that, as long as you’re maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. Needless to say I was super excited when they started their fitness series. I love to browse their workouts for ways to adjust my own routine. Also, most of them can easily be done as home and require hardly any equipment.
  • Classes: Last, but not least, I love to try new things every now and then. Something completely different from what I usually do. In Fall, I tried fitness boxing for the first time, in Mauritius golf and pilates were on the agenda and next I want to try crossfit and do TRX again.

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Generally speaking, I think that the key to staying motivated is keeping it fun. By trying new stuff, you never get bored with your routine. So what did 10 days of fitness look like?

Friday 22.1.2016 = 45 Min Run / 7,2km

Saturday 23.1.2016 = 100 Jumping Jacks Warm-Up, Tash & Dev Ab Workout + 1.5 Min Plank

Sunday 24.1.2016 = 100 Workout + Stretching

Monday 25.1.2016 = 42 Min Run /6,5km

Tuesday 26.1.2016 = 50 Min Run / 8km

Wednesday 27.1.2016 = Upper Body Kayla Workout

Thursday 28.1.2016 = 90 Minuten Yin Yoga @ One Yoga

Friday 29.1.2016 = 30 Min Run / 5km

Saturday 30.1.2016 = 1:08h Nordic Walking / 6,35km with Mommy in Zell am See

Sunday 31.1.2016 = Tash & Dev Ab Workout + 110 Side Crunches inkl. Leg Lifts + 50 Squats

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Want more fitness? Be sure to check out all of my past posts on workouts and healthy living!

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13 Comments

  • 2 years ago

    Toller Post Vicky! Und eine perfekte Inspiration für mich, da ich gerade wieder versuche regelmäßig Stück für Stück mehr Sport zu machen. Und “nur” joggen wird dann doch auch irgendwann langweilig 🙂
    Das 100 Workout muss ich auch dringend mal probieren.
    xx Ronja
    http://www.sothisiswhat.com
    { CREATE THE LIFE YOU LOVE }

  • Klara
    2 years ago

    Ich liebe es, von dir über Fitness zu lesen und so super schöne Fotos! So tolle Muskeln, genauso, wie es sein sollte!
    Was ich mir gerade beim Lesen gedacht habe: wenn du bei Kayla durch die ungewohnte Muskelbelastung Gewicht zugelegt hast, wird das bei Crossfit ziemlich sicher auch passieren. Generell ist das aber nix schlimmes, dieser Effekt wäre nach ein wenig mehr Zeit bestimmt wieder verschwunden.
    Übrigens ist das Mehr auf der Waage durch Muskeln geringer anzusetzen, als man derzeit vielerorts hört. Es stimmt, dass Muskeln schwerer sind als Fett, aber als non-Bodybuilder ist dieser Effekt eher vernachlässigbar.
    Ich bin grade ein wenig unzufrieden mit meinem Body, bin aber recht gut trainiert und jeder sagt standardisiert “aber das sind doch nur deine Muskeln”…

    • vicky
      2 years ago

      Liebe Klara,

      bei mir waren das damals nicht wirklich die Muskeln, sondern es war Wasser. Ich mach ja im Fitness Studio auch viel mit Gewicht (zB jeweils 6KG Hanteln für die Arme), aber bei Kayla war das anders. Hab’s übrigens 6 Wochen lang probiert 🙂 Ich glaube es gibt einfach sehr unterschiedliche Typen und für jeden funktioniert was anderes.

      xox Vicky

  • 2 years ago

    Ich persönlich bin Kayla Anhängerin 🙂 Mit den Ergebnissen bin ich bis hierhin auch schonmal ganz zufrieden, um ehrlich zu sein 😉
    Aber wie hart hört sich das 100 Workout an? Ich glaub da würde ich auf ganzer Linie versagen 😀

    Viele liebe Grüße
    Ina • http://www.ina-nuvo.com

    • vicky
      2 years ago

      Liebe Ina,

      also wenn du die Kayla Workouts machst, dann schaffst du das 100 Workout garantiert! Hab’s grad gestern wieder gemacht 🙂 Dauert nicht länger als 20 Minuten und man kommt super in’s Schwitzen.

      xox Vicky

  • 2 years ago

    du bist echt top in Form. bemerkenswert dass du das so diszipliniert durchziehst bei deinen doch sehr vollen Arbeitstagen. Tolle Motivation xx http://lesfactoryfemmes.com/

  • 2 years ago

    Du hast eine schöne sportliche Figur. 🙂

    ♥ Nissi
    http://www.nissimendes.ch
    Instagram // Bloglovin

  • Astrid
    2 years ago

    Hi!
    Also falls du noch keine Box gefunden hast in der du Crossfit probieren willst – ich trainier seit Anfang des Jahres bei Crossfit ACE im 6. gleich beim Haus des Meeres – super nette Trainer, alles sehr unkompliziert organisiert & Probetraining ist gratis 😉
    LG

  • 2 years ago

    Also Madame! Du hast wirklich eine top Figur! 🙂
    Mir macht Spinning sehr viel Spaß! 🙂

    XX,
    Photography & Fashion Blog

    CHRISTINA KEY
    http://www.CHRISTINAKEY.com

  • 2 years ago

    Ah, da bekommt man doch gleich wieder Motivation ein bisschen Sport zu machen! (Was ich zurzeit definitiv brauche, da ich in letzter Zeit eher meine faule Seite zeige) 😀
    Sind echt tolle Vorschläge dabei, werd sofort losstarten!

    Liebsten Gruß,
    Amy | missamyable.com

    P.S.: Würde mich sehr freuen wenn du auch mal auf meinem Blog vorbeischauen würdest! Vielleicht ist ja der ein oder andre Post dabei der dir gefällt (:

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