It’s June already. How did that happen?! Well, I mean, I know how it happened…but it feels like these past few months have just flown by in a whirl, don’t you think?
Looking back, I haven’t been as laser focused on my health as I’d like to be. Yes, last month I joined a 6 week Crossfit challenge, but I missed at least 5 WODs over the course of the challenge, so this month I’ve got to do better. I paid my dues, and I’ll be working out at my local Box 3 days a week. The other two? Well, I’m going to be working out on my own…and I found the #PolarShapeUpChallenge, which couldn’t have come at a better time!
For my fuel, I had to get creative with quick and easy snacks and meals. To start, I made a snack shelf in my fridge, that holds all of my prepped snacks, such as:
- carrot sticks
- celery sticks
- individual hummus cups
- greek yogurt
- mango-salsa tuna salad (recipe follows)
- sliced apples
I also keep protein bars and powders in my cupboard so that I can make sure I recover from my workouts as quickly as possible.
Mango-Salsa Tuna Salad
- 1 Mango, diced
- 1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
- 1/4 red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, diced
- 1/4 cup paleo mayo
- 2 cans water packed wild caught tuna
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Consume within 3 days.
I love Crossfit, and I aim to make 3 classes a week-most weeks I do. On my days “off” or days when I just can’t make my schedule fit, I try to do a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout at home. It’s quick and effective (you’ll definitely need a shower).
This week, I’m doing 10-12 minute AMRAPs (as many rounds as possible)on my home days. You should try it! This workout is a 12 minute AMRAP . This means that you do the exercises, in order, for 12 minutes, then stop.
12 Minute AMRAP
- 50 high knees
- 10 push ups (wall or knees)
- 15 side lunges
- 20 squats
- 20 sit ups
That’s it! It seems easy…until you give it your all for 12 minutes. Use your activity tracker and see how much you can push yourself!
And, if you’re feeling brave, you can add on a 3-minute plank at the end (or 3 1-minute planks if you need a break). It’s even more challenging if you have a toddler crawling all over you!
This workout will be part of an ebook for the #PolarShapeUpChallenge! Keep checking back for the link to that!
To do that, I need to make sure that I’m properly fueled and hydrated. I also need to make sure that I can accurately track my activity so I know how much fuel my body needs. I’m loving my Polar A360, which is Polar’s very first wrist-based heart rate monitor.
If you’re like me, the strap just chafes, or you constantly forget to put it on until you get to the gym. Thankfully my new watch offers training guidance (heart rate, calories) and 24/7 activity tracking. It even has smartwatch features like smart notifications (so I know if I can ignore a call or note) and a super cute color touch screen. And, you can save on your very own! Just use the code POLARFITBLOG to get 20% off the Polar Balance (or any Activity Trackers). Code expires 8/31/16.
I’m also going to be using my Polar Balance scale, which automatically updates my information on my A360. Way easier than having to constantly change it myself! And it helps me track my goals because it’s synched to my phone!
How are you going to shape up for summer?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Polar US . The opinions and text are all mine.