Hey there! Happy Friday.
At Cariset, we believe in putting your best foot forward -- even if you're tripping on your way out the door. Today we're kicking off a new series, Weekend Wellness, to share some tips and tricks we've picked up on our endless quest for perfection. Every Friday, you'll either hear from Kristina, our beauty and skincare guru; Allison, our resident chef; or Cara, our workout trend junkie. We'll tackle the important stuff: Should I really be coating my body with Manuka honey? Will Diet Coke or dairy kill me first? Does meditation count as a workout? Because we know that the key to feeling like you're on top of the world starts with your bag -- but a little self-care never hurt, either.
Hi! Cara here. Pumped to kick off our wellness series with a workout you can do anytime, anywhere.
I'm a creature of habit. I love a good routine (bet you're dying to get to know me now). My daily routine usually* includes a morning workout, but the second I switch up my day -- whether I'm traveling for work or for fun -- that workout is the first thing to go. That is, until I discovered the secret to squeezing in workouts on the road: resistance bands. Light and easy to pack in your carry-on, these bands will kick your butt (and tone it in the process). Give my go-to workout a try and let me know how it goes!
*Mornings after dramatic, wine-filled Bachelor finales not included.
Resistance Band Workout
- Hip Raises (20): Step into band and place just above your knees. Lay on your back with bended legs, feet on the ground, shoulder width apart. Now lift your butt and hips, keeping knees separated and band pulled taut. Squeeze those cheeks at the top! Now lower to the ground. That's one!
- Clamshells (20): In the same position as the hip raise, lift your butt and legs. Pulse knees out, hold for a few seconds, then back in.
- Leg Raises (15): Move the band down to your ankles. Laying on your back with straight legs, lift your legs up till they're perpendicular to your torso. Lower your legs back down to an inch above the floor, keeping feet separated (shoulder width) the whole time so that band is taut.
- Plank Jacks (20): With band around your ankles, get into a plank position (forearms or hands, you pick). Jump your legs out to the side, then back in.
- Fire Hydrants (10 each side): With band a few inches above your knees, get on all fours. With bent knee, lift your right leg to your right side until parallel with the floor (or as close as you can get) -- yup, like you're a dog peeing on a fire hydrant (still not making sense?). Repeat 10 times, then switch sides. Keep those abs clenched!
- Crab Band Walk (20 up, 20 back): Stand up! With band above your knees, squat (feet should be wider than shoulder-width). In your squat, walk 20 steps forward, 20 steps back.
- Lunge Sequence (10 each): With band around your ankles, lunge forward, then come back to center. Repeat 10 times. With the same leg, lunge to the side, then back to center. Repeat x10. Same leg, step back and lunge, then back to center. Repeat x10, then repeat the entire same sequence on the other leg.