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How walking helped me beat the blues

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Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. To claim your free tour, contact her at info@tourismgymhtx.com. Follow her on Twitter @jovanabernathy. Instagram @TourismGymHtx. Facebook @TourismGymHtx

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If you are anything like me, you are tired of reading about protein powder and supplements. After ruminating all week on my column, I decided to tell you how my week went last week. Here goes. I hope you also enjoy the pictures that I took.

All week, I have been feeling kind of weepy. You know when your friends don't seem like your friends. All of a sudden, your regular bar doesn't know your name. It feels like every thing was crashing in. (For the sake of not leaving out my male readers, I'll spare you the reason).

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Let me tell you what happened:

1. Due to lack of preparation, I fell off my meal plan AGAIN.

2. I was almost embarrassed to tell someone about Houston Tourism Gym because I didn't want to see the sarcastic "You own a gym? face."

3. One of my friends asked which awesome race that I was doing this year and I had to give her last year's list.

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I almost let it get me. I almost believed what it was telling me until I had the thought to go on one of my really cool 6 mile walks in Houston. This one was just for me. My brain asked me, "Do you really think you have the energy for this? You got that thing later." You know what? I'm doing this. So, I put one foot in front of the other and just started to move.

As I walked, I paid attention to my thoughts. I troubleshooted them when I saw then veering in the wrong direction. When I came to stairs, I ran up them. When I came to a hill, I ran up it. I also allowed myself to stop and take a picture or write a profound thought in my phone. By the end, do you know what happened? I got to see myself for who I am really am. I am ALIVE. So, let's try again!


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If you're already bored of being at home, and your couch is sunken in from binge watching all the shows you had on your must watchlist… then we're in the same boat. I know exercising isn't always the most fun thing to do, but when you are sick of being cooped up inside, we've got to get creative on how to get up and get our bodies moving. So here is a strength and conditioning workout that you can try, tips, pictures and modifications included, and no equipment needed.

Me personally, when I'm working out, I'm not a huge fan of timed interval workouts, (the 45 seconds of work, 10 second rest ones). I'm more a fan of at your own pace/goal achieved workouts, where you write it out, it's usually in a certain number of rounds or blocks, get to it, knock it out and then it's over.

Today's workout is going to consist of a quick warm up, 1 circuit round with an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) to finish.

(See photos below for instructions).

Warm up:

Windmill Twist (10 each side)

Inchworms (10) *Challenge- add push up once you are fully extended in plank

Bicycles (20 each leg) *Tip- try and get your shoulder to your knee, not your elbow. Keep your elbow back.

Round 1:

-3 rounds

Pushup series (5 each side) *Modify: Drop to knees when doing push-ups

Double Lunges (10 each side) *Tip: make sure to push off when lunging back from your forward lunge. Challenge- If you have weights, grab and hold at your sides or at chest.

Wipers (10 each side) *Modify: bend knees when dropping to each side. Challenge- Add hip thrust in the middle between each drop.

Squat + Rotation (10 each side) *Tip: Make sure body weight stays in your heels when squatting & you use your hamstrings to bring you up from the squat, NOT your knees! Challenge- If you have any weights or heavy objects, grab and hold in the center of your chest while you squat and rotate.

AMRAP for 15 min:

Shoulder Taps (10 each side) *Modify: Drop to knees when doing shoulder taps. Make sure hips stay squared to the floor, try not to turn them.

Skaters (10 each side) *Modify: step instead of hop, reach out instead of down to your toe.

Half Burpees (10) *Modify: Step instead of jump. Tip- stay in a squat when you come up from plank, no jump like a full burpee.

Full Body Sit Ups (10) *Modify: Crunch up to the ceiling instead of reaching your toes. Challenge- Grab a weight or heavy object, hold at chest and press up with hands after full sit body up.


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