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Bridal Fitness on Paper - Step It Up Cardio Routine Monday, December 26, 2011 ~ 9:14 a.m.

Step aerobics I hope you guys all had a wonderful Christmas!!! Mine was great, although I did spend most of yesterday traveling. Today is my first day here in Michigan with Dale and his family, and I'm looking forward to some serious relaxation! Although I am hoping to get some workouts in while I'm here (even in the cold!), because with all of the amazing holiday meals, desserts and cocktails, now definitely isn't the time to start slacking on the exercise, trust me!

With that being said though, I definitely know what it's like to face the challenge of getting that physical activity in when you're away from home and don't have regular access to a gym. For today's Bridal Fitness on Paper, I thought it would be good to share a "Do anywhere" routine that you can easily do on the bottom of the stairs in your home, on your porch, outside around your neighborhood, or wherever you happen to be for this holiday season :)

Bridal Fitness on Paper - Do-Anywhere Aerobic Step Routine

Do-Anywhere Cardio Step Routine
Adapted from April 2010 issue of Shape

Level of Difficulty:
Three and a half diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
3.5 out of 5 rings

Step or stairs. Hand weights (3-5 lbs) are also optional to add difficulty. It's also a good idea to have an upbeat playlist to listen to in order to maintain a brisk pace while stepping.

Time Commitment:
30 Minutes
Time (Minutes) Description Level of Exertion (1-10)
0 - 2 March in place, facing the step and holding weights down by your side 3
2 - 4 Step up and down, switching leading foot after one minute. Alternating bicep curls with each step. 5
4 - 5 Push-ups (on the ground, or at an angle with hands on the step) 5
5 - 8 Repeat minutes 2 to 5 5
8 - 10 V-step Raise - (1) With weights in hands, step right foot as you raise your arms to chest height in front of you, with your palms holding weights down facing the floor. (2) Step up as you raise your left leg up straight and to the side. Raise your arms up overhead as you lift your left leg. (3) Step left foot back onto floor, then right foot, as you lower your arms down to your sides. Repeat on other side. 6
10 - 12 Lunges (One minute per leg, keeping weights in hands) 5
12 - 14 Squats (One minute per leg), with hammer curls 5
14 - 20 Repeat minutes 8 - 14 5 - 6
20 - 22 Power Step - (1) Step up with right leg, and raise your left knee up to waist height. As you raise your knee, lift weights from your shoulders up straight over your head. (2) Bring weights back down to shoulders, as you step down on ground with your left leg, then your right. Repeat on other side. 6
22 - 24 Jog Step (Step up and down step at a jogging pace) 7
24 - 26 Step with Leg Lift - (1) Step up with right leg, raising left leg up about a foot behind you, working the butt crease area. (2) Step left leg back to ground, then your right. Alternate legs. 6
26 - 28 Step up and down, switching leading foot after one minute. Alternating bicep curls with each step. 5
28 - 30 Cool down, marching in place on floor, without weights 3

If you're curious about a specific workout and you'd like for me to review it, please do leave a comment below or feel free to send me an email at Sarah - at - apaperproposal - dot - com.

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