Step Up Your Exercise Routine

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution for 2021?

Maybe you are having a dry January or trying the Whole 30 diet for the first time. Or, it could be as simple as just being more conscious of your eating and exercise routine.

Personally, my goal for the year is to increase my exercise from two to three times a week—which is always easier said than done! Finding that extra 30 minutes to an hour in a day can be a challenge. But with a little extra thought and planning, it’s not impossible.

The best mantra to keep in mind when building a new routine is to set yourself up for success. To do so, I am forgoing the gym in favor of at-home workouts. They are a safe and effective way to burn calories during the pandemic with no equipment or mask required!

The Best At-Home Workout for 2021

Here is one of my favorite workouts from personal trainer Christine Guassiran. I worked with Christine before the pandemic through my company’s wellness program. Christine trains people of all ages and abilities. She is currently revamping her training programs but check her out on Instagram and Facebook.

The Chipper

Zero equipment needed; do the movements in order, chip away at the reps, and finish all reps for each movement before you move to the next!

100 Jumping Jacks
90 Second Wall Sit
80 Russian Twists (Right side/Left side = 1 Russian Twist)
70 Squats
60 Sit ups
50 Mountain Climbers
40 Alternating Lunges (if you need a substitute for Lunges, do 40 Alternating Step-ups)
30 Plank Shoulder Taps
20 Push ups (modify as needed to keep good form and strong core)
10 Burpees

While this is a great solo workout, it can also be done with a partner or group. This routine takes about 20 to 40 minutes depending on your pace. This is a true full body workout, so expect to be sore the next day. I know I was!


About the writer: Julie Hagen is going on her third year as a member of the Junior League of Austin. Julie does social media for a state agency and is looking forward to applying those skills as a League Lines writer. She was born and raised in Austin and is a third generation JLA member.