By Natasha Perez
Model: Cerina Johnson
Photographer: Duane Jones
Let’s just put it all out there. We would be lying if we said we did not have our own insecurities; after all, we are human, right? But what if I told you that by participating in at least 30 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise a day, you could push some of those insecurities away and become a much more cheerful person? Don’t believe me?
Here’s my theory: When it comes to fitness there are many reasons why people decide to make it a part of their lifestyles. On the physical spectrum of working out, results that you start to see from your activity level will allow you to regain that sexy self confidence that you once had. Seriously, when you look good, you feel good and not only that, but when you feel good, you look good too! In other words, working out gives you physical results, and with physical results comes increased self-esteem, and with increased self esteem, comes a deeper sense of self worth.
It all goes hand in hand and the beauty of it all, is that it is never too late to start adopting healthy lifestyle habits. So, in the name of inner happiness and self-love, let’s workout!
Happy Heart HIIT
5 rounds of 5 different exercises
Each exercise will be performed for 45 seconds with 15 seconds of rest between each exercise and 2 minutes of rest at the end of each round.
1 Plyo Toe Taps: Start with both feet on the ground at the base of a small step or bench. Jump, landing with your right foot on the step and left foot on the ground. Jump again, alternating feet so that your left foot is not on the step, and you right foot is on the ground. Continue alternating legs for the duration of the set.
2 Squat Jumps: Start standing upright with feet a little wider than shoulder width apart and your toes slightly pointed outward. Squat down to 90 degrees keeping your back straight. Explode upwards out of your squat jumping as high as possible in a controlled manner.
3 Speed Skaters: Stand on your right foot with a slight bend in your knee. Place your left foot behind your right ankle. Lower body into a squat position with your right arm out to the side and your left arm across your hips. Hop to the other side landing on your left foot with your right foot behind your left ankle and your left arm out to the side with the right arm across your hips. Continue alternating from the right to left sides for the duration of the set.
4 Mountain Climbers: Start in a plank position with arms fully extended. Bring one knee to chest while the other leg stays extended behind you on the ground. Return leg to start position and bring other knee to chest. Continue alternating legs.
5 Plank Jack: Begin in a plank position arms straight, shoulders over wrists, body in a straight line and your feet together. Use the same motion as a jumping jack, jumping your legs wide and then back together. Do this as quickly as you can for the whole set. Be sure to keep your hips parallel to the floor and keep that core tight!