Workout of the Week: 20-Minute Toned Belly and Arms Workout

Anyone who has a big annual event at work knows that the lead up to that event can be all-consuming. That is definitely the case each year at my job as we prepare for our annual meeting. This year was exceptionally crazy because at said meeting, we launched a new brand. Then, a month later, a new website. And next, we’re relaunching our member magazine. In addition to the usual meeting prep, I’ve played a leading role in the rebranding, website relaunch (which I think looks great!) and the magazine. Needless to say, it’s been a busy three months.

With so much going on at work, I’d gotten into the bad habit of mindless eating. I can’t begin to tell you how much chocolate I ate during the lead up to the website launch! (It’s more like pounds than pieces.) Happily, we’ve made good progress on a lot of these projects and I’ve got just enough time to turn over a new leaf to get ready for our much-needed, kid-free, five-day vacation to the Dominican Republic.

The goal of my current new leaf program is reasonable. Sure I’d like to shed a couple pounds before I go to the D.R., but mostly, I’m trying to reset my habits going into the second half of the year.

For a little help, I signed up with Weight Watchers this week for the first time. A number of my good friends and family have done it over the last couple of months to good results, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s been a week and so far, so good. Though I’ve already seen that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. The biggest key with this plan, it seems, is to always have zero-point foods (you know, the healthy stuff that we’re all supposed to eat all the time) on hand. Otherwise, you’ll blow through your daily points budget before you know it. I’ll keep you posted on how I do.

This week, for the first time in a long time, I also met my goal of working out on four mornings. Yay! I did 3 30-minute workouts and one 20-minute session, which is my workout of the week.

Anna Renderer leads this quick arms and abs workout.

Led by Class FitSugar’s Anna Renderer, this “20-Minute Flat Belly and Toned Arms Workout” was challenging and over before I knew it. She has a nice stretch sequence at the end including a rotator cuff stretch that I’d never seen before. And that’s saying a lot based on how much stretching I’ve done over the years spent being a cheerleader, yoga instructor and exerciser. Check it out when you’re looking for something short and sweet.

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