Burpees and Veggies

If you have ever gone to a boot camp style exercise class before, chances are you were introduced to the burpee.  It seems that this exercise is all the rage right now.  Burpee themed workout clothes and classes are popping up all over the place!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the burpee exercise, check out this video.

Why do people torture themselves with this exercise, you ask?

Well, it works every major muscle group of your body.  Your legs are worked in the squat at the beginning, and the squat (or squat jump) at the end.  Your arms and core are burning in the plank position, and then if you dare to add in a push up or sprawl, then your chest gets in on the action too.  One move to hit every muscle group?  That’s a HUGE benefit of burpees!

Burpees require no equipment.  All you need is a good pair of athletic shoes and a little bit of room.  You can do them in your house, outside, in a gym, anywhere!  Rain or shine, burpees are an anytime and everywhere exercise.

Not only will burpees make you stronger, but they also are a great cardio exercise!  Try doing a few burpees in a row and then check your heart rate.  It’s sky high!!  Burpees are terrific for building your endurance.

You can do a burpee at any level.  There are many different forms of the burpee, so almost anyone from a beginner to an advanced exerciser can find a version that will work them out!  Plus, it doesn’t take many burpees to gain benefits.  Just a few can make a huge difference in anyones health and wellbeing.

Looking for a good burpee workout, try one of these:
(If you have never exercised before, have any medical or orthopedic conditions, please consult your physician before starting any exercise program.  Burpees are an intense exercise at any level, so take your time, focus on proper form, and listen to your body.  Do not push yourself beyond what you personally can handle.)

Beginners: Start out just getting the motion of the beginner burpee perfected.  Try the move several times, paying very close attention to your form.

Intermediate: If you’ve done burpees before, but only a few at a time, take this challenge.  Do as many burpees (with good form – any variation you choose), in 1 minute.  Tomorrow, try to beat your number (always remember your form though!)

Advanced: Ready to do 100 burpees?  This fun Fitness Blender video gives you 10 variations of burpees – 10 reps of 10 different burpees, 100 total burpees!

Recipe

Last night I made a very easy, healthy and tasty dinner that my husband and I enjoy at least once a week.  I call it a sausage and veggie stir fry.

All you need are a few simple ingredients:

  • Precooked sausage (I like Al Fresco or Trader Joe’s brand – remember to check the food label!), cut into pieces
  • Veggies of your choice, cut into bite sized pieces.  I like zucchini and red pepper, but whatever you have or prefer is fine.
  • Italian Seasoning mix

Put a pan over medium heat and add the veggies and add about a teaspoon of Italian Seasoning.  Cook for a few minutes on one side, then flip and cook for a few minutes on the other side.

stir fry 1

Once the veggies are just starting to get browned, add the precooked sausage.

Cook for about 5 minutes, flipping the veggies and sausage pieces as needed to make sure they get nice and browned.

stir fry 2

Once they everything is beautifully browned, it’s ready!

I had this last night with a side of leftover vegetables for a veggie-packed meal.  In less than 10 minutes (including chopping time), dinner was on the table.  You can’t beat that!

stir fry 3

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