Bethanne’s Personal Exercise Routine For Radiant Health

Is there a specific strategy to keep a girl really toned, trim, and fit? Other than the obvious – eat a clean diet and exercise regularly – what specifically can be done to whittle down the waist, slim down the thighs, and get rid of cellulite? I’ve been experimenting in the past several months with my exercise routine and have put together a list of my favorite activities that also happen to give me the best results.

My confession is that consistent and regular exercise is the 1 thing that has not always been consistent and regular. When I’m “on” – I’m ON. And when I’m in a phase of lacking self motivation – my body, energy levels, mood & thighs show me I’ve been slacking.

I’m happy to say that this summer I’ve been very inspired and motivated and know my commitment is paying off because I FEEL GOOD! Isn’t that what we’re all reaching for anyway?

Beautiful Marin County w/ hiking trails galore

Hiking: Trails are everywhere in Marin County, CA – so much so, that I could potentially find new trails to explore nearly every week. I love being so connected with Nature hiking in the woods and open country, it’s like a moving meditation for me. There are lots of hills with breath-taking panoramic views to enjoy while getting a great booty workout.

Rebounding: Typically 5-30 minutes per day, at times split throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening. I love doing jumping jacks and jogging on the rebounder. Just get on, jump up & down, twist, and hop around to move your lymph and detoxify the fun way! Then, I get off and do tricep pushups against the rebounder – my fav way to tone up that area.

Jogging: I’ve got a big sweet dog who never tires and his pace for walking/prancing is a nice jog for me. I usually go for a minimum of 30 minutes when I jog and at times up to 75 (of which I’ll jog about 1/2 to 2/3 of the route depending upon how hot it is and walk the rest). Jogging has to be 1 of the quickest ways I know of to get leaner thighs, but it’s not something I’m committed to every day. I go in spurts.

I love my bike!

Biking: Got my bike tuned up after 2 years of it being more or less in storage and I’m riding 35-60 mins a day, everyday now since the cobwebs got dusted off earlier last month. I ride in flip flops, a tank top, and feel the breeze whiz by my skin. There’s no shortage of hills, and they are quite tolerable yet still offer a wicked leg workout.

Walking: 5+ years ago when I got my high energy dog, Java, I lost almost 10 lbs just from walking, playing, and running around with him. Get a dog that doesn’t tire easily if you need to lose weight – seriously – it forces you to commit and works like nothing else! And, take your furry love on long walks to allow yourself time to decompress, be with yourself, and think. The results for your body and mind are amazing.

Rollerblading is so much fun!

Rollerblading: I’m obsessed with rollerblading. There’s something about it that’s thrilling and exhilarating for me! It’s also a bad ass workout to slim down legs that have trouble losing excess fat. I recently moved into a neighborhood that is perfect for blading and although I could go everyday, there’s so much else I do that I blade whenever the mood strikes. In Seattle, where I lived until I moved to Marin Cty the fall of 2009, there’s an amazing trail called the Burke Gilman that I’d blade on for 1-2 hrs. There’s a paved trail just 30 mins away where I live now so I can get back on my rollerblading joy ride! I just started taking my dog with me to burn his excess energy, too – good times!

Yoga: I’m a fan of Bikram and Power Yoga. Again, this is a moving meditation for me and I love the focus and determination it takes to make my way through a class. At home, I do yoga on the patio in the Sun w/ my boyfriend, which I love 🙂

MY OBSERVATION: I notice that I enjoy the types of exercise that feel freeing and even exhilarating to me – and therefore, I can maintain a more consistent and regular routine. I’m the type of person who HAS TO love the activity I do, otherwise it won’t happen. This is why I switch between all of the above and I keep my body guessing so it doesn’t become the same hum-drum exercise every day.

MY ADVICE: Find activities you cannot get enough of, rotate them, and do whatever it takes to get into the momentum and carry it forward!

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About Bethanne Wanamaker

Bethanne Wanamaker is a certified holistic nutritionist, conscious living expert, and the founder of Edible Goddess, an international health & lifestyle brand that cares deeply about your empowerment. She teaches progressive strategies that awaken you to your highest potential by following the body's inherent wisdom and aligning with an intentional mindset, holistic approach, self nourishing practices, and high self value. Bethanne advocates gradual yet significant shifts of upgraded dietary choices that ultimately lead you to the freedom and confidence of eating intuitively. By living in harmony with nature, you can have what you want. She is known for getting results quickly with committed clients who want to live a wildly rewarding, super fun, truly healthy and happy life!

6 comments on “Bethanne’s Personal Exercise Routine For Radiant Health

  1. I’m with you on all those forms of exercise! I adore my rebounder–trouble is, it keeps breaking on me (it was a very cheap one). Every time I sew it up, another eyelet comes loose. Thinking I should probably get a higher quality one–any recommendations on the best kind?
    I’m drawn to rollerblading but got too scared when I had them once. Ever tried hula hooping? I’ve been thinking of getting into that.
    love
    Ela

    • Yes, I love hula hooping, Ela! Haven’t done it in years and then once I moved to Marin I experienced “Ecstatic Dance”, and they have hula hoops there! LOVED it… I kept going back for more 🙂 If you get good at it I think it can be a decent workout especially for your abs!

      I have the cellerciser rebounder – on loan to me while my friend travels the world – and I love it. It has sturdy springs and is high quality, strengthening the cardiovascular system and helping to burn fat. Needak is another awesome one that you should check out! I’d say it’s worth it to get the better quality ones, but that’s just how I roll – I’d rather get 1 excellent “something” and not have to deal with the thing falling apart – lasting much longer. More efficient in the long-run.

  2. Bethanne…what an inspiration your honest words spark!!! It’s just what I needed this very minute to start right now and quit procrastinating…all of your routines are fantastic, fun and produce results!! Your amazing energy
    recipes are the perfect way to start the day, too. Thanks for the kickstart…you ROCK!!

    • You’re the sweetest, thanks Dawn! You rule too. So happy you liked the post, I’ve been working on it for weeks and put it on hold for what seemed like forever (while I was out exercising, of course!). 1 of my favorite quotes is, “Postponing your health is a death sentence.” (by me) – I know it’s a bit rough on the edges, but from what I’ve seen around me, it’s the truth. Don’t feel bad over procrastinating though – we ALL do to some degree, just light a fire under you NOW and get started with forward-moving momentum! YAY for you!

  3. Hello Bethanne, I love your post. Would it be okay to place a link to it on my next newsletter? I love that you enjoy yourself while exercising. You set such a great example: As for my exercising: I am practicing true gratitude for what I am able to do physically, and often have days of five hours as an instructor off older adults classes. My average is15 hours of exercise classes a week, I workout a lot, then I am in rejuvenation mode, I do like to walk, practice yoga and pilates, ride my bike, dance, box, skip, lift weights and whatever else presents itself. What better way is there to nourish yourself on a cellular level than to move your body! Thank you for your great ideas and for sharing your enthusiasm. I appreciate your inspiration!

    • I’d love for you to share this post Ramona! Thank you – I appreciate it so much! Sounds like you’re rockin’ a sweet exercise routine, way to go and keep it up! Stay inspired,

      Bethanne

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