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Ladder Workout Challenge: Push-Ups + Squats

Whitney CarlsonComment

Woohoo. It's a new year! Although you can change your life and start healthy habits any time during the year, many people decide to wait until the new year to do so. That excites me because I LOVE it when people take control of their health. Living a healthy lifestyle requires eating a healthy diet and also exercising.

While we normally stick to a workout plan or routine like the She Sweats 12-Week Transformation, some days and weeks are so busy that we just have to do a short workout at home. We've created a few of these Ladder Workout Challenges before, you loved them and so did we so we wanted to share another one! This is a great workout that you can do alongside the plan you already have. For example, you could do this workout as soon as you wake up or after your normal workout. Just because you can't make it to the gym or do a long workout, doesn't mean that you should just give up. Any time spent moving your body counts and keeps you on the road to getting or staying in shape!

As mentioned, along with working out, eating a healthy diet is another important step in your journey. We share a ton of healthy recipes here, from breakfast to dessert! The key to sticking with your healthy diet, just like with your workout plan, is to find something that you like!

One additional very simple swap is to drink water instead of soft drinks or other drinks loaded with sugar. Not only is it a good idea to swap out all of your drinks, you'll definitely need water to stay hydrated while working out. We can admit it, we also get bored of plain water but that doesn't mean we reach for the sports drink filled with sugar. We tried Simple Truth's Vapor Distilled Water and loved it! It is available in four flavors (in the one-liter bottles) and we were able to try them all. They offer lemon, mandarin orange, blackberry blueberry, and tropical mango. My favorite was tropical mango and Scott's was blackberry blueberry.

You have to be careful with flavored watered because many of them are loaded with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and calories. We love the fact that Simple Truth's Vapor Distilled Water is not. In fact, it is ZERO everything: no calories, no sodium, and no fat, carbs, or protein. The distillation process removes all impurities and minerals and electrolytes are added for taste.

I know that sometimes it's annoying to have to stop what you are doing to drink water but it's very important. In the past, I was the one that would only drink one glass of water per day! Now I try to stay hydrated and keep my water intake up throughout the day but especially around my workout. I'm pretty good about it when I'm at home and just in the routine of going to the gym but when we go on our hiking trips I have been known to slip back into the rut of not drinking enough. I can tell that my electrolytes are off because I'll get a little dizzy and start cramping. I'm excited about taking these waters with us on our next hiking adventure!

Okay, now that you know you need to stay hydrated, are you ready for this challenge? As you can see, the number of reps for one exercise decreases while the second exercise increases. To start you will do ten push-ups and one squat and then go down the ladder until you reach the bottom.

Remember to stay hydrated and grab a bottle of Simple Truth's Vapor Distilled Water next time you see it! It's available at most of the following stores.

  • Kroger
  • Fred Meyer
  • Ralphs
  • QFC
  • King Soopers
  • Frys
  • Dillons
  • Bakers
  • Gerbes
  • Smith's

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.