Winter Workouts and a Citrus Ginger Smoothie

by Melissa on January 20, 2012

The weather has finally turned cold, then warm, then cold again.

Oh the perks of living in Georgia.

Thankfully, I joined a gym back in December, complete with whirlpools, steam rooms, sauna and spa. Not to mention the complete yoga and Pilates studios. Who am I kidding? I joined a resort.

In spite of all of this, some days it’s tough to get myself out and to the gym. Winter workouts that have been inspiring me to get my booty to the gym lately.

1. Kickboxing – There is no better way for me to workout my stress (and burn some major calories) than with kickboxing. With my current tendonitis (aggravated by our recent car accident), not having pressure on my hands has been great. Not to mention the great music and always energetic instructors.

Note to self: I need to figure out how these ladies constantly have this much energy.

PSA: If you don’t look where you are kicking when doing a back kick, you look like an ass donkey.

2. Swimming – A good swim does wonders for my cardio and stress level. I am a total water baby and just love being in the water. Plus, swimming is really great for cross training, and my favorite way to work on strengthening muscles.

3. Cycling – Have really only been to one spinning class… because I can’t hoist myself up on a hurt wrist. But working out on the stationary bikes has been great for me, especially if I do a swim first and then head into the fitness area for a 30-40 min session of stationary cycling.

4. Yoga – For the Type A part of my personality, making myself go to a yoga class, calm down and center myself is a challenge. I would much rather be in a martial arts class, swimming in the pool or riding away on the bike. However, balance is important in fitness, as well as flexibility, so off to yoga classes I go.

Replenishing your body after a workout with nutrients and protein is just as important as the workout itself. A great smoothie usually hits the spot.

And this particular one may be my new favorite post workout smoothie. It contains clementines, bananas and ginger – a wonderful winter combination that also reminds me of the beach.

Citrus Ginger Smoothie
(1 serving)
2 clementines, peeled and divided into sections
1 banana
1/4″ piece of fresh ginger, skin removed
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tsp agave nectar
4-5 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a blender, pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.

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January 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Sounds like you’re having fun at the . . . resort. :) I’ve been doing smoothies 3 or 4 times a week lately, so I’m definitely going to try this one. Thanks!!


January 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Oh, I am loving the “resort” especially the whirlpool these days :D Hope you enjoy the smoothie!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
January 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

your smoothie looks wonderful!

last week I blogged about a smoothie that I created that tastes just like an Orange PushUp. I bet yours is pretty close in a gingery way, too. Looks delish!


January 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Ooo… I really need to catch up on my blog reading. I’ve been so bad with staying up to date on blog things lately.

A smoothie that tastes like an Orange PushUp sounds amazing. I kind of want one right now :)



January 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

What a great combination for a post-workout smoothie!


February 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Hi! I enjoyed your comments, and the smoothie! SO good!
And I understand about the weather. I live in Alabama


March 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Enjoyed this blog keep me in the loop !


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