AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

American Heart Association, Go Red For Women, Expert Contributor

Andia serves as a Fitness Contributor for the American Heart Association + Go Red For Women national campaign.

Partner Workout

Hello, friends! My name is Andia Winslow, and I’m excited to join you as a fitness contributor here on Go Red For Women.

Over the past several years, I’ve been proud to volley between my roles as a Professional Athlete, Certified Fitness Professional and Caretaker to a terminally ill family member. My journey in the wellness industry has helped to shape much of who I am today, and I couldn’t be more honored to share with you in our collective fight to end heart disease—the No. 1 killer of women.

As the week wanes and the weekend beckons, so does time with friends. What better way to spend quality time with friends than by doing something active to benefit your hearts, bodies and minds? Happy Hour revelry is commonplace, but I’m here to offer an alternative: Heart Hour. It’s a tradition that I started amongst friends in which we trade in sweet alcoholic drinks and savory tapas for free-flowing H2O and electrolytes. We join forces for dynamic and time efficient workouts. Stress is relieved, endorphins released, and time with friends achieved. The classic “clink” of wine glasses is remixed and our “Cheers!” becomes the post-workout hydration anthem.

How do you fit in? Commit to give yourself the gift of exercise multiple times per week. Set a Heart Hour date, invite friends, and begin to improve your health. By aligning ourselves with the accountability of partners and friends, exercising becomes easier to complete. In fact, it can be fun!

Let’s get started! The bodyweight-only exercises that you will see in this “Partner Workout” are unique in that they can be done with or without a partner and don’t require traditional exercise equipment or a gym. What if you happen to have a partner who is significantly taller, stronger or bigger? That’s OK! Size difference and ability level is not a limiting factor in the quest to workout your entire bodies together.

Kitchen Workout

Hello, friends! Andia Winslow, Go Red For Women fitness contributor, here again. Following up on our Partner Workout Video, I wanted to offer  you another workout you can easily do without a gym. As you know, physical activity helps you fight women’s No. 1 killer—heart disease.

It’s possible to find ways to workout in the most unexpected places and at the most unexpected times. The American Heart Association recommends muscle strengthening exercises at least two times per week and it’s most important that this minimum frequency is achieved. But how? Dynamic, total-body exercises are best as they involve more than one large muscle group simultaneously. If the entire body is engaged through several planes of motion, more work is achieved in less time.

But where? Great question. All that is needed is a little imagination and creative commitment. No, a gym or fitness studio is not required, nor is traditional exercise equipment. You can do this workout routine from the comfort of your own kitchen. So, let’s get cooking!

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