Travel workout uses 3 lightweight items

PHOENIX - Whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile this holiday season there is no reason for you to ignore your workout program.  If you want to avoid the holiday weight gain, you don't have to hit the gym, Certified Personal Trainer, Lorrie Henry, says all you need are three items: a jump rope, a workout band, and a tennis ball.

According to Henry, jumping rope is a great way to get in your cardio for the day.  She recommends 10 minutes a day, working yourself up to 20 minutes.

The workout band builds resistance, Henry says to place it around your ankles and perform a lateral step to work your glutes, hamstrings, and quads.  Henry goes on to describe the exercise, 'stand on one leg and keep it stationary then step out with the opposite leg, and try to keep your knees in line with your hips.'   She suggests 3 sets of 25 repetitions.

Finally Henry says a tennis or stress ball is an excellent way to work your arms and legs while on the road.  

"It doesn't weigh much, it's portable, and it's very versatile," Henry said.  

To use the tennis ball hold your arm straight out in front of your body and squeeze the tennis ball, this will engage the muscles in your forearm.  To work on the biceps Henry says to squeeze while you do a 'curl'.  

To use the tennis ball for your legs, simply place it under the ball of your foot and press down.  You can do this with your heel on the ground, or raised.  

By implementing these workout tips, you may not even need a New Years Resolution.


Beer for Brains event in Phoenix

If you prefer curls of the 12 ounce variety, then you may want to head to Heritage and Science Park in downtown Phoenix this weekend for the inaugural Phoenix Brewer's Invitational.  The two day event benefits the Beer for Brains Foundation and runs from noon - 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  

Gregory Fretz is one of the organizers, he's also the owner of Phoenix Ale Brewery.

"We want to educate the population and the community about craft beer. That there's different styles, different types, a lot of craft beers are out there in the country and a lot moving to Arizona," Fretz said.

Admission to the event is free, but if you want to sample the brews you must be 21 or older and you'll need to buy a mug ($10) and tickets for each taste.  


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