The Irish are a lovely bunch. They’re always fun and full of life, at least those I know. Many of them are also always the life of the party. And there’s one big party just around the corner – St. Patrick’s Day!
The day itself always seems to be one crazy incident after another. I love watching the parades happening around the country (unfortunately, always on my telly only). My absolute favorite was the year they turned the whole Chicago River green. Good times.
Anyway, the point I’m trying to make (and maybe not quite successfully getting across) is that St. Patrick’s Day is fun. But that doesn’t mean you can slack off on your workout and fitness regimen in favor of partying it up on a few (green) pints of beer. That’s not to say don’t get in the festive spirit of things, though.
So in honor of St. Patrick, here are a few Irish-inspired workouts to try on the day.
- Get Jiggy Wit It!
Okay, that’s a Will Smith reference that’s no way related to the Irish. But, jigging is, eh? Irish-style tap dancing, that’s what it is. And if you have seen anyone do the jig, you’d know it takes some serious leg muscles to do.
So, this routine basically means focusing on the lower half of the body to whip your legs into fighting shape. How can you do that? Ten minutes of jump rope is one simple way. Or if you really want to be fancy about it, try this:
- 10 runner lunge hops
- 20 single leg dead lifts
- 30 sumo squat jumps
- 40 side lunge walks
- 50 walking lunges
You’ll be jigging like a leprechaun in no time.
- Lift Those Pints Arms
You’d probably be toasting a lot on St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish are known to love their drink, after all. How about turning that bit around and getting ready to lift fruit smoothies instead?
There are many arm routines you can do to make this happen. Here are some examples:
- biceps curl – 8-12 reps, 2-3 sets
- triceps extension – 8-12 reps, 2-3 sets
- dumbbell bicep curl – 8-12 reps, 2-3 sets
Those three won’t even take more than 20 minutes of your time and you can be on your merry way.
Or should we say, Eireobics?
Create a playlist of Irish music greats (U2! Thin Lizzy! Snow Patrol!), hop on the elliptical and sweat to the music of the Emerald Isle.
Now, those don’t sound too bad, do they?
If you’re really not up for hitting the gym on the day, however, you can still get some exercise without worrying about the equipment you need. There are bound to be a lot of parades, take advantage and join one. All the walking should help burn a few calories.
Finally, eat like the Irish. After working out, or walking around admiring the, uhm, greenery, you can chow down on traditional Irish food. A plate of corned beef is high in protein and will help you build muscle. So are potatoes, cooked cabbage and carrots.
We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, as the Irish are wont to say. Let’s be fit and healthy Irish, okay? Slainte!