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MENA MINUTE

Dive into summer with this great workout and recipe.

WRITTEN BY MENA SPODOBALSKI
PHOTOS BY JAMIE KINGHAM

Ah, summer officially is here. With the season come late-evening walks, days on the beach, playing in the park, and less clothing. Shorts, tank tops, and sundresses are top picks. Everyone is thinking of getting a little fitter, shedding those last five pounds, and being confident in summer clothes.

The great thing about summer is the flexibility to be active anywhere. From playing Frisbee or a game of football and swimming laps in the pool to enjoying a pre-dinner run or hike, it doesn’t seem like exercise when you’re outdoors. In this issue, I share a great workout that you can do anywhere. And you can do it with the whole family. 

Grab a friend — along with a towel — and do this quick, effective, and challenging workout before savoring a fresh, seasonal meal.

Five-minute jog/run
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10 pushups

Lie on your stomach, placing hands about shoulder-width apart, and raise body up by extending arms. Keeping body straight, lower body by bending arms. Push body back up until arms are extended. Repeat.
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10 squats

Stand with head facing forward and chest held up and out. Place feet about shoulder-width apart. Sit back and down as if you’re sitting in a chair, lowering down until thighs are parallel to floor. Push through your heels to bring yourself back up to the starting position. Don’t let your knees go past your toes. Repeat.
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30-second plank hold

Place forearms on floor with elbows bent right underneath your shoulders. Flex feet resting on toes. Your body should form a perfectly straight line, off the ground, with your abdominal muscles tight. Stay in this position for 30 seconds.
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10 reverse lunges

Stand tall with hips facing forward. Take a large step backward with your left foot lowering your hips so that your right knee is directly over your ankle. Your left knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle. Return to a standing position. Alternate legs.
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10 burpees/squat thrusts

Begin in a standing position. Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground. Kick your feet back; while keeping your arms extended, do a pushup. Immediately return your feet to the squat position. Jump up from the squat position.
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20 London bridges

In a plank position on forearms and toes, roll one hip skyward placing corresponding hand on hip and roll to outer edges of feet. Repeat on other side.
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Repeat five times. Then cool down with a five-minute jog.

Now, grab a bottle of water and enjoy this delightful meal, below.

Mena Spodobalski owns and is an advanced fitness trainer at Evoke Fitness in Reno. She also is a state champion and nationally qualified fitness competitor. For details, visit http://www.Evokefit.com.

Recipe

Candied Balsamic Tomato and Mozzarella Salad (courtesy of Mena Spodobalski. Serves 2)

4 cups grape tomatoes

1 packet Stevia

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, drained and cut into small pieces

¼ cup small fresh basil leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces

Cooking spray

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.

Add tomatoes to pan. Cook 5 minutes or until tomatoes release juices. Sprinkle with Stevia, salt, and pepper. Cook 2 minutes.

Drizzle with vinegar and cook about 30 seconds or just until vinegar evaporates.

Transfer tomato mixture to serving bowl. Add mozzarella and basil, toss, and enjoy. Optional: May be served with cold, grilled chicken breast.

Nutritional information
Serving Size 1⅓ cups • Calories 233 • Fat 12.2 grams • Carbs 17.1 grams • Fiber 4.3 grams • Protein 12.3 grams 

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