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Suzy Mighell


  1. cindy
    July 19, 2017 @ 7:44 am

    great article!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      July 19, 2017 @ 7:54 am

      Aw, Cindy, thank you! Did you like the embarrassing pictures? I hope they started your day off with a good laugh! xoxo Suzy

      • TLN
        March 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

        Squats and lunges are very hard on those with bad knees and many don’t recommend doing those . What could replace those two exercises?
        Thank you,

  2. Melody Smith
    July 19, 2017 @ 7:46 am

    It’s true – after 50 you need more strength and flexibility exercise, but I’d rather do cardio, too! I like your routine – especially the plank and dead bug (no so much squats; I’ve NEVER liked them!) I just started back to my Yoga routine 3 times a week. It only takes 25-30 minutes, and I feel like I’m doing so much for my body! Now to get rid of those chip binges when the kids come for a visit!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      July 19, 2017 @ 7:56 am

      Squats are terrible, I agree! But the dead bug is the worst – but the best -but the worst! I can’t seem to get into yoga – I’ve tried! Good for you. I will join you on a chip binge whenever you want. I love them and would easily have a chip over a cupcake any day of the week! Thanks for your sweet comment. xoxo Suzy

  3. Gail
    July 19, 2017 @ 8:51 am

    Great ideas Suzy! Always looking for ways to keep the workouts interesting and varied!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      July 19, 2017 @ 10:26 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment! So glad this was helpful in some way. xoxo Suzy

  4. Wendy Howard
    July 19, 2017 @ 1:21 pm

    I do all of those in my boot camp classes except dead bug! I’ll add that one! Thanks, Suzy! You look so cute!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      July 19, 2017 @ 10:27 pm

      I’m so glad you like the dead bug! I hope you watched the video I attached, as it does a much better job than my explanation or pitiful photos! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! xoxo Suzy

  5. Wendy Doran
    July 19, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

    This is great! Thank you, Suzy!!
    And thank you for posing so we know exactly how to do it!!!????

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      July 19, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet encouragement! I hope you got a good laugh out of my “demonstration” photos! xoxo Suzy

  6. Holly
    July 26, 2017 @ 9:15 am

    You mentioned the importance of warming up and
    stretching before exercising, and cooling down after. Do you have some suggestions, especially for warming up and stretching? I just found your blog yesterday and I’m looking forward to exploring more of it!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      July 26, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

      Aw, Holly, I am so glad you found me and thank you so much for leaving a comment! I am so happy to connect with you! That is a really good question! Honestly, before I exercise, I just kind of slowly start to move the joints and muscles that I know I am going to be working, then I gradually speed up. (It looks pretty silly!) Basically, I am just trying to get the blood flowing to the muscles that I am going to target so that I don’t pull something!. For example, if I am going to do planks, I would do arm circles, etc. For legs, I might start slowly with just walking in place, then a boxer shuffle, then jogging in place, then butt-kickers. Then I would do my squats or lunges. For my cool down, I stretch. I need to do a post on this and I will! In the meantime, try some yoga stretches like downward dog and child’s pose. Then do things like touching your toes with a straight leg, etc. I hope that helps. Thanks again for reaching out! xoxo Suzy

  7. Margaret
    March 20, 2018 @ 5:05 am

    I like the look of your exercises!! I will add them to the ones I do from Dr. Mercola’s kind of cardio ones done 4 sets of 10 done 4 times. He demonstrates them on his site. Personally I don’t enjoy exercising but these I will do. Thank you ????. I have saved it to Pinterest.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      March 22, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

      Thanks so much! I’ll have to look his up online! Great tip. I hate to exercise too, but I do it because I know I should. Keep up the good work! xoxo Suzy

  8. Sharon
    April 26, 2018 @ 7:32 pm

    So glad I found your post! I am just coming off a terrible L4 bulging disk injury. I have been in therapy since the beginning of the year and just finally stopped. Most of these exercises are ones my PT recommended, including the dead bug. You have given me inspiration to get back at it as I was starting to slack because the pain had subsided. Thank you!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 27, 2018 @ 9:43 am

      Oh, wow. I am so sorry to hear about your injury. Miserable! Good for you for getting back to it. You go, girl! xoxo Suzy

  9. Katie
    May 24, 2018 @ 8:22 am

    Yes! Strength training is SO important as we age, or we will lose muscle mass. Adding weights that progressively get heavier is key too. I’m a NASM CPT with a Senior Fitness Cert and my #1 recommendation is to get the Beachbody on Demand service and plan out a year’s worth of workouts that will cycle you through easier to harder…rinse, repeat! P90➡️21Day Fix➡️slim in 6➡️21DayFixExtreme for example is a great loop ???? I quit training my older ladies at the gym and focus on this because it’s 100% more efficient than the gym and you will get REAL results. ????????. As an empty nester at 45 and now 48….I’d rather knock out a workout at home in 30 minutes that will keep me lean, strong and healthy and have the rest of my day to tackle anything else!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 24, 2018 @ 8:24 am

      That’s great advice! The shorter and more effective, the better! Thanks for weighing in as a fellow empty nester. xoxo Suzy

  10. Jayne
    June 28, 2018 @ 12:09 am

    Hi..Really enjoyed this Post..esp the fact of only having 5 exercise. My question is: how Many of these do you do..and how many sets? Thanks

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      June 29, 2018 @ 8:41 pm

      HI Jayne,
      Thanks so much for your comment! I said in the post how many times I do each exercise, and I usually do only one set of each. I hope that helps! xoxo Suzy

  11. Kathy stephens
    December 29, 2018 @ 5:23 am

    Hi Suzy, this is over a year old so I hope you still receive these. 1. You look great. Very fit. 2. My planks is the shortest ever! But I’m trying. 3. Joined weight watchers, now called wellness wins to get rid of 20#! 4. I also do Greer Childers oxyflex exercises. At home in my pjs and lose inches every week.
    Do you also do a recipe or menu blog.
    Thanks for the great tips.????
    Kathy Stephens

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      December 29, 2018 @ 4:46 pm

      It sounds like you are well in your way! Good for you! I think you’re going to be amazed at how fast you see yourself gaining strength and being able to hold that plank for longer and longer every single week. Consistency is the key! So sorry, but I don’t do a menu or recipe blog, but there are a lot of good ones out there. My blog is mostly about all aspects of life as an Empty Nester. I hope you’ll check out the rest of my content and consider subscribing to my email list!
      Thank you so much for your kind words, and best of luck!
      xoxo Suzy

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