Finding time for fitness (or doing what you can)

Real life:  Woke up at 4:23 AM yesterday.  Super proud of myself that I was up early enough to get a full workout in before the day started.  At 4:35 AM my two-year old woke up (he is usually not up until 6:00ish) demanding ready for milk and snuggles.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love snuggling with my little dude, but I also really need my workouts for both my health and sanity.  Which is where the mini workouts come in.  Instead of doing the workout I had planned, I did a quick cardio/core mini workout (included below if you want to give it a whirl) and spent some extra time with my little guy.  Was it the workout I had planned, no.  Did it still help me start my day in a healthy way, you betcha.

In my younger days, I had an all or nothing approach to working out.  I was either getting in a full hour workout or class at the gym, or it was a miss.  Now, I still love taking a class or doing a longer workout as often as possible, but I have to squeeze in my workouts where I can.  Which is why I love me some mini workouts.

If you have 15-20 minutes (and internet access) why not stream a quick workout?  There are so many options just a click away.  Not feeling a class?  Take a quick walk or jog.

shoesI try to make sure I have shoes I can move in at work (also, I love me some super bright shoes), so I can take a quick walk at lunch.

Don’t have 15-20 minutes?  Use what time you do have.  Try to squeeze in one round of a circuit a few times a day.  Challenge yourself to doing a set of squats while your coffee’s brewing in the morning.  Or a few push-ups off the edge of your desk each time you get up.  These little bouts of movement can be a great way to keep fitness focused during all the hustle and bustle and the day, and get in some activity when you otherwise wouldn’t have time.

Here is a quick (about 5 minute) workout to get started with, no equipment needed:

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 30 second plank
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 30 second side plank
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 30 second side plank (other side)
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 30 second plank

 

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