I used to be a member at the YMCA and go at least three times a week and spend at least an hour each time. That is pretty much impossible this year. So-I quit.
I can't run like I used to because I was getting headaches every time which I (well, a physical therapist) discovered stemmed from a pelvis that was out of whack and was causing me horrid shoulder pain and headaches after intense running.
I still run/walk a couple of times a week but I knew that if I wanted to stay in some sort of shape I needed to add something else.
Wouldn't you know it, I found a little routine on Pinterest of all places called the "Morning Metabolism Boost" workout. It takes less than ten minutes and doesn't require weights, a mat, etc. (I do it barefoot!)
Repeat this cycle 2x right when you wake up in the morning-I attached links to short videos for mountain climbers and burpees so you know how to do them right.
- 50 jumping jacks
- 5 pushups (I started with girl version and worked my way up to real ones)
- 20 sit ups
- 20 mountain climbers
- 30 second plank
- 7 burbees (squat thrust)
I love it. I've added reps to each exercise as it becomes easier (so I do 65 jacks, 10 pushups, 25 situps, 25 climbers, 30 second plank and 10 burpees after doing it for a month or so). It takes me three songs to get through it and my kids sometimes do it with me ;) The muscles in my legs seem leaner and I'm happy to be able to do push ups again (after my shoulder pain has been subsiding from less running). I feel like I can stick to this because it doesn't take any prep (getting in the car and driving someplace, setting up the living room for a DVD workout, etc).
I can't speak to weight loss, but I didn't gain any weight over the holidays-and if I'm not sure I could keep count of all of the cookies I ate--and bread and meat and-well, you get the point!
I figured a fitness post at the beginning of the year would be apropos.
If you try it, let me know what you think!