Monday, January 2, 2012

Busy Mama Workout

  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.

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!

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