No Time; No Worries

We all lead very busy lives these days. There is rarely a person I talk to that isn’t trying to get all their chores/activities/duties done that day. Whether it is work related, spouse related or keeping up with the kids and all their activities, sometimes the day just becomes a blur.

Then, before you know it, the day has ended and you have yet to get your exercise program in. I often find my day the same. I know for me that the only plausible time to get in a workout in first thing in the morning. I tend to work long hours and I know myself that there is no way I am going to go and exercise after working a 12-14 hr day.

One of the best things you can do is learn about yourself. It is neither right nor wrong when you choose to exercise. But, 80% of the exercise game is deciding when you are most likely to be successful about getting in your exercises.

For example, if you know that once your day starts it is game over with time for exercise, then the most logical solution is to set time aside in the morning before the demands on your own time take over. Yes, it might mean you need to get up a little earlier, but you must set your priorities. And, that extra 20 minutes of sleep is going to do nothing to keep you healthier if you miss your exercises all together. Neither is it going to help you keep your weight under control.

If your choice is early morning, there is no need to go out to a gym. You can do a quick workout at home in the privacy of your own living room and in your PJ’s if you choose. So here we go….

Warm Up: Marches on the spot – 25 each leg. Get those arms swinging and march quickly.
Arm Circles – make big circles with both arms – 15 to the front and 15 to the back.

Body Weight Squats – start with arms at side. As you squat, swing arms out in front. 15 reps.
Floor Bridges – lie on your back; knees bent. Squeeze glutes (bum muscles) & push hips up. 15 reps.
Push Ups – find a counter or table at hip height. Hands on counter. Step back onto balls of your feet. Slowly lower yourself to the counter until chest touches. Make sure you take your hips with you as well. Push up to straight arm. Repeat 10 reps.
Rear Lunges – Start with feet together. Step back with one foot and slowly lower knee straight to floor. Return to starting position. 8 reps on each leg.
Plank (Isoabs) – Lay on your stomach. Prop yourself on your elbows and toes. While still on the floor, squeeze your glutes and push yourself off the floor. Pause for 3 seconds and slowly lower to the floor. Repeat 10 times.

Perform this circuit through once. Rest 30-45 seconds and repeat 3-4 times through. Workout completed.

You are now ready for the day. Go get em…..

Till next time

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