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The Imperfect Homemaker: My Super-Wimpy Workout Routine

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Super-Wimpy Workout Routine

I mentioned here that I had quit making excuses and started exercising again.  Can I tell you something?  Whatever it was in me that was telling me that I was getting exercise by working vigorously when I did my housework, playing with the kids out in the yard, etc. was LYING! 

I have been doing a 15 minute workout routine, with only 5 minutes of that being cardio.  After those 5 minutes, my heart rate was maxed out.  I was at the top of the chart for my age where it is suggested that a workout that intense should only be done for short periods of time.  My heart rate has always tended to be high, but I am in BAD shape!  Not to mention my muscles are just a tiny bit sore too. {Sarcasm.}  I am now more determined than ever to keep at this thing.  I am realizing more and more how much my lifestyle now is going to affect me when I'm older.  I am only 26, and I am struggling to do this wimpy little workout.  If I keep neglecting to exercise, I honestly think I will be shortening my lifespan.  I want to keep my heart and body strong so that I have the health and energy to take care of my family (and so that Lord willing I can stick around longer too!)    

So, what's my Super-Wimpy Workout Routine?

I knew I needed a workout routine that would be easy enough for me but still challenging.  I saw a workout on Pinterest somewhere that had 15 different 1 minute things to do.  I knew that would be perfect for me.  I can do anything for 1 minute, and I love the variety of it!  I came up with my own little version of it. 

If you're in the same boat as me, and you're needing to work back into regular exercising, here's my little plan:

Do the following for one minute each:
  • Walk in place
  • High Knees
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Front Kicks
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Run in place
  • Walk in place 
  • Lunges
  • Hip Raises 
  • Pushups
  • Squats
  • Hip Raises
  • Lunges
  • Walk in place
  • Calf Stretches
When I get to where my heart rate isn't maxed out, I will probably repeat this 2 times and do 30 minutes worth.  To make it easy to time each thing for 1 minute, I set this online timer  for 15 minutes.  When it gets down to 14 minutes, I start on the next thing; at 13 minutes I do the next thing, and so on and so forth.

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Blogger Amy said...

I feel like such a wimp sometimes, too. I've been really bad about working out as much as I should and very much need to get back on track!

February 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Heather @ Thrifty Stories said...

I need to do this. Ha! At 30 and with 4 kids, my physique is a far cry from what it used to be. ;)

Hubs and I both are trying to exercise...but being consistent {read making excuses}has been our downfall. Gotta get on it.

February 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM  

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