I’ve had the C25K app downloaded to my phone for about a week on recommendation from my mom. Just sitting there. Giving me notifications to remind me of how lazy I was being.
I found myself wanting to exercise with nothing else to do today. Wow, a miracle! So, I tapped that app (no pun intended) and got to work. The set up was intervals of 90 seconds walking and 60 seconds jogging.
I HATE jogging. Surprisingly enough, those 60 seconds did not drag on like I thought they would. Maybe it was because they were smashed between walking, which I like, kind of like a Premack Principle exercise.
However, it’s still so hot here, and running in 90 degrees failed the vibe check. I’m also out of shape, so it didn’t end up well.
I’m so happy that I started to run. I’m so proud of myself that I got halfway done with my first exercise day on the app. One day soon, maybe tomorrow, I’ll finish the first day. One day soon, I’ll finish all of them!
It’s the same old bs every single year–“Yeah, I’m gonna start going to the gym more.” And the gym finally evens out to it’s normal count by February. Despite common belief, you don’t have to turn into an all-out gym rat to work out
Since I’ve been so busy lately, I’ve been gaining some weight due to my fluctuating eating habits and lack of time to spend at the gym.
So, I’ve come up with a simple as heck workout that gets me sweating and doesn’t bore me to death. My friend Amanda and I hit the gym when we have time and do our“Mom Cardio”workout.
I love listening to Podcasts while I workout on the elliptical because it keeps me from getting bored. My favorite one to listen to right now is The Myths and Legends Podcast by Jason Wieser. Another one that I’ve listened to for hours at work is TED Radio Hour. I use the iTunes Podcasts app!
What I do for my basic, non-boring workout is:
20 minutes on the elliptical listening to Podcasts
Stretches (every stretch I know)
I work out with my best friend and we have a routine. We ignore each other on the elliptical while we listen to music/podcasts, and chat while we stretch. This is a really flexible workout- so make it your own! Also, make sure you bring water! You’ll sweat like crazy on the elliptical.
I have to give Amanda credit for the term“Mom Cardio”. She’s so funny!
I love my current workout because it’s a decent amount but it doesn’t kill me to do (so I’ll actually do it) AND it’s reeeeallllyy effective. I have a list I go through that I repeat a total of 4 times, including short breaks. This workout strengthens and tones your core.
I follow my list on my iPhone’s Notes app, and it looks like this: What the Heck Does That Mean?
The “bent knee raised head crunch” is where I balance on my tailbone at an obtuse angle and do full body crunches.
The “raised head one bent one straight leg raises” is where I balance on my tailbone and bend my knees. Then I make one leg straight and do a crunch while the other one is bent. Switch legs.
“Hip raises” are where you look like you’re doing the ‘crab walk’ from elementary school gym class, but on your forearms. You just raise your hips and put them back on the ground until you reach the number on your list.
“V sit-ups” are sit-ups (crunches) with your arms and legs straight, so you look like a V when you crunch.
If you have any questions or want me to go into detail about any other of the exercises listed- comment below and I’ll do it asap!