When it comes to fitness, I am a beast. Building up my muscles is my primary goal in life. Nothing can stop me. I pump and press, and huff and puff until every bone in my body aches with joy. At the gym, I am the girl that everyone stares at with a look of envy and a tad bit of annoyance. And I am also
I am no beast. I am no health guru. And while I understand the necessity to make healthy life choices, I also like to stuff my face with pasta and finish my day with an ice cream sundae.
I actually really enjoy working out though. But finding the motivation - and more importantly, the time! - to head to the gym regularly can be quite the challenge.
(Also, while the burning sensation may be exhilarating, I really do not understand why working out has to be such a messy affair?! The exposure to other people's bodily fluids, the involuntary exchange, the pungent smell of sweat in the air... I mean... it's just... wow.)
So when I cannot find the time to hit the gym, but do want to move a little (apart from dancing around my bedroom and occasionally jogging to the kitchen), I simply resort to doing a few simple exercises in the comfort of my own home.
Which, then again, can quickly turn uninspiring. So to keep things interesting and just that much more fun, this weekend, I decided to turn my home exercise routine into a game of chance.
I wrote my exercises onto extra-long strips of white cardboard and placed them into a clear jar. Easy enough.
When feeling particularly motivated, I pull one exercise at random right after the other until the jar is completely empty.
Alternatively, I draw a previously determined number of exercises ( for instance 5) and once I've gone through all of them, I do at least 4 more repetitions resulting in 5 repetitions in total resting for a minute in between each round.
15 toe touches
20 russian twists
20 bicycle twists
20 calf raises
20 side crunches
20 leg lifts
20 side lunges
20 mason twists
25 mountain climbers
25 reverse crunches
30 scissor kicks
40 butt kicks
50 jumping jacks
30 sec side plank
1 min plank
1 min high knees
1 min wall sit
To keep things interesting, add and exchange exercises regularly. Any of your favorites missing at the moment? Don't forget to slowly, bu gradually increase the number of repetitions too!
Maybe one day, I might turn into a fitness guru after all...