29 December, 2012

Never thought I would say this, but I want to work out.

I'm restricted right now as to what I can do because apparently, if I strain myself too hard, it'll open my wounds up and I'll bleed. A lot. So I'm trying to avoid that, but I would be overjoyed to go for a jog right now.

I found this 10-minute workout plan over at parenting.com that looks quick and easy, and I'll start doing it as soon as possible.

Perform these steps like a circuit: do one set of each exercise with minimal rest in between. When you've done them all, grab some water and repeat twice.

Chair Dips
Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair with hands next to hips. Slide your bottom off the edge and bend elbows to 90 degrees. Be sure to keep your back close to the chair, then push back up. Do 10 to 12 reps.

Chair Squats
Stand in front of chair, feet hip-distance apart, toes forward. Lean chest slightly forward. Bend knees, tap (don't sit!) bottom on chair, then stand up. Keep your weight in your heels and keep knees over toes. Do 10 to 12 reps.

Butterfly Abs
Lie on back and place soles of feet together; relax knees out to the side. Place hands behind head with elbows out. Tightening abs, lift chest and shoulders up, then release back down. Do 10 to 12 reps.

Oblique Crunches
Lie on back with knees bent. Cross left ankle over opposite knee. Place right hand behind head and lift right shoulder toward left knee. Release down. Do 10 to 12 reps, then switch sides.

Modified Push-Ups
Get down on all fours with knees together. Walk hands out and lift feet; move hands slightly wider than chest. Head, neck, back, and butt should be in alignment. Keeping your abs tight, bend elbows and lower chest toward the floor. Press back up. Do 10 to 12 reps.

Standing Hip Extension
Stand with feet hip-distance apart. Shift weight to right foot, and extend left leg behind; lift and lower left foot, squeezing your butt. Use a chair for balance. Do 12 to 15 reps, then switch legs.

Step-Ups
Place entire right foot on a stair or a sturdy platform, and step up with left leg following. Step down with left leg, reaching back about 12 inches; follow with right. Do 12 times, keeping chest lifted, then switch sides and repeat. As you get stronger, try this move with weights.

Also, a tip! Keep a food log. If you're serious about losing some weight, writing down what you eat is one of the best ways to help you stay on track. Even better, do it with a friend and then swap them nightly. Bringing a buddy into it always helps you stay on track, as long as you're both focused on actually doing better. (If both of you ditch out, having a buddy doesn't help.)

3 comments:

  1. This I might be able to get on board with.

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  2. Food logs are definitely an important factor when it comes to losing weight!

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  3. Been working out few times a week with a bunch of ladies in my ward and I am loving it! I so hate working out at home alone and since the move I have been horrible to keep it up, so its just what I needed. We do a huge variety..alot of Kenpo, Power Yoga, Circuit/strength training and misc. and one of the ladies who teaches in a personal trainer at Golds Gym..so its great! I was amazed how much I missed the workout being home with all the sick kiddos the last 5 weeks and missing out!

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