I started a new exercise routine today. It’s not that I feel I need to lose weight. I am quite comfortable with my 5’3″, 130 pound frame. However, I am well aware that I am not in the best shape I could be. I could definitely use some toning. Some serious toning. I could also use some work on the “baby pouch” that never quite seems to go away no matter how much weight I have lost. Those of you who are a mom probably know just what I mean, I would think.
The problem is that I only have two days out of the week that I can get out of the house to go work on this. That would be fine, except I know myself well enough to know that I will work on something for those two days, feel great, and then when my son comes home, I will lose any sense of routine that had tentatively formed in those two days. So, I need something I can do at home, after my kid goes to bed, that won’t end up with me waking my neighbors, i.e. no running in place inside, no crazy dance-move routines. Something seemingly simple.
In other words, I can’t have a rave in my living room.
Now, I am not sure what motivated me to finally start an exercise routine. I mean, I have been kicking the idea around for a while, but thus far have been unable to motivate myself into doing something about it. It seems today was the day. Perhaps it was the not-so-great day I had, perhaps my kick of buying mostly fresh foods and/or healthy snacks on my recent trip to the grocery store, perhaps I finally got annoyed with my own lame excuses.
Is that even a valid excuse? ,’:|
Well, whatever the reason, I got up and did it today. I found a simple routine that I can do in about thirty minutes. Yes, I found it on Pinterest, but really, at least I found something! It consists of:
- 20 Squats – Easy enough start.
- 30 Lunges – My apartment is small, so I lunged in a lap around my living room.
- 40 Toe Touches – I was amazed, and a bit proud, that I could touch my toes at all!
- 50 Second Wall Sit – I didn’t really know what this is, so I just squatted for 50 seconds, as though I were sitting in an invisible chair.
- 100 Jumping Jacks – I haven’t done a jumping jack in probably ten years. Boy, did THAT take me back to high school gym class!
- 50 Second Wall Sit – Much harder the second time around!
- 40 Toe Touches – I still handled these like a pro!
- 30 Lunges – Meh. Same level off pretty easy as last time. Maybe I’m not doing them right. Whatever, I’m still doing them.
- 20 Squats – Oh boy! Much harder this time around!
After I was finished with this routine, which is meant to be a leg-toning routine mainly, but the jumping jacks definitely got my heart rate up a bit, I decided I also needed to throw something in to target my abs. Problem right there. I hate sit-ups. Anyone who says they enjoy them is a liar! They aren’t fun, they are a struggle, they are HARD, they make you feel a bit like a failure because you barely have the strength to lift your torso off the ground. Well, that may be just me. I remember that I once did a quick workout routine with my friend R, and that routine included reverse crunches. I really liked them, felt the helped me work my abs without the strain on my back, and feel like it’s something I can easily add to my new routine.
From the linked website in the picture descriptor:
- Lie on your back and extend your arms out to the side, or keep your hands behind your head if that’s more comfortable (top illustration).
- Raise your knees and feet so they create a 90-degree angle. Contract your abdominals and exhale as you lift your hips off the floor with control; your knees will move toward your head (bottom illustration). Try to keep your knees at a right angle. Inhale and slowly lower.
Easy as pie, easy to add. So I just added 15 reps of that to the beginning and ends of my routine, and voila! NEW WORKOUT ROUTINE!
Here’s my plan, folks:
- Do exercise routine every single evening. I may add my 2 lb.weights for a bit of arm toning. (Yep, I’m strong!)
- Add walking/jogging 2 mile route in my neighborhood on days I don’t have Q-bear, i.e. 2 nights a week.
- Increase reps of each thing in the evening exercise routine.
- In three months, jog the entire 2 mile route with no walking breaks.
- In six months, be able to jog a 5k (3.1 miles) with no walking breaks.
I really want to throw in a 10k (6.2 miles) in the mix, but I am trying to be realistic. I guess I will just have to reassess in six months! Maybe I should add buy a jogging stroller so I can jog when Q-bear is home, too…
Anyway, there you have it – my new fitness goals! Yikes!