I was faced with a very difficult decision this morning – go to the gym at 5:15 am or press snooze. I know what some of you are thinking, “It’s only January 5th, and you’re already skipping out on workouts.” Not quite! I kind of ended up doing both.
See, my original plan was to do a run/speed walk combo at the gym. Instead, I pressed snooze because I was freezing, tried to go back to sleep, and finally manned up and got out of bed at 5:30.
As I was brushing my teeth, I came up with a 30 minute workout that I could do at my home gym.
Vishnu took my coffee table because he needed a temporary TV stand, so now I have plenty of open space to workout. Win win!
Anyways, here’s what the 30ish minutes looked like…
Simple warm up with arm swings and marching in place.
First 10 minutes (ish):
- 50 jumping jacks
- 60 second jump rope
- 50 high knees
- 50 butt kicks
- 15 pushups (I did as many regular ones as I could before resorting to the girly kind)
- 50 bicycle crunches
Repeat 3 times
Next 10-12 minutes:
The next 10-12 minutes of my workout were made possible because of the uniqueness of my apartment.
The layout is such that I have these two steps kind of separating my kitchen and living room from my dining room and bedroom. Up until today, I thought they were neat only because they give my apartment character. Well, today I realized that these two steps are a great workout tool.
For about 10-12 minutes, I went up and down the “stairs,” alternating between stepping up with my right foot and my left foot.
This ended up being a great workout – my heart rate was up, and I was lightly sweating by the end of it.
Final 10 minutes:
I finished up my 30 minute workout with some random ab work and light stretching that included four minutes of planks, scissor kicks, reverse crunches, and one more thing I can’t think of right now.
Not the most hardcore workout, but it beats the alternative scenario:
I press snooze, keep sleeping, wake up pissed off because I didn’t get my butt to the gym when I had plans to, and continue to think about it throughout the day.
And really…a little something always beats a whole lot of nothing!
Do you have a “home gym?” How do you motivate yourself to get moving?