5 Fun Ways To Keep Fit

 

Stacy KeiblerI like Stacy Keibler’s physique. She was blessed with an amazing body, not to mention elegant facial features. I keep searching Amazon for Stacy Kiebler’s workout DVD but nothing has come up in months. But in Self magazine you can get a glimpse of Stacy’s shapely legs and workout moves that made her already-perfect body even more perfect.

So, I thought I was settling when I found Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. Was I wrong! It is the best, most effective 20 minute workout I have done and no wonder it is a  #1 seller in Exercise & Fitness DVDs on Amazon.

Within one week, I noticed nice definition in my arms, waist and thighs. More importantly, my husband noticed. My preschool-aged daughter has so much fun whenever we pop in the DVD and “play Jillian.”

However, there are things that I do intentionally during the day that can amount to a decent workout. It may be neurotic, it may be funny, and some may think it’s crazy, but these are 5 fun ways to keep fit. So let’s run through them.

Disclaimer: Ask your doctor before initiating this or any type of exercise.

 

Beauty Squat

half squatOK, squatting may be challenging while drying or styling your hair but you can definitely bump it down to a half squat.

To half-squat, bend your knees 45 degrees, lower hips, and let your hips sink back behind your heels.

You will be engaging your gluteus maximus and quadriceps muscles which will make your buttocks and thighs shapely and toned.

The “helper” muscles going along for a ride will be gluteus minimus, hamstrings, erector spinae (the muscles which help stabilize your spine), gastrocnemius and soleus, and transversus abdominis (the deep abdominal muscles).

 

 

 

 

Yoga In the Kitchen

A modified tree pose is easy when doing anything “static” in the kitchen. Of course, you need to keep your hands free but your legs can strike a perfect tree pose.

Just plant one foot on the inside of the opposite knee – or if you are a yoga pro – tuck your heel where your thigh meets your pubis. Alternate legs at your leisure!

tree pose

Just the other day, I folded a big basket of laundry on my kitchen island while doing a modified tree pose. I definitely felt it in my anterior calves, thighs and buns.

With this move you will tone your core, as well as buttock, thigh, calf and foot muscles on the active side.  You will also force your cerebellum – your brain’s main balance center – to develop better balance.

Don’t forget to breathe!

 

Air Punch The News Anchor

The beauty of air punches is that you can do them sitting down. Shadow boxing a great aerobic exercise especially if you have a lower body injury because it will get your heart rate up quickly.

Always make the movement fluid and never over-extend your arms or punch too fast.

Over-extending your arms or punching too fast may lead to hyper-extension sprain, muscle, tendon or ligament tears resulting in pain and swelling, or even bruising. A common example of hyper-extension injury is tennis elbow.

woman hook jab uppercut cross

If you need motivation to throw a really good air punch, tune in to a news program contradicting your political viewpoint. For some it may be Bill O’Reilly and for some it may be Rachel Maddow. Just listen, zero in and punch away!

 

House Sprint

woman sprintingShort bursts of aerobic exercise like sprinting are a very effective fat burner.

Stacy Keibler and Jillian Michaels‘ workouts both incorporate short high intensity cardio intervals in addition to strength and core training.

You can’t show off those shapely toned muscles if there is a thick layer of fat on top. A combination of strength and aerobic training is the surest and fastest way to burn fat when accompanied by a healthy, low carbohydrate paleo nutrition.

You don’t need a track to sprint. For most people, their own house will do just fine.

Instead of walking from room to room at home, sprint to your destination. Do it as often as you can and make sure you have a clear path: there are no pets in your way, no loose rugs, obstacles or anything that would make it a contact sport.

It is even more fun for me when my darling 5-year old daughter chases me squealing, and thinks mommy running fast is the most entertaining thing ever!

 

Cardio Cleaning

cardio cleaning woman with cleaning suppliesFirst, there is something you have to know about me.

I clean my whole house every single week.

I have never and will never hire a cleaning service because I know I will always do a better job. Whether this indicates that I have a borderline case of obsessive-compulsive disorder is for others to decide.

All I know is that my entire home is very clean at all times.

But this takes time. To do it right, it takes a lot of time. And to do it right, I can’t be doing 3 other things at the same time, such as attending to the needs of a high-energy preschooler who is hungry or thirsty or cranky every 15-30 minutes.

Cardio cleaning is something I came up with because I have a very narrow window of time to get all my cleaning done when our daughter is at a Montessori from morning ’til noon one day per week.

Using my old method, it could easily take me 5 hours to clean the whole house, even with no outside interruptions. There was no way I could clean the whole house in the time my daughter was away at preschool.

Over time, I perfected a new method which incorporates quite a bit of a workout. I simply do everything just as thoroughly as before, but about 40% faster. And I don’t really rest until the entire job is done. I do take 30 – 60 second breaks to hydrate. My heart rate will easily get to 120-130 with this method and the whole house gets sparkling clean in “only” 3 hours.

It helps to have the right cleaning tools (I may do a post on this one day) and a well thought out plan of attack.

I place my smartphone in an arm band case and tuck one ear bud in, leaving one ear “free” so I am still aware of the outside world. I listen to Fitz & The Tantrums, or I Heart Radio‘s 24/7 Comedy, or my favorite radio show podcast. This helps to make time fly during what would otherwise be sheer drudgery.

Don’t forget to breathe and drink plenty of water.

Have fun!

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