Let’s start with an affirmation: Matthew 19:26 – With God All Things are Possible – Even working out with a 4 year old around. Ha! There… No excuses for me today.
I’m back in full swing with my Driveway Bootcamps and I am having so much fun. I used to do this a few years ago and just forgot this system. Selfishly, for my own accoutability, I’m writing about my workouts and what works and what is challenging. Hoping to keep myself motivated and maybe even inspire someone along the way. Would also love any ideas you have!
For today, I’ll share (1) setting yourself up for success and (2) one of my first workouts for breaking back into the routine and, of course, (3) great workout gear.
First of all, set yourself up for success. Start with a quick prayer. I know God wants us to be healthy and I try to remember to thank Him for my health, the ability and resources to work out, these beautiful, lively children that hinder that and for Him to help me get this workout in.
Then, I take action… Sidewalk chalk is always handy for these workouts. It’s important to keep the littles busy so you can at least get in a set or two between needs. I usually pull out sidewalk chalk, bubbles, paper and crayons, even paint if I get really desperate. Usually between sets I’m helping out with the activity, but it’s a great time to catch your breath anyway. The point is everyone is having fun and getting stuff done!
Secondly, I take all the pressure of a perfect workout off my mind. I have a loose plan and then expect to improvise as needed. My one goal is to keep my heart rate up the entire time. At the very least, I’m doing high knees while I’m helping Reese, keeping my heart rate up even if that activity isn’t on my day’s plan.
Then, I put on a Pandora Workout Station and start my iPhone stopwatch. In the real world, I’m stopping often to help Reese out with something, but the stopwatch at least gives me a gauge of how long I’m working out and the music keeps me moving. I don’t stress myself out about keeping on a plan because that is unrealistic.
Now, time to get busy. See workout below….
While getting back into this routine, I kept it really simple and low impact. I love yoga and you’ll see lots of core and balance elements in the workouts I choose. I like to pick three exercises and do 4 or 5 sets of those three when I really want to keep it simple. Too often, people start full steam ahead on a workout program and end up with a cold or burned out. I’ve learned that when I’ve been out of a routine for a few weeks, the best way to start is low impact and slow.
For this day, I chose:
10 Sun Saluations (Video Below to illustrate)
5 Sets of these 3 Exercises:
(1) 20 Walking Lunges
(2) 10 Burpees (for my first workout, I did these low impact with no push-up and no jump, just the up, down, back for getting started.)
(3) 20 Squat Kicks – Start with feet should length apart, sit back into a squat (as if sitting into an invisible chair), as you stand back up kick one leg up while coming to a standing position. Repeat with other leg.
Finish with Abs. This day I did simple crunches. I got lots of ab work in the Sun Saluations and Burpees already
I like to keep it simple with one piece dressing as possible. Love these full support tops.