Monday, 1 June 2015

Random June challenge

My blog has not been a place I've wanted to be for the last little while - it's not very pretty. I will hopefully be migrating to Squarespace in the near future, but that means having to organize my online life and I'm just not ready for that sort of time commitment. Until then, we have to work with what we have.

June is normally an extremely happy month. It's the official month of summer, Donut Day is upon us, and it's supposed to be warm. Hot even? But, as everyone knows since Canadians only talk about the weather, it is absolutely miserable outside and I can't help but feel gypped each and every day I get out of bed and look at the forecast. I used seat warmers in the car today - WTF!?

Bitching aside and completely unrelated to weather, I've been disappointed with my workout regime since returning from a trip to Italy almost two weeks ago. I knew I would be eating sweets and pizza and I knew I needed to put some measures into place so I wouldn't return noticeably heavier as I had done three years prior (greeted by my dad at the airport with: "It looks like you ate well.").

So, along with keeping an eye on calories (but not limiting myself from trying anything), I packed my skipping rope, resistance band, and a yoga mat so I could do a mini skip circuit as often as possible. And I surprised myself by doing it almost everyday. It only took 20 minutes and I always felt great afterwards (doing a skip circuit on a terrace in Sicily overlooking the ocean may have had something to do with it). I thoroughly came to enjoy that time as the sun set each day.

making do
But since I've been back, I've only done the circuit once. The reality of my life is that it is more busy and complicated than it is when on vacation. I'm more tired, I have less free time, less outdoor space available. But I find myself disappointed that I can't even put aside 20 minutes and get it done. 

So, for the month of June I am embarking on a mini challenge for myself: do at least 20 minutes of exercise every day. If I complete it, I will have to think of something fun to buy or eat for myself. Hopefully this will inspire a few others to join me, goodness knows I'll need the motivation.

And for your information, here is the circuit I would do:

0:00 - 1:00 - Skip
1:00 - 2:00 - Squats with or without weight (basically whenever I could find something heavy)
2:00 - 3:00 - Skip
3:00 - 4:00 - Chest push ups
4:00 - 5:00 - Skip
5:00 - 6:00 - Back - supermans (lie on your stomach and lift up your chest)
6:00 - 7:00 - Skip
7:00 - 8:00 - Tricep push ups
8:00 - 9:00 - Skip
9:00 - 10:00 - Biceps - stand on the resistance band, grab the ends, and do curls (grabbing the band lower than the ends will make this harder)
10:00 - 11:00 - Skip
11:00 - 12:00 - Lunges left side
12:00 - 13:00 - Skip
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunges right side
14:00 - 15:00 - Skip
15:00 - 16:00 - Shoulders - stand on the resistance band, grab the ends, and do rows (grabbing the band lower than the ends will make this harder)
16:00 - 17:00 - Skip
17:00 - 18:00 - Side plank - each side 30 seconds
18:00 - 19:00 - Skip
19:00 - 20:00 - Plank

I'm pretty sure you could Google any of these moves if you needed clarification. And of course feel free to ask. It's a sweet little workout and it costs next-to-nothing. I use the SIT timing app (free) which lets me play my music at the same time.

Happy sweating!

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