The other day I was speaking with a friend about exercise. We were talking about how hard it is to be motivated to exercise when there are so many things going on in our lives. And the weather in NYC recently hasn’t been helping!! Her gym is a block away from her place and even then she has a hard time getting there. I told her that my gym is right in my building and even though it’s right there I, too, have a hard time getting there! I did share with her my ‘solution’. On those days when I am swamped with work and errands I do a workout routine (usually 2, an abs routine and a leg/abs/butt routine) using my iPad, in the comfort of my living room! I encouraged her to do some simple exercises during commercial breaks for one of her favorite TV shows or do download a good workout app and do one of their routines. She told me she hadn’t even thought of doing either of those things and that she’d give them a try! She was so excited and so was I! It always feels great to inspire another person to action!
Start with these simple exercises:
- Squats – start with your feet shoulder width apart and your arms straight out in front of you or like the visual. Hold your tummy in and start squatting! Be sure to lower your body as if you were going to sit down; back straight; head in neutral position. Lower until your thighs are slightly below parallel to your knees and keep your knees behind your toes!
- Side Leg Raises – start on all fours; hands parallel to shoulders and knees parallel to hips. Hold your tummy in and rotate your right leg out so that your thigh is at a 90 degree angle to your hip. You can start with 2 sets of 15 (if that’s too easy, you can do an extra set of 15). Switch legs and repeat!
- Leg Lifts – start by laying down on your left side; legs straight and aligned one on top of the other. Support your head with your left hand and place your right arm in front of your body. Lift your right leg straight at a 70-80 degree angle to your body. You can start with 2 sets of 15 (add an extra set for a more challenging workout). Switch sides/legs and repeat!
- Knee Press – Sit at the edge of your couch/chair with your back straight, head in a neutral position and your feet flat on the floor. Using a pillow (preferable to your hands), hold it in between your knees and squeeze for 10 seconds per rep. Start with 2 sets of 15 at 10 seconds per repetition. Feel free to add a set if that was too easy!
These simple exercises will help get you over the hump, when you’re busy, or tired, or just not feeling like making it to the gym. Meet yourself wherever you are right now. All that matters is that you start getting into the groove of consistent exercise. Before long you will be at the gym, experimenting with other exercises and you’ll be well on your way to getting fit and getting that body into a fiercely (feminine) shape!! ;)
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