As I’ve mentioned before, my puppy has taken away my exercise time in the mornings. He lives in the basement where my workout space is and is not happy when I don’t include him in everything that I’m doing. Because it is impossible to workout with him trying to be so close to me or whining in his house, I have just stopped working out in the mornings. And I don’t like it!
Sure, I start my day with about 5 minutes of yoga stretches, but that’s just not enough to keep me fit.
So, in my infinite wisdom (and with a little resentment for the dog), I have decided to change up my morning plans in order to fit in some sort of workout.
Enter: my carpeted hallway.
Sure it’s not very big, but it’s the only space I have to workout in the mornings. Our entire house has hardwood floors and I can’t exactly jump around on it, nor can I lay comfortably to do abs exercises. Our bedroom has carpet, but my honey sleeps much later than I do and I don’t want to wake him up (okay, so part of me really does want to wake him up, but I’m too nice :)).
So here’s my plan: find exercises I can do in this small space and make short 10-15 minute workouts that will be effective.
Luckily, I have compiled a really extensive list of exercises for all body parts on Evernote (which I talked about on this post). I am going to take a gander at these again and put a few together to make complete workouts.
I’m going to move some of my weights and resistance bands from my gym in the basement to the hallway closet upstairs so I can easily access them in the morning, but I am going to focus on body weight only moves for the most part.
After I let the dog out to do his business, I will put him back in his house and come upstairs to do my workout. Depending on how long he takes, I might get a 5 minute workout or a 15 minute workout.
Here’s tomorrow morning’s workout:
- Regular squats- 20 reps
- Jumping jacks- 50 reps
- Narrow squats- 20 reps
- High knees- 50 reps
- Plie (wide stance) squats- 20 reps
- Side to side jump- 50 reps
- Forward lunge- 10 each leg
- Mountain climbers- 50 reps
- Backward lunge- 10 each leg
- Cross country skiier- 50 reps
- Calf raises- 20 reps
- Wall squat- 60 sec
I have no idea how long this will take me, so I might be able to do it twice through. We’ll see! I’ll let you know tomorrow how it went!