Monday, March 14, 2016

At Home Workouts you can do in 5 minutes





The hardest thing about running is the preparation involved. When I say preparation, I don’t mean getting dressed, filling your water bottle, and preparing your fuel (although all that can become time consuming). When I talk about preparation, I mean preparing your body so it is able to run properly and withstand injury.
The only problem with that is that it IS time consuming.
It is definitely time well spent, but still consuming.

For that reason, I've decided that I'm going to skip out on going to the gym again this month too. No, I am not taking another rest month, I'm just gonna try to do some stuff here at home.  I have a race coming up in April, but it's not a long distance race so even if my "at home training" method is a failure, I should still be in good enough shape to get through. 

I wanted to share with you one thing I am doing at home.

I did a search on Pinterest for "5 minute Workouts".  I didn't feel like typing up all the workouts so I only selected those that were already neatly printed on an image that I could print out.



I printed out each image with their respective workouts.

I  laminated each of them.

I put a sticker on the back, and labeled them #1, #2, #3, and #4.  I put the numbers on the back so when I write down my workout in my training log I can just write down I did workout #1 (or which ever number I did that day).  Right now I have the cards sitting on my end table but I may also put magnets on the back so I can put them on the side of the fridge.

I now have four rotating workouts that I can do each day.

I only do one workout card a day. I've been doing workout card  #1 for a few days in a row now. This one includes push ups and I can honestly say I have not done push ups in years! I am definitely feeling it in my arms.

I have a few other things I've incorporated into my "at home workouts" and I hope to share them with you as well. I really don't mind going to the gym, I'm just trying to use my time more efficiently and I think doing these short workouts at home might be the way to do that. -M

Why types of things do you do at home?
*Please note these workout are not the only training I am doing. This is just part of it.


We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR

37 comments:

  1. I'll be interested to hear how this approach works in helping prepare you for next month's race. I do hope that you'll report back and reflect on whether or not this worked.

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    1. Well, if I remain injury free I will say it worked! We will see!

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  2. Such a great idea! I respond well to having something printed right in front of my face too.

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  3. It's great to have a few quick workouts printed out and ready to go!

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    1. Yes, I like that they are each different too!

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  4. I just cancelled my gym membership since I'm moving, so this is really helpful! Thanks for sharing your system :)

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    1. I made this cards so I would feel better about not going to the gym,,lol

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  5. You are so organized! My strength workouts are just in my head. But I do a lot of the SAME stuff so it's easy to remember.

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    1. I bet I'll start remembering these too and won't even need the card before too long.

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  6. I like the 10-minute workout DVDs because I can mix and match, plus do some extra around them. Before I know it, I've had a good 30-minute strength training session at home.

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    1. I find that the dvd's usually go too fast for me!

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  7. Such a good idea to laminate it & keep it handy. I find these cool workouts in magazines or Pinterest & pull them out/print them... & then file it away. That's not helping one bit.

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    1. I found a good workout in my WR magazine about a year ago and I told myself I was going to tear it out and start doing it. That never happened!

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  8. Smart idea! I hope it works for you!

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  9. This is a great idea to print out the pinterest work outs! I have an at home strength training routine I do that's about 30 minutes long that I use when I can't make it to the gym. But it's the same one each time and I probably should mix it up a bit.

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  10. I'm with everyone else: great idea on printing them. I pin stuff, do it a few times, then forget about them because I don't feel like opening my laptop or using my phone to look at them!

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  11. I am the worst at working out at home! But this is a great idea. If it's printed out I am more likely to do it :)

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  12. I love home workouts! I have the P90X videos, Tracey Anderson videos, and a new one I just tried, the 22 minute Hard Corps workout that kicks my tail! LOL!!!

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  13. Great idea! I've never thought of doing anything like this.
    I used to pin my PT exercises up on the wall so I would remember to do them, LOL But 5 minute workouts, I mean who can't find a spare 5 minutes here and there throughout the day right!

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    1. Haha, sometimes it's even tricky to fit in the 5 min ones!

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  14. I REALLY love this idea! I bookmark so many great little workouts online but then never go back to do them. I like the idea of printing them and laminating them. I could put mine in a binder I have lying around, too!

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    1. Putting them in a binder is a good idea too!

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  15. This is pretty much what I do when I don't have time to go to the gym. I just try and fit in some squats and lunges at least.

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  16. What a great idea! There's so much goodness on Pinterest that I pin but never get around to using.

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  17. I love this idea. One of my weaknesses is in the area of strength and I need a push to do it.

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  18. I'm interested to hear how this works. I've gone through phases & right now I'm in one where most of my workouts that aren't outside are at the gym. And by most, I guess I mean all.

    I think this is probably a great system for those with littles at home or with a crazy schedule that may not line up with gym hours.

    I'll be interested to hear how you think this works going forward.

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  19. Uh- BRILLIANT! I seriously love this and am running over to pinterest right now!

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  20. I like to find Youtube videos to do when I am at home!

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  21. I love the idea of putting a magnet on them and putting them up on the fridge. That way, I could workout while making dinner :)

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  22. Pretty great idea! I may have to try this for when I start to get the workout blahs.

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  23. Great idea! I tend to do workouts I find in magazines at home. I rip them out and put them in plastic sheets in a binder. I now have several binders full of workouts to chose from, so I never get bored.

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  24. A fellow Type A! Love the idea and my totally steal it. I'd be curious to hear how it works out long term (I'm a Type A with a short attention span!). Great job finding new things to help you meet your goals.

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  25. Such a smart idea to have the quick workouts already printed out and ready to go.

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  26. I agree that there are so many things outside of running that we can do to prepare out bodies. I think we underestimate it. Thanks for the reminder and I look forward to reading how your month goes !

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  27. That a great little set up! I do not work at home, but I have been doing my one leg balance work and my stretching after walks each time. I think I would do it if I had my own little space I could set up but I don't have that right now.

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  28. I love this idea, question how do you decide which workout to do? I meet a personal trainer at the gym 2x a week and she keeps me accountable but I'd love to make my PT dollars stretch and by doing that I need to come up with some type of routine at home! This would be great!

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