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Getting back into healthy habits after the holidays is hard. While the house was full of sweet treats I sort of lost all my healthy eating and exercising motivation. But now it’s time to get back on track. I made myself a simple Daily Exercise Jar to jump start my healthier habits. Simple exercises, no gym or equipment required.
I started with a list of exercises that I could do at home, that each take just a couple of minutes. The stairs up and down are the longest time commitment on my list. Since I live in a 20 story building I figured I should take advantage of going up a down a few flights of stairs each day. Here are some of the items on my list
- 10 Pushups
- 20 Crunches
- 25 Mountain Climbers
- 30-second Plank
- 1-minute Jumping jacks
- 10 Burpees
- 20 Plank Jacks
- 20 Bicycle Crunches
- 20 Squats
- 30-second Side Plank (each side)
- 20 Lunges (10 per leg)
- 30 Hip Thrusts
- 10 Walking Planks
- 10 Donkey Kicks (each side)
- 3 Stairs down and up
- 1-minute Boxing
- 10 Arm & Leg Lifts
- 20 Standing kicks
- 1-minute Run in Place
Once I got my list typed up I printed it out on some bright purple paper. I made each slip the same length so I won’t know what I’m grabbing when I reach into my exercise jar. (Here’s the DIY for my mason jar cozy.)
The idea is to place the exercise jar in a prominent place in the house, somewhere you walk by fairly often. Each time you pass the jar you pull out a slip and do the exercise that is written on it. At the end of the day put all the completed slips back in the jar and start again tomorrow.
You might start by completing a certain number of slips a day if you can’t do all of them. Or you might add more slips as time goes along. I love that the exercise list is completely customizable to your own fitness level and goals.
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Don’t forget to reward yourself for meeting your goals! I love getting fresh flowers and that’s one of my healthy rewards. Some other ideas:
- Buy a new workout song
- Get a succulent for your desk
- Relax with a movie
- Invest in some good workout socks
- Get some new sunglasses for outdoor exercising
- Paint your nails a new color
- Get a massage
- Buy some new workout clothes
What are your healthy goals for this year? Where could a little goodness take you?