Hello readers! So, as you could probably guess from the title…… Yes, this is a workout post. Now let me just stop right here to say, “What in the world?” Honestly, this blog really makes me laugh sometimes. There are SO many different kinds of blogs out there on the world-wide web; We have book blogs, food blogs, family blogs, christian blogs, everyday journal type blogs, beauty blogs, business blogs, photography blogs, and then all of a sudden…… A Sweet N Simple Life. Yes, this is the blog that I have stopped trying to fit into a specific boxed category, because it’s just not happening! I’ve finally come to the conclusion that the best way I can describe this blog, is by calling it an “inspirational lifestyle blog.” I guess that should about sum it up because I try to have inspirational, encouraging posts, but they are focused on, well, all of the random anythings & everythings in life! So we have inspirational posts, recipe posts, lifestyle posts, random fun posts, and now, even workout posts. Oh my. Hopefully you can keep up with all of these different random topics…. Well, if anything, it should keep all of you readers on your toes because you will never have even the slightest idea what I’m going to be posting about next 😉 Okay, stop distracting me……. let’s get to the post!
Working out…… Wow. If you’re anything like me, that word can sometimes sound a little daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! The ONLY thing it takes to keep up with a good, consistent workout schedule is determination. End of story. Just like everything else in life, living a healthy life, exercising, and eating right, is all going to take effort. Like it or not, exercising is extremely crucial to a healthy lifestyle. And thankfully, I’m speaking from experience when I say that you really can learn to love it!
Okay, so first things first……. Figure out how to fit it into your busy schedule. Whether it’s getting up 15 minutes earlier, deciding not to check your phone in the mornings until after your workout, whatever it is, figure something out! Everyone in this world has the same hours in the day, what they choose to do with that time is what makes the difference. When you say you “wish you had time to workout” Well, guess what? You do! Prioritize. Are you going to spend 20 minutes on Pinterest, or 20 minutes working out? It’s your choice. If something is important to you, you will figure out how to make time for it. No, working out might not sound very enjoyable at first, but you can do it! If anything, the thought of the long-term results of being healthy and in shape should be enough to keep you going!
I would suggest trying to combine at LEAST 4 or 5 of these for a quick morning workout. Of course, I’m guessing that if you do a quick workout in the morning, and then sit on the couch watching TV and eating junk food for the rest of the day…… Then yes, this short workout is going to be pretty pointless. BUT, if you have a busy life where you are active and moving around quite often, then I’ve found that this is the perfect addition to keep up muscle strength, and keep a toned, trim, healthy body.
- 50 Jumping Jacks (I count a full up and down as 1. So depending on how some people count this, it would be 100)
- 50 Crunches
- 50 Bicycle Crunches
- 50 High Knees (Each Leg)
- 50 Lunges (Each Leg)
- 50 Squats
- 50 Flutter Kicks (Or at least 30 Seconds, which may seem like a long time when you’re just starting out)
- Plank (Just as long as possible. This is great for building core strength)
- Push ups (Okay…… This one….. Any other girls out there who you just plain awful at push ups? Please tell me I’m not the only one. *sigh* I’m making progress, so hopefully I’ll get it someday soon.)
There are so many more exercises that can be added to that list to mix things up and give it more variety, but that should give you a pretty basic idea. Also, if you are just starting out, I would suggest mixing it up and doing 5 reps of 10, or 2 reps of 25 for each of these exercises. Push yourself and work hard at it, but don’t totally overdo it and make yourself hate working out. It should become enjoyable! Start small and add more each day or as you are able.
Do you workout regularly? What are some of your best tips and ideas to stay motivated and consistent? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in the comments down below!