The challenge for many people when it comes to getting into a fitness lifestyle is that it can be pretty overwhelming when we start on the journey. There are so many options on where to begin that it is easy to freeze in place rather than move forward. So, I thought it would be great to periodically post some of my personal workout routines and tips that keep me moving towards health and fitness. I go to the gym, and I love it. I love the environment, I love having access to equipment that I normally would not if I was at home, and I also realize that the gym is not for everyone. The difficulty with at home training is that it requires a bit more motivation to get up and do the workout. The idea is to keep your home training as simple as possible, but to also make it fun. “Working out” should be all work. It is a chance to dive into the sacred temple that is your body.
For this routine all you need is a deck of playing cards.
If it is a new deck you want to be sure to shuffle it up pretty good. If you want a longer workout you can take two decks and combine them into one massive stack.
The next thing that you will need to do is assign an exercise to each suit:
- clubs= push-ups
- hearts= sit-ups
- diamonds=diamond push-ups
- non suit cards= 30 second rest
You can really use any combination of exercises that works for your level of fitness and enjoyment. I recommend staying with your choices for about a week or so, and then switching to another exercise for each suit.
Now the fun part. Place the deck face down, draw a card, and you are going to do the exercise for that suit and your rep count will be whatever number is on the card.
Using the above example: If you draw the 10 of clubs, you will do 10 push-ups. If you draw a face card, or an ace you can call these “11” , and aces can be “1” rep… or you can assign your own numbers to those cards.
This is a fun way to dive into a home routine. The exercises cycle through, and it becomes a randomized circuit training session. You can pause however long you want between each card draw. If you are just starting out I’d recommend giving it 45-60 seconds between cards, more advanced can do 15-30 seconds between the draw.
I feel that engaging the body is as important as engaging spirit. When we are able to connect to the body, achieve greater states of health and well-being, we are allowing for greater alignment in all areas of life.
Before starting any workout routine, be sure to check with your doctor. Do what you can, and remember it is not a competition. It is you getting in touch with you. Keep a journal of your progress and how you are feeling before and after you workouts. You can do this 3-5 days a week and you don’t have to cycle through the entire deck in one sitting. I use to do 1/2 the deck in the morning, and the other 1/2 in the evening. Have fun with fitness!
You are Loved. You are Beautiful. You are Divine.
Mike Brazell CFT CSN MAT PAT