I am on exercise restriction because of a bum hip (no running *sniff*). I have also been taking care of my nephew and dog and both demand vigilant attention. Being a lover of all things movement, I am getting antsy stuck inside reading a book by the fire. Sounds lovely but is truly painful when all you want to do is run. So I threw together some exercises and called it my “Fireside Workout”. It’s like hot yoga for hermits and great for new moms and dogsitters too!
(Exercises are hyperlinked for demonstration)
Warm-up 5 min: walking in place, walking forward and backwards, lifting heels alternately, mini squat side-to-side, plie squat with side bend, jumping jacks (if ambitious). Really anything that gets your muscles warm and blood flowing.
- Zipper Squat
- Thirsty Bird
- Wide Grip Pushup
- Reverse Fly
- Bird Dog
- Thread the Needle/ Side Plank
- Heel Beats
- Lateral Scissors
Perform all exercises in the circuit 10-20 times each with little or no rest between. Be sure to go until your muscles are fatigued. Hate counting reps? Set a timer for 45-60 seconds. Complete 1-4 sets, depending on how much time or energy you have. Want to ramp up the intensity? Add a theraband, exercise ball or weights. This workout can even be done in front of the TV!