Do you find yourself too busy to workout? Does the thought of going to the gym make you cringe? Or maybe you enjoy exercise and want to step it up a notch. . .
Let me introduce you to ‘bathroom exercises’. Sounds weird, I know. But bear with me.
The idea is simple.
1. Pick a room in your house that you go into several times a day. When I first heard this idea, I picked my kitchen. After all, I’m the cook.
2. Every time you go into that room, do an exercise. Did you know there are about 101 ways you can totally avoid your kitchen in the span of a day and still feed your family?
After more thought, I settled on the bathroom. I mean, it’s pretty hard to completely avoid that room for life. Eventually, you have to go in there.
Bathroom exercise ideas
1. Pick a high intensity type of exercise like push ups, lunges, running in place, etc. You can start out with five reps, ten reps, or thirty or more depending on the exercise and your fitness level. Do a set amount of reps or set a timer. The important part is to do it until you’re out of breath or can’t do anymore.
Let’s say you pick jumping rope – totally doable in the right sized bathroom. Maybe you start out doing 50 before you’re out of breath and need to stop. Gradually you increase that number to 200.
Do you realize that if you use the bathroom even five times a day, you’d complete 1,000 jumps. Think of all the muscles you’re calling into action – arms, legs, stomach, lower back. . .It’s great!
The best part of bathroom exercises is that it’s so flexible. Maybe you don’t have a jump rope or your bathroom is too small. Choose an exercise you can do in the space you have. A jumping jack doesn’t take more than about 4 feet of space. If you’re concerned the neighbors below you will complain, try squatting with weights or doing pushups.
I’ve squatted in the bathroom stall at Wal-Mart, did pushups at my sister’s house, and lunged until my legs felt like jello. It all works.
2. Pick an exercise you’re comfortable with, or can do properly. One day my sixteen-year-old had a pull-up bar in the laundry room doorway. The doorway I have to walk through to get to the bathroom. I decided to try. . .one. Just one.
As I was looking up at it, he walked by and ‘hinted’ that a proper pull-up starts from a dead hang, where you’re holding onto the bar with straight arms, knees bent, legs crossed at the ankles, and then pull yourself up – none of that ‘cheating’ little jump I was trying to get myself started. He proceeded to show me how easy it was.
So, I grabbed onto the bar and let myself hang – in proper form I might add, before I dropped to the floor.
“C’mon, mom. You have to at least try.”
I cleared my throat. “I was trying.”
Maybe dead-hang pull-ups aren’t your thing either. There are a lot of exercises to choose from- even calf raises will start sculpting muscles and giving you that extra ‘umpff’.
Bathroom exercises give you little workout bursts throughout the day without the need to spend an hour a day at the gym or find a sitter each time you want to run.
And remember, the more water you drink, the better. 😉
What are your favorite bathroom exercises?
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