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Day 25: Home Office Workout Tips

Today is Day 25 of the Home Office Workout Challenge. (<– If you'd like to join us, please do. We’ll be repeating the same series of exercises for one more week, so you can jump right in.)

From Mom: Our Remarkable Wrinklie

Today I used my first walk-it time to put away the dishes. I used the second walk-it time to fill the sink to do my dishes afterwards… bad idea. I walked away and forgot. Luckily I remembered just in time to prevent a flood. 😉 So, yeah, the walking time is great to get something simple done, but don’t start anything that involves running water or turning on a burner. Yikes!

Tip? If you take your “walk it out” time to do a quick chore – make sure you don't flood the house! 🙂

Another one from Mom about productivity.

This one is in reference to yesterday's post. (Day 24: Increase Focus & Productivity):

So, here I was, writing away on an article I have to finish NOW, not taking the 10 minutes I needed to do my workout. Instead, I kept thinking “right after I finish this article I’ll do the workout.”

Now, that wouldn’t be a BIG problem except I couldn’t think! I was writing at about 1/10th the speed and thought process that I normally have! Ah, connect the dots… so, I hopped up and got to work on my weight session for today.

Oh, that felt so good, and I’m thinking again like I need to in order to finish the article. Okay, case closed. This whole Quickie thing works.

As far as setting time limits, that seems very important to me. I, too, work better and more productively when I set a deadline for a project, rather than giving myself all day to do something. Great insight Scott and Nicole… again!

And, from Erica (Lucky Duck!)

Since I got my new weights, I did the whole workout with 20 lb weights and I have found a whole new level of energy.

I think my Marine is starting to get scared. He and a buddy ordered the P90X workout system thing. I mean while I’m perfectly content to sit here and watch 2 Marines see who can do more pull ups….

Woo hoo!

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  • Nicole

    Well guys, I woke up today with a headache – again. Day 4 of this nagging headache.

    But, Arika grabbed me on IM and said “Forget the cardio, just do one of the workouts this morning. It might help.”

    Well, I didn’t question her (because she’s really smart!), so I did it, barefoot in my jammies. And, my mood is better and so is my headache.

    Scott, is it ok to do 2 workouts in a day instead of the cardio if we’re feeling yucky?

    • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie

      Absolutely Nik! Go for the two workouts. I would just repeat the workout twice that day…

      You notice that each day works a certain body part and I would prefer that you stuck to that.

      My head has been pounding for a week from the sinus infection. It’s definitely no fun and cardio is not an option for me either.

      I’ve been doing some workouts the past couple days though. It definitely helps with my mood and just getting the blood flowing so my body can heal itself.

      • Nicole

        That’s a huge relief. I’m just not a cardio gal, but I love the resistance workouts.

        Cardio = panting, nausea, dizziness

        So, on days where I’m just NOT able to get the energy for the cardio, I can do another of the workouts instead?

        I’m not in great shape, but it’s not like I’m in terrible shape either. I can go on a 12-15 mile bike ride without batting an eye, swim laps, ride horses, rollerblade around the neighborhood, canoe for hours, or hike all day. Maybe I push too hard when I do the cardio because I just make myself sick. 😐

        I think that would help me a lot to get both done in a day for the long haul if I gave myself permission to do two workouts some days instead of the cardio.

        Thoughts? Or am I just being a total weenie? 🙂

        • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie

          Can I call you Oscar Meyer???

          HA! Weenie 😉

          Try to do the cardio sessions every chance that you get. But on those days where you know that it’s just not going to feel right, then go right ahead and repeat that day’s workout session.

          It’s all about having fun and compliance. I’ve always prided myself on making a few modifications to a program to ensure that I’ll stick with it for the long term.

          You ROCK Nicole!

  • Nicole

    Guys, please share your Home Office Workout Tips in this thread today.

  • The Mom

    Way to ratchet up the pressure, Nicole! Yike! Use me as an example…???? 😮

    Actually, I appreciate the shout out and support, so it’s all good! 😉

    Know thyself. In other words, start slow and build so you don’t hurt something.

    Put your workout clothes, including shoes, on first thing in the morning. The longer I stay in my pajamas, or if I dress normally and then have to change to workout, I postpone my workout, work for some hours, and then can’t figure out why my brain is not working like it should. So, routine… get up, put on workout clothes, brush teeth, drink tea, grab small snack, wake up, work out, eat breakfast, sit down to work.

    I do the workout first, in the morning, because I’m a slow starter and the slower movements of the weights stuff works better. The quick cardio stuff like jumping jacks and mountain climbing work better for me in the afternoon.

    Set a timer, or alarm, to go off for your second session. Stop what you’re doing and jump up and do the session.

    Space your workouts out a couple hours. That thing Nicole said about her metabolism getting a boost from the Squat-Off Challenge really makes sense. Getting up every hour or so and doing squats seems to give a wake-up call to the body.

    I’m going to pick out a couple favorite exercises, like the bicycle kick and leg slides, and do them each at least once a day in addition to the regular sessions.

    Oh, one thing I learned from being on a low-glycemic diet is that a few snacks during the day will also boost metabolism. I keep a jar of roasted almonds on my desk and eat a few every so often throughout the day.

    That’s enough from me!

  • Angela Wills

    I can’t think of any tips. Maybe it’s because I haven’t done my workout yet! I have to admit I’m loosing momentum here, starting to lose interest in the quickies so I think I need a butt kickin back into this!

    I went volunteering at school today so I haven’t got my quickies in and now off to swimming class with Hayden soon but I WILL definitely do them when I get back. I’m looking forward to the new exercises next week, I think switching it up again will help me keep interested.

    Scott, do we get an email about joining monthly? I don’t want to miss it!

    Oh wait, thought of one tip I got from Scott – keep your water bottle on your desk so you can sip all day. (I know, not exactly earth shattering but water is GOOOD)

  • Nicole

    I went on a bike ride with mom. Wore my sunglasses since I wasn’t sure how my head would respond to the sunlight with my headache, but I felt GREAT.

    So thankful for these 10 minute workouts. I can do just about anything for 10 measly minutes.

  • Lexi Rodrigo

    OMG, did I read that right – 20 lb weights?!? Here I am looking at 2- to 5-pound dumbbells, LOL!

    Ok, my canned beans have gotten way too light for me (obviously). I mean, my arms don’t even get sore anymore. So I really need to get those weights. Still, I doubt I’m going to get 20-lb ones.

    It feels greeeat to do the strength training and cardio in the morning. Then for the rest of the day I’m thinking, “Hey, I’ve done my exercise for the day! What else do I have to do?”

    • Erica Cosminsky

      I have a lot of upper body strength where I was on crutches for over four months and then had to use a cane for a long time.
      My knees however were so weak that I couldn’t ride a bicycle. I probably couldn’t lift 20 lbs with my legs.
      So believe me you could definitely out run me 😀

  • Erica Cosminsky

    I love The Mom’s Tips. That’s about what I do.

    Tips. Hmmm… I guess my best tip is just keep trying. It’s amazing how far you can advance in just a week and even if your body continues to rebel, almost any particular set can be substituted for something you can do. Just remember the original at some point.

    Take motivation off your strengths. I have a lot more upper body strength than I thought and mentally it makes me want to get the rest of my body in that shape.

    And the Lord will provide. (This isn’t really a workout tip.) Just yesterday I was saying that I just didn’t think I could drag myself out of bed earlier in the morning so I wasn’t up so late. Today, I found out I am going to be watching one of my friends 20 month old son because of some issues at daycare. Something about short a daycare worker and hiding the fact that there were 17 children in the 1-2 year old class with ONE teacher!!

    But back to my point, I am going to have to get up at 6:30 to get my workout done before he gets here. And I actually think the kids together will entertain one another rather than my having so many extended interruptions everyday.

    Hope you all are having a great week. Get excited for squats tomorrow.

  • Judi

    I am here, having a slow week as far as the workouts are going, but still working at it. I have been suffering from that headache all week as well. One kid down with the flu and the other 2 fighting it. Taking a lot of momentum from me.

    Tips? What do I have? Angela took the good one. Keep your water handy. Can’t stand the taste of just water? Add a bit of lemon or lime to it. I have never added sugar ie lemonade, just straight lemon.

    I got an early Birthday Present from hubby. He bought me the chair base for my exercise ball. OK this takes a bit of coordination to use. Someone should have warned me!

  • Kevin "Mr Ebay" Johnson

    I agree with “The Mom” I do my workout and cardio first thing in the morning. I have to challenge myself now to get up an hour earlier to get it in before I start my workday. Oh and I did raise my weight in dumb bells from 5 lbs to 10 lbs this week!!! I really notice a difference during the exercises.

  • Joel

    It’s my day 11 today and I think it’s starting to make me feel a bit better. For me I guess it takes a bit of time for my system to get use to it, but it’s getting there.

    I’m happy we have all been able to stick to it!

  • Arika

    Great tips from everyone!

    One of the biggest issues I’ve had is drinking enough water everyday. Now, I keep my water bottle on my desk and I’m chugging a whole bottle a day – of course I need 2 of them to hit the minimum amount of water I need a day, but getting one of them down has been a big accomplishment for me.

    As for my own tip – Keep motivating each other! Honestly, without the motivation from everyone else who would still be doing this? I’m sure not as many of us…so even though we’ve been at this for nearly a month we still have to keep helping each other along. Cheer one another on and pick each other up when we’re down.

    Great job everyone – keep it up! And, if you’ve been slacking this week…GET YOUR COMPUTER BUTT MOVIN’! You’ve got catching up to do!

    And yes, that was directed at myself as well – I missed 2 days of workouts this week and I felt it yesterday. When I did my workout yesterday morning I knew what I’d been missing those two days.

    • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie

      Make that a new priority Arika… Drink more water.

      As I’ve mentioned before, AWARENESS is a big key to success.

      I want you to become aware of how you eat and behave on days when you ‘forget’ to drink enough water.

      Do you find that you pick at food more? Are you always looking for food? Do you grab the wrong kinds of food?

      Also, what is your energy like on days when you don’t drink enough water? Do you feel more sluggish? Is it more difficult to focus?

      Now compare that to the days when you do drink enough water.

      Water has such a huge impact on our behaviors and actions.

      It is absolutely crucial to the firing of neurons in our brain. It helps all of our brain signals operate at maximum efficiency.

      Here’s an analogy for ya…

      If you were going on a road trip to an incredible destination and you had a choice between two cars… one that has no oil or gas in it and one that is fully lubed up… which one would you choose?

      Drinking water is like fuel and lubrication for our brain. It’s essential for it’s efficiency.

      Yet if you stuck a dip-stick into most people’s brains you would find that the amount of water would be closer to the Fill mark rather than where it should be at the Full mark.

      It’s one of the easiest things to do. Have a jug of water at your desk and don’t end your day unless it’s gone.

      It’s not like I’m asking you to run for 4 hours. All you have to do is drink water.

      You can do it!

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