The kitchen is our new work out place! I’ve just learned a cool way to sneak in 5 to 10 minutes of exercise. It seems like we are always in there so let’s use some of the waiting and stirring time to tone some muscles!
We learned that even a stroll in the Mall is good exercise for a beginner.
Remember we included incidental exercise, like parking farther away and walking while talking on the phone.
This week we are adding some toning exercises!
Here are 5 toning exercises we can do while we are cooking dinner or cleaning up! Let the task be the reminder to do the exercise.
This is my busy, slightly messy kitchen
and me cooking dinner tonight and practicing what I preach!
Check-the-microwave tiptoe heel raises.
Stand in front of microwave with feet shoulder width apart. Raise heels as high as possible and hold for 1 second before slowly lowering down. Repeat for 1 minute to 2 minutes or until the food is reheated. This one is easy for me because I’m so short that I often have to stand on my tiptoes. Haha!
Stir-the-pot leg lifts.
Stand facing the stove and place one hand on the edge for support. Shift your weight to your right leg and slowly lift your left leg as high as you can, (usually about 45 degrees) before lowering again. Try not to let your foot touch the floor. Repeat 12 times on each side.
Take a medium sized ball or book and place it between your thighs above your knees. Stand straight with your feet together and really squeeze the ball with your thighs. Roll your thighs inwards and don’t let them shift forward. Hold for 1 second and repeat until the veggies are peeled. If a ball or a book feels too weird then squeeze your buttocks and thighs.
Position your hands on the counter at a distance slightly wider than your shoulders, then step your feet approximately two to three feet from the counter top. Tighten your stomach and straighten your spine so your body forms a straight line from your head to your feet. Inhale, bend your elbows and lower your chest toward the counter. Exhale, straighten your arms and return to the start position. Repeat 12 times.
If needed, hold onto the counter. Stand with feet shoulder width apart and knees and toes pointed forward. Bend your knees and gradually lower your body as if you are going to sit in a chair. Pause for 1 second and then push up from your heels and gradually return to standing. Repeat 12 times.
Remember our core verse! “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.
Let’s not grow tired of doing the right thing!
All these little steps do make a difference!
Today’s little step: Add 5 minutes of toning exercises in the kitchen per day. With this addition of toning exercise our total exercise for Camp # 5 will be 25 minutes.
Resources used http://nanoworkout.com/category/kitchen-workout/ http://www.exercisemenu.com/250-rep-kitchen-workout-routine/ http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/counter-pushups-vs-knee-pushups-1620.html