Ever have a day where you were just flat out exhausted?
As the evening approaches, you are faced with a critical decision……Do you have enough energy to workout at the gym or should you just skip your workout?
Or how about whether you’re going to eat that healthy meal or cave in for some cheap, easy fast food?
We all are faced with easy decisions every day that add up over time.
In today’s video post, MicVinny tells you why it’s important to find your one constant so that no matter how you feel on a particular day, you can keep building momentum towards your overall fitness goals!
Identifying your life’s patterns
What’s your excuse?
Stop convincing yourself that you’re tired
All it takes is one small positive thing to build positive momentum
Take any object that you can find that weights between 1 – 10 lbs. It can even be a smart phone.
What you will do is set a timer for 2 minutes and do as many reps as possible with that one shoulder. Once the 2 mins is up, switch sides and repeat.
Over time add more time or pick a heavier object.
If you have an office chair that swivels, use the chair to help you work your obliques.
Just slight twist from side to side while squeezing your core muscles.
Standing Up Activity
Bodyweight Stiff Leg Deadlift
Stand straight up. Try to touch your toes by bending at your hips, with only a slight bend in your knees.
You should feel a stretch in your hamstrings, glutes and lower back muscles.
Standing Leg Curls
Place both hands on a chair, wall or desk for support. Squeeze your hamstring muscle and try to get your left heel to touch your left glute.
Once you are as high as you can get, squeeze and hold for 2 seconds before lowering your foot back to the ground. Repeat 8 – 12 reps.
Repeat on right leg.
Office Cubicle Movement
Set a timer for 45 minutes. No matter what, once those 45 minutes are up, you need to get up and move around your office for at least 5 minutes.
Too often we get caught up in our work and will push ourselves for hours. Setting a timer forces you to acknowledge that you need a break.
Instead of just surfing the Internet, you’ll be moving around your office. Whether that’s walking to the bathroom, visiting co-workers, getting some water….
IT DOESN’T MATTER. MOVE YOUR BUTT for at least 5 minutes.
Once done, set your timer and start again.
Traditional farmer walks involve lifting something very heavy for distance or time. Most likely you don’t have a trap bar or dumbbells at the office so you’ll have to improvise.
Pick something heavy near your desk or office area (books, bag, purse, backpack, laptop,etc).
Place the object in one hand and walk a certain distance with it.
Now switch hands and repeat. This imbalance will help work your core and sneak in some cardio if you repeat this several times a day.
The longer the distance you travel, the better the workout.
Here’s a simple routine using some of the exercises mentioned above.
Knee Marches: 12 reps per side
Sit to Stands: 12 reps
Bodyweight Stiff Leg Deadlift: 12 reps
Seated Shoulder Press: As many reps in 2 minutes per side
Chair Crunches: 12 reps
Farmer’s Walk: On the way to/from bathroom, break room, co-worker’s desk, etc.
Repeat during your next break.
The key with these exercises is to sneak them in during your workday.
It’s better to do something than nothing at all.
Take advantage of your environment and you’ll soon discover that you’ll no longer have the same body as those other cubicle prairie dogs sitting next to you!
Your job has you on the road for 5 days straight.Normally, your company has it’s employees stay at luxurious Marriott brand hotels.Well, there’s been a slight change in plans because all of the major hotel brands in this town are booked solid!
As you look for another hotel, you realize that the only option you have is some local hole in a wall motel.You previously had planned on working out at the Marriott’s nice gym facility.
After arriving to this new motel you find out that:
The only amenity is a continental breakfast consisting of 3 month old stale muffins!
There’s no gym!
Additionally, there’s no other gym facility within a twenty mile radius of your motel!
“Oh man!This is going to be a crappy week!”
What’s a traveler to do!!??
First off R-E-L-A-X!
MicVinny is here to make it all better.
No matter if you’re traveling for work or pleasure, all you need is a room.One simple room is all you need in order to have a great workout.
Don’t worry about the fancy gym equipment.I’m here to teach you how that simple room on the road (or even in your own house) can still help you achieve a good workout.
Quick Hotel Room Observation
When you first walk into any room, look at all the objects that are around.In a typical hotel room you will normally find the following:
Are all those items bolted to the floor?
If not they can be moved!Moving the items means that you can create your own workout space.Additionally you could use some of those objects to do some exercises with.
Creative Hotel Room Exercises
Flip the mattress
When you’re at home, you know the mattress should be flip about every 2-3 months right. You know how hard it its to flip that bad boy right?Isn’t that the reason you take so long in finally flipping it over?
Well why not turn this “painful” chore into a great exercise game.Take the covers off and see how many times you can flip that bad boy!Make sure no objects that could get damage are near the bed and go to town!
See how many times you can flip it in 10 minutes.Or set a specific amount of flips for the day like 5 flips.Increase that number during each trip.
Don’t feel to bad about leaving the covers off the mattress if this is your last night in your room, because you’ve just helped the cleaning staff!
(Please be sure to tip the housekeepers if you do this activity while you’re still actually staying in your room!)
Hotel Room Farmers Walk
Pick up an object and walk side to side with it in your room without putting it down.This will work out your arms, abs and legs.Sounds easy but the longer you do it the harder it becomes.
Depending on the shape and size you will either hold it by your side, to your chest or above your head.Anything over your head will provide your shoulders with a great workout.
Table Inverted Rows
This comes with a warning!If you’re a person over 225 lbs, you might want to attempt with caution.Regardless of your size you should still be careful.One of the best back exercises you can do is pull ups.Unfortunately you can’t find a bar in your hotel room, so a good pull up substitute is a Reverse Row.In this case instead of a bar we’re going to use a table or desk instead.
Did you know that you had a 24/7 gym with you at all times?It’s called your body.It is capable of doing amazing things if you learn how to do it properly.
Bodyweight routines are the perfect type of workouts to do inside your room.Nothing is required excepted your imagination and ability to be humbled.
Too many folks over estimate just how strong they really are.Doing bodyweight exercise allows you to find imbalances in your body and address key weak points.A few days of bodyweight exercise will do you good if you do go back to your normal weightlifting routine at the gym.
Here’s a simple list of good bodyweight exercise to get you started:
Now when picking a routine, make sure you do it smartly. In traditional workouts you try to pick your workout based on groups.
I would simple start with a workout consisting of:
1 Upper body movement
1 Lower body movement
1 Ab/Core movement
1 Cardio movement
Example bodyweight workout Routine
Incline Push Up
Once you know which exercises you want to do, you now just need to figure out what style of training you will be doing in your room.Here’s some examples:
You pick an exercise and just try to do as many as you can during a time period.Example:5 mins of Push Ups
You repeat the exercise for set amount of repetitions with a break in between.
Example:5 sets of 10 reps.Rest 30 secs between sets.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HITT is geared more towards getting your heart rate up.It’s a sneaky way to get a great cardio workout in a short amount of time.You do the exercise nonstop for a set amount of time before taking a rest for a precise amount of time.You then repeat.HIIT should not last for long periods of time (think over 10-20 mins) otherwise you’ll burn out!