This past week, my Daily Minimum really helped me. Some days the there was no way I was going to get through all of my workouts. But doing this, even if it was right before bed, helped to relax me before bed.
Daily Core: Vertical Core
This is a nice short core workout. Similar to Core Wake Up. Easy to squeeze in anywhere.
Daily Stretch: Shoulder Stretches
I’m really loving this new routine. Since I carry so much of my stress in my neck and shoulders, this is perfect for me right now.
Kelly’s Core Cardio
It’s been a while since I’ve done anything like this. About 2/3 of the way through I was so pleased that I was barely breathing heavily, but by the end I definitely felt like I got a good workout. Plus it’s always a treat to rotate anything with Kelly Dean into the mix, just for variety.
Ok, so last week I said I don’t mind weights. Apparently I lied. I actually find weight lifting by itself kind of tedious. (As opposed to more integrated workout like Balanced or Weighted Warriors). But this workout isn’t too long and can ever be done sitting, if that’s what you need in order to properly engage your core.
I decided to add weights to parts of this for the first time. It definitely bumped it up a notch without making it too difficult. You could definitely get your heart rate up with this one. (Mind you, I didn’t as much because I stopped four times to deal with my children fighting will emptying the dishwasher and doing a “fun” Christmas craft. Just being real here. Mom exercise involves a lot of stopping to deal with little people and their big problems).
Insane Upper Body
Every time I do this workout after long absence I find myself worrying that it will be too hard. It actually wasn’t too bad. Yes, it was challenging and I had to give my arms a couple of quick rests, but overall it was encouraging to feel the muscles of my arms working.
This is a nice short workout. It’s fairly full body without being high intensity. It’s called transitions for a reason, it provides a perfect bridge between the Foundational Five and more traditional workouts. It reminds me a little bit of a simpler Tabata of sorts.
Restorative Poses I
After a rough weekend, I finished my night with this workout and my Daily Minimum. It felt amazing, so relaxing and I’m convinced it helped me to sleep better.
I loved coming back to this workout again. I especially love the part done in tree pose. It’s nice to be able to integrate the core work and pelvic floor work and still keep the workout to around 11 minutes long. Another one I like to keep in the rotation and cycle back to regularly.
Having some to do every day has actually been almost relaxing. I still give myself a hard time when I miss a full workout. But knowing that I can accomplish something small, at any time of the day makes it easier. Seriously, I can squeeze my Daily Minimum in while the kids are eating breakfast, which dinner bakes in the over or before bed. If you are having a stressful time of year and you feel like exercise isn’t a possibly, try starting small and consistently. It will make a bigger difference than you realize.
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