Now that the holidays are over, you may have noticed a little extra puffiness around your tummy. Or maybe you’re extra serious about the New Year’s resolution you made to get fit. Whatever the case may be, I’ve got a plan to help you achieve your goals.
New Year’s resolutions, especially those that involve getting fit, are notorious for not working out (pun intended!). Once you factor in extra time to go to the gym, and the added cost of the membership, most people opt for a more simplified approach.
By all means, a short walk with family or friends every day before or after work is a great way to get fit and enjoy a breath of fresh air. But sometimes even that extra 15 or 30 minutes added to the start or end of the day adds too much strain to our schedules. On top of that is the weather. I’ll admit that I’m not always keen on stepping out when it’s raining or when it’s particularly cold or hot.
So, here’s a better idea. Why not tack on an extra minute – literally, just one extra minute – to something that you already do at least once per day. In the morning, when you visit the bathroom, linger for one extra minute and run through an exercise routine that will see you reach your fitness goals quickly, (fairly) effortlessly, and with no added cost. How’s that for the perfect plan to keeping your resolution throughout the year?
Here’s the plan. Before you jump into the shower, do:
- 10 squats. Don’t worry if you can’t quite manage that many just yet. Start with a number you’re comfortable with and go up from there.
- 10 countertop push-ups. Just like they sound, place your hands on the edge of the countertop. Stand about three feet back, feet shoulder width apart. Bend your elbows and allow yourself to lean down toward the countertop, then push up and straighten your elbows. You can also do this exercise on the edge of the bathtub.
- 10 tricep dips. These sound complicated, but they’re actually the countertop push-ups done in reverse. Turn your back to the countertop. (You can also do these off the edge of the bathtub.) Stand about three feet back from the counter. Place your hands on the edge of the countertop. Bending your elbows will bring your back closer to the countertop. Straightening your elbows will push your back away from the countertop.
Do as few or as many repetitions as you can handle. You can even set a schedule with the intent of adding one or two repetitions per month throughout the year. The routine should take you no more than a minute. Once you’re done, hop into the shower for a regular wash or, better yet, a luxurious steam shower experience.
What resolutions did you make this year?