Shift work and home workout

I’m not sure why, but I just can’t seem to shake out of this funk. I think it might be the gloomy weather and the fact that I just want to go outside!!!

Anyway, I wanted to pass along this article I was sent. It talks about shift work, not only working 12 hours, but always working the night shift. I know a lot of my friends work this shift 🙂 It talks about how working “shift work” can change your body, and what we can do help our body stay in a good rhythm (I don’t work the night shift, but I can still take the advice, especially on getting enough sleep!)

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This morning Andrew was suppose to have a friend over, I sent a text to push back the time so I could head to the gym. My gym’s child care times drive me INSANE!  The times are Saturday 8-12 and nothing on Sunday. THATS. IT. I know this might not be a big deal to some (without kids, with a spouse, with older kiddos) but its a big deal here. Basically on Sundays, I can’t workout unless Andrew is at a friends, at my parents (I already ask them a ton!), or with his dad. So if the stars align, I will be at the gym on Sundays haha

I found this on pinterest, and I am going to try this tomorrow

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The rest of the day, I am going to try and lift my spirits. I’m just not feeling like myself.

(UPDATE: just realized I didn’t take my vitamin D yesterday, I wonder if thats what my deal was yesterday and today)

Question for you:

How do you fit in workouts?

What is your favorite at home workout?

5Am Ten Minute Workout

Recently, I have been trying to find ways to squeeze in workouts here and there. I actually found this one on men’s health

10 Minute Fat Blaster

Perform this circuit without rest between exercises. Then rest 1 minute and repeat the circuit. Do as many circuits as you can in 10 minutes. Click here for a video demonstration of the workout.

Jumping Jack
Start with your feet hip-width apart and hands at your sides. Simultaneously raise your arms above your head and jump so you can spread your feet shoulder-width apart. Then jump again to lower your arms and bring your feet together. Do 20 reps.

 

Prisoner Squat
Stand with your hands behind your head, your chest out and your elbows back. Sit back at your hips and bend your knees to lower your body as far as possible without losing the natural arch of your spine. Squeeze your glutes and push yourself back up to the starting position. Do 12 reps.

 

Pushup
Assume the classic pushup position: legs straight, hands beneath your shoulders. Now brace your abs. Keeping your body rigid, lower yourself until your chest touches the floor. Then push back up until your arms are extended. Do 15 reps.

 

Forward Lunge
From a standing position, take a large step forward with one leg. When your front thigh is parallel to the floor and your back knee is off the floor, hold for 1 second. Then return to the starting position and repeat with your other leg. Do 12 reps with each leg. (Make it harder by holding the lowered position for 5 seconds.)

 

Stickups
Stand with your back to the wall and feet about 4 inches from the wall. Place the back of your arms against the wall, with upper arms parallel to floor and forearms at 90 degrees. Raise your arms overhead while keeping them against the wall at all times. Slowly return to below the starting position, tucking your elbows into your sides and bringing shoulder blades together. Do 10 reps.

yep. men’s health. I can keep up with the fellas!

I was sweated after completing this AND I woke up so I could tackle my 12 hour shift! (you don’t have to do this workout at 5am, that is just what time I get up before work haha)

I also am big on workout DVDs when you just don’t want to leave the house, or the weather is too cold/too hot. But I can’t do them very often or I get bored. My favorite is my yoga DVD

Question for you:

How do you squeeze in a workout?