I thought I would mix things up and do a fitness post. I would say since graduating college I have stayed somewhat “fit” trying to work out at least 4 times a week. While I consider myself a pretty healthy eater I have discovered I can’t ( and do not want to) cut out chocolate from my life, I really enjoy it’s company. So instead I make sure to add some cardio into my work outs. While Kris was home this last off season we started going to the gym together and I slowly started to see myself getting more toned…and who doesn’t like that? I kept it up once he left town, but when I came to Japan the gyms are not quite the same. There is nowhere near the amount of free weights and a lot of the gym is geared more towards cardio machines. ( I am more of a HIIT cardio person than a runner….I will blame it on my short attention span) Long story short I prefer working out at home while I am in Japan. Kris and I bought me enough weights and things so that I could get a solid work out in at home.
I don’t know about you but in order for me to get a good work out in I need some kind of end goal or someone telling me what to do. It just pushes me harder then I would push myself. I was in search of a good cardio work out to really get a good sweat and I came across the “Deck of Cards Workout” and I LOVE it, so I thought I would share it with you guys!
What you will need:
A deck of playing cards…that’s it! I would recommend a mat, water bottle, tennies, and cute work out wear ( we all know when you have on cute gear you enjoy the work out more!) haha. All you really need though is a deck of cards, which works great when we are on the road.
The work out is totally customizable. I made mine more of a total body work out, but you could make it to focus all on lower body, upper body, or even a core workout. What you do first is pick an exercise for each suit and write it down. My thought process was to pick two things I hate ( because they are hard) and two things I enjoy. This is what mine looked like…I made sure I had two that would really get my heart rate up.
Once you have your list made all you do is flip over a card and do the exercise that matches the suit and the amount that the card shows! ( Jack = 11 Queen = 12 King = 13 & Ace = 14) Now your goal is to make it though the entire deck, but I started out by just doing half the deck. ( of course my half had the entire burpees suit, go figure! )You could even just set a timer for 10 minutes and see how far you get.
Lower Body: Squat jumps, Lunges, Fire Hydrants, Donkey Kicks
Upper Body: Curls, Dips, Push-Ups, Overhead Press
Core: Plank, Leg Raises, Reverse Crunch, Russian Twist
Let me know how you like the work out and don’t forget to stretch when you are done!