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Quick Cardio Workout + Day 21 of 30 Days of Fitness

The end is near, can you feel it? I’m talking about that point where you are thisclose to giving up on your healthy lifestyle altogether because *sigh* you just don’t have the time. You’re starting to tell yourself you’ll get back on the wagon as soon as Thanksgiving is over. Or as soon as the last of the New Year’s Eve glitter has been washed out of your hair. (I haven’t had a New Year’s Eve that included glitter for years, by the way. Does this still happen?) Yeah, I’m completely on to you and your justifications. Too bad I’m the only one in your life who isn’t going to settle for that crap. Got 10 minutes? Then you have time for yourself! I don’t care how busy you are – this quick cardio workout was made for you, by me, that super-repetitive woman in your life you are still kinda-sorta listening to because you know better. Deep down, you know things have to happen.

I didn’t have time to work out yesterday. Fitness is my job, folks. How can I even type that excuse out loud? But like you, Crazy has taken control of my life and the sane version of myself is too busy hiding all the wine from Crazy’s greedy hands. But you know what I did have yesterday? 10 minutes. 10 really, really devoted minutes to kick my own butt back into my happy place. “So here’s a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down.” <—If you got that reference immediately, we are high fiving in spirit.

If you have 10 minutes – you have no excuse. You can do this quick cardio workout ANYWHERE. The office, the parking lot, your home, the gym, your kids’ gym while watching their games, the airport (yes, really). Get my drift? ANYWHERE. And I think it’s worth mentioning that tomorrow is Day 21 of the 30 Days of Fitness Challenge. So this is what you’re gonna do: See workout below. Do it. Give yourself a big sweaty hug.

If you’re just joining the challenge and want to see what the particulars are, you’re going to want to read this brief intermission content. If you’re thinking “yeah, yeah, yeah alright already!” then you’ll want to scroll down to the workout.


Starting Saturday, November 1st I’m either blogging or Facebook’ing (is that officially a verb yet?) once a day to highlight ONE thing you can do each day in the name of your health. What for? My goal is to keep you – you who are interested and open to it – as healthy and sane as possible before December hits. Maybe it’s a fitness tip, a workout, or a way to be more mindful of what you’re consuming. Maybe it’s just a reminder to take 5 minutes to appreciate your body for what it does for you.  I’ve got lots of stuff in this noggin’ and it’ll be good. I think it’s appropriate to start on November 1st for these reasons:

  1. It’s the day after Halloween. I don’t know about you but my kids have already acquired bags of candy and Halloween isn’t for two more days. I’d love to tell you I have super-human willpower and am not interested in sweets but if they’re in my house someone’s going to eat them and it won’t just be my kids. I’ll be getting rid of most of it on November 1st. And before you might “mean mom” me, please know I do allow my children plenty of sweets. It’s not my fault my 3-year-old loves dark chocolate. Okay, maybe it is my fault a little bit.
  2. November has 30 days in it, what a crazy coincidence!
  3. November brings with it my absolute most-favorite holiday of the year. People eat on that day – a lot. We’re going to do some damage control all month.
  4. I’ve found it nearly pointless to do any kind of fitness challenge in the month of December. People are way too busy. My goal with doing this in November is to hopefully instill some basic good habits in all of us that will stick throughout the holidays, chaos and all.

Here’s how it’s going down:

  1. Look for either a blog post or Facebook post the night before. So this Saturday’s post will be up on Friday night. This way you won’t be waiting on me all day for something you could have done already. If you don’t already ‘Like’ my Facebook page, you can do so here, or on the left sidebar of this page, so you get each day’s updates.
  2. Share with others, please! This keeps you accountable and reminds others who might be interested in their health to do the same. Sharing is caring and around here good friends don’t let friends feel like crap.
  3. Be open. This isn’t some crazy workout challenge. I do those too, but 30 Days of Fitness is meant to encourage you and keep you mindful. So some days it may be little things, other days I may ask more of you. Do what you can and always keep your health in the forefront of your brain every day, because no one else will.
  4. Comment whenever you have questions, concerns, disagree with my approach or love something. If you want more info on a topic, I am happy to dive in for you. I’m kind of a geek like that.
  5. Subscribe and win. <—- See that little sign-up box in the left sidebar? That’s a neat tool that, if you enter your email address, will automatically deliver my new blog posts to your inbox for you. All those who subscribe for email updates between TODAY and NOVEMBER 30th will be entered in a drawing to win this REALLY terrific cookbook from Lisa Leake over at the 100 Days of Real Food blog: “100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love.” What’s not to love about winning that book at the most appropriate time of year? Check it out here!

100 Days Cookbook That’s it. Are you ready? See you soon!


Back to today’s business. Stick this in your photo stream and like it. Pin it, print it, I don’t care. It’s yours. Here we go.

The Workout – Day 21 of 30 Days of Fitness

(see links below for how-to videos for some of the exercises)

 Quick cardio workout

You should be sweaty and feel like 10 minutes was enough of that workout. As in, I’ll probably hear you yelling at me to get off your back already. This is what kicking Crazy in the arse feels like.

Finally, click on the exercises below for some handy how-to video demo’s from around the web:

Mountain Climbers – As fast as you can

Butt Kicks

Plank Jacks

Side-to-Side Lunges

Rotating Plank

High Knees – As fast as you can

Squat Jumps – As fast as you can

Walk Out Planks – You can omit the step she is standing on.

Skater Hops – Jump as wide as you can for a bigger leg workout, jump as fast as you can for a bigger cardio workout.