No Time for Exercising?
Exercise is good for us! It keeps us limber, feel good hormones are released, and we feel good to be in a body that we manage well.
At times, we all say, "I don't have time to exercise!" (Me included).
Well when I'm in a time crunch, I will use my kitchen for multiple uses, including exercising.
What??? While I cook/bake my supper, I at times have used my kitchen to exercise. Sounds gross? Na.
While we cook/bake our meals, there is at times a lag time between steps in preparing our foods.
And so for example, while I was waiting for my microwave to thaw out my meat, I had time to just stand around. And so needing to exercise, I decided to weight train and do some isometric exercises.
I went into my pantry and searched out what I could use that would act like a weight for some weight training. I definitely will not use my Stainless steel pans or any Aluminum. Too light in weight. I also will look at the handle for a easy, sturdy grip. I do not want to accidentally drop my heavy item onto my Ceramic flooring! Broken tiles- not in my story.
Searching through my canned goods, I will not use my 15 oz can of Fruit Cocktail. Too light in weight.
I ended up using my Cast iron griddle for my leg lifts and Triceps.
I used a 46 oz plastic container of Apple sauce for my Bicep work. I had a Musselman's Apple sauce which has a easy handle to grip on to.
I realize these aren't as heavy of weights as maybe an authentic weight that we buy, but when we don't have the money or if we're in a pinch, they work! Just do more repetitions.
I've been laid-up with a leg and foot injury and so I wanted exercises that didn't re-injure my leg.
I did 3 repetitions of each exercise with 15-30 count.
With my Cast iron griddle, I held it on top of my outer, side of my thigh while I
lifted my leg, keeping my leg straight. This was working the outer thigh muscles. (notice photo).
With my Cast iron griddle, I held it on the top, front of my thigh.
I kept my leg bent at the knee at a 90 degree angle while lifting the thigh up and down. I was balancing on one leg to do this.
To exercise the back of my thighs, I simply bent over at the waist. I placed the griddle on the back part of my thigh. I kept my leg bent at a 90 degree angle. I gently and slowly lifted my thigh up as much as I could go without arching my back. I did these gentle movements for the 3 repetitions.
Now for the Triceps. I held the Cast iron pan with two hands behind my back, letting the pan dangle down from my head-neck region to my upper back. (I was performing a Dumbbell French press). I gently lifted the griddle up and down behind me, being careful not to clunk myself in the head.
To do my Biceps, I simply changed out my weight. I grabbed my Musselman's Apple sauce.
I lifted the apple sauce, bending at my elbow, but keeping my arm close to my side.
I used this same weight for my above Head lifts.
I also used it for lifting my arm from it's side to being 90 degrees from my body.
All these exercises weren't done all at once. Whenever I had some down time, I took advantage of it by doing another set of my exercises.
After you're done, don't forget to stretch a bit.
WE DID IT! We managed to find time to fit in some exercise. Weight lifting and isometric exercises are great to build muscle. When our muscles are in tone & strong, we burn off calories and we are less likely to get injured.
Staying healthy at times needs a little imagination. Staying healthy is keeping our minds, bodies, and spirit balanced and strong.
My next article will be about my injured leg/foot and how Reiki healing was used with it. Stay tuned!
by Cynthia Bergsbaken 9/11/2020 of Reiki in the Prairie LLC