Free Fitness Challange

My holiday has finally arrived and with limited time and cash, this week I decided to set myself a little challenge.

I wanted to feel my best on the slopes but instead of hitting the gym I decided to save a bit of money and workout at home.

Rather than committing to a run in the cold, dark and damp weather, which let’s face it, was never going to happen. I stumbled across some great workout sheets from the NHS which I could complete in the comfort of my own home.

I assigned an area to work on for each day of the week (Mon-Fri) beginning with a warm up and ending with a cool down. All I needed to find was 20 minutes a day. Simple!!

I’ve kept a diary to let you know how I got on.

Everyday – 6 minute warm up – http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/how-to-warm-up.aspx

warm up

Monday – 10 minute cardio – http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/home-cardio-workout.aspx

I headed to Mum & Dad’s straight from work. They are looking after my 3 year old nephew, so what could be more fun than getting him to join in my exercise of choice for today! I must admit it was harder than I thought but doing star jumps with a 3 year old certainly put a smile on my face and I was very impressed with his counting skills. 1 down 5 to go.

cardio

 Tuesday – 10 minute abs workout – http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/abs-workout.aspx

I’m off to the cinema tonight for a friend’s birthday and taking advantage of “Bargain Tuesdays” (http://t.co/txXWzMNfeh) I would usually go to Zumba but it would be impossible to fit in, however I’ve managed to find 20 minutes. I’ve chosen to ignore the aching muscles I haven’t used for a while from yesterdays workout and just got on with it.

abs

Wednesday – 10 minute bingo wings blaster – http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/Bingo-wings-blaster.aspx

I’ve got some last minute washing to do tonight in preparation for my hols so my usual swim is out of the question. Whilst the washing is on the go I’ve completed my 20 minutes and even prepped for dinner. I feel like superwoman!

bingo wings

Thursday – 10 minute firm butt workout – http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/firm-butt-workout.aspx

Another day, another birthday! This time it’s my cousins 30th. I’ve rushed home, wrapped the present, worked that butt, all in time for dinner. I’m feeling great and also a little less guilty about consuming that piece of cake and glass of wine.

firm butt

Friday – 10 minute toning workout – http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/home-toning-workout.aspx

Ahh it’s finally here, day number 5. I’m exhausted from a very busy week and still have to pack. I really don’t have the energy but I’ve made a commitment and I WILL stick to it!

toning

Everyday – 5 minute cool down routine – http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/how-to-stretch.aspx

cool down

 

Ive finally completed my challange and I’m really proud that I’ve managed to get some exercise despite being so busy this week. Don’t get me wrong it’s been hard finding the motivation but I often find if you set yourself an achievable goal and take it one step at a time, it’s easier to complete. I’ve even lost 1lb in the process! I will definitely embark on this challenge again, especially after I’ve over indulged on the Swiss cheese!

Why not try the challenge yourself and let me know how you get on?

Love Nic x

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