Another great cross-training tip: Use a jar!

exercises by Karen from offthemeathook.com

My good friend Karen Merzenich blogs at offthemeathook.com, lifestyles of the carnivorous and fabulous, and while she certainly enjoys eating, she might smack me upside the head if she knew I was sharing her tips on a RUNNING website. It’s just not her thing. Instead, she has devised a clever way to keep fit without having to lace up her running shoes (or even get out of her jammies). All of her cross-training ideas work while her son is napping or nearby. Here’s what she told me:

My solution? The surprise-laden exercise bingo jar! First, I spent a little time googling good exercises to target both post-pregnancy belly and my other bete noire, that flappy underarm flab (or “chicken nuggets” as my Pilates teacher colorfully calls them.) I picked 12 exercises and wrote them down on little slips of paper. I put the target number of sets and reps on each slip as well. Then I put the little papers in a jar in my kitchen. Every day I have to pull out five slips and do whatever they say. This makes it fun because I never know what I’m going to get, and it only takes about 15 minutes to get through all five exercises. Plus, I don’t have to do the most hated exercises every day –side plank, I’m looking at you– or get bored by doing the same routine over and over.

Read the rest over at rookiemoms.com, including sample exercises for your own magic jar!

exercise jar by Karen from offthemeathook.com

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  1. I really, really like this idea!!

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