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Home Workout Routine

Coronavirus home workout routine

So you’re stuck at home.  Anxiety and stress are high.  You need to try and conserve your food supply to minimize trips to the outside world.
What better time than now to start working on your health and fitness with a home workout routine.

I know there’s a lot of people posting quick little fitness routines on Instagram and Facebook right now and those are all amazing. But I wanted to design a simple program that you could use multiple times a week to start building strength and losing weight progressively.  

Before we get into the workout routine, let’s talk about why this is important, now more than ever.  

Anxiety and Cortisol

As a human, your body releases cortisol when it is under any stress.  It’s important for your body to deal with stressful situations.  But as your brain triggers this hormone, your body is designed to use it to fight or flight.  

However, in our new modern world cortisol is released and our reaction is to sit there and be anxious/depressed.   When cortisol levels are too high for too long, this hormone can hurt you more than it helps. You need to simulate the fight or flight to expend it, aka exercise.  

Exercise can help reduce these levels of cortisol. And it will stimulate the production of endorphins, a chemical in the brain that acts as the body’s natural painkiller and mood elevator.  So not only will it help you relax and fight off depression, you’ll help mask any little pains you had before exercising.

The Home Workout Routine  

You should try and dedicate the same time every day that is your fitness time, non-negotiable.  You need to remove all excuses and just get it done. Make sure everyone knows that this is your time and that you are not available. (If you have kids allow for multiple fights, snack emergencies, and potty disturbances)

Having a routine will make it more sustainable and will train your mind to mentally prepare itself for this time every day.  This way you will maximize your adherence which is a top priority and determining factor in your chances of success. 

The Home Workout

For strength training, we will start with bodyweight only.  Nice and simple and anyone can do this at home with 0 equipment.  

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Ok, you do need a chair.  If you don’t have 1 chair, then maybe you should focus on your financial situation first… 

Monday Wednesday Friday Strength

You’ll repeat the same routine 3 times a week.  These will be full-body workouts that will help your muscles adjust to working out and slowly build up and tone.  

It might seem repetitive but you could easily do this workout and keep gaining muscle for a year.   

Hitting your whole body 3 x a week will give you some good progressive growth for a long time.  You can easily keep this workout routine until you eventually get some equipment and start building a home gym.  

For the first two weeks, only do 2 rounds.  On the third-week add a third-round as your body will be able to accept more volume. 

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2 to 3 Rounds 

Jumping Jacks  20 to 50 Use these for your warm-up set.

Push-Ups: 5 to 10 Modified movement is push-ups from the knees.  If you can’t do 10, try to equalize the sets, like do 3 sets of 6.  Then the next time you try and do 7,6,6 then 7,7,6 then 7,7,7 and so on as you move up.  

Air Squats:  5-10  Try and bring your upper leg parallel to the ground.  If you can’t, go as low as you can. Modified movement is to sit in a chair, and get up again.

Chair Dips:  5-10 Modified movement is to bend the knees and bring your feet in to help with the weight.

Reverse Lunge:  8-12 Each leg, so a set is 16 to 24.  Try and touch your knee to the ground.  Modified is to go halfway. 

Plank Hold: 30 sec to 1 min  Modified movement is to put your knees on the ground and build up strength from there.  

Rest 1 min between each set.  Once you are done, do another round.

Video Demonstrations of home workout

 If you want to see how to do each exercises, I demonstrate all of them in the video bellow. It’s less than 10 minutes and I even give you the modified demos as well.

Keeping a Log Book

Since you will be doing this routine 3 times a week, it’s very important to keep a logbook.  If you track what you did last time, then you will know what to try and beat during your current workout.  

It’s You VS You

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It’s also nice to look back and see your progress over time.

Time For Cardio

On the days that you are not strength training, you should do some light cardio.  I recommend just walking.  

The reason for this is that walking is not very taxing on the body and it won’t spike your hunger.  Walking will actually help you recover by improving blood flow through your muscles.  

If you have a treadmill, you can do this while watching Youtube or Netflix and time just flies by.  Try and work up to an incline of at least 4 degrees to simulate walking outdoors.

If not, then a simple 30 to 40-minute walk outside will do the trick.  As long as you are not walking into crowds of people, then you should be fine to just walk outside alone.  

Also, it’s great for your heart and lungs.  So try and be active every day if you can. Keeping it light on non-strength training days.

Conclusion

I know this might feel like a lot but try to think of it as just 20 or 30 minutes out of your day.  If you can get into the routine of doing it, you will see progress. I promise you that.  

So give this a try.  If you like the program or have any questions, ask me in the comments.  

If you want to progress to a more detailed program I  also do 1 on 1 online coaching.  You can also email me at [email protected]

Once you start seeing the results the motivation will come!

Here are a few more reference videos to help.

Meal Prep Video

Calorie Counting Video

Setting Goals Video

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How to stay motivated for weight loss

Staying motivated for weight loss

Lets talk about staying motivated for weight loss. Ever try to start losing weight and only make it a couple days and completely give up because you had one slip up?

Or make it a few weeks and stop because it’s not going as fast as you thought? Or make it even longer but you get comfortable and get right back to where you were? 

In this article, you will learn exactly why you will inevitably end up feeling and thinking this way, so you have the power to fight against your own self-doubt.

The Rule of 3

For some reason, the 3rd day, 3rd week and 3rd month are all key milestones for any habit you are trying to instill or quit for that matter.  If you can make it past these markers you will be successful.

So mark these days down on your fitness calendar (if you don’t have one, get one).  It will be a visual reminder that you have to get past these points to stay motivated for weight loss. If you know that you will have doubts around these points in advance, they won’t hit you as hard.  

Knowing the why will also help you get past them.  So let’s get into it. 

Day 3 Motivational Roadblock

At the very beginning of your journey, the first 3 days will usually decide if you keep going or not.  Usually, if you can “force” yourself to make it past 3 days, you’ll get over the mental block of starting and keep it going.

Ever “start” a diet and immediately have a set back that day?  Then you decide that you’ll start Monday instead. Then Monday comes but it’s not a good day so you should probably start on the 1st of the month so it’s more “official”.  But then you have company coming for the weekend and you had to work overtime that week so you might as well wait till after the holidays anyway.  Then it’s close to new years….

Pretty sure we’ve all been there.  It’s not just you. It’s a repeating pattern that we humans tend to repeat.  Well enough is enough. Power through and keep going. Start today. Not tomorrow.  

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Today is a good day to start.  Not tomorrow. Tomorrow is never going to be better than today.  There will always be obstacles and Life will always get in the way.  

You want to be able to look back and see how far you’ve come.  So get to it.

Once you make it past that first hump, you will start feeling better about yourself.  You’ll start seeing and feeling small changes and that will give you some motivation.

You don’t wait for motivation, you create it.

This brings us to the next point.  Many people will wait till they are motivated or use a lack of motivation as an excuse.  Here’s your wake up call. Motivation doesn’t appear out of thin air, you have to create it.  

How do you create motivation?  It’s actually quite simple. Action = Results = Motivation.  See, easy peasy.  

You need to grind through that first little bit until you start getting results. 

The results will give you a boost of motivation and that will make you create more action that will get you more results which will give you another boost of motivation and more action and …. I could go on for awhile here.  You see how this works? Good, let’s move on.

Third Week Wall of the Grind

So you’ve been on a diet and exercising for about 3 weeks now.  The excitement is settling down. Your quick results are starting to taper away and stall.  You’re starting to wonder if this is all worth it? Nothing is changing? It’s not worth it.  I just can’t get results….

Sound familiar?  Yea, happens to everyone.  This self-doubt is normal. Now give your head a shake and get over it.  

It might not be exactly at the third week mark, but these thoughts are going to happen, and you need to be ready for them.

This is when the “honeymoon” phase of working out starts to dwindle down.  So you know it’s coming, how do you prepare for it?

You need to know that this is why 90% of people quit or fail.  They just stop at this point. If you know this, then all you need to do is grind past this point.  Just keep going. The results will happen, guaranteed. 

Think of all the reasons you started this journey and where you envisioned yourself in a year.  You’re not going to get there if you stop. Consistency is key. Just keep going and you will get there. 

Too many people stop right before they really start seeing results.  If you push past this point this is where people around you will start noticing changes.  Keep grinding away. It will be worth it, I promise.

Third Month Mountain of Overconfidence

You’re three months in, results are amazing.  You feel great. People are complimenting you!  You’ve worked so hard to get at this point. “Oh, I deserve a break” ……… DANGER.

Yes, you probably deserve a break.  But it should be controlled. Many get to this point and “take a break” and end up losing all their progress.  Gaining weight is a hell of a lot easier than losing it, we all know that.

So when you get 12 weeks in and you want to take a “diet” break.  Do it, but go to maintenance calories for a few weeks. It’ll be good for your metabolism and sanity without gaining all your weight back.

Personally I don’t like completely stopping my workouts.  A good idea would be to do a deload week or two. Basically cut your reps and sets and use lighter weights.  

Your muscles will still get some stimulus but your joints and ligaments will thank you.

Why throw away 12 weeks of progress for a couple of weeks off?  It doesn’t seem fair that your body can regain all that you’ve lost in only 2 weeks…  But that’s reality. It creeps on you fast and hard. Be careful. You worked hard for it, hold on to it.  

Staying Motivated for Weight loss Conclusion

The reason I know all this?  I’ve been trying to lose weight since I was in high school.  I’ve visited all 3 of these steps countless times over the last 25 years. Staying motivated for weight loss has been an unbreakable code for years.  

I was finally able to crack the code 2 years ago and see where I had gone wrong all these years.  

I just want to pass on this information so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.

So bookmark this article.  And everytime you feel like giving up or taking a “break”, come back and read it.  Then give your head a shake and keep grinding away.