With all the wine we've been tasting and the fact that we don't plan to stop anytime soon, it's become more important than ever for us to make exercise a daily priority. As vagabonds without a fixed location or income, we had to get creative! The solution: an at home/vagabond workout that can be done anywhere and doesn't cost a dime. More money spent on wine and less on buying bigger pants!
We do three sets of this basic full body circuit using only our own body weight. We DO NOT rest more than 5 seconds between exercises and no more than 15 seconds between circuits/sets.
The key is to keep our heart rate up so we incorporate cardio, as well as strength training. It takes about 30-40 minutes and we're definitely sore afterwards! Here's how it works:
1.) 60 Mountain Climbers, followed immediately by 40 jumping jacks
Do the Mountain Climbers and jumping jacks as quick as you can, keeping abs and arms engaged. This is the cardio push.
2.) 20 normal push-ups (we BOTH stay on our toes, I just take my time)
3.) 5 tri-angle push-ups (we BOTH stay on our toes. Again, I just take my time).
These are tough, but great for that jiggly part under your arm that keeps waving when you stop!
4.) 100 sit-ups. We alternate styles of sit-ups each circuit so we work as many areas of our abs as possible.
- 1st circuit: 50 with legs bent, feet on floor. 50 with knees bent and feet in the air. Easy.
- 2nd circuit: 50 legs straight in the air. 50 bicycles
- 3rd circuit: 30 leg lifts, 20 jack-knifes, 25 side sit-ups on each side.
For Jack-knives, the key is to fully extend in Pos. A, then keep your arms and legs straight as you engage your abs to bring your hands and feet together in Position B. Great for the lower abs!
5.) 30 body weight squats
6.) 20 walking lunges
7.) 50 squatting side-lunges (25 leading with L leg, 25 leading with R leg)
For the side squats, start in Position A, step out to position B, then bring feet back to position A. Repeat. Important: stay in a squat the entire time as you side-lunge in each direction.
8.) 45 second regular plank, 45 second side plank on either side
9.) 20 donkey kicks each leg
These are A-mazing for your butt and burn like hell. A must do!
REPEAT 3X TOTAL!
If this sounds like too much work, here are 5 reasons why all our fellow wine lovers should suck it up and do it anyway:
1.) You'll look better in your clothes...and out of them.
2.) You'll help your body fight against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, stroke and a slew of other ailments that are encouraged by a sedentary lifestyles.
3.) You'll keep your cool (and reputation intact) at tastings! Muscle absorbs alcohol more rapidly than fat, so the more muscle you have, the quicker alcohol leaves your bloodstream. No one wants to be that person at a party or private tasting!
3.) Exercising your body exercises you brain. New pathways are formed, and like your strong, toned body, your brain will stay strong and toned too.
4.) You'll be able to enjoy indulgences without feeling guilty. C'mon, who really doesn't want dessert or another glass of wine?
5.) It's FREE...and who doesn't like free?!
6.) It's something you do for yourself. In a world of work and serving other people's needs, it's a much needed respite for your brain, body and inner peace.
This is simply an example of how we like to stay sane, healthy and in-shape. We are not the authorities on fitness or health, so as always, take caution and consult your doctor before trying any new exercise regimen.