Back to the Basics: Back on the horse, be the horse

Are you in a routine?  Has your routine dropped off with the cold weather?  Are you planning ahead for a summer of activity?  No matter where you’re at in your fitness cycle or season, it’s always important to stop and reevaluate what you’re doing and why.  In this post, I want to give you permission to change things up a little.






One important outcome of being a physically fit person is the ability to do a variety of physical tasks.  Say your son wants you to build a snow fort, so you need to shovel pile after pile of heavy snow.  Say your wife wants to pack up some clothes, and the only storage is the top shelve (she has six huge boxes to lift!).  Say your daughter wants to play “cowgirl”… and you’re the horse… for 45 minutes.  Can you do it?

No matter where you’re at in your fitness routine, take a week and strip down the workout.  20 minutes of cardio, and countdowns from 12.

  • Your cardio workouts are only 20 minutes, so you can push this a little if you have some aerobic base built up.  If you’ve been away from the road, get back to a nice easy 20 minute run.  But switch it up, add some challenge.
  • Countdowns are push-ups and sit-ups, starting at 12 each working down to 11 each, 10 each… all the way to one push-up and one sit-up.

There’s nothing too challenging about this change of pace.  But it brings us back to why we do what we do.  We want to be able to do the basics – run and lift our own body weight effectively.  This is a good practice that prepares us for the activities of daily life.

Would doing this workout for a week represent a level of competency in the area of physical fitness?  What exercises would you add to change things up and get back to the basics? 

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

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