I’m so happy it’s finally springtime. I’m ready to break out my flip-flops, sandals, and shorts. I will admit though I’m not sure if I’m ready for my swimsuit just yet. A few coworkers recently started a challenge to see who could rack up the most points. We complete a series of exercises and at the end of the month, the winner gets a day off. I came up with a workout plan that targets the whole body and doesn’t take up too much time. Whether I win the challenge or not I’m just excited to get back in shape after taking a long break during the winter. The great thing about these exercises is that they don’t require any special equipment and because it’s so easy the whole family can get involved.

This routine is done during the week and the weekends are considered rest days.

Monday:

20 squats, 15-second plank, 25 crunches, 35 jumping jacks, 15 lunges, 10 sit-ups, 10 butt kicks, 5 push-ups

Tuesday:

10 squats, 30-second plank, 25 crunches, 10 jumping jacks, 25 lunges, 35 sit-ups, 20 butt kicks, 10 push-ups

Wednesday:

15 squats, 40-second plank, 30 crunches, 50 jumping jacks, 25 lunges, 30 sit-ups, 25 butt kicks, 10 push-ups

Thursday:

35 squats, 30-second plank, 20 crunches, 25 jumping jacks, 15 lunges, 55 sit-ups, 35 butt kicks, 20 push-ups

Friday:

25 squats, 60-second plank, 30 crunches, 55 jumping jacks, 60 lunges, 40 sit-ups, 50 butt kicks, 30 push-ups

Saturday/Sunday: REST

After completing this series you may have sore muscles, especially in those areas that haven’t been worked out recently but don’t let that stop you. It really does get easier as time goes on.

I also found a few options for snacks that are 100 calories or less. I figured If you put the work into exercising you might as well make a change in your diet. You don’t have to make drastic changes but taking small steps will be the progress you need to get the results you want.

100 calories of fewer snack options

  • 1/2 apple & 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large hard-boiled egg
  • 3 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1 stick string cheese
  • 10 baby carrots & 2 Tbsp hummus
  • 10 baked tortilla chips & 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp mixed nuts

Hopefully, this will help you spring into shape. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing my results.