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25 Days of Strength Advent Calendar + #MotivateMe Monday

If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving and weekend! It was just a normal weekend up here in Canada, full of the usual hockey, housework and an attempt at relaxing. I managed to get caught up on laundry, and we put the tree up for Christmas… I can’t believe that we’re only 3.5 weeks away!

Because we’re 25 days away from Christmas I thought I would share with you the 25 days of strength advent calendar. I admit that I made this last year, but it’s still relevant. There are a few different ways you could use this :
1) Do three sets of as many of the day’s exercise as you can in a minute for each set, or
2) Build up the exercises into a kick butt circuit, ie: Day 1: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Day 2: Three sets of Tuck Jumps and Pushups with Shoulder Taps, Day 3: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Pushups with Shoulder Taps and Wall Sits.

However you choose to approach this is up to you. This is a great compliment to the #RWRunStreak that I’m attempting to do. (I admit that I missed Saturday in the streak due to family commitments). Most of these are body weight exercises that you can do anywhere and almost all of the exercise instructions can be found in this one great post on Greatist. I did this on purpose to keep things simple.

Most of these are body weight exercises that you can do anywhere, Almost all of the exercise instructions can be found in this one great post on Greatist. I did this on purpose to keep things simple. You can either do three sets of as many of the day's exercise as you can, or build up the exercises into a kick butt circuit, ie: Day 1: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Day 2: Three sets of Tuck Jumps and Pushups with Shoulder Taps, Day 3: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Pushups with Shoulder Taps and Wall Sits. However you choose to approach this is up to you.

Last week I started the #RWRunStreak. I love that it helps me to get moving everyday, though as I said above, I missed Saturday. On Sunday I walked for a mile with the kids so I’m going to count that. I’m not sure I can really keep the streak as a run streak because the way the girl’s hockey and softball schedules work out I often find myself home with our youngest and one other daughter. Our youngest is still too young to leave alone in the house so that I can run twice around our block (a mile). Instead I can take her for a mile walk, so I’ll be counting those (perhaps I should ask Santa for a dreadmill?). Last week I did a yoga workout on Tuesday, swung my kettlebell on Wednesday, ran on Thursday (5 miles), ran on Friday (3 miles), rested on Saturday, and walked a mile on Sunday.

Here’s this week’s plan:

Monday: Walk 1 mile + kettlebell workout
Tuesday: 5 mile run + day 1 of advent calendar
Wednesday: 3 mile run + day 2 of advent calendar
Thursday: 3 mile run + day 3 of advent calendar
Friday: 1 mile walk or run + skating after work with the girls + day 4 of advent calendar
Saturday: 1 mile walk + day 5 of advent calendar
Sunday: 3 mile run + day 6 of advent calendar

All in all it has been a great week, but I’m also ready to make this week’s fitness plan happen!

Have a great week everyone! What’s on your workout plan for this week?

 

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  • Lucie Palka
    December 1, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Looks like you are doing well with your run streak and that it’s really keeping you motivated! Great job!

  • Krysten
    December 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

    OOOOH your strength advent calendar is SUCH a good idea! I love this – especially over the holidays when all I want to do is eat cookies!

  • Tracy
    December 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Sounds like you have a great week ahead! I’m just trying to get back to a full strength routine after taking last week as partial rebuilding since I was sick. I might give the Advent calendar a go now too, in addition to my other monthly goals!

  • Carla
    December 2, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Look at that!! For once I am only one day behind 🙂 🙂

    • Janice
      December 2, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Ha ha ha!! That’s usually me two weeks behind 🙂

  • Kelli
    December 2, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Hi Janice! This is a great idea to keep a strength training commitment going without an overwhelming amount of time required. Single leg deadlifts are in my 2-3x per week strength training – there are lots of variations and they are really good for running. I like that day 🙂

    • Janice
      December 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Thanks Kelli! I find once I do one exercise I add in a few more, getting started is always the problem for me 🙂

  • Elle
    December 2, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    This is great! I love how it’s pretty much all body-weight exercises! It doesn’t look too time consuming, which is great. I think a lot of us are really busy during this time of year with all the Christmas madness!

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