Andrea Engel, RN, LMT, CPT

Aesthetic RN, Ashiatus massage therapist, health coach near Rhinelander, Wisconsin.


April 2020 Stay Home Get Fit Exercise Plan Week 1

No Gym Required 🙂

The general outline is this:

  • Bike/run 3 days per week
  • Full body strength training 3 days per week
  • Recovery day with easy yoga and maybe even some meditation
  • Walking every day that is not a bike/run day

I usually plan my week based on the weather forecast! I want to get out on the bike on decent days. At the time I’m writing this, the highs for the week I am planning are in the low to mid 30’s and lows around the teens, with mixed precipitation. So on those days for cardio I will run. It’s not so bad running in that sort of weather. I’ll plan on cardio Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

BikeHere’s the Week 1 Cardio Workout Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday:

  • 10 minute warmup – if running, just ease into a brisk walk. If biking, a pace you could sing or talk during 🙂
  • Beginners – 3 intervals of :30 at a medium hard effort, then 1:00 rest between
  • Intermediate – 4 intervals of 1:00 at medium hard effort, 1:00 rest between intervals
  • 10 minutes easy return home, or if it’s nice, keep on going. On nice days I will easily be out for at least an hour. See what you can find in nature to take pictures of and share.
  • Focus on your intervals when you’re doing them, but beyond that, focus on fun over speed. When I stop caring about how fast I’m walking a mile and start paying attention to birds, trees, my dogs, etc., my enjoyment factor goes way up.

Home GymStrength Training Monday/Wednesday/Friday:

  • Warm up for 3-5 minutes doing jumping jacks, dancing to your favorite tunes, doing any PT types of exercises with bands that you know you should be doing (for me that is rotator cuff work), shoulder rolls, arm circles, back slaps, ballistic legs.
  • 2 sets of 10 reps of the following with a 2 minute break between sets. Otherwise, keep it moving as you’re able!
    • Pushups
    • Plank 30 seconds
    • Squats
    • Pullups/inverted rows/band rows
    • Hanging leg raise/reverse crunch
    • Lunges (10 each side)
    • Tricep dips
    • Clamshells
    • Leg lift/side crunch combo
  • Finish off with as many burpees as you can do
  • Stretch

Instructional video for the exercises

Recovery Day Sunday:


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