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Fitness & Motherhood

cards suitsI am too tired, it's too cold outside or I have to give the baby a bath. We have all used these excuses when it's time to exercise. Everyone has an extra 20-30 minutes a day, so why not use that time to get a fast paced workout? All you need is a deck of cards!

The Deck of Cards workout can be done right in your living room; grab a partner to have a little more fun! Many of us are used to doing the same workout with the same exercises and the same amount of reps and sets. It's time to mix it up a little and use the cards to get an amazing workout. The great thing about the cards is that you can decide what four exercises you want to do and each time you use the cards you can choose different exercises and you will get a different workout.

We had a Deck of Cards Specialty class at Stroller Strides last week. It was one of our more challenging, fast-paced workouts and it was so much fun! To get started pick four exercises and assign each of them a suit. When we performed the workout the hearts were Burpees, diamonds were push-ups, spades were squats and clubs were crunches. The suit of the cards determines the exercise while the value of the card determines your reps. We did a total of 85 of each exercise, face cards are ten and an Ace was a rest card. We were definitely in need of a rest after 85 reps!

There are many positive aspects of the Deck of Cards workout! It's a workout that only requires cards so it can be done in the living room or on the go. You can personalize the workout each time. You can pick four exercises that work your entire body or you can focus on certain parts of the body. Below are two sample workouts that can be used with a deck of cards.

Hearts-Jumping Jacks
Diamonds-Push-Ups
Spades-Lunges
Clubs-Reverse Crunches

Hearts-Calf Raises
Diamonds-Tricep Dips
Spades-Burpees
Clubs-Jump Squats

Grab a deck of cards and mix up your workout! It's a lot of fun and you never know what card you will flip over next, keeps you on your toes, literally!

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About Alison

Alison Neal is the owner of Stroller Strides of Fredericksburg. Stroller Strides is a total body workout that is done alongside your baby. Each instructor modifies the workouts for all fitness levels. As a mother, Alison knows it is hard to fit workouts into a busy schedule, but follow her blog right here for great fitness and healthy living tips! You can also learn more about Stroller Strides by visiting her website.

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