Work Outs for Readers

July 15, 2012 at 3:15 am (The Whim) (, , , , )

I have a tendency to read so much during my day that outside of chasing Ayla and teaching a Kung Fu lesson, I forget to be active.  So I established a reading reward system for myself.

Just lay a good book in front of you! Click the picture to see what to do between chapters!

Even Days

* Don’t open the book until you’ve done 100 jumping jacks.

* For the 1st chapter of the day, read every left side of the page in the plank position, relax and lay flat on the opposite rights.  (Just lay the book in front of you on the floor.)

* At the end of each chapter you read, commit to doing 5 Burpees (I do a full push up in my Burpees).  Your reward for completing the 5th is that you get to move onto the next chapter.

* 2nd chapter: Sit in the center split position.  1st page: stretch left, 2nd page: stretch center, 3rd page: stretch right.  Repeat until end of chapter. When you will jump up and do 5 more Burpees!

* 3rd chapter: Every two pages (basically every time you turn the page) do knee touch planks for the duration of that page.   At the end of the chapter, Burpees!

* Repeat until you’re done reading for the day.

Odd Days

* 100 jumping jacks

* For the 1st chapter, lay the book in front of you and read while letting gravity pull your upper body to the floor to touch your toes (knees straight!).

* Between chapters do 30 crunches.

* 2nd chapter: Stand in a chi ma stance (horse-riding stance: feet slightly more than shoulder width apart, knees bent, back straight) holding the book out in front of you.  Don’t forget to do your crunches at the end of the chapter!

* 3rd chapter: Stand on your tip toes for the left side of the page and relax your feet on alternate pages.  Then, of course, at the end of the chapter do your crunches.

* Repeat until you’re done reading for the day.


Today was an even day, and I stuck to the work out.  Needless to say, I’m quite sore, but I feel great.  Looking forward to tomorrow.

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