Yawn for fitness

by Lisa

Feeling sleepy? Me too!

Being a mom is an exhausting job and one that leaves me yawning almost all day long.

If you find yourself reaching for a cup of caffeine to boost your energy, it is time to make those yawns work for you, instead of against you!

Here is the plan: every yawn before noon will earn you 10 push ups and every yawn after 12pm will have you doing 10 jumping jacks.

Ideally you want to do them right away, but if you are in line at the grocery store when the yawn hits, make note of it and do it as soon as you get home. (Here is where my 2 year old comes in very handy. He never seems to forget how many yawns Mommy has!)

If push ups and jumping jacks are not your thing, feel free to substitute lunges or squats instead. Just make sure that your body does as much, if not more, moving than your mouth.

Chances are, these little bits of exercise sprinkled throughout your day will give you the energy you need and you’ll find yourself yawning less and less.

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1 RefreshMom August 21, 2008 at 1:41 am

Interesting idea. I never noticed if I yawn in the morning or not! I’ll have to give it a try.


2 Julie August 21, 2008 at 7:54 am

This is a great idea!!! I’m going to try it. :) Thanks!


3 Tina August 21, 2008 at 8:43 am

Wow. I’m already due for ten push ups. :-)


4 Renee August 21, 2008 at 9:21 am

LOL knowing to much how you feel Yawn!!! with a 15 month old monkey and another one on the way life is non stop


5 Lani ~ The Wooden Porch August 21, 2008 at 9:38 am

Great, great, great idea!


6 Mellissa - wondermommy August 21, 2008 at 9:46 am

That is a great tip. I’m going to get started today!


7 FitMom August 21, 2008 at 10:09 am

Thanks. I only yawn in the afternoon and I beg my 4 yr old to let me have five minutes of sleep!


8 FireMom August 21, 2008 at 10:37 am

I can’t DO that many push ups!


9 Maddy August 21, 2008 at 11:08 am

Well now that I have just consumed my first vat of espresso of the day I can more or less guarantee there will be no yawns around here.

And with advice like that, if I feel even the teeniest tiniest hint of a yawn I’ll just drown it with another vat of espresso.



10 T with Honey August 21, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Just reading this made me want to yawn. It would be very odd to do 10 jumping jacks here at work though. Maybe I’ll just go for a quick walk instead.


11 HOBO August 21, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Great Idea !


12 Alyssa August 21, 2008 at 1:02 pm

That’s cute, that your 2 year-old reminds you. Sometimes I think kids are the best personal trainers, lol!


13 katelin August 21, 2008 at 1:33 pm

i wonder if it would be weird if i just started doing jumping jacks in my office, haha. but definitely sounds like a great way to wake up.


14 Kelly August 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm

This is a great idea. Practical yet simple.

I’m off to have my second cup of coffee now so I can avoid my push-ups. ;-)


15 Doll Clothes Gal August 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm

I know we are all busy – but exercise and diet are the keys to good health.


16 Annette August 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm

hey Lisa ;) Going to be paying attention to my yawns from now on! Looking at tiredness in a different light may be just what this tired mommy needs to do!


17 Normal to Natalie August 21, 2008 at 8:44 pm

what a great idea… I love it! Starting NOW…


18 gail August 22, 2008 at 6:40 pm

love this idea! i’m going to start today.


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