5 Minutes for Fitness: Deck of cards

by Lisa

I know it is a crazy time of year but please don’t forget to schedule in time to be active and stay healthy! Give yourself the gift of fitness by vowing to move MORE every single day! Even just a few minutes per day will boost your spirits, lower your stress level, and make you stronger.

Here is a FUN workout that you can do anywhere, at anytime. Grab a deck of cards, lace up your shoes, and let’s get MOVING!

*Draw 15 cards from the deck and put them face down on the floor.
*Walk/jog around your house for about 2 minutes as a warm-up.
*Squat (don’t bend, squat!) down and pick up the first card.
*If it is RED, do as many jumping jacks as the number on your card. (example: red eight means 8 jumping jacks.)
*Don’t rest, draw the next card!
*If it is BLACK, walk up and down your stairs for that number. (example: black queen. Go up/down TEN times)
*Continue to draw cards until they are all gone; following the red and black exercises.
*Finish up the workout by doing 5-20 push-ups.

If you have the time, continue the workout with the rest of the deck.
If you are time crunched, grab some water and pat yourself on the back. You just completed a tough workout in a short period of time!

I guarantee you WILL feel better when this is done. Try it out and let me know how it goes.
Remember gang, never underestimate the power of a workout!

This column is hosted by Lisa. She can be found doing squats and lunges over at Workout Mommy.

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1 Tracy B. December 18, 2008 at 1:26 am

Sounds like a good idea. My husband is in the Army and he uses a deck of cards when he leads PT (physical training) to tell everyone what to do when. I think you could add some in there too if you wanted, things to do on face cards that are different from the number cards. Great ideas, keep them coming!


2 Busby SEO Test Gary Viray December 18, 2008 at 7:22 am

Now this is a creative way of doing an exercise program and even the guys can customize this to spice up a boring or usual routine. Thanks for sharing this!


3 Jen December 18, 2008 at 9:42 am

What a great idea, Lisa! This could also work for those couch-potato teens over the holiday break as well. Ah, a new project…


4 Megan December 18, 2008 at 12:25 pm

What a great idea. This is even doable during naptime. I’m trying it out today!


5 Melissa December 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm

That is a great idea! That would definitely make it more fun and more of a variety….so many times I just get bored with exercising.


6 Amy December 18, 2008 at 10:10 pm

I have to say this to save your knees. :) When you do the squats, don’t let your knee go too far forward past the toes of that foot. Otherwise, you may have knee pain. Plus, it’ll work your leg muscles better.

This is a great idea! I can modify this to use with my kids, too, for homeschool PE. Thank you!


7 Jen December 19, 2008 at 10:45 am

Thank you. I am always looking for more creative ways to fit in exercise. This will be fun!


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