The idea to create an exercise circuit in my own home just popped into my head the other day. As a blogger and coach I spend more time sitting than is good for me. When the idea came it was a strong wow, yes, I’m doing this!
I wanted to make the title How to Create a Fun Exercise Circuit At Home, Increase Your Energy and Well Being, and Put it Together Easily By Using Stuff You Already Have.
However it was a bit too long!
As I started jotting down ideas, the words “energy circuit” were much more appealing than “exercise circuit”. But I knew I had to be clear about my meaning, and there was a danger readers would interpret the term as having to do with the electricity you plug your lamp into rather than exercise.
However, since exercise is about increasing energy in the electricity of our bodies, I decided I would use the term interchangeably. So now you know, anytime I use the words exercise circuit, I really mean energy circuit.
There, see how I did that?
Getting Started With Creating Your Exercise Circuit
One really important criterion for this circuit was that it had to be fun! Another criterion was that I could vary it if I wanted to, change the order, or do it backwards, etc. Flexibility means I won’t get bored with the same thing over and over and over.
As I started jotting down ideas for the different stations for my personal exercise circuit, I realized I should first make an inventory of what I had on hand to use without spending money on new items I don’t need. (I’m really trying to cut down on buying unnecessary stuff.)
That’s my recommended first step: make a list of what you already have.
These are the items I already had on hand.
- A soft rug
- CD player and ipod
- Access to the internet
- Free weights
- Water bottle
- Yoga cushions, block and strap
What’s on your list of tools already on hand?
Design Your Exercise Circuit So It’s Not Just Physical
Some kind of movement and energy work seems an essential part of inspiring women to be visible, vulnerable and vocal. All of those take strength – not just physical but mental, emotional and spiritual. Most exercise circuits in a gym emphasize mostly the physical and I wanted this one to be different.
With the list done and going on to the next step. I decided to make a total of 7 stations in my exercise circuit. For each circuit I could also vary the time spent there.
You could do more or less than 7, and the number will be influenced by how many items are on your “already on hand” list.
Here’s my recommended second step.
Look at your home and decide how many “stations” you’ll create. See where there’s a good match between the location and the items on your list of tools.
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For example, I live on the second and third floor of a house so I set up the circuit so I had to go up and down the stairs between stations as part of the circuit.
For my exercise circuit, doing all 7 would make one complete rotation, but I also factored in how to have a couple of shorter options for days when I garden or go for a walk.
The Seven Stations of My Exercise Circuit (Energy Circuit)
1. I start in my office on the second floor where I can follow along with Donna Eden for her Morning Energy Routine on You Tube.
2. After completing it, I go up the stairs to the third floor and do some rebounding.
On my ipod, I have some music that is the perfect tempo for bouncing. The piece is called Cherry Mandala and I have a five minute and fifteen minute version. (The artist plays something called the hanging pan which is a joy to listen to.)
3. Staying on the third floor, I use the free weights to exercise the muscles in my arms and shoulders. I can also use the bench in this portion to exercise my triceps as a second option to the weights. (Or to rest before I move on to the next station.)
4. Then I sit down and write in my journal for a few minutes. Sometimes I write about the exercise, and sometimes I write about an insight or thought that came up during the exercise.
For the next station, I come back down to the second floor.
5. I do some Zumba steps in the kitchen or living room. I did some research and found this video to learn a few basic Zumba steps and again found music that’s the right tempo. (Tempo being very important, as I hate moving to a different rhythm than the music playing!)
6. Going back up to the third floor, I do some gentle yoga stretches on the soft rug, where I can also practise just getting up and down gracefully!
7. Finally, coming to rest in the same place or getting into my lazy boy chair, I either do a breathing meditation or some vocal sounding (using my own voice) as a form of meditation.
Then I carry on with my day feeling good.
Follow These Main Steps To Create Your Personal Circuit at Home
The following are the main points to remember when you’re creating your personal energy circuit.
- Make it fun, and make it yours.
- Use the tools you already have at hand so you are not spending money needlessly.
- Design your circuit so it gives you energy instead of depleting your energy.
- Remember you don’t have to do everything every time: break it up into smaller circuits and shorter time periods.
- Make it adapt to you instead of the other way around.
- Include a practice like writing or meditation so you are energizing on all levels, not just physical.
Why Do This Instead of Going to a Gym?
- It’s free.
- It’s creative.
- It’s adaptable.
And did I mention it’s fun?
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