The Couch Potato’s Quick Workout


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Hey friends. We’re unofficially officially naming Coral our go-to fitness expert. If you haven’t read up on what she wrote before, start HERE. Short story: Coral is a mom of two who was sick of not being happy with her body. She didn’t do anything other than start moving…in her home…with nothing special at all. That, and better eating, resulted in the more toned version of her hot self.

Are you feeling lazy and big? Wanna be fit and thinner? Well, duh.

Without further ado, here’s Coral, who will give you the quick, cheap, and easy way to avoid the Jingle Bulge. She’s honest, she’s funny and she’s been in your shoes.

Coral's workout with her son

Tis the season y’all. This is the time of year that we are surrounded by all the good stuff, the parties, the snuggles on the couch watching holiday movies, the baking, the sweets, the booze etc. and it’s also the time leading up to New Year’s resolutions.  So what do we do? We set goals for AFTER the holidays right?  Well hot damn we can just work all this off in January? Oh joy!  Now for me that means I will eat whatever I want, as much as I want, drink all the cocktails and chillax cause I’m going to have all this extra time and energy in the new year. Maybe I’ll even join a gym (Insert massive eye roll). This approach might be great for some.  They might miraculously have surplus time and energy in January. It’s possible I’m sure but look at the mentality behind that. Binge until you are ready to cut it out completely?  Isn’t that a bit like binge drinking & drugging before checking yourself into rehab?  That’s pretty effed up but we’ve all done it.

holiday cookie jar

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If we want long lasting changes it can’t be seasonal. So I’d like to propose a challenge to end the year. Let’s start moving our asses now.  I’m not implying that we shouldn’t partake in the festivities so don’t get me wrong.  This isn’t an all or nothing cold turkey kind of venture.  There must be balance.  We can totally party and enjoy traditions but just because we’re going to have Christmas cookies and egg nog with Aunt Sally on Saturday doesn’t mean we need to stuff our pie holes with cookies all damn week. We gotta earn it so we can enjoy guilt free. Plan ahead, eat well leading up to those events and get in your workouts.  It’s possible.

Believe it or not there are people out there that love to workout.   I however am most definitely not one of those people.  I still search for excuses and need to try like hell to fight the urge to justify letting myself off the hook so I need to get creative with how I fit it in. Just like you I’m busy, I’m tired, I don’t want to give up time with my family and I need my social life. All of these become more amplified during the holidays. It’s exhausting but I feel totally empowered when I can make it work. Even if I finish a workout at 10:45 at night because I procrastinated all freaking day I still feel like I’ve conquered the world.  So how can you fit a workout in with all this shit going on?

Coral's workout with kids

Got kids?

They make for awesome weights and workout buddies. It’s fun for them and a killer workout for you. I have a pretty light weight (my 10 week old) and a heavy weight (my 6 year old) & it’s pretty easy to incorporate exercise into our play.  At this point rocking my son to sleep is impossible. He wants squats!

family time coral workout

Got a couch?

I’ve been asked how I keep my arms toned.  Well, truth is I work upper body either standing in front of or while camped out on the couch watching the tube and I’ve put in A LOT of hours like that. I kinda feel like a lame ass even admitting that but there are days when I get home from work and just need to sit down and veg so I plunk my ass down with a set of dumbbells and bust out variations of bicep and shoulder moves.

Coral's workout chillax'n timeGot a smart phone?

I know y’all can afford free & I know that y’all can carve out at least 15 minutes of your day to get your heiny moving.  You have got to download the Nike Training Club app. There are tons of options in this app. Seriously tons. There are full workouts for cardio, strength, HIIT etc. with video tutorials on each and every move but when I’m super swamped I’ll look under the “Get Focused” tab to find a 15 minute workout and squeeze that shit in. They are actually pretty intense and although 15 minutes a day might not get you ripped it will keep you in the habit of staying active. You can add in the longer workouts come January when you’ve got all that extra time laying around *wink wink*. Until then get your 15 minutes in before heading out to the next holiday party.

Coral's workout planCoral's workout social lifeThat’s it, guys. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  So why not start the new year feeling good about the changes you’ve already made eh?  Let everyone else make resolutions while you continue towards your goals.  I mean shit, if you can start this during the holidays you’re already a freaking rock star.


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