With a busy, working Mom schedule, there’s not a lot of me time left over. So if I want to enhance my jiu jitsu performance, I’m going to have to get creative with my time. So on Friday I went out at lunch and bought a few things.
1. I got an exercise mat (probably designed for yoga, but it will do the trick). I’m going to try stretching drills, crunches, push-ups, etc. during lunch.
2. I got some hand grips. I know, it may sound like a weird choice, but my hands are not strong. I have trouble with my grips and my fingers/joints hurt a lot. I will say, I used them way back in the day in high school…I did this now extinct thing that most of you have probably never heard of, shorthand, and I was actually very, very good at it and I went to State UIL competition in it, your hands needed to be strong to sit for long periods of time and take dictation. Anyway, I digress, I figured they worked back then, they should work now.
3. I got a “Hand Therapy Kit”. It basically consists of three stress balls (soft, medium and firm). It’s supposed to help prevent stiffness, increase flexibility and relieve joint pain…check, check, check…I’ve got all those things in my hands.
4. Then I got a 50 lb. exercise resistance band. I’ve used them a few times before, but I need some advice on stuff I can do while sitting at my desk all day? I printed out a few exercises I found online, but if you have some good ones, please share.
So, with all my goodies in tow today, I did my first lunch-time mini-workout (about 15-20 minutes is all I have to spare…because I do have to actually eat lunch). I did stretches and push-ups and lots of exercises with the resistance band. Worked the hand therapy balls and used my grips. I’m also using the hand therapy balls and the grips throughout the day when I have a free minute. I limit these to 10 reps per hand. I am hoping I can pull of these mini-workouts at least 3-4 times per week. Wish me luck, and if you have any great ideas of things I can add, please share.