I decided to give my body a break today and go for a walk. I accompanied my husband across the park to catch the train to work, ran some errands over there, then took a long meandering route home. Midway through I decided that I should try using my shopping bags as arm weights and do a little upper body work while I walked. At first I was tentative, a bright pink target with bulging belly doing silly things with shopping bags, but I quickly realized I looked like every other crazy person in the park and stopped caring. My walk became a muddy scramble when one path dead-ended and I climbed up an embankment- only to find more fences and be forced to retrace my steps. I kept my pace up the entire walk and was careful at all times not to overextend my back as I lifted the bags while walking. I actually worked up a sweat- but that may have had more to do with my scarf and raincoat than my “workout”!
To try this at home, all you need is a small shopping list and two bags, walking shoes and a je n’aime pas attitude. Have fun!
the workout: 45 minute walk, arm/shoulder strength training w/ shopping bags,
3 X 10 each:
side lat raises, curls, front lat raises, shoulder press, shoulder roll