Stir-Crazy Challenge from Feel-Good Fitness

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Originally published in Women’s Running (April 2020), and from Alysia Montano’s new book Feel-Good Fitness: Fun Workout Challenges to Inspire Your Fitness Streak.

We all get a little stir-crazy, especially right now given that many of us are confined at home with kids, spouses, or fur babies.

It’s in times like these that our brains and bodies need movement most, but it’s also exactly when we are least likely to exercise. Trust me, I’ve been there. Both as the “crazed motionless” woman and the one who’s like, “give me a few feet of floor space, and I can do anything!”

That’s why I wrote Feel-Good Fitness. As a mom of three, I know that real workouts don’t require a pricey gym membership. Over the past four years, I’ve taken great pride in sharing workouts that everyone can do with little to no equipment, with the sole focus on feeling good.

This 7-day challenge is all about enjoying movement no matter what is keeping you cooped up. (It’s technically two weeks in length, but you can expand or shrink it to fit your needs.) Every workout is designed to support your running success, focusing on run-specific movements and drills, high-rep endurance exercises, and mobility work. So take a deep breath and get ready to feel a whole lot less crazy.

Short on time? That’s totally okay. Because all the workouts in this challenge are made up of bodyweight circuits, you have the option of performing all the moves one time through, going on about your day, and then repeating the circuit in batches as you have time. Remember: a few minutes here and there add up, and especially when you’re cooped up and feeling stir-crazy, a mini-workout every few hours can help you regain your sanity.

Do each 20-minute workout seven days per week for two weeks. Flexibility + Mobility will serve as active recovery for this challenge, but take a day off if you need it.

Day 1: Total-Body Cardio

Day 2: Total-Body Muscle Endurance

Days 3 & 7: Flexibility + Mobility

Days 4 & 6: Plyometric Running Drills

Day 5: Core Strength

BONUS: Running Drills

Feel-Good Fitness from pro runner Alysia Montaño offers a year of fun and fresh fitness challenges that will build your strength and endurance.

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