I love a bit of a play on numbers so today, for my 43rd birthday, I’m going to do 43 various exercises for 43 seconds each! This, my friends, is the silliness I’ve been gearing up for over the past few days. Sorry if it’s a disappointment!
A few months ago, if someone had asked if I even knew 43 different exercises, I would have struggled. But now, thanks to all the different fitness videos from the past two months, I had a ball choosing which ones I wanted to do. Decisions were made on the fly, so it probably doesn’t flow very well, but I didn’t want to do all arms first and then all legs etc; the focus changes regularly.
Here’s a table of what I did and how many repetitions (in brackets) I could manage within the 43 second time frame set aside for each exercise:
- Normal crunches – lying on the back and small pulses up (26)
- Crunches to the left – with the left arm low, bending to touch outside of left foot (24)
- Crunches to the right – with the right arm low, bending to touch outside of right foot (25)
- Star jumps (43)
- Standing bent knees to alternate elbow (40)
- Standing like a star, touch right hand to left foot, straight legged, stand straight, alternate (17)
- Deep squats – legs and feet together, squat deep then up to standing position (19)
- Deep squats – feet hip width apart, toes out, squat deep to standing (17)
- Angel wings – holding weights, standing tall, move arms straight up and down in arc (18)
- Straight arm dead lifts – straight arms in front of body, lift to eye level and back down (17)
- Bicep curls with tins – bending at elbows, arms close to body (28)
- Tricep curls with tins – arms bent backwards, bending at elbows, forward and back (29)
- Left jab with tin – left foot forward in boxer pose, sharp, quick punches (54)
- Right cross with tin – still with left foot forward, twist through the oblique on extension (43)
- Right jab with tin – right foot forward in boxer pose, sharp, quick punches (54)
- Left cross with tin – still with right foot forward, twist through the oblique on extension (43)
- Skipping with single feet
- Skipping with feet together, more like a jump
- Forward lunges on both sides (forgot to count)
- Backwards lunges on both sides (14)
- Right side lunges – taking right foot wide and sinking low, from centre stance (16)
- Left side lunges – from centre standing position, place foot wide to left, then back (16)
- Swimming – lying on stomach, slightly lift arms and legs, beating alternately
- Back bow – like swimming pose, but lift arms and legs all at same time (23)
- Calf raises – using a door frame, sink low and raise to tip-toe
- Pulse squats – sink low with legs together, at lowest point start small pulses (46)
- Pulse squats – sink low with legs wide apart, toes facing out, at lowest point pulse (56)
- Push-ups on knees (22)
- Standing butterfly swim with tins – in a squat position, push hands out, sweep back (22)
- Wide squat and low punches with tins – back bent, punch opposite hand to foot (forgot!)
- Straight leg toe tap – using tins, straight leg march, opposite hand to foot (33)
- Mountain climbers (MC) normal – alternate foot tap (not jumping) (45)
- MC right – tapping right foot lightly to floor, close to elbow (12 on toes, 12 on knees)
- MC left – tapping left foot lightly (12 on toes, 15 on knees)
- Rowing balance V pose – balancing on bum, arms come back like a rower as legs go out (21)
- Back baby bend – lying on back, with legs bent, knees to side, reach arms through and curl (23)
- Standing upper cuts with tins – upper cut boxer punches, nice and fast
- Shoulder press with tins – reach both arms over head, elbows come back to shoulder height (22)
- Camel pose pulses – sitting high on knees, lean back and pulse to stretch quads (30)
- Butt kickers – running on spot as fast as you can with feet trying to touch your bum
- Hook punches – standing in loose squat, elbows shoulder height, swing arms round
- Burpees (11)
Yep I saved the best for last. I hate burpees! If you don’t know how to do them have a look here. I didn’t do the push up in her version, just the legs out and in and jumping up.
I’m really pleased I managed the entire plank on my feet and didn’t sink to my knees. This means my core is getting stronger!
So that’s my birthday fitfor15in15 for you! It’s been a great day so far – Leo served prosecco and cake as breakfast in bed, then I spent a few hours responding to emails and messages which was great (my family and most of my friends are in Australia, so the time difference meant they’d messaged me while I was asleep) and now it’s time to get ready for dinner. We’re going to a fancy steak restaurant in the city, where I’m sure I’ll have a few beers and maybe a glass of red as well. And maybe cake … but probably not (never say never!) because I’ll be full from dinner … and as I must keep reminding myself, I’ve already had cake today!
And before you go, please check out fitfor15in15s fourth guest contributor post from outdoor enthusiast Kate Lehmann. Kate thought she’d never stop being a hiker, but a new challenge came along and has been grabbed with both hands, literally.
Wishing you a wonderful day.