This month’s Create Your Future post is later than normal, as you may have noticed. The editorial calendar for this month is crazy packed, as noted by the fact that it is only the 8th and already this will be the 6th post brought to you. Crazy, I know, and it’s not slowing down any time soon. However, this one is worth the wait. Welcome to the first Create Your Future post with a tutorial! I can’t believe that we have been doing this for nearly a year and there hasn’t been the need for you to make something before now. Since you know how much I absolutely adore DIY (it’s kind of my thing) it is surprising. No more, though, because this month we are focusing on how to develop a fitness habit and this DIY daily workout sticks system is just the tool for the job!
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Outline the end of a popsicle stick in the color of your choosing as pictured. I chose green for mine (as you will see in the photos).
Mark the edge of the stick at the bottom of your outline.
Using the mark you made as a guide, outline the back side of your stick in the same way.
Lastly, fill in the edges of the outlined area.
Repeat steps 1 through 3 with the remaining 9 popsicle sticks.
Next, write down an exercise (in the same color as your outline) and the number of reps to do on each stick. If you need some ideas, here are a few to get you started:
- Jumping Jacks
- Run the Stairs
- Wall Sits
- Lift Up Your Kiddos (one-handed like a curl or two-handed over your head)
- Bicep Curls
- Chair Dips
- Kettlebell Swing
- Flutter Kicks
- Side Plank
- Opposite Arm and Leg Raises
- Walking Lunges
Now, write an “M” inside the outlines on each popsicle stick.
Next, on the opposite end of the popsicle sticks repeat steps 1 through 3 in a second color. For this side, I chose pink.
- Use the previous outlines as a guide to measure as pictured above.
Next draw an “E” in the outlined areas, again using the same color you outlined with.
Lastly, write exercises and reps on the blank side of your popsicle sticks.
Put your daily workout sticks in a container “M” side up.
How to Use Your Daily Workout Sticks System
Each morning start with your daily workout sticks “M” side up. Choose 3 and perform them as your morning workout. After you have finished put all of the sticks back in the container flipped to the “E” side. Then, in the afternoon or evening, choose 3 more for your second workout. Once you have finished, return them to the container and turn all of your sticks back to the “M” side for the next morning.
That’s all there is to the daily workout sticks system. These handy tools will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant. As you become more accustomed to working out you can increase the intensity by drawing more sticks for each workout. You can also do so by increasing the number of repetitions that you do of each exercise. This easy DIY truly grows with you as your strength and stamina increase. If you are looking for more ways to stay active check out 10 Ways to Fit in Fitness and, of course, don’t forget to grab your free habit tracker!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.