Within minutes, our pediatrician informed us that Chase has his first ear infection. He has been completely exhausted, fussy and in need of a lot of holding, cuddling and love which is all I’m trying to give him right now. We’ve been reading a lot of books and snuggling up a storm over here. I feel so bad for my baby boy. It’s hard to see him without his normal energy. I miss his crazy baby squeals!
Chase will still give me his mischievous little smile when we play but playtime isn’t lasting too long right now in favor of calmer activities. Chase hasn’t fallen asleep in my arms in months, so it’s so crazy to have a baby on my hands that will only calm down if I hold him and rock him. I’m hoping he feels better soon!
Total Body Pyramid Workout
A sick baby means no gym childcare for us, so on Wednesday morning, during Chase’s second morning nap (<—I told you he’s been exhausted!), I created a pyramid workout to go through in our little home gym.
Pyramid workouts are some of my favorite workouts to complete because once you finish one level and move onto the next, it feels like a mini victory within the workout. To complete this workout, I began by working my way up the pyramid.
I completed 20 reps of the five exercises listed in the 20 reps section before moving onto 40 reps of the four exercises in the 40 reps section and 60 reps of the final three exercises in the 60 reps section. And then it was time to go back down the pyramid and complete the 60, 40 and 20 rep sections in reverse order.
For picture/video demonstrations of the exercises in this workout, please click the below links to ensure proper form.
Complete This Workout At Home
I went through this workout at home with a stability ball and a set of dumbbells, but you can transform it into a bodyweight-only workout that can be completed anywhere by substituting a pulsing squat for the squat to overhead press and a rolling plank for the stability ball roll-ins in the 20 rep section.
Up The Intensity
To up the intensity of this workout you can incorporate bursts of cardio in between each round, such as five minutes of running or incline walking, complete an extra round (or two) of the pyramid or set out to do as many rounds as possible in a specified amount of time, such as 25 minutes! And, as always, listen to your body and rest as needed.
More Total Body Workouts
Looking for more total body workouts to try? Here are a handful of my favorites: