This morning I needed a quick workout that was going to get the job done. I looked up a few workouts on my iPhone but I haven't been able to find a great app for cardio workouts (any suggestions?). I decided on doing a deck of cards workout - where you assign an exercise to each suit and do the number of reps determined by the number on the card - but soon found out that our deck of cards has gone missing.
We did, however, have a deck of Uno cards.
Perfect! So here's what I did:
I dealt 52 Uno cards as the Workout pile. I kept the other pile nearby as the Draw pile. I assigned the cards as follows:
Red: Burpees (tutorial here)
Blue: Squat Jumps (tutorial here)
Green: Jumping Jacks (we all know how to do these)
Yellow: Standing Tuck Jumps (like this)
Wild: 25 Mountain Climbers (tutorial here)
Skip: Skip! (The card, not the action.)
Reverse: Do the previous exercise again
Draw 2: Draw 2 additional cards and add them to the bottom of the pile
Draw 4: Draw 4 additional cards and add them to the bottom of the pile
In all, I ended up with 76 cards (stupid Draw 4's) and did the workout in 24 minutes. I tried to move through everything as fast as I could with little to no rest in between so that it would be more like a HIIT or Tabata workout. That sentiment took a dive when I drew a Red 6, a Red 9, and a Reverse all in a row (I have a hate/hate relationship with burpees), but other than that it worked out pretty well. In the process I didn't feel like I was working out for 24 minutes - the pace and the randomness kept it interesting! But afterwards...I felt like I had been working out for double that amount of time. Holy cow.
Uno deck, I'll see you again soon. That was fun.