Last Monday, I woke at 5:00 am so that I could drive a friend to South Miami Hospital(SMH) for a 6:30 am surgery. After about 45 minutes in Pre-Op I was told that I could leave. Bleary- eyed and light-headed, I knew I needed food. Down to the cafeteria I went and had a high protein breakfast. I immediately felt better.
Now it was time for my morning workout (I had 5 hours to kill!). I decided to take a walk, but was rained out after only 15 minutes. What to do? Hmm, the hospital garage was dry and so was the stairwell. South Miami Hospital has signs on the stairwell doors encouraging people to take the stairs for their health. So I did! Eight flights later, I started to wake up.
Next, I took the elevator to the 5th floor and walked the ramp up a few floors, stopping to look at the view and to stretch on each floor. Going down I did 3 sets of walking lunges, stretching intermittently. At this point my legs were getting tired. Time for another stretch, lots of H2O and to move on to upper body.
How do you do upper body in a parking garage? Push-ups, of course! Not wanting to get run over or to get my hands dirty, conventional prone-on-the-floor push-ups were out. By placing my hands on a ledge, I did 3 sets of 15 incline push-ups, which are much easier than the fore-mentioned kind, but are still effective.
And last, I went down to the first floor, found a bench and did 3 sets of dips.Security was very polite to me, but I think that was because at this point, they thought I was nuts!
So what did I accomplish that rainy morning at SMH? By walking, climbing stairs and doing walking lunges I worked all the major muscle groups in the lower body; quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves. Push-ups primarily target the chest muscles but work the arms as well. Dips work the triceps specifically.
I dare you to share a stranger workout experience!
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