Exercising at home has been my go-to for the past four years. I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in so long! I do miss going to a gym. Weight lifting is what I miss most. However, for this chapter of my life at home exercise is the best option. I have found a rhythm that works for me. Things like: length of workout, cost, body weight based, etc. I thought it would be fun to share what has worked for me in hopes that it might speak to you and help guide you in your fitness journey.
How it began:
It all started after I finished college. I no longer had a gym membership as a college student. My husband and I were young and it wasn’t in the budget to purchase a gym membership. Plus, there’s something to be said for being able to wake up and workout in our own home. I do like the fact that I don’t have to spend time driving to a gym.
Since then, I got pregnant and then pregnant again and it became difficult to find time for a gym as a mom of two. This has continued to be the case as the years have progressed. I have moments where I just feel so sick of working out in my living room. However, most of the time I feel super thankful that I have found a fitness program that fits my needs and yields results! (along with making healthy choices in the kitchen)
In the past, I would choose my own workout based on what I felt like doing on a day to day basis. However, in the past six months, I have found that the fitness programs offered are better for creating a routine and did the hard work for me of organizing which workout I would do each day of the week.
What is it:
I use Fitness Blender. There are hundreds of FREE youtube videos. This is how I found them. I would do youtube videos 3-4 days a week. Currently, I use their website: fitnessblender.com. I have a login and have several purchased programs on my account. Once purchased the program is yours to use as many times as possible. the website is user-friendly! There are a ton of ways to filter through their hundreds of videos. Like- difficulty, trainer, training type, duration, equipment.
Cost: The programs range from $9.99 to $14.99. Once purchased the program is available to you forever.
What Works for Me:
When the boys were younger I was so sleep deprived. I would exercise during their nap time and keep it at 20-30 minutes. Now that I am a bit less sleep deprived, I find it best to exercise early in the am before the boys wake up. This also allows for my time to be spent on other things while the boy’s nap. On the days when I have to workout while the boy’s nap; I tend to feel frustrated that my time was spent exercising. There goes my time to read, work on my blog, watch a show, clean the house, or heck- take a nap! I know these things about myself and because of this, I have to make the hard choice to get my bootay out of bed at 5 am in order to ensure my day is more productive and for my overall wellbeing. Also, If I start my day by putting in the work I tend to make better food choices throughout the day.
What Doesn’t Work for Me:
I struggle to get out of bed in the am. Recently, I didn’t get out of bed before the boys woke up. This resulted in my boys needing me off and on during my entire work out. What would have been 57 minutes took almost 2 hours! I had to stop so many times to get snacks, change their show, play referee with their disagreements. Plus, the boys were watching tv all morning and I feel bad when they start their day with so much tv time. This particular morning was rough and just the struggle of getting through the video while knowing I was creating a less than ideal environment for my boys. (Don’t get me wrong. I let the boys watch tv and I don’t think it is bad for them to watch tv) I just know when I decide to start their day with so much tv time it makes for a cranky day. But, that’s a whole other topic for a different blog post.
Tips for how I was able to create the most successful space for at home workouts:
- Pick a time that works best for your schedule
- Set a realistic goal for the length of time your able and willing to invest in a quality exercise
- Make sure there is as little distraction as possible
- Use a program that has a set workout for each day.
- Have everything prepared for your at home workout***
I’m still working towards consistency with making sure I’m up and at em’. Some days I am on top of it and other days I have to skip the workout or fit it in during nap. But, I do think it helps to have a plan, know what works best for you, and do your best to create success for yourself.
***Have everything prepared means to have your workout clothes out and ready to go, the area where you will be working out ready (laptop ready, tv set to the right input, water bottle ready) This way there is no wasted time trying to get the workout started. This is what I do because I like to work out soo stinkin’ early! Like is a strong word. More like I have to in order to like how the rest of my day goes! hehe.
Hope this helps! And of course, I would love to know your thoughts! If you give my tips a go; let me know how it goes.