MY life seemingly changed the day all gyms were shut down. I have been a dedicated gym-goer for 4 years. 5-7 days a week for at least 30 minutes a day. I fell in love with taking care of my body and getting some time to myself. It was a natural stress reducer for me. I never thought I would be successful working out at home. That was because I love taking group fitness classes and taking a class, alone, in front of a TV sounded so strange to me. After 5 months of being out of the gym, I have a new way of looking at exercise, and I wanted to share with you just a few tips on how you can work out during this global pandemic. Whether you are someone like me or someone who is just starting out and looking for a way to love their bodies better.
Tip #1 – Accountability
I believe this cannot just be true for me. If you don’t need to be held accountable… just keep scrolling to tip 2. But knowing that I have a goal that helps motivate me. My apple watch is my greatest tool.
I have 3 goals each day. Burn 500 calories, workout for 30 min, and stand up at least 1x for a few minutes at least 12 hours a day. I have been able to connect with other friends that have watched and we can send each other supporting messages when the rings close. I also love that I can track my workouts and the intensity of them. I can do this because the watch has a heart rate monitor in it. I could not recommend a more reliable accountability tool.
Tip #2- Les Mills on Demand
I said I would never be someone who works out in front of the TV. But then I discovered LesMills OnDemand. This is the program that I use to take all my group fitness classes. Body Attack, Body Pump, Body Step, Cx Worx, and more. If your not familiar with LesMills they offer classes for anyone who’s looking for cardio, dance, mind, and body, barre, cycle, core, etc. I have no excuse when it comes to working out because if its too hot, too cold, or just a rainy day, I can use any TV or device to log into those workouts. I always have an array of workouts to choose from just because of this platform. This discovery has been an awesome addition to my at-home workouts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to spice up your workouts.
Tip #3- Equipment
One of the biggest excuses will be you can’t afford the equipment needed in order to get an efficient workout. I am here to tell you that is FALSE. At the very minimum, you can find household items to use as weights. Cans, laundry detergent bottles, a gallon of water jugs, and honestly body weight is always efficient.
If you are looking for some equipment though (which I do recommend) this set of equipment I found on Amazon is AMAZING. just under $35, you can have everything you need to get ineffective strength training. The kit comes with 10 pounds to 50 pounds resistance bands, resistance band loops, 2 core sliders, one door anchor, two cushioned handles, two ankle straps, and a little carrying case if you want to stay organized. The thing I love about resistance bands would be that it isn’t harsh on my joint. I have some lower back issues, and using barbells can sometimes irritate my back. But I have never had that issue with the bands.
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Tip #4- Get Outside
My favorite cardio equipment at the gym was the stair master. 20 minutes in I would be dripping sweat and my muscles would be burning. I would say this is the one piece of equipment that I miss the most. I have recently decided to improvise. A school near me has stairs and I have started incorporating them into my workout. I got down and up as 1 set. After I complete 10 sets I walk/run .10 and take a drink. Then I started the next round. Each round takes about 5-7 minutes. Each week I try to increase my rounds and decrease my time.
TRAILS TRAILS TRAILS. There is nothing fun about running. Literally, nothing. But there is absolutely a high from it. I run because I have fallen in love with the way it makes me feel when I am done. Accomplished, strong, powerful, etc. I started out running in my neighborhood because everything was closed. The thing about running for me is I get horrible shin splints. Running on cement on intensifies the shin splints. Once the tracks opened back up I tried running on tracks. But to be honest, it was so boring. I felt like a hamster on its wheel. Then, I decided to try running on trails. It is the most peaceful experience. I’m not only getting a cardio workout, but I am also relaxing and restoring my mind.
Tip #5- No Excuses
I want to be sensitive to some legitimate restrictions some people have. But I believe that EVERY SINGLE PERSON has the ability to strengthen their body and/or mind. If you can walk, run, climb, etc. Don’t take advantage of that blessing. Because honestly, it is a blessing. If you have limitations, there are so many resources on Pinterest and youtube. Do some research and speak with your physician. If you are anxious about catching an illness during the pandemic, as you see there is a way to workout at home for less exposure. Going outside could be as easy as going to your back yard. If you have a pool, you have even more of an advantage. I am the queen of excuses. But I don’t let them decide for me anymore. I choose to overcome those excuses. Because at the end of the day working out feels good. And I want to feel good every day.
Moms- You can workout with kids.
Us moms are so critical of ourselves. I used to think about how can I actually get a good workout with the 3 kids at home with me. I felt like what is the point. It also felt selfish. Like how dare I take 30 minutes to myself, to work out on myself, for myself. I have learned to get creative having kids at home with me. We would go on walks in the neighborhood. We would go for bike rides. We even have gone on hikes. That type of workout is better than no workout. It’s all about moving your body. But the hardest truth here is that YOU DESERVE 30 minutes a day to yourself. I noticed that my mood was a lot better when I took some time for myself to workout. And I think you will notice that for yourself too.