Although our day-to-day lives look different in many ways, one thing we both agree on is the necessity of regular exercise. Check out 10 ways that we get our workouts in at home—from sisters Finch and Wren!
When you have a busy lifestyle, work, family, life…getting to the gym can be a bit of an obstacle. In 2012 I decided that in addition to my twice-weekly home workouts, I was going to join a gym. Reason? I thought I could go twice a week during lunch, get 30 minutes of pure cardio in and voila! I would be able to lose those last 10 pesky pounds. I faithfully raced from work to the gym, got dressed, threw myself on the elliptical for 30 minutes, raced to the showers and drove back to work.
Reality: my workouts weren’t as effective as the ones I did at home because I was always looking at the clock, knowing I had a small window to get back to work. The gym wasn’t that clean, people didn’t wipe down the machines, and don’t get me started on the bathrooms (yes, I always made sure to wear my shower shoes)!! I realized that for me, the best place to work out hard, effectively and efficiently was at my house. My yoga mat, my weights, my shower!
I have a list of the 5 exercise videos that I rotate; they are effective, short (30-40 minutes) and they have given me results!
- Jillian Michaels 30 day shred
- Jillian Michaels Killer Abs
- Jillian Michaels Shred it with weights
- Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs
- The Firm: Super Body Sculpt
Like Finch, I love working out at home. We homeschool, and if I work out at home I can still be finished by the time I need to get breakfast started, and school right afterward. Here are my 5 favorite tools for getting my exercise in every day!
1. Leslie Sansone’s JUST WALK Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan: If you’re not familiar with Leslie Sansone, she is famous for developing an at-home exercise system that is both gentle yet highly effective. This DVD has 5 different walks which cover from 1 mile to 5 miles, plus extra sections which focus on abs, arms, legs, chest/back and stretches. You can also combine walks to increase distance. She is cheerful and fun, and you can start just where you are.
2. Stationary Bike: This is my current favorite. We have a Schwinn stationary bike in our master bedroom, and every morning I get up and ride for a bit. I had some serious surgeries a year and a half ago that I’m still not quite over, so when I started the biking in January I could only ride for 10 minutes at a time. But I’ve progressed to 18 minutes…and the difference I feel in my joints and posture are amazing. Not to mention the clarity of mind I feel after riding!
3. Walking: This is something you can do on your own (with your iPod) or with your family. Of course if you have kiddos, you can probably walk faster if you’re by yourself, but if you want to do it as a group there are so many benefits! You can hang out with your precious family, check out nature together as well as teaching your children that exercise is something enjoyable, all while improving your family’s fitness!
4. the bar method (beginner’s workout): This is an at-home workout for people who love ballet. It incorporates interval training and isometrics with dance conditioning. It is designed to be low-impact and strengthens muscles. I have to say that I don’t have any personal experience with this….YET! I think I have a couple of more months of biking before I am ready to take this on. But I am a huge ballet fan so it’s on the list!
5. My Fitbit: Last but not least, my Fitbit. Finch and I both use these wonderful little fitness trackers. They record your steps taken, stairs climbed, calories burned, miles walked and the time. Fitbits also give you encouraging little messages, like “You rock!” or “Let’s go!” You can connect to the Fitbit website to record meals eaten and hours slept. Studies have found that fitness trackers and pedometers actually encourage more exercise. I guess when you see how much you’re doing, you’re motivated to do more! That has certainly worked for me.
The bottom line is, it is easy and even fun to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule. Although you should always see your physician before beginning any exercise program, it is a wonderful way to build stamina, increase fitness AND enjoy those around you.