Lately, I’ve really been trying to get into a consistent workout routine, and what I’m realizing is that I need my routine to be flexible – it’s key for me actually working out. I love going to classes, but sometimes (often), my schedule doesn’t allow for that. So instead of using that as an excuse to pretty much not exercise, I’ve been getting in workouts from my house – or hotel.
Depending on the type of workout you like, whether it’s cardio, yoga, or something like HIIT (high-intensity interval training), you can really make a routine work for you specifically. You can even find a routine that doesn’t require much equipment, or anything at all.
Two of my main tips for actually working out at home and instead of sitting on the couch are cute clothing and a designated time. In general, cute workout clothes are motivating to me. And they’ve got to be comfortable and supportive too – duh, right? I love how this Maidenform sports bra has thick (but not too thick) straps, built in liners (so they’re a little thicker where you need them to be – ha!), and are supper supportive too!
I’ve recently started working out with a trainer (at Vive in Dallas), but I only go 2-3 times a week, so I like to do my other workouts at home. And honestly, I don’t usually have much extra time, so like to keep things pretty simple and just make sure I’m doing SOMETHING to actually move my body. My motto is something is better than nothing, right?
A Few Things I Do To Workout From Home
Once I’m feeling good and in real workout clothes (aka not pajamas), I schedule my workouts into my calendar. I don’t worry about scheduling them out each week, but instead, each night I figure out when I can fit it in the next day. Like I said, I need flexibility, and sometimes planning too far in advance isn’t realistic for me. I seem to be more committed when I can choose my hours to workout each day. And one of the best parts about working out from home is it takes less time – no commuting or anything.
If you’re trying to get on the workout from home routine, here are 4 workouts that I’m currently loving:
Y’all, if you haven’t heard of BBG or seen me attempt to do it, you need to. It’s a workout developed by a girl named Kayla and she has a huge following and online community. I kinda love how this goes hand-in-hand with working out from home – since you aren’t necessarily getting a community like you would at a gym or at a class. It’s basically your community from home, ya know? Anyways, the workouts differ depending on the day and week, but it’s always 4 sets of 7-minute intervals. Her app is really easy and it runs through the workouts, or just Google the workouts and you’ll find them. It’s pretty hard at first, but the results are seriously amazing – and you don’t need much equipment. Use the stuff in your house if you don’t have things like a step (I use a chair).
I’m not a huge yoga fan (I think I’m too all over the place), but I will say that doing a yoga flow is a great workout. If I only have 10 minutes or so and don’t feel like doing anything too intense, I’ll run through sun-salutations over and over. It doesn’t seem hard at first, but by the end you’ll feel strong, energized, and flexible. It just feels GOOD. Plus, my arms are usually sore the next day!
OK, you might look a little crazy but you’re inside your house so who cares. I’ve even done this in hotel stairs, and y’all, it’ll kick your butt. Simply throw on your best workout outfit, playlist, and hit the steps, up and down up and down, for X amount of time. I’ll usually run up and down the steps for 5 minutes straight, then I’ll do abs or arms to give my legs a break. This is basically intense cardio interval training. If you’re short on time, this is the best. See if you can add on 30 seconds each day of the week, too.
Commercial break cardio
So this is when I’m feeling lazy slash I know I need to get up and move. I’ll throw on a TV show or something, and will MAKE myself get up at commercials. I switch off between jumping jacks, then pushups or arm dips, then abs. I’ll ideally do this through an hour long show, because it ends up being about 15-20 minutes of working out. Multi-tasking at its finest, and you’ll feel better about yourself as you veg out…kinda.
There you have it! How I’m doing my best to stay fit while staying home. Do you workout from home? If so, any workouts you’re loving?
But speaking of doing workouts from home, I made this SUPER QUICK (like 20 seconds) little video of a few of my favorite go-to moves I do when working out from home :) Let me know what you think!!
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