When You Can’t Make It To The Gym

I’ve been sharing a little about how I’ve been focusing more on my personal health, and working out regularly has been a key component to that. However, working full-time, helping to a run a home, and rearing a growing child doesn’t leave much time for me to go to the gym. That said, I do all of my working out at home.

The concept of working out at home can be new to some people, but it makes including fitness in your life completely feasible and eliminates a lot of excuses. All you truly need is an intrinsic desire to break a sweat.  This is for moms and non-moms alike!

  • You save $$$ from not having to pay for a gym membership
  • You have access to it at anytime (because we all know that “free time” in mom life can be fickle)
  • If you ever feel self-conscious at the gym, that’s now a non-issue
  • You save time; no need to pack a bag and drive anywhere.  You get dressed and get started.
Also, don’t give in to the idea that working out at home does not give you good results as compared to the gym.  I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and that is only with working out hard 30 minutes a night for a month – at home.  You better believe my plan is to keep improving.  I’ve also given up on the scale.  My weight has gone up and down so many times in the past month that it was more frustrating than anything.  Instead, I’m now focusing completely on improving my strength and stamina.  That, I’m now starting to believe, is a truer measure of fitness.
I’m sharing a few tips for what I’ve done (and will continue to do) to get you started if you want to start working out at home.  I’m hoping this will help inspire you to start trying to work out at home and realize the flexibility you have to eventually make it an integral part of your lifestyle.
My #momlife schedule looks like this: work, prep/eat dinner, family time with husband and son, son’s bedtime routine, workout, shower, clean, sleep.
I personally don’t like to workout when my son is awake because since I work full-time, I barely get any quality time with him on a day-to-day basis. Since he soundly sleeps through the night (most of the time), after bedtime is when I get to focus on myself for a few hours.  It is possible to be a present parent and still take care of yourself.  It’s necessary, really.  I can’t give my family my best if I’m not feeling my best, so putting in the time to take care of me once he’s asleep has made all the difference.  I feel serious “mom guilt” when I do “me” things when he’s awake.  Plus, when I even try to do any workout with him awake (i.e. “Let me do 10 push-ups”), he thinks it’s a game and starts trying to climb on me haha.

 ^ #momlife

Before I had Dominic, I actually liked waking up early to workout, shower, then get ready for work.  That hasn’t been possible lately because Dominic’s waking time varies, so “waking up early” one day could be “waking up when he wakes up” the next day even if it’s the same time of the day.  That becomes discouraging to me, so I stick with the night schedule since it’s more consistent.  Working out is working out, and you should do what works best for you.

2 dumbbells (I’m currently using 4lb ones)
Resistance bands (Optional.  I don’t really use them with the current workouts, but they’re here)
Pull-up bar (Optional.  My husband just happened to have it)
Foam roller

Focus T25 – If you’ve worked out at home at all, you’ve probably heard about the Insanity workout videos.  T25 is from the same guy that created Insanity, but he turned his workouts into intense 25 minute workouts.

YouTube – YouTube has a wealth of workout videos.  I particularly like to do the HIIT workouts from the Tone It Up girls, but if I want to switch things up, I simply search in YouTube for the length of time I’m looking for along with the workout I’m in the mood for (ie. “20 minute resistance training” or “30 minute yoga”).  I browse through for the highest rated items and try them out.
BBG – This is a workout program hugely popular on Instagram.  It’s a weekly series of 3 28-minute high-intensity workouts, 2 LISS workouts, and a stretch session.
Orgain Plant-based Protein – I drink a protein shake about twice a week using this particular protein from Orgain to help fuel my body.  All ingredients are organic and the proteins are completely plant-based with ingredients like hemp, chia and pea proteins.
Yoga – I’ve always loved doing yoga.  It’s a great way to slow down and get more in tune with your body while stretching out muscles that tend to be forgotten.  I try to include a session at least once a week.  It’s also so beneficial since I mostly sit at a desk for work.  I did yoga regularly during pregnancy too and know that it helped me manage the aches and pains during the last trimester.
Eat clean – What you feed your body is just as important (if not more) as how your treat it with these workouts.  There are plenty of tips and guides to get you into the habit of eating better, but my biggest tips would be to cut out as much sugar as you can and to eat real food  – food as close as they come from nature.  Remember, by sugar, people don’t just mean the obvious desserts and soda.  This includes things like condiments, salad dressings, and snacks.
Pull-up Bar – My husband has had this for years.  It’s just your basic doorway bar, and I’ve been goofing around with it to test my strength.  It’s been helpful for settings goals such as “do 3 consecutive pull-ups after 2 months.”

It’s also important to note that working out doesn’t have to be confined to the home or the gym.  Other things we’ve done to keep ourselves active has been to go on hikes and walks around the neighborhood.

Finding a way to make health a priority for you can sometimes be a struggle, but I hope some of this information helps you figure out a way to really make it a priority.  Whether you’re a mom or not, focusing on your health is important, and it takes considerable effort.  If everyone that has found their rhythm shared their tips to others on how they make it work, maybe it would make it easier for everyone to embrace the opportunity to be happier and healthier versions of themselves.  That’s what it’s all about right? 🙂

“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.”

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