I have not worked out in a gym in years! But I love to exercise and although I like to keep a steady streak of physical activity, I also need to change it up.
Working out at home allows me the flexibility to exercise whenever and do whatever I would like to do. Feel like Pilates? Weight training? Zumba®? You name it and I can most likely get it done at home.
I do have a few different types of exercise equipment at home and I also have purchased exercise videos. But most of the time I simply use my own body weight and I use tons of free resources online.
Several close family and friends have asked me what I do to stay fit from home. I figured I would start Move It Monday to share the exercises that I have done for the week to help those who would like to work out from home with results.
This past week I kept it light for myself since I had the unwanted monthly visitor with all the joys that come with its presence. Ladies, you feel me…unfortunately.
So let’s move it!
I took part of a 7-day push-up challenge hosted by Gina from Popcorn and Pandas via Facebook. Gina is a rock star! She is a motivational fitness coach and she was doing push-ups along with us with her cute, full term (37 weeks!) pregnancy belly.
Photo from Gina’s Facebook
I did this challenge to build up my upper body strength since it is one of my weak spots. This was my last day of the challenge and we had to do 60 push-ups of our choice. Here is what I did:
This challenge really helped me gain strength on my upper body and try different push-ups I did not think I could do.
I decided to work on my lower body since my arms were sore from 7 days of push-ups!
I started with a quick warm-up from Fitness Blender.
I wanted to squeeze in some cardio with leg exercises and I found this workout from ICON UK.
I found that it was more like synchronized jumping instead of dancing so if you are not much of a dancer this workout is still great because it does not have complicated choreography. However, if you are unable to jump due to any medical or physical issues I would not recommend this video.
I finished off with a cool down, also from Fitness Blender.
I was sore all over and feeling exhausted so I decided to do a light stretch on this day. I picked a stretch workout that would also work on strength and flexibility; two major things I am working on.
This day I worked on my abs and I turned to good old Pinterest because I wanted to watch TV while I exercised.
Do not be fooled by the seemingly easy moves! I did two sets of 15 repetitions of each exercise and my abs were burning!
*Be sure to warm up and cool down with each workout. The days I didn’t use a video to guide me, I did my own warm up and cool down.
Gym or home? Which do you prefer?
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”