How to Workout at Home

8:30 AM

One of my New Year's goals is to work out 3-4 times a week, but I personally don't like going to the gym. It gets really crowded after work (which is when I go to the gym) and it requires me to carry an extra bag for my workout clothes and shoes. A few months ago, I decided to buy some equipment to work out at home instead and it's been AMAZING. To supplement my workout, I also purchased digital workouts from Barre3. It sounds expensive, but it's the same amount of money for a gym membership as it is for buying equipment and digital workouts. Here's how to do it:

1. Buy the 'Essentials'

What are the 'Essentials'? It depends on what you want to work out. I want to make sure I get a full body workout every week, so I focus on arms, chest, abs and legs - sometimes all in separate workout sessions or sometimes they're combined in one. Here's what I recommend as the essentials for working out at home:

- Yoga Mat: this can be used in multiple ways. Yes, it's great for yoga, but if you plan on doing any floor workouts (ie abs), you'll most likely need a mat. I recommend AmazonBasics Pink Exercise Mat with Carrying Strap, it's under $20 and has great reviews.

- Weights: these can be used for everything. Normally, when you think of weights, you think upper body workouts, but you can use weights for leg and ab workouts as well. Plus, if you buy a good set, they will last you a while. I recommend AmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set with Stand, White Lettering. You get three sets of weights with a stand. These are pretty light. If you want a heavier set as well, purchase Unipack Neoprene Dumbbells (6/8/10 sets).

- Resistance Band: These are essential if you plan on signing up for barre workouts like I am. Resistance bands are used a lot for leg and ab workouts. I like this because they're travel friendly. If you're going on vacation or traveling for work, this is something you can easily bring with you. You can do a few simple workouts while you're away so you're still keeping up with the schedule. Get the Your Choice Exercise Bands Set of 4, you receive 4 bands of different resistance levels.

2. Subscribe to a Digital Workout Channel

Like I mentioned before, I subscribed to Barre3 online classes to guide me through my workouts. I know a few basic workout routines, but doing the same routine week over week is only challenging those same muscle groups. It's important to vary workouts so you're focusing on all the different muscles in your body. I personally love barre classes - it's a mix of pilates and yoga. It's a nice addition to my workout schedule as it's heavily focused on thighs and calves. I will do a barre class once or twice a week. The rest of the week will focus on abs and arms/chest. 

There are a ton of workout routines online that are free to access. Pinterest actually has a ton. I'll find a circuit that I like and incorporate it into my weekly schedule. But remember, switch it up every week!

3. Block time on your calendar and hold yourself accountable

The only way you'll be successful in working out is by holding yourself accountable. I always review my calendar for the next week on Sundays and block off an hour on three days that week I know I can work out. Whether it's in the morning, afternoon or night, I'm committing myself to spending that hour pushing myself to my limits. An hour or two before working out, I'll add a reminder to my calendar to either drink coffee or have a quick snack to ensure I have energy for my workout later on. I love Clif Bar Chocolate Chip Protein Bars - they provide enough energy to get me through my 3pm slump and my workout after work.

Mornings can be extremely tough to work out, especially for me. Waking up at 6:30 am to work out? Doesn't sound great to me. But I've found several tricks to force me out of bed and to work out. One of my favorites is to wear my workout clothes to bed. Instead of my jammies, I'll throw on my socks, sports bra and leggings to bed. Why? Because it's one less thing I have to do when I get up. There's no excuse. I'm pretty much dressed to work out! My other trick is setting alarms in 10-minute increments a half an hour before I need to wake up. If I need to wake up at 6:30 am, I'll set an alarm for 6:00 am, 6:10 am, 6:20 am and 6:30 am. This is enough to get me up, but you can add more or less depending on your preferences.

Those are my three tips for working out at home. You can also find all the products I mentioned in this post at this link. What do you think? Would working out at home fit in with your lifestyle? I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions below!

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  1. These are great tips! I love working out at my local gym, but I've been thinking about working out at home to save time on days I'm busy. Thanks for these tips! I will look into the equipment you recommended!


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