As a busy working mom, it is difficult to go to the gym every day much less at all. Knowing that it would be near impossible for me to commit to a gym membership, I set out to find some work-outs that I could do at home.
Now, even the home work-outs may be difficult to fit into a busy schedule, believe me I know. But, I also know that in order to stay physically and mentally fit, the time is there and you just need to carve it out of your schedule weekly. Notice that I mentioned weekly? Yes, in order to be successful at these work-outs you must begin somewhere and implementing them 2 to 3 times a week is much more realistic than daily. Daily routines are the ultimate goals but remember to start off slow, so you don’t injure yourself.
Here’s what I do each day:
- Kettle ball routine
- Fast pace walking/stairs
Here’s what I do 3-5 times a week:
If you notice, the particular work-outs I do can be done daily but again I stress, that you must build your body up to daily work-outs and most importantly vary them so you don’t get bored.
Here are 5 Work-Out Routines You Can Do At Home:
- Yoga – this is something that I have recently introduced into my busy lifestyle and you can too. You will need a yoga mat or a thick blanket and a television. Simple right? There are many yoga DVD’s available and I suggest you do a bit of research first. Start with the beginner routines to ease your body and mind into this fabulous full body work-out. One of my favorite yoga instructors is Tara Stiles and you can find all her routines from beginner to advanced on YouTube.
- Pilates – this is a wonderful work-out you can do at home and at your own pace. This work-out will help you to strengthen and tone your entire body. Like, yoga, there are various routines you can do from weight-loss to strengthening and from beginners to advanced. There are also pilate DVD’s you can use that of course cost much less than a gym membership and you can do in the comfort of your own home.
- Kettle Ball – Using weights in your routine will help with strengthening and toning and the use of kettle balls is a wonderful way to do both. What makes this exercise product unique is the fact that you can do so much with a simple 10 to 20lb kettle ball. The handle makes it feasible to use both hands for various motions. Just like any other routines involving weights, you must start off with lighter weights. Remember the goal is to gain flexibility, strength and ultimate body toning, so lower weights and more repetitions is the key. Kettle balls are available in many stores as well as online.
- Planking – This routine may sound simple but you’ll be amazed at how difficult it can truly be. It is similar to push-ups but instead you are holding your body weight for a period of time which involves all the muscles of your body. This is truly a great weight to increase your core strength. Concentration and focus is necessary and of course, you can build your way up to more time and more difficult poses. Once you master the simple plank then you can incorporate leg raises and push-ups into your routine. This is a fun and difficult routine all in one.
- Jumping – Okay, this may sound silly but this routine can truly help you tone and lose weight. You can simply start with a jump rope, remember those from your childhood days? It’s amazing how the simple routines are the ones that are quickly forgotten. Jumping rope not only requires coordination but it will require stamina as well. Once you master the jump rope you can move up to jumping on a mini-trampoline. This routine sounds like child’s play but in fact the rapid acceleration and deceleration increases blood flow, oxygenates the body as well as improves your muscle tone. Trying jumping for 10-20 minutes a day for a wonderful energy boost!
Whatever routine you decide to incorporate into your busy lifestyle, remember to take it slow and one day at a time. Too often, your head and mind thinks you can do more and forgets that it takes time to reach your ultimate goal. Start off with at least 3 days of work-outs and give your body a rest the other days. Let’s not forget a healthy combination of work-outs and clean eating will help you reach your goal in less time. So, what work-out are you going to try? Are you doing at-home work-outs already? What’s your favorite work-out?