Friday, September 09, 2011

new {fof} series: finding your exercising “sweet spot”

What do you say we talk a little {fitness on friday}? :)

I had a great question asked on our Facebook page the other day {oh, did I tell you? There’s a super fun little BH community over there! You can click “like” at the top to keep posted on the the newest updates, shared links, recipes, reader stories, and more! Hop over there and check it out- the party’s on all week long! ;)}

The question was, “How do you find time to workout, I love to exercise but am having trouble fitting it in. Do you exercise in a.m. or during day? Also, what do you do for your exercise routine...gym, weights or at home? Any ideas to help me squeeze in exercising would be great! Thank you!!!”

I answered with the shorter version there, but I wanted to share more details here on your options for getting in a great workout with limited time and resources.

You basically have three options for working as far as I can see: you can workout at home, outside, or at the gym.

Starting this week, I’m beginning a series of posts that will continue over the next few weeks on how to get a great workout anywhere- with each post highlighting options for exercising at home, the great outdoors, and the gym!

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My hope with this series is to offer you lots of ideas and ways to exercise so that you can find your exercising “sweet spot”- a way of working out that is best for you- your personality, your lifestyle, your family, your time schedule, and your budget.

You see, the coolest thing happens when you finally find your very own sweet spot- exercising naturally starts to become part of your daily life!! And that sounds pretty exciting, right?

So let’s get started! Today I want to talk about your first sweet spot option: exercising at home.

Exercising at home is the easiest, most frugal option for exercising. You don’t have to pay for a membership to get a great workout.  All you need is a little self-discipline to get a great workout under your own roof! And it can be totally free- equipment is optional, as are special workout clothes, and it costs nothing to travel to your living room!

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You can exercise in the comfort of your home, wearing no makeup, a t-shirt, and old yoga pants and using only body weight or items found around your house to use for resistance purposes. You could create a routine of push-ups, full sit-ups, burpees, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, crunches, planks, and simple stretching moves. You can actually get a fantastic workout just using your own body weight! Create a workout based on your fitness level by writing down your favorite exercises and doing multiple sets in quick succession, for a minimum of 20-30 minutes of exercising.

And, if you do have a little extra cash to invest in working out at home, you could buy weights- dumbbells or barbells to do strength training sets, or resistance bands {which require less storage space} that would allow you to work with a lighter resistance.

Little side note: here’s one of my favorite moves of all time- take a resistance band under both of your feet, hold the handles up by the sides of your hips and take little steps right and then left. I like to use that move in my Core and More class- it works those hips and abs like nothing else!

If you’re interested in doing cardio at home and can afford the financial cost and storage space, you could buy a larger piece of equipment like a treadmill or elliptical. They will both give you an awesome cardiovascular workout for one big investment up front. If you decide to go this route, please, please, buy your machine used at a garage sale or on Craigslist. There are tons of almost-new ones out there for a fraction of the original price because people buy them at the store and never use them more than three times! {which will be different than you, right? ;)}. Garage sales and Craigslist are both great places to find all kinds of great exercise equipment.
 
No matter where you buy, it would help to really examine your personality to see if you really would use that fancy Stairmaster before you actually make the purchase.  Otherwise it might turn into pretty expensive clothing rack sitting in your garage!

So whether you design your own program or use small or large equipment at home, all you need is a little motivation to get started!

Of course, that’s the one downside to working out at home, and exercising in general. We all know that getting motivated to move is one of the biggest obstacles in exercising- no matter which option you might choose- home, the great outdoors, or the gym.

Well, guess what! I’m going to tell you the greatest secret of how to fight that lack of motivation!

And I’m going to give you more ways to exercise at home using technology…

in next week’s {fitness on friday}!

{now that was just mean, wasn’t it? heehee}

coming next Friday: finding your motivation+more at-home exercising options!

So, do you like to work out at home? What’s your favorite method? I’d love to know! Anyone have creative ideas for home exercise? Leave a comment or join in on the conversation on our Facebook page!

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