Sometimes there are days when you don't feel like working out, but you still want to get a calorie burn in. Or maybe your did your workout, but it wasn't "enough" (which is usually my issue) and you want to get your body moving a little more without having to head back to the gym or get your equipment out. Or maybe you're just looking for some extra ways to combat the calories consumed by sneaking bites of your kids halloween candy. Good news - all you have to do is vacuum for about 20 minutes to guiltlessly enjoy one fun sized candy (on average)! A clean house AND chocolate?! Talk about a win-win!
See the list below for some other ways you can get your fitness fix in around the house*!
A year ago today, I went from being a cardio junkie to weight lifting obsessed. I was never one to "waste time" lifting weights, as I defined a "hard workout" as one that burned a ton of calories and had me drenched in sweat. I would go to the gym, wander around trying various pieces of weight equipment, and ultimately lose interest after about 5 minutes. So needless to say, it wasn't something I focused on. But last summer was a bit of a changing point- I was finally at my goal weight, but didn't feel good about my body. The number on the scale was reading less than I was before I had my two kids, but yet I couldn't fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes comfortably. I was honestly ready to throw in the towel and
Deciding to make a changes in your life can be daunting. Especially if the change is going to significantly impact your way of life. But it doesn’t have to be challenging and you don't have to deny yourself a social life. Sometimes it's just as easy as making a few changes in the way you think and/or view food and fitness. Here are some things that keep me motivated:
1.) Take weekly body measurements. Trust me. Don’t rely on the scale alone - ESPECIALLY if you’re starting a weight training program of any kind. This was something that was hard for me to wrap my head around in the beginning, and over the past year I’ve actually GAINED 8lbs, however I lost 11 inches throughout my body and dropped 2 pant sizes. So don't get discouraged by the scale and get yourself a tape measure!
2.) Take full body pictures (in the same outfit), once a month. I say once a month, because any more and you may not see the changes you hope for, and that can be discouraging. Fitness should be a positive experience, so it's important to not set yourself up for unnecessary failures. You could wait longer and take photos every couple months, or even just at the start and finish of a workout program - whatever is easier for you personally. Just try to take them in the same place and in the same outfit, as that's how you can see a true comparison.
I feel like most people are surprised when I tell them that I don't belong to a gym. I also believe that when I tell people that I work out at home, the first thing that comes to mind is Jane Fonda, a step and terry cloth sweatbands... At least that's what I pictured a home workout to be before I made the switch almost 4 years ago. I was always a gym person- during the week, I'd go before work to run on the treadmill and use the equipment and back after work to take a group exercise class or two. Which meant leaving the house at 5:30am and not getting home until close to 7pm. Weekends were the same, I'd wake up, drive the 25 min to the gym, do my thing, shower and drive the 25 minutes back home. If I was doing a group fitness class, I'd have to schedule my day around the class time as well. This was annoying, but 1.) I was single with limited responsibilities (and therefore more time to waste) and 2.) I didn't know there was another option. This schedule might have worked for me in my 20's, but once I got married, had kids, dogs, a house, etc, it just wasn't sustainable.
There is nothing worse (to me) then when I look at my workout calendar and I see that its a yoga day (or pilates, or stretching, or any form of "active rest"). I know, #firstworldproblems.. But really, it sucks. And when I see that it's a Yoga day, I immediately have the inner battle of whether I suck it up and do it, do the yoga and still add on an extra cardio workout, or just ignore it completely - I tend to lean on the side of ignore. I'm a mom of two little kids, I just don't have time to waste on a workout that isn't going to get me drenched in sweat. Which I know is
I jumped on the Intermittent Fasting bandwagon for a few months back in April and although I felt pretty good doing it, I learned that it just wasn't right for me. Prior to trying IF, I counted macros and tracked everything I ate in MyFitnessPal (which is an amazing calorie and exercise tracking app). I had been doing that for a year and since I'm a snacker, tracking calories showed me my problem areas throughout the day and helped me manage my food choices. The only downfall, for me, was actually sitting down and spending time tracking my foods. So with IF becoming popular, it seemed like a great option since really, all I would have to do is track my "windows". For those not familiar with IF, you are allowed to eat whatever you want (but only eating until your full - you can't just bing eat all day) within a set number of hours. I chose to eat from 12pm-6pm so that I could be able to eat lunch and dinner with my family, which means that I couldn't eat from 6pm-12pm the following day (this is knows as 18:6 - 18 hours off, 6 hours on).