If you’ve been around these parts for a while, then you’ll know that over the past few years my body, my fitness, our eating habits have under gone some big changes. (Photos of where I’ve been HERE if you missed it. Things are different physically that the latest photo there but you get the idea.)
I realized that to be around for my family, to enjoy the quality of life I wanted, to set a good example I needed to take the “bull by the horns” and make the decision to be healthy. It was and is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Changing the way I/we ate wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I’ve learned so much about what’s good for our bodies, what’s bad and what things that sound like food but really grew in a test tube – it’s truly amazing and completely frightening.
The hard part came in the exercise department. Not the doing of the exercise that I LOVE (with my whole heart!) (and my whole butt, my butt loves the exercising!) but the when, where and how part. Corey’s schedule doesn’t permit me to visit a gym, half the time he leaves as I’m getting up at The Butt Crack of Dawn, and doesn’t get home until right about the time I’m heading to bed. It quickly became apparent that if I was going to get fit and healthy, it was going to have to be done here at home.
It IS possible! In fact, it’s quite easy, inexpensive and totally worth it. Once you’ve made the decision to get healthy, all it takes are a few simple items and your “want to” to get on it and get ‘er done.
Here’s my top 5 “Must Haves” for successfully working out at home:
Yoga Mat: Regardless of what kind of exercise you choose to do a good yoga mat is key. Planks, push-ups, crunches and down-dog (ha!) all require a padded surface, one that offers comfort and grip.
Hand Weights: It doesn’t take fancy equipment to develop those muscles. Your own body weight, paired with sets of 3, 5 & 8 pound weights can do wonders for the way your body looks and feels! (The stronger you get the more you can increase your weights, but these are a great start. And don’t worry girls – lifting heavy won’t make you look bulky!)
Fitness DVDs: For $5-$15 per DVD you can create a great collection of fitness DVDs at home. Make sure to choose a variety of workout types (yoga, kickboxing, dancing and strength training etc) to prevent boredom & all over conditioning. If you don’t want to invest or your attention span is short like mine, most libraries stock a wide range of fitness titles you can borrow.
YouTube: The internet is filled with great FREE fitness resources, all you have to do is look! Think of your favourite fitness styles or ones you’d like to try and search them out.
Receiving Blankets: These are my very favourite multipurpose fitness find! I need to sop up the sweat so I can see but most towels leave my sensitive facial skin raw. The soft, easy to wash fabric of the receiving blankets are perfect! They’re also great for when you’re doing a lot planks/yoga that require forearm work to prevent chaffing from your mat.
I truly believe if you want to achieve something bad enough, you’ll find a way to do it. Being fit was one of those things I wanted and these are some of the things that helped me get on my way.
Do you workout at home? If you do, are there any “must haves” on your list that I missed here? We’re all