Monday, January 1, 2018

5 Ways to Workout from Home (little or no equipment required!)

With the new year come New Year's Resolutions.  Personally, I try to live the lifestyle I desire each and every day of the year rather than make resolutions that I may not keep after a month or so.  Plus, life is too short to wait until the new year!

However, now that the hectic-ness of Thanksgiving and Christmas are over, I need to buckle down and get back into the routine of a regular fitness program.  I used to love going to the gym and attending group fitness classes.

These days, life is busier and I find getting to the gym impossible to schedule.  So I've been working out from home by doing online workout programs, many of which have corresponding apps that can be streamed on a variety of devices.

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With these 5 workout programs that I have tried and liked, the investment is minimal and you can exercise according to your own schedule, not according to the gym schedule.  These programs are preset, so you know you will get a good workout.  All you need are weights (for some of the workouts) and a mat and you're good to go!

Beachbody on Demand is my favorite way to workout from home and is what I currently do.  For $99 a year, I can stream over 60 different workout programs by different trainers, with multiple workouts in each program.  I downloaded the app on my phone, but you can also stream from your computer, tv and other devices.

The workouts range from 10 minutes to an hour in length.  My favorites are 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Hammer and Chisel and T25.  Each program comes with a calendar and nutritional component, so it's all super easy to follow.  I haven't used the nutrition guides because I try to eat pretty clean on a regular basis, but I have read testimonials about people losing a lot of weight by following both the workout calendar and corresponding nutrition guide.

I love that Beachbody comes out with new programs regularly so that I don't get bored.  I'll be starting 80 Day Obsession when it is released mid-January.  In the meantime, I am doing A Little Obsessed, which is the prep program for 80 Day Obsession.  Both are led by my favorite trainer, Autumn Calabrese.

I have enjoyed doing the Barre3 workouts at home by streaming from my computer.  Barre3 is a slower pace than the workouts I prefer on Beachbody on Demand.  According to their website, "Every Barre3 class works strategically to build strength and flexibility for optimal body balance and improved posture."  The trainers show multiple options so that people with injuries or pregnant women can modify.  I found the workouts to be helpful for my own lower back pain, and I felt more relaxed and stretched out by the end of each one.  With the Barre3 online streaming package, there are over 300 videos available that range from 10-60 minutes long.  The price starts at $25 per month.

The PopSugar Fitness Youtube channel provides free workouts of a variety of lengths and times. The choices are endless, with workouts ranging from yoga and pilates to high-intensity intervals to dance cardio.  I've enjoyed this HIIT Workout to Burn Calories and Tone Your Abs as well as this 30-Minute Calorie-Torching Cardio Workout with Weights.

The JessicaSmithTV Youtube channel also provides a range of workout options, from low-impact knee-friendly workouts to higher-impact cardio kickboxing to Ballet Barre workouts.  I like this Kickboxing Ballet Body Sculpt and HIIT Cardio and Core.

The Sworkit App is available for iOS as well as Android devices and has both a free and a paid version.  Within the app, you can choose the length of the workout with a large database of body weight exercises that can be done anywhere.  I've used the free version, and it provided me the flexibility to tailor a workout to my liking.  Although it is not a video like the other programs I've mentioned, the trainers in the app show all of the moves as you go, so that you can be sure to do them correctly and not get injured.

Of course, along with any fitness program is the aspect of good nutrition.  Combining regular exercise with (mostly!) clean eating habits has helped me to maintain my fitness level and health as I've gotten older, and it has also helped improve my mood and general well-being.  This is why I treat fitness as a life-long journey, not just a New Year's Resolution.  It is a commitment to myself to continue to live the good life even as I get older.  Without good health, that's impossible.

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  1. It really can be stressful heading out to the gym, especially at the start of the year with the swarm of new years resolutioners. I've heard good things about the Beachbody workouts, though I've never actually tried them. I'll have to check out some of these workouts!

  2. Definitely give Beachbody on Demand a try. There is such a large variety of workouts...something for everyone.

  3. Thanks for the great ideas! I had never even heard of these and really need to step up my workout game!

    1. I hope you give them a try!

  4. Hello Kim! Great blog. I do agree that going to the gym on top of everything else is difficult. I like your alternatives listed here. I think I will try a couple of these myself.

    1. Thanks, Sheena! Getting to the gym is so hard. I hope these tips help.