Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Home Workouts For When You Have 7 Minutes or 60



Hello, Besties!  2016 is winding down and 2017 is just around the corner.  Many of you may be thinking about New Year's resolutions, or simply reflecting on the past year.  For me, 2016 was the year I really committed to exercising more regularly and I am so thankful I did!  As I told you here, I am not an "outdoorsy girl" by nature.  Nor am I a "fitness girl."  While I'm always glad I exercised after I'm done, sometimes the thought of waking up early for a class or going for a run is enough to keep me cozy in my bed, hitting snooze repeatedly.  Anyone else?

One of the obstacles excuses that kept me from exercising was time.  As a mom to two young boys (who wake up at the crack of dawn), I felt my mornings started early enough as it was and couldn't bear to set the alarm to a time that started with 5 (I have since gotten over this fear).  I felt my days were too busy (but thankfully my youngest started preschool this year #winning) and by their bedtime, I was too tired from the day to lift a dish, let alone weights.

Little did I know (but soon found out), finding the time and motivation to exercise was more about just doing it (now I get it, Nike!) and less about how I felt.  Once I found ways to exercise that I enjoyed (spin class, walking, running), I immediately began reaping the benefits to my mental health, fatigue and insomnia.  Praise!  Which of course, led me to want to keep it up, which in turn made my body look and feel healthier than it has since I had my second child 4 years ago.  More praise!

My favorite way to exercise is spin class, but those classes are not cheap.  So I soon realized I needed a few other forms of exercise in the rotation.  Walking and running are great, but I don't like running in the dark...or the cold.  Enter the at-home workout.  Over the past year, I have pinned a ton of great workout videos (and home workouts) and I'm going to share my faves with you today.  As a bonus, I've broken them down by length...sometimes you have an hour to workout but sometimes you have 7 minutes.  I used to think if I didn't have at least 30 minutes to exercise, then it wouldn't be worth it. But now I know that's just crazy talk.











You don't have to wait for January 1 to fit some exercise into your day!  You can thank me for those endorphins and that mental clarity later! ;)


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