Ways to Workout at Home

Have you been wanting to incorporate some at-home workouts into your routine?  Let’s face it, gym memberships can be pretty pricey.  And some days, you just might not have time to actually make it into the gym.  But, with the abundance of at-home workout options available to you, these excuses for skipping a sweat aren’t good enough anymore.  Check out the budget friendly, convenient options below:

  • Participate in online yoga classes through a site such as YogaGlo.  At just $18/month, hundreds of classes are available at your fingertips.  You can even try it free for 15 days.  I’d say that is some major bang for your buck.
  • If online yoga classes aren’t your thing, pick up a book on your favorite style or by a highly respected yogi so that you can practice on your own time.  The newly released The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga by Kathryn Budig is on my wish list.
  • Walk the stairs in your home or apartment building.  Walking up and down the stairs for twenty minutes will surely make you break a sweat.  Adding in some lunges or squats between flights will make you sweat even more.
  • Been wanting to see what the barre buzz is all about?  Check out a Pure Barre DVD or podcast, and try it in the comfort of your own home.
  • Pilates more your style?  YouTube and personal blogs have lots of free workout videos.  Cassey Ho’s Blogilates has an abundance of Pilates workout videos for whichever body area you want to target.
  • Pick up a couple pairs of free weights.  Use 2, 3, 5, or 8 pound weights to tone your upper body.  You can find a specific workout online to follow, or just do a few repetitions of your favorite arm exercises whenever you can spare a few minutes.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.

See how easy it can be??  Do you have some online and/or at-home workout suggestions of your own?  Please let me know!

Healthy Happenings

Hi, everyone, and happy Hump Day!  Do you know why its an exciting week?!  Because on Monday, I officially began the Health Coach Training Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).  What does the program entail?  Well, it is an eleven month online program with a curriculum that addresses over 100 dietary theories, counseling techniques, and business training.  What specifically drew me to IIN’s program is the holistic approach that it takes when it comes to health and wellness.  At the end, I will be qualified to become a certified Health Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, an independent professional association for holistic healthcare professionals.

I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with my certification (I’ve got a year to think about it), but I am eager to apply what I will be learning regarding nutrition to my personal lifestyle and dietary habits.  Also, as part of my training, I will begin completing health histories halfway through the program, during which I will need some willing participants to work with me!

IIN package arrived in the mail!

Full of goodies!

I also began teaching Reformer Pilates classes at Exhale Pilates Studio this week!  I’ll be teaching there 2-3 mornings per week while one of the owners is out on maternity leave.  I am thrilled to be in their studio more often, as well as to get to know all of their wonderful clients!

On another note, learn how to brighten someone’s day by reading my most recent blog post, “Make Someone’s Day,” for The Zesty Digest for Sweet Lemon Magazine.

And one last thing, be on the look out for an exciting announcement regarding my first giveaway before the end of the week!

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!  Oh yeah, and happy Halloween!

Tower Workshop at Exhale Pilates Studio

How was your weekend?  Mine was busy, yet relaxing at the same time.  Even better, I feel like I was actually a little productive.  On Saturday, I took part in an all-day Pilates Tower Workshop with some amazing ladies.  The workshop was led by Exhale Pilates Studio owners, Lauren and Carter, at their downtown Charleston, SC studio.  The material we covered was very in depth and comprehensive, and I am eager to use some of these newly acquired tower exercises in my upcoming classes.

Back in August, I took part in their Reformer 1 training and have been working to complete my required practice, observation, and teaching hours over the last few months.  I plan to finish the rest of my teacher training through their programs as well.  Check out some pictures of the studio on their website, or better yet, sign up for a class and see it yourself!

New to Pilates?  Check out its history and method here, or contact me directly to learn more!