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!

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6 Tips to Help You Squeeze in a Workout

Isn’t it hard to find time to workout?  I know it certainly is for me, and I think most people our age would agree it is not easy to devote time to exercise after a long day at the office or school.  Especially when happy hour with friends is so much more tempting.

Hiking with the big bro at Red Rocks

Here are 6 tips to help squeeze some exercise into your daily routine:

  1. Devote half of your lunch break to walking.  I mean, who really wants to sit in a restaurant alone for an hour?  Instead, take yourself for a stroll around the block.  You’ll be amazing how invigorated you will feel once back at the office.
  2. Take the stairs.  Seriously.  If you took those 4 flights of stairs two or three times everyday instead of the elevator, think how much extra energy you would exert!
  3. Wake up thirty to forty-five minutes earlier than normal.  Setting your alarm clock just a little earlier will allow you to wake up and start your day with that yoga DVD or an express class at your gym.
  4. Organize a walking or running group.  This may sound like something that is only applicable to elderly mall walkers, but it really works!  You will be so much more motivated to walk or run if you are with a group of girlfriends.  Think of all the gossip you can catch up on during that time–you won’t even feel like you missed happy hour!
  5. Pack your gym bag.  I find this makes all the difference in the world.  If you pack your workout clothes and shoes in the morning, you can stop by the gym or studio directly on your way home from work.  No more excuses about why you couldn’t get off the couch!
  6. Walk or bike to work.  Not only will you enjoy the fresh air and burn extra calories by walking or biking to work, you will also save money on subways and parking.

Do you have some ideas of your own??  Please let me know!