I will admit when it comes to the gym and exercising, I have always loved it. I first started running when I was 14 years old. The exhilarating feeling you get after completing a hard work out is second to none, not to mention the obvious results in terms of fitness, health and how you look. These have always been big motivators for me. However, since having kids, working and running a house, I find I have less and less time for me which means less time to exercise. When I do find a spare hour, I am so damn tired I can’t be bothered. But, when I actually drag my lazy butt there I always feel amazing after it.
Not all of us have the luxury though of being able to pop down to the gym for an hour or two whenever we want like we did when we were single and childfree. God knows I certainly don’t. So what is the alternative? Well, the truth is, there are plenty of at home workouts that get you fit and give great results without even having to leave the comfort of your lounge room.
Most people think that to build muscle or tone, you need to be using machines at the gym. Well, the truth is, you can achieve the same result using resistance or your own body weight. After having Master L, I decided I needed to work out from home during naps or when he was playing quietly in his walker for instance. Now I have Miss CJ as well, I am even more time poor, so I have tried a tested many at home workouts, some good, some not so good.
So, here are some the best at home
KAYLA ITSINES “BBG”
Kayla ITSINES “Bikini Body Guide” – I have used this and found it to be fantastic. You simply download her “Sweat” app complete with exercise programs, meal plans and shopping lists. Her program is designed for women on a time budget, which is perfect for us busy moms. Basically, you do a 28-minute workout, consisting of two separate sets of exercises (7 minutes each, then repeat). Her training is based around the HIIT – High- Intensity Interval Training method, which is the best way to get fit by working out harder for a shorter period of time.
I lost several kilos and toned up beautifully on this exercise program. The app has a 1-week free trialHigh-Intensity it is $19.99 per month after that. However, if you are unsure whether you would like this program or can even do it, jump onto Kayla’s Instagram page (@kayla_itsines) and watch some of her exercise videos for free. Have a go and see if you like it, essentially try before you buy!
KRISSY CELA – TONE & SCULPT
Okay so after a while, I decided I wanted a bit of variety in my exercise regime, so I starting looking through Instagram for something different. This is where I stumbled across Krissy Cela (@krissycela). To say this chick has a tidy rig is quite frankly an understatement. Her booty is incredible and I now have a slight girl crush on her body.
Anyway, I decided to try some of her exercises – which are tailored for at home or at the gym workouts. And, can I say DAMN… I literally couldn’t move for days after just the first booty workout! I have found her range of movements really challenges my body which is fantastic at getting results. They are also quite short, sharp exercises so they don’t take up much time. I have simply been following her Instagram page and doing the workouts from there, but she also has a “Tone &
If lifting weights or high-intensity training isn’t your thing, then there is yoga. I also do yoga to increase my flexibility and help stretch out my muscles after running or gym sessions. It is also a great, low impact way of staying fit on the days you just feel blah and don’t want to do anything too intense. You don’t need to go to a gym or spend a fortune on classes when you do yoga. I simply jumped onto YouTube and found a bunch of free videos from yoga instructors all around the world.
The one I stuck with was “Yoga with
MICHELLE BRIDGES 12WBT
If you are looking to really push yourself and also have more free time, I have also completed the Michelle Bridges 12WBT training program after Master L was born. I had free time with hubby home and then working shift work. I became incredibly fit with this program, however, it was grueling to say the least.
Fast forward 7 years, another child and being back at work and I couldn’t imagine completing this program however you may be far more motivated than me. I also found it too time-consuming, training was for at least an hour, 6 days a week. Recently I’ve noticed the program now has “mini-workouts” if you are short on time, though I cannot attest to how good or bad these workouts
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