At Home Mom doing At Home Fitness

So, since I am a stay-at-home mom right now, it is not the easiest thing in the world to be able to get to the gym. I mean, getting the girls ready, getting them in the car, taking them to the gym, putting them in the gym daycare, getting summoned from working out because my 7-month-old won’t quit crying becauase all she wants to do is nurse. It is just way too much. So, to keep myself in shape and to make sure that I stay healthy for myself and my girls, I work outs at home. Also, let’s be real, some of us just don’t like to go to the gym and workout in public. I could put the blame on having kids but in all reality, I just flat out don’t like going to the gym and being held to the standards that are sometimes associated with frequent gym attendees (specifically at certain gyms, not at all of them). Because of all of that, I just decided that it is more comfortable and actually more effective for me to exercise in the comfort of my own home.

Now, I am not a runner… so taking the kids for a run in the stroller or going on a run after my husband got home was really out of the question for me. For me, it boils down to the fact that I always have had, and I feel like I always will have, a larger chest. Ladies that are with me on this, you know THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Running and what we have been… blessed… with just really do not mix. Even if I were to wear four sports bras, it jsut doesn’t seem like the girls stay put and they are always sore by the end no matter what. I would rather just avoid this at all costs.

What I really love to do instead besides going on walks with my girls, is a combination of vinyasa yoga and High Intensity Interval Training, I do yoga twice a week usually, on days where I am either sore from my HIIT workouts or when I just need to slow down, work on my strength and flexibility and really enjoy my workout. Yoga is also something that I can incorporate my 2-year-old in. She loves to stand right in the middle of my mat and pretend like she’s doing the moves with me. The HIIT routines I follow off of YouTube. I subscribe to FitnessBlender and I love their work out videos. They have all different types, ranging in intensity, area of the body you want to work, and just a variety of videos so it never gets boring! I truly relish the time in the mornings when I get to exercise. I know, its hard to believe that a workout might actually be something to look forward to but, it gives me energy throughout the day and with two little ones, we all know how important that is!

If you are just starting out and looking for a beginning workout routine that just takes a few minutes, I would look into the YouTube channel I listed above and try one of their 100 rep challenges. They only take around 15 minutes, if you add in a short warm up and end with a cool down. I just started their “100 Rep Squat Challenge #2. (I will list the video below) I add it in at the end of the day and I do it in addition to whatever workout I did in the morning. I have set the goal for myself to do it 3 nights a week, for 10 weeks. Now this may not sound like much to some of you, but let me tell you that I am now on Day 2 and IT BURNS. But, pain is progress right?

Here is the before pictures…upfront and real. Hopefully this challenge will help add some definition, but I will take what I can get, meaning I would settle for less… jiggle:) I am thankful that I do not carry the bulk of my weight in my legs… my midsection is my downfall. But I have set the goal for myself to try and get some muscle “cuts” in my calves and thighs. Maybe even some glutes! I know… I’m pushing it with that last one.

photo 2photo

10 weeks…100 Rep Squat Challenge. Here is The link to the Squat Challenge.

I will post weekly results and updates on how the challenge is going so far. Let me know in the comments if any of you try it out and what you think! I would love to hear about it:)

*Here’s to Healthy Bodies*