I don't have time to hit the gym every day. Working out is really important to both me and my husband, but since we both work and have two littles at home, finding making time to hit the gym never seems to happen. It isn't such a big deal in the summer — we throw the kids in the stroller and go for a run — but we live in a place with a long, cold winter. It is dark by the time we are ready for a workout and we have been looking for something we could do at home. We have tried Pilates, Tae Bo and other workout videos, but while we liked them, they just weren't what we were looking for. I wanted a workout that:
- I could do inside
- I could do while watching a show (It is our only time we have for TV)
- That was relatively quick
- That toned well
- That wasn't so hard I would give up
- That wasn't so easy it stopped being challenging fast
I really think we have found a great workout that meets all of these stipulations. My husband has been doing it for more than year and it is still challenging without being overly exhausting. It is perfect for someone who wants a quick workout at home. The workout requires three sets. So complete each step and then repeat two more times. We found this workout routine here, check out the rest of their routines for other great work at home ideas.
First complete 10 pushups.
Next, 20 crunches or sit ups. You can start with crunches and work your way up to sit ups.
Hold a 20 second plank.
Hold a wall sit for 35 seconds.
10 lunges. Five on each leg.
Repeat the entire set two more times.
After I made the commitment to stop drinking diet soda, and working out every day, the last thing I want to do is ruin my hard work during the day when I am out and about and need a snack. I have started carrying a protein bar with me wherever I go so I can get the energy I need without getting the calories that I don't.
Zone Perfect has come out with a Perfectly Simple Nutrition bar that is high in protein, 200 calories or less, and gluten free. There is an Almond Toffee Crunch, Bing Cherry & Almond, Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, and Roasted Cashew and Dark Chocolate. They are perfect for throwing in my purse for when I am on the go. Right now you can download a $1 off coupon for the Perfectly Simple bars and try them for yourself!
What is your favorite at home work out?