I am not a group workout person. It’s just not my style. I am an introvert through and through and social interaction takes a lot out of me. Work requires me to be on all day, leading meetings and attending events for most of my day. At home, I no longer get a lot of quiet alone time until after the kids go to bed. So working out is really my “me” time, when I get to zone out and just be quiet and in my thoughts. I actually find exercise brings on some of my best ideas. So I already had a list of workouts to do at home.
Since the pandemic began however, and my gym closed, I was forced to look for more at-home workouts, especially during the winter. Pre-Covid, I used to hit up the gym a couple times a week to get a workout on the treadmill, elliptical, or occasionally the Peloton bike at my office gym. While I did fall back in love with tennis and paddle, both of which have really gotten me through the pandemic and provided a socialization that I didn’t know I really craved, the majority of my workouts have taken place at home for the last year.
I’ve always had a few standbys, but as the pandemic raged on, I found myself searching for more workouts to do at home. The good news is, so many studios and instructors have gone virtual. I love the variety of exercise classes that are now available online. I also like that working out at home means I can squeeze in some cardio while Charlotte naps or James is at school or between meetings, which means I’m actually more likely to move my body five days a week (my resolution).
Now, before I share my list of workouts to do at home, I will warn you that I’m not one of those hard core exercisers who runs five miles a day or is at the top of the Peloton class (I waited too long deciding if I should get a Peloton and now it seems like I won’t need one soon). I like to get in cardio, sweat a bit, and burn some calories, but I know myself and if a workout is too challenging, I won’t stick with it. I prefer workouts that are fun, make me break a sweat, and that allow me to get lost in my thoughts for 30-40 minutes. I also don’t have a ton of time to workout these days between work, the kids, the blog, and everything else, so I just can’t devote an hour to it right now, so I picked workouts that are mostly shorter or allow flexibility and that are fun but not super challenging.
Here are my favorite workouts to do at home. Let me know if there’s any I’m forgetting that I should add.
- Go for a jog outside: Jogging is probably my favorite workout. I love working out outside and will do it weather-permitting year round. I really do enjoy running in the cold when I’m bundled up properly and listening to a podcast or killer playlist. I aim for 3 miles and keep a leisurely place as our neighborhood has tons of hills.
- Springs at the nearby track: If I’m looking for more of a calorie burn or I only have 20 minutes to workout, I’ll do springs around the track at the school near our home. It’s usually nothing too fancy. I’ll sprint where the track is straight and slow job around the curves. Other times, I’ll sprint for 1-2 minutes, jog for 1 minute, and repeat until I get to 20 minutes.
- Tracy Anderson: I love Tracy’s home workout videos. Her beginner cardio dance workout is great if you’re busy and strapped for time and easing back into working out or into dance workouts. They’re broken up into 15 minute segments so you can do as many as you have time for or break them up into blocks during the day. This is one of my favorite workouts to help me get back into exercise postpartum or after taking a big workout break. I also love her 20 minute slim and sculpt cardio dance videos that are a little more intense but really fun once you learn the choreography.
- Sculpt Society: Ok, admittedly, I haven’t really joined the Sculpt Society bandwagon yet, but after testing a class, I am going to join. I don’t generally love monthly memberships — because I feel like I’m on the hook and I’m just not ready for that type of commitment. But you can do a trial membership, so I think April is my month to give it a whirl and from what I’ve heard from literally everyone, I will be hooked.
- Melissa Wood Health: I feel like this is a workout and therapy session in one. I love how Melissa’s workouts give you long lean lines, aren’t straining or stressful, and make you feel better from the inside out. This is my favorite option if I want something low impact or if I’m not in the mood to workout but need to do something. She also gives you a seven day free trial, so you can try before you buy a membership, and her Instagram is a great place to find quick low-impact stretches and routines.
- Hiking with the kids: I used to not consider walking or hiking a workout, but it’s now one of my favorite ways to burn some calories when I have the kids and can’t escape for a workout on my own. If I’m wearing Charlotte or pushing both kids in the double stroller, I know I’m going to get a good workout in. It’s also a fun way to burn some energy, get them outside when they’re starting to go crazy inside, and to get some fresh air.
Any other at-home workouts I should give a try?
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