I honestly was never very good at home workouts.  I can be easily distracted by all the “other” things I should be doing – cleaning, cooking, laundry, phone calls.  I also like to be told what to do.  This might seem strange coming from an exercise instructor, but when instructing myself I get bored or tend to do things that aren’t challenging!  I like following an instructor or clear route in my workouts.  But now that I have a 3 month old, both my time and my ability to leave the house on a whim are limited, so I’ve had to either change my ways or not workout.  No question which I chose!  For the days my hubby can’t watch Fiona during my workout time, I’ve had to come up with strategies that give me an effective and fun home workout!

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My home workouts are divided into two distinct categories – when Fiona is awake and when she’s asleep!  For the times she’s awake, I prefer getting outside and walking or running.  We both love being outside, but it doesn’t always happen depending on the weather.  So I workout with her inside!  If she needs to be held or in the carrier, I squat!  Regular squats, single leg squats, plie squats, calf raises…you name it and my legs have done it.  Now that she enjoys floor time so much, I lay with her and do my Pilates.  She loves to sit on my legs so I bridge while she does.  I can do supine leg circles and sidelying leg series while she does tummy time next to me.  She loves to “fly” on my shins so I do teaser and abdominal series!  Let me tell you, a 12 pound baby adds quite the challenge 🙂

For when she’s sleeping, I literally get set like I’m going to the gym – workout clothes, tennis shoes, headphones.  It is a great trick that tells your mind and body a workout is coming!  I do 30-60 minutes of either an online class (I like Pilates Anytime or Yoga Download), an exercise DVD (yes I actually do my own Pilates DVD!) or interval training.  Right now I’m really motivated by making a little mini “bootcamp” for myself.  I use the timer on my phone and do series of 1 minute squats, 1 minute planks, 1 minute abs, 1 minute push-ups, etc….  I alternate this with lunges, bicep curls, sprinting down the driveway, etc…30 minutes flies by and I’m drenched and worked!

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It helped me to write down the bootcamp and follow it as I was doing it (so I didn’t cheat!).  Let me know if you all want an example and I’ll post one!

Do you have any specific tips or hints you use to get a workout in at home?

Enjoy those squats!

Jessica

3 thoughts on “The Home Workout

  1. Hi, do you have a section where your boot camps are posted? I did your pyramid one this evening– I’d love more like it!

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