So. much. work. goes into working out. Really, it’s like I have to workout just to workout.
Finding the time, energy and the MONEY.
It becomes the thing that you really know you ‘should’ do but can find a million excuses NOT to do. Believe me, I know. I’ve gone months at a time without working out because it’s just another thing ‘to-do’. It’s something that when I’m consistent my body craves it, but gosh two kids, a busy husband, un guaranteed sleep schedules and a small budget it’s difficult to make happen.
One of my best bets to ACTUALLY doing what I say I will do without spending money is finding a quick, FREE workout online. There are SO many out there. I’ll list a few of my very favorite places to grab these FREE workouts.
www.toneitup.com : This site is amazing! I love their bodyweight toning workouts. You can grab them for free, as well as a full months workout plan in the form of videos, pdfs, and other printables.
www.blogilates.com : Cassie, of Blogilates provides short, effective workouts. Lots of them can be modified for beginners, and are excellent for weight loss. ((they aren’t all pilates workouts))
www.bodyrock.com : These are SHORT, but mostly High Intensity workouts that are effective.
www.popsugar.com/workouts : This is the best of the best from yoga, pilates, weight training and more.
www.fitnessblender.com: I love their search capabilities! Need a 10 minute workout on the fly for arms…. You can find it in 2 seconds with their menus. You can find multiple length workouts, HIGH Intensity Interval workouts, yoga and more.
**If you’re a weight lifter and have the equipment I highly recommend Jamie Eason’s 12 week weight lifting plan.
What I usually do is create a workout plan just like I would a menu plan.
based on time:
Choosing short, quick and effective workouts for days that I know I’ll have less time. Then selecting the longer workouts for days that I don’t need to get out of the house.
based on workout focus:
Making sure I’m alternating which particular muscles I’m targeting and getting a variety throughout the week.
example: I wouldn’t want to eat chicken every single day of the week, I also really don’t want to only do arm toning workouts every day of the week.
based on the weather:
Am I able to get in a workout while walking with the kids outside? Or while playing in the yard? If the forecast says rain, probably not. Just like we tend to eat more soups and chilis in the fall/winter .. we tend to do different types of workouts depending on the weather.
Here are a few examples specifically created for pre and post natal (click each photo to see my workout schedules)
Do you have a free online workout resource I don’t know about? I’d love to hear your go to’s!