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The Busy Mom’s Guide to Working Out at Home

It’s really hard to workout if you work full-time outside the home and have kids. My husband leaves before I do, so going to the gym in the morning is not an option, plus driving somewhere at 5:00 am sounds like a nightmare and I hate running so getting up to run in the dark around my neighborhood sounds equally awful.

For the first 3.5 years of my daughter’s life I was just a yo-yo worker-outer. I would run (and hate it) or pin a workout on Pinterest (15 burpees, 15 clock lunges, 15 Bulgarian split squats, 15 bird dogs) all the while wondering what in the heck that they were even talking about, confusing lists or infographics just made me feel all the more far removed from solidifying a workout routine. And, I’m sorry, I just made the effort to pin that workout, no way am I about to now spend time figuring out what it all means.

So, I started researching online personal trainers, I needed to see a real human, not read a list. As you can imagine this is ridiculously expensive, so that lasted all of 3 google searches.

Then, I moved onto YouTube. I searched all of the workout classes I could think of (Pilates, Barre, Yoga, Leg Exercises, etc.) and narrowed down a list of channels to test. For the last month, I’ve come up with a system to working out that’s gotten me out of bed almost every morning and working out for at least 30 minutes before I start my day.

In that moment before I go to bed, I make my plan so that the moment I wake up in the morning I have a choice, do I want to follow through? I always feel better when I do. It’s like I can check an item off my to-do list before my day even starts.

I’m already seeing results, muscle tone, energy, I feel more confident and happier. “Exercising gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy and happy people don’t kill their husbands, they just don’t.” (Sorry, but whenever I talk about exercising + happiness the only thing I think of is Legally Blonde.)
I’m a bit of a details freak, so here’s how I broke down what was in my head into a system that actually works for me.

My System

Like I mentioned, before I go to bed I look up 30 minutes worth of exercises on YouTube that I want to do the following morning. Sometimes it’s just 1 and sometimes it’s a mixture. I have 4-8 channels I subscribe to, and then I ‘like’ videos from those channels, so I can refer back to videos I want to try out.

Here are the areas I have to hit each week (this helps me pick my videos):

  • Abs/core workout
  • Arms workout
  • Legs/butt workout
  • Back workout
  • Combination of all of the above

Doing this before I go to bed is helpful because I know what’s coming the next morning. It helps motivate me when I wake up. I really look forward to arm days, so I’m ready to get up and get started. I don’t really like ab days, so I mentally prepare the night before when I see a few seconds of the video work out. You can do this.

Here are the channels that I’ve narrowed my list down to:

XHIT Daily  – They have a great variety of workouts, as well as several different trainers. You cannot get bored with this channel! They have something for everyone.

Blogilates – All pilates! This trainer is super upbeat and makes the workout really fun. She also breaks up her workouts into mostly 10-15 minute videos which is nice to piece together with other workouts.

HASfit – Very cute couple (actually, I don’t know if they are married, I’m pretty sure they mentioned it once, but they don’t wear rings since they are working out – so it’s remained a bit of mystery to me — I’ll just keep following and watching them till I get to the bottom of it, I’ll report back), the girl does the modified versions of the same workouts so you have basically 2 trainers at once, and you can decide who to follow.

PopSugar  Probably my favorite channel! Huge variety! I would test out all the different workouts with them: Yoga, Barre, Cardio, Kickboxing, Pilates — you’ll quickly find out what you like and don’t like. They’ll utilize celebrity trainers which is fun, too.

Here is a small list of items you’ll want to make sure you have:

Yoga Mat  This is used in generally every workout, however, if you’re working out on carpet, it’s not a necessity. But, if you have wood floors, do yourself a favor and order this. Your limbs and joints will thank you!

Dumbbells – If you’re new to working out, get 3 lb and 5 lb weights, 5 lbs do not sound like a lot, but I promise you depending on the workout they’ll feel like a lot! Start small!

Sports Bra   Ladies, we all know this is a necessity! Invest in a couple —Walmart’s athletic wear is super reasonable and you want to make sure you’re clothing is comfortable.

Tennis Shoes  It’s easy to think since you’re working out at home that tennis shoes doesn’t really matter. Wrong! Your feet will support the weight of your body throughout the workout, so make sure you invest in a good pair if you don’t have any! These New Balance shoes are very reasonable and cute (which, come on, still matters a little, right?)

And there you have it. If you’re like me, your phone is probably the last thing you look at before you go to bed, double-checking each night that my recurring alarm is still set, because, what if? Just hop onto YouTube, make your list and you’re good to go.

I would love to know if you have a system of your own that gets you working out each day or if the above is a helpful guide or even if you’ve tried it out! Let me know how it’s going!
If you’re still a little on the fence, don’t worry, I’ve made it super easy for you to give it a try, I’ve developed a FREE 2-week Workout Plan, combining all of my favorite videos, creating your first workout system!