For those of you that have been following along with the #JAKWellness12 challenge you’ll know that this month’s challenge is focused on physical wellness. From working out to hydrating to eating healthier, it’s all about taking a holistic approach. I set fitness goals every year and inevitably abandon them pretty quickly. I decided this year I wasn’t going to allow myself to make excuses, so I made sure to put the right things in place to ensure success. With a few key things from eBay I was able to set up my own “home gym.” I put that in parentheses because it’s really just a spot in my bedroom, haha, but for those of you who also don’t have a ton of space, this is the perfect solution for an at home workout routine. From my yoga mat to my exercise bands and my activewear, eBay was my one stop shop for everything. I’m sharing my typical routine, tips for success, and what you’ll need to get started. For those of you that work out at home, I’d love to hear your tips and ideas as well. The best part about this, it’s affordable! No expensive machines or gym memberships required, don’t get me wrong I love taking classes, but it’s nice to have another option during the week.
What You Need
– My favorite leggings are the lululemon align pants. eBay has tons of sizes and colors. They fit well and are super comfortable. My other latest discovery is onzie yoga. I love their sports bras. I have the hardest time finding comfortable sports bras, these are the best I’ve tried.
-Resistance bands. These were the best $15 I’ve ever spent. I use these for everything from stretching to resistance training. They also come with a really helpful booklet that have some suggested exercises and a guide for the weight equivalence of the different colored bands. And the best part, they don’t take up any space!
–Foam roller. I like to call this my favorite torture device. As someone who sits for far too many hours a day, there is nothing that helps release my tight muscles and hips the way a foam roller can. Craig loves it too. I recommend getting one that’s extra firm because they cheaper ones don’t hold their shape.
-A good playlist. I can’t workout without good music. Here’s my latest from Spotify. I like to do a mix of upbeat and chill tunes since I’m usually doing a combo of stretching, yoga and resistance training.
I typically start out standing and then move on to floor exercises. As I mentioned, I don’t typically do more than 30 minutes at home. I end up getting bored and distracted. I’ve found I work harder and am more focused throughout if I know I only have to get through 30 minutes. I always start with five minutes of stretching and some yoga. A variation of hip openers, sun salutations and downward/upward dog sequences. The next 10 minutes I’ll do resistance training with fitness bands (five minutes arms, five minutes legs). I follow a lot of the suggested exercises in the booklet that came with the bands including bicep and tricep pulls and squats. The next ten minutes I do mat exercises. Typically a mix up push-ups, tricep dips, hip thrusters, leg lifts, etc. I pinned some really helpful resistance band workouts and stretches to this board. My last five minutes of the workout is always stretching and/or some yoga poses. I always fill a water bottle and make sure to drink the entire thing during the 30 minutes as well. Sometimes I’ll stretch for a little longer at the end. I’m really trying to work on my flexibility this year.
Tips for Success
-One of my favorite bits of advice in the wellness challenge was from my interview with Chinae when she said “dress for the job you want…in this case a workout.” It’s so true. Honestly, I used to be kind of judgmental about people wearing really nice fitness clothes. I didn’t see the point, until I actually invested in good activewear. When people ask me for style advice, I tell them to wear things that fit well and make them feel good, why should fitness be any different?
-Set up a designated space. Our house is small so my spot is in our bedroom, but I keep my yoga mat and resistance bands in there so it takes me two seconds to set everything up and I really have NO excuse not to get in my 30 minutes.
-Schedule it in. I don’t work out at home everyday. I like to mix up my routine, but I schedule at least two 30 minute workouts a week into my calendar so I’ve already set aside the time.
-Take it seriously, but have fun. When you work out at home there’s no one watching (except in my case my super judgey dogs and occasionally cat). So get after it girlfriend!
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