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Simple At Home Workouts for Busy Working Parents

Simple At Home Workouts for Busy Working Parents

So, it’s the new year and like every other person out there, after a holiday season filled with over indulging in yummy treats and not enough time carved out for exercise, I’m recommitting to my fitness regimen. Awhile back, I wrote about how I fell in love with running. The love is still there – it’s just hibernating during a cold and icy New England winter. It will be back in the spring I’m sure, but until then I need to get my butt in gear doing something indoors. We’re members of a gym in town, which is great, and I love going on the weekends. But classes during the week aren’t early enough in the mornings for me to make it to work on time and the thought of running on a treadmill for 40 minutes several times a week makes me shudder. So for now, my during-the-week exercise routine consists of morning sessions on a yoga mat in the living room. At home workouts aren’t for everyone, but as a busy working mom they really are the easiest way I’ve found to squeeze in a workout even when I only have a few minutes to dedicate. To that end, here are some of my favorite sources for at home workouts.

At-Home Fitness Ideas for Working Parents

1. Workout DVDs: These are hit or miss (I’ve tried more I haven’t liked than ones I have) but when you find a good one, it’s worth it. For someone newer to exercise or without much space at home, I think you’d be tough to beat Jillian Michael’s 30-day shred program. It includes three different workouts, it isn’t expensive and each workout is only 30 minutes. If you’ve got a little more time, space and willingness to spend cash – my absolute favorite at home DVDs are the Insanity series. The workouts are intense so I recommend it for someone who has a dedicated space (like a basement) to move and jump around. I tried doing one in our living room during Christmas time and thought I might take down the tree with all the jumping. Shaun T (the creator of Insanity) also has a program called T25 with all 25 minute workouts. I haven’t tried it yet but if it’s anything like Insanity, I’m sure I’d love it too.

2. Streaming Video Services: I used to rely on On Demand videos to try new workout videos at home. I still do occasionally check those out, but I’ve found some video streaming providers also have pretty good offerings. Hulu Plus has a good selection of workout videos as does Amazon Prime Instant Video. Netflix used to but has apparently stopped offering them. By the way, for those who have a bunch of different streaming accounts, I got a Roku for Christmas and absolutely love it.

3. Your Local Library: I’m sure all libraries are different in their offerings, but our local library offers a pretty good selection of workout DVDs. A good stop if you want to try something new and since we’re at the library regularly to play with the big train table read children’s books, it’s an easy stop.

4. Pinterest: While it’s nice to follow along to a workout video, I sometimes like to get my home workout in while listening to something other than over enthusiastic trainers and generic house music. I’ve found tons of workouts on Pinterest that just give you a list of exercises to complete to make up a workout. It’s not earth shattering stuff, but it’s nice to feel like you’re not totally winging it. I pinned a bunch to this Pinterest board if anyone is interested in trying one.

That’s my list but I’m always looking for new ideas – what do you use to workout at home?

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