Friday, August 11, 2017

Fit Friday no.3 (2017)

My favorite ways to work out when I can't get to the gym

Sometimes life just gets busy, and going to the gym is impossible. Sometimes you just can't afford a gym membership. Sometimes the gym is just way too intimidating. What ever the reason may be, sometimes it just doesn't happen. I have been in all three of these situations, but I like to find time to do a little something even if I can't get to the gym for a full workout.

Since most of us work full time, if you can find a way to get some exercise in at work you're golden. Whether this means getting up from your desk and walking every once in awhile, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or doing squats every time you take a bathroom break, (I totally used to do this! Fifty squats every time I went for a bathroom break!) Something is better than nothing. I'm really lucky I'm able to be super active at my job. When the weather is nice, I try to take the boys on walks. Their block is huge, so its about forty minutes of faced pack walking. Sometimes I even do this twice a day. Some days I use the baby as a weight (he's 35lbs.) and do arms or abs with him. He loves when I do this. Also, theres always nap time, but honestly, I'm usually exhausted by this time in the day. Try to be as active as possible during the day. 

Another one of my favorite things to do when I can't get to the gym is a good challenge. Have you ever tried to do a thirty day squat challenge? They are hard y'all. I have started a handful of times, but the first time I really did one the whole thirty days was earlier this year. It was one of the things on my fit bucket list, and the first thing I accomplished. It was hard. I think day thirty is like 250 squats, and I don't cheat. I do all of those suckers at one time. I only allow myself a five second break every fifty squats. I want to do a plank challenge or an arms and abs challenge next!I have a bunch of different challenges pinned in my fitness folder on my pinterest page. Let me know which one you want to try, I'll do it with you!

I also love going for walks at night, or any time really. During the week I'll go meet a friend or my mom and do a couple miles. When the weather is not terribly hot (like it is right now) my mom and I have a few hiking trails we frequent on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We keep the pace pretty quick and really make it count. This definitely takes time, but it would be a good thing to add to your routine if you're just flat out avoiding the gym.

If you are not going to the gym at all, a home workout tape or app is great too. I just downloaded Aaptiv on my iPhone, and I really like it so far. There is a monthly fee (I think it's $9) but I found a code for a free month. I'm not sure if I'll continue it when my trial is up, I need to use it a little more first, but so far what I've used I like. It has home workouts, and even 7 minute hiit workouts if you're really crunched for time. If you really want to be active, no one is so busy they don't have seven spare minutes in their day. If you have a little more time and can swing a workout dvd, Jillian Michaels 30 day shred will always be my favorite. It's not my favorite because it is most enjoyable, I choose it as my favorite because it is effective. It will get you results. Also, there's three difficulty levels. I like that, even though I've never gotten past level two. 

These are a couple things I do to stay active when I don't go to the gym, for what ever reason. What are your favorite things to do when you're busy or skipping the gym? Comment below and let me know! 

XO -Megs

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