As a 33-year-old with three young kids, who also homeschools and works from home, fitness isn’t exactly my forte. I don’t run any marathons; I don’t have this big inspirational weight loss story. But two years ago I started a home workout routine that has steadily transformed my whole well-being.
I’ve always made health somewhat of a priority, because being in shape makes me feel good. I played soccer in high school and have worked out (loosely) for most of my adult life. After I had my third baby, however, I was in a rut. I had chronic back pain—it was too painful to run like I used to. I did yoga and Pilates home workout videos when I could fit them in a few times a week, but they weren’t enough. I remember one time when I played in a recreational volleyball game and had to lie down the rest of the day from the strain.
Something had to change. The longer I’ve been a parent, the more I’ve come to believe that my physical health is a vital if I’m going to do my job as a mom well. What’s more, it’s very closely linked to my emotional and spiritual well-being. I needed a new plan with some professional guidance, because trying to figure it out on my own wasn’t working. But it needed to be a plan that I could work into a my very busy life. Not any easy task to accomplish!
Fortunately, I found something is effective, affordable and simple enough to implement for a busy mama.
My Home Workout Routine & What’s Most Effective as a Busy Mom
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When my daughter was about two years old, I started trying out some free videos on YouTube from a website called Fitness Blender. It’s run by a husband and wife team: Daniel and Kelli. Their videos are friendly, fun and accessible to everyone.
I liked the free videos so much that I decided to try their scheduled home workout routines. I had never seriously tried strength training before, and I was hoping this home workout routine would be my ticket to feeling good again.
It was. I took personal fitness tests to track my progress. After just six months of training I could:
- Run mile in 6:49.
- Do 24 pushups.
- Hold an elbow plank for 2:02 (after running a mile and doing pushups!).
- Do 89 uninterrupted squats (don’t ask me to do it again though!).
While I only lost a couple of pounds (wasn’t trying to lose weight anyway), I built muscle mass and lost 1.5 inches from my waistline!
My back pain started to diminish and now, over a year later, I can confidently say it’s finally under control. That’s the part I’m most excited about.
So what is it about this program that has me raving about it? (By the way, this is NOT a sponsored post; nor I am I affiliated with Fitness Blender, it’s just an honest review!). I can break it down into a few components:
My favorite program is called FB30 – 8 Week Fat Loss For Busy People. With this plan you can plan on working out for around thirty minutes a day or less, five days a week. This can sound like a lot if you’re not in the habit of setting that time aside, but consider that even the US government recommends 2.5 hours a week of “moderate-intensity” physical activity (source).
I usually get my workouts in during the morning. I try to finish before the kids wake up, but on the days when I start late, they will come downstairs and watch me—or even try to imitate it themselves. They’re my mini trainers :).
2. Strength training
As I said, I had never done any strength training prior to trying this home workout routine. The health benefits of strength training are numerous. Daniel and Kelli teach you everything you need to know to build lean muscle (and burn fat). If you follow one of their programs, they will help you know how to target different muscle groups as well has how to pace yourself. They will also teach your proper form, which is essential for you to achieve the best results as well as prevent injury.
At Fitness Blender they are pretty vocal about how they dislike cardio equipment, mostly because it’s boring and ineffective. With their programs you’ll learn a large variety of circuit cardio exercises, including HIIT (high-intensity interval training). It keeps your mind and body engaged week after week. Even if you’re new to fitness, they provide alternatives to help you move at your own pace. As I’ve said, I’ve been doing this home workout routine for about two years, and I haven’t gotten bored yet!
All you need for these at-home workouts is a computer with Internet connection and a small space. If you’re serious you’ll want some basic equipment like cross-training shoes, an exercise mat and some weights. Right now I just have a few hand weights (3 pounds, 5 pounds, 10 pounds and 15 pounds). In the videos they use PowerBlock dumbbells, which seem like the most space- and cost-effective option. I’ve still got my eye on them for the future, but in all honesty the hand weights are just fine for my fitness goals.
5. Positive Message
This is straight from their website: “We started Fitness Blender because we believe that fitness should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their income. We also felt like there was a lack of reliable health and fitness information on the web, and too many people in the industry were more focused on appearance than they were on good health.”
Health is what they are all about. They walk the walk and talk the talk, in their videos and on social media. A lot of other fitness programs focus on physical appearance, but they say time and again that superficial motivation isn’t what matters.
You can access any of Fitness Blender’s videos for free. If you want to download one of their programs (highly recommended), you pay less than $15 for eight weeks of training (and you can use it over and over again!). Yeah. Break out your piggy bank.
Who needs a gym membership anymore?
I highly recommend this home workout routine website to anyone, and especially busy moms. You can work their plans around your lifestyle and your fitness level.
Have you tried Fitness Blender yet? What are your biggest hurdles to pursuing your health and wellness?
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