Why working out at home is ideal:
-You don’t need to drive to the gym
-You don’t need a membership
-People won’t see you all gross and sweaty
-You can do it when you have awkward free time (enough to workout but not enough if you have to get ready, drive to the gym, and drive back)
-Limited distractions, kind of – assuming you’re home alone, no one ever calls your house phone, your cell is on ‘Do not disturb’ and you have no pets.
Why working out at home fails:
-Human distractions (kids, roommates)
-Phone won’t stop ringing
-You realize you should probably clean/organize something
-It’s easy to just not do it
-It’s easy to Pin and save the workouts, but hard to actually doing them!
I am extremely guilty of finding awesome at home workouts, putting them on Pinterest, having great intentions of doing them… and then just forgetting about them. Last week instead of doing a workout that was basically just a list of things I could check off once I had completed them I followed a workout video instead. Boy did it make a difference.
It was much easier to stick with the workout when someone was telling you what you needed to do, and doing it with you! It was like having a virtual gym partner! The workout I did was part of the T25 series and was 25 minutes of moving. The time flew by and I felt great after completing the workout.
After having a lot of fun with the T25 video I looked for other workout videos online and came across these three great (free) sites!
This is a YouTube channel featuring hundreds of workout videos. The videos focus on working out different body parts using all different techniques. There are yoga, Pilates, dance, and various other categories of videos. My favorite part of this YouTube channel is that over 100 of the videos are Jillian Michael workout videos! How cool is that!
This website has a ton of free yoga videos! The videos are categorized by style, teacher, difficulty, and duration making it really easy to find the perfect video to fill the free time you might have. There are three levels of difficulty, beginner, intermediate, and advanced (I haven’t made it past beginner yet!).
Fitness Blender is similar to Doyogawithme.com except it has all different types of exercise videos. Each video lists the duration of the workout, a range of the amount of calories you can burn doing the workout, the difficulty of the workout (on a scale of 1-5), the equipment you need to complete the workout, and what body part the video focuses on. It is very easy to filter videos on this site, for example if you want to do a workout using a sand bag you check off the sandbag box and the search results will give you all the available videos that use sandbags. My favorite part of this video search tool is that you can search for videos based on how many calories you want to burn!