One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to ‘be healthy.’ I decided that this breaks down into two categories: eating healthy and being active. So the first thing I did was cancel my gym membership. I realize this is the opposite of what most people do and in fact I should have just started going to the gym. But I realized that my favorite ways to get active do not involve going to the gym. In fact the actual act of getting me to a gym involves more effort than that excerpted at said gym. But going for a walk with my dog? No problem. Doing a few moves of yoga? Again, no arm twisting there.
I’ve come to find that with the help of the internet and a few other cheap resources I can easily replace the gym and be just as active, if not more.
01 / Get outside. And go for a walk, run, bike, hike or whatever else you’d like to do. For me, I like to walk my dogs or go on a walk with my husband. I try to go for at least 30 minutes, which we can usually get in a couple of miles in that time. When I’m feeling fancy, I try to run or jog a few more miles. Again, this is when the temperature is just right and it’s a full moon. (Side note: is rollerblading cool again? if not, can we bring it back, internet?)
02 / Yoga. Most yoga poses or stretches that you can do on your own only require your body and perhaps a mat for you to do. I’m obviously no yogi, but I find the stretches that I can do and try to do them in repetition for 30 minutes. It’s a quick work out that is essentially free. A few of my yoga pins: one, two, three.
03 / Workout videos. I feel a little bit 1993 using the term video here, in fact, I sat here for a good ten minutes trying to think if there was an alternative to the word video now. Although I miss the good old days of popping into the VCR a VHS tape of Tae Bo, there are SO many resources out there for workouts at home (or if you have a laptop or iPad, you can literally workout anywhere.) For instance, if you are a member of Amazon Prime you can find a ton of workout videos online. (My favorite is Jillian Michaels because she is a bad ass and I envy her arms.) Find more videos online here.
Besides Amazon Prime, youtube also has a ton of workouts available. One of my favorite searches is Tracy Anderson. Again, arm envy which is why I am drawn to her work outs. (I just google ‘Tracy Anderson workouts and a ton of her videos come up.)
04 / Pinterest workouts. I mentioned this earlier but I find a ton of workout resources via Pinterest that require not much more than yourself. All of my favorite fitness pins are here, but one of my favorites is the ‘anywhere workout.’ It’s literally a no-excuse workout because you can do it anytime, anywhere.
Obviously my favorite part of working out is the outfit part, but the health benefit of how being active makes me feel is the best part. Plus it gives you an excuse to wear comfortable clothes for the rest of the day. You can either say ‘oh I’m going to work out’ or ‘I just worked out’ and no one will judge you, in fact they will be impressed. Life lessons — you’re welcome.
pants: ℅ Old Navy