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My Favorite Home Workouts + The Things That That Keep Me Moving During Quarantine

Alright, we all know quarantine has completely jacked with so many of our routines. And I sure do miss our Thursday date nights out and our post-church Sunday brunches, but I really miss flowing in a 95 degree room with 20 other smiling faces. It’s something I pray I never take for granted again. But, until that glorious day I can step back into that studio, I’ve actually really enjoyed the challenge of switching things up at home!

Because here’s the truth: You do NOT need an expensive gym membership or a ton of equipment to get in a good workout. You CAN grow stronger and fitter and healthier without leaving your living room. And it CAN be an enjoyable experience! 

I’m sharing the few pieces of equipment I have (hint, it’s not a lot but it’s all I need!), two tips that have really helped me make working out at home a joy, and a link fest of my favorite workouts I’ve done from home! 

THE EQUIPMENT I’VE GOT

Peach Booty Bands  // I’ve tried a few different brands and these are by far the best. They’re thick and they don’t snap and they’ve got a solid amount of resistance in them. Even before quarantine when I was still enjoying sweating in the yoga studio, I love grabbing these in the middle of the day for a few moves just to feel a little burn. 

Dumbbells // I know they’re hard to come by right now, but I’ve had this 5 lb set and this 10 lb set for a while. 

Sliders // If you haven’t tried using sliders, you do not know what you’re missing! I’ve seen people use plates or towels, but I’ve had these for years and you just can’t beat the real thing. 

Resistance Bands // I bought these years ago when I used to travel for work and I always packed them in my suitcase because you really can’t beat the power-packed into such little suitcase-space. (I can’t find the exact ones I have, but they’re really similar to these.)

A Mat // I’ve got my fair share of yoga mats, and all for a different purpose. This one is my go-to washer-friendly hot yoga mat, but you don’t need anything that fancy at home. In fact, I’ve just been grinding on a mat from my NOW Foods family that I don’t mind getting dirty and dusty outside. 

TWO TIPS THAT HAVE HELPED

The first few days of quarantine I put a few workouts on the TV and moved the furniture around in my living room and tried to get my sweat on. But trying to work and rest and cook and sweat all in the same few-hundred square feet wasn’t helping the crazy suffocation I was feeling. 

So I took my workouts to our tiny little balcony and it’s been such a treat! It’s small and it’s tight, and it’s obviously only a few feet away from the living room, but there’s something about it that makes me feel so much more refreshed. And because #Texas, I’ve seen everything from 45 degrees and overcast to 85 degrees and sunny, but it’s just felt good to move my body and flex my muscles in the fresh air! 

So if you’ve got any kind of space (even just a few feet on a mini-balcony), take it outside!

And schedule it

Even though I don’t have to book ahead of time, I still find committing to my workouts and having a plan has helped me get them in. It’s tempting to not set an alarm, roll out of bed, and scroll through some options while sitting on the couch before actually getting my butt moving, but I’ve found, before I close out my workday, I look ahead to tomorrow, place a loose plan on the calendar and make sure I make space for a workout. As simple as it sounds, even just having a plan for a workout gives me some semblance of structure and routine in this crazy time. 

THE WORKOUTS I’VE LOVED

Zero Equipment: 

Just Dumbells:

Just a Band:

Just a Booty Band:

Just Sliders:

Apps:

  • Nike Training Club // The NTC app has been a favorite of mine for years now! I paid for a full membership last year, but I’ve heard they’re offering the Premium classes for free right now! You can do plans based on your goals and it schedules your workouts for you, or you can just choose based on what you’re feeling for the day. The Abs & Arms, Tank Top Arms, and Leg and Glute Burner are 3 of my favorites. 
  • Nike Run Club // I’ve been using this app for 10+ years, all the way back to when I had to put a little GPS chip inside my shoe. For years I ran with my phone in an armband and I’ve finally upgraded to phone-free runs thanks to my Apple Watch. But whatever tech you’ve got, the guided runs are SO fun. They’ve got runs with Headspace, long runs, speed workouts, even runs with funny people like Kevin Hart. It’s just so fun to run with a coach guiding you through and it’s honestly helped me enjoy running again! 
  • ClassPass // If you’ve never tried ClassPass, now’s the time! Of course you can’t use it to hop around all the best studios in town, but they’re offering FREE access to a huge library of all their live at-home workouts. I’ve done a few different ones during quarantine and they’ve all been awesome! (Use this link to get it for free!)

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