Work From Home: Effective Home Fitness Tips

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Friends, allow me to introduce Erin Urvina, fitness coach extraordinaire and all around fantastic lady.  She’s got all the proper letters & certifications to get you in shape and make you all strong and whatnot no matter what your fitness goals are. She hosts small group sessions as well as bootcamps & personal sessions. She does alla the things – so I hit her up to give us some easy ways to get fit whilst still living this semi-quarantine, home office life. Which ones will you try? Work From Home Effective Fitness Tips

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By Erin Urvina

What I’ve realized is that there are a lot of obstacles that prevent women from getting in consistent exercise. We have seven billion other things on our plate that take priority. We are exhausted. We don’t know where to start. Exercise is important, but it doesn’t have to be a big, complicated thing. Here are some easy ways to get more movement in throughout your weeks.

If you’re afraid that your exercise time will take away from the kiddos, take those little people to the park! Walk or bike there. Run around with them. Push them on the swing. Bring jump ropes and hoopla hoops and play along! This is a great way to spend time with the kids and not feel guilty about taking time for yourself.

Got a small child? Got some cans of beans or some old text books or literally anything kinda heavy? Use it to do some squats, lunges, bicep curls, chest press. Anything and everything. Resistance training doesn’t require a weight room, it just requires a little bit of creativity.

Do you have time to binge TV? Then you have time to get some movement in. Every commercial break (or if it’s Netflix, when the commercials should be playing), get up and do some jumping jacks, run in place, do some sit-ups or push-ups, lunges or squats. How many times can you run up and down the stairs before the commercial break is over? It’s two minutes! You would be surprised how much movement you can squeeze into two minutes.

Got five minutes? Choose two exercises, do each exercise for thirty seconds for five rounds. Choose one cardio exercise and one strength (jumping jacks & squats, high knees & pushups, burpees & lunges). Do this when you need a quick break from work or while Netflix-ing. If you do this two or three times and go on a 15 minute walk, you can say you exercised for the day!

Park further away! Instead of driving around for five minutes trying to find the best parking spot, park at the far end of the parking lot and walk! Easy peasy.

Wake up 20 minutes earlier! In this time you can go on a walk, do a quick HIIT workout, yoga. Anything to get yourself moving.

YOUTUBE!!! Do not ever underestimate the power of this lil video streaming service. You can search for workouts that fit the amount of time you have. It’s free and you don’t have to leave your house. What more could you ask for?

Turn on your favorite Beyoncé song and D A N C E. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated or super structured. We burn calories by moving. Dancing is movement. If you’re not great at free-styling, that’s fine. Hit up YouTube for some Zumba classes.

Set some movement minimums. For example: 50 sit-ups, 50 pushups, 100 squats, 50 lunges each side, 100 jumping jacks, 3 minute of planks. Break this up however works for you throughout the day, but keep a daily note to keep track of your progress. Switch up the exercises and repetitions or add some weights to make it more challenging as your body gets used to the exercises.

This might seem dumb, but if you don’t have the discipline to exercise consistently, just take the long way! Go to the bathroom that is further away. Use the other break room at work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, If you’re on an escalator, walk up them stairs anyway, don’t just stand there! Be extra, any movement is good movement.

Health isn’t just about exercise, it includes mind, body and soul. So what do I recommend for overall wellness? Start a daily checklist! This helps me to stay accountable. I am old-school and I like to write these goals down in my planner. Here are some things to include:

  • Bible study, prayer, meditation
  • Move for at least 30 minutes
  • Drink 100 OZ of water – this might seem like a lot, but baby steps!
  • Read ten pages in a book
  • Journal – my favorite thing to journal at the end of the day is what I call “Simple Things”. This is just a list of all of the tiny victories for the day. Sunshine, blue skies. I made all those green lights. That little toddler that waved at me in the grocery store. I got that bomb parking spot. Life really is about the simple things and when we are more in tune with them, life seems just a little sweeter.
  • One random act of kindness
  • Clean something

Get an accountability partner and go for it!

Which one of these effective home fitness tips will you try?

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