*By: Christi Shingara*
The pandemic shut down gyms for months and most people who relied on their sweat sanctuaries had to resort to working out at home. Finding the time to exercise at home can be a challenge, especially if you are taking care of kids, working remotely full time, or just trying to find that “me” time. Going to the gym permits you to get away from it all and focus on a good workout. Also, if you have a trainer or take a fitness class, you have someone to help motivate you.
I feel a big part of staying healthy is knowing your body and figuring out an exercise routine that you will stick with on a regular basis. Consistency is everything! I have done all kinds of workout routines throughout the years, and I know what I like and what I don’t. Below are some things I abide by to keep me focused and motivated.
Length of Time – During the hectic work week, I do not have the time, or the desire to do a workout that is an hour or more in duration. I find that 20 to 30 minutes is just enough time to get the blood flowing and boost my energy. On the weekends, I like to do more cardio and go for a good hour run or paddleboard.
Keeping It Interesting – I like a challenging workout, and I don’t like getting bored. What motivates me is changing up the type of workout: toning/strengthening, yoga/stretching or cardio/circuit training. Variety also helps me on the days I don’t feel like doing a full on cardio workout. I know I can still benefit from a good yoga flow or some stretching.
Time of Day – I have worked out in the early morning and also after work. I could never work out during the workday because I always feel rushed and would have to get myself “office ready” all over again. I have found that I am best in the morning right after I eat breakfast. I have tons of energy and working out for me is almost like a cup of coffee; it awakens me and gets me ready for the day ahead!
Good Workout Videos – Yes, I did the Jane Fonda’s Original Workout with my mom back in the day, and I will tell you, I still think that is a tough workout. The endless repetitions are killer! I have also tried a lot of different fitness DVDs throughout the years, and now with social media, apps, and You tube, you can find any kind of workout that suits your fancy. I fell upon PopSugar Fitness a few years ago when I was searching online for a variety of different exercises. I immediately liked all the different kinds of workouts they offered and also the instructors are great! My favorite is Anna Renderer. She lets you pace yourself and isn’t a drill sergeant during workout routines. PopSugar’s focus is exercising in a healthy way, and they encourage you to go at your own pace. If you can’t do the exercise, they show you alternative ways that you can still get the same benefits. Because, let’s get real, there are just some days you can’t do it like the trainer!
When coming up with a workout routine that works for you, just remember it is better to do something rather than nothing at all. More importantly, always remember to listen to your body!
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