Does anyone else feel like they’ve been working out more, becasue of boredom? I really hope I’m not the only one who feels this way, becasue…as weird as it feels to admit it – I’m actually enjoying working out over this time. I had no clue that moving your body, for even 30 minutes a day could have such an impact on your health and your mood as a whole!
As someone who doesn’t love going to the gym that’s always been an excuse for me to not workout – and I realized that it’s not a good enough excuse anymore – especially given the circumstances. So I turned to YouTube – one of my friends recommended a program for me to try and, I thought – well, why not? Over the last 6 weeks, after trying out various work out videos, and different programs. From a 30 minute Zumba class with my mom, to a 45 minute high intensity kickboxing class, I love feeling strong, I love feeling like I accomplished something. So I made myself a promise, I’ve committed to moving my body everyday for at least 30 minutes.
So I figured, if I could get up and move my body everyday, anyone can! I want you to feel good, to continue to build strength – even if you really don’t want to – which quite honestly is still me somedays.
Below is a day-by-day breakdown of what I do in a week, a small program that I built for for myself that is challenging but not far beyond what I am capable of.
Most of my Sundays during quarantine have been spent on Zoom calls with family around the world – so I always try and get up a little earlier to get a workout in! This particular workout works every inch of your body, it BURNS. I always use weights when I do this workout, but they are not essential. I love this girl, you’ll notice a lot of the videos in my week are done by her. After trying out, SO MANY different videos, I find that she explains the exercises the best – especially for beginners and she doesn’t ever jump from exercise to exercise.
For some reason, even if I workout on a Sunday, come Monday every cell in my body is against me doing anything – so most Monday’s I try and take it a little easier. I usually do one of the two videos below. They are both low impact, I normally make my mom join in !
I have this old stationary bike in the basement, and I figured why not try to do a YouTube spinning class. Guys, spinning is HARD, I honestly didn’t think my legs were that out of shape till I couldn’t make it through the video the first time I tried. Since then it’s been a lot easier to complete the workout and to do the more advance modifications. I will include that video below, in case anyone else has a stationary bike that’s been collecting dust! Since the spinning video is around 20 minutes in length, I normally finish it off with a quick 10 minute ab work out.
Wednesday is like Monday’s twin sister – another day I struggle to get off my couch and move my butt. I normally try to do at least an ab workout, but this past Wednesday I found a video that made me excited to move my body! I for one, will never turn down a dance party – so when I saw this It was exciting knowing that I could dance it out for 20 minutes and still feel like I did a full body workout!
I normally do a repeat of what I do on Tuesday on Thursdays. Which means – another day of spinning and abs. When I do change it up, or don’t feel like doing more cardio, these are the videos that I use.
I don’t know about anyone else but by the time Friday rolls around I am tired from the week. My body needs a break of some sorts. No, it’s not my off day, but it is the day that I try and focus more on stretching my body, caring for it in a different way. This video has done way more for me than just make me sweat a little and stretch out my body – I always finish this workout feeling more grounded, at ease and more at peace.
Saturday’s have been really quiet for me – most of my day is spent reading or catching up with TV shows. So the honest reason why this is the workout that I choose to do is becasue of boredom and wanting to kill time feeling more productive. This is a high intensity full body work out, I take my time, I pace myself, as it was – and still is – incredibly daunting to me! When you finish her workout – you feel GOOD! So power through and PACE YOURSELF.
I hope this helps anyone out there who is struggling finding that motivation to move your body and to workout. I know that it’s hard, it’s a conscious choice every single day, but your body is worth that, your health is worth that! Choose it for your future self, and ignore the urges to continue binge watching a show.
I believe in you ! You can do it, you have all the tools you need.