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4 Ways to Make Working Out at Home Work for You

Posted Sep 10 2012 8:47pm

Emmalyne and I made it safely back home to Georgia last night.  Let’s hope we get to stay here awhile ;)  It is SO nice to be back in our own beds, playing with the dogs, and slowly getting back into our routine.  Today is all about that: routine.  Luckily for me Heather sent me an awesome post about working out at home.  I love Heather’s blog and her sweet baby boy to boot.  Thanks Heather!


As a mom of an almost 8 month old that has yet to sleep more than 4 hours at a time, I’m the first to tell you that it’s a lot easier to skip a workout than to make it happen.

But as a reader of Madeline’s blog I don’t need to tell you the importance of fitting in fitness, even when it’s tough.

My baby has only recently gotten old enough for the daycare at my gym, but even with the daycare it’s still tough to make it to the gym since our schedule is so unpredictable. I spent a lot of time making excuses about not working out before I figured out how to make exercise work for me. Here are some of my favorite tips for working out at home


1.  Use what you have.

Ok, you don’t have a treadmill or a full set of weights. That’s not enough of a reason to throw in the towel on your workout. For at-home cardio, try jumping jacks, running up and down the stairs, burpees, jumping rope, or dancing around like a maniac. That last one doubles as pure entertainment for an on-looking baby. ;)

dancing with baby


Add more reps to each set or lift slower to increase the difficulty if you only have a set of light weights. If you don’t have any weights, grab whatever you can- cans, milk jugs, textbooks, anything!


2.  Think outside the box.

At the gym you have access to a lot of things that can increase the difficulty or intensity of your workout: exercise balls, bands, steps, Bosu balls, blocks, etc. Look around your house to see what you can use to not only help you work harder, but to keep from getting bored. Use pillows, a folded up comforter, or stand on a bed to imitate using a Bosu ball or foam mat. Use a stair, step ladder, or chair to make lunges, squats, and step-ups harder.


3.  Do double duty.

Dancing like nobody’s watching isn’t the only way to squeeze in a workout while also entertaining a baby {or dog or husband}. Use your baby as a weight. Bonus? You’ll have to keep lifting more and more weight as time goes on even if you don’t want to. ;) Use a baby for bench presses or shoulder work. Do pushups and planks over your baby and sneak in a few extra kisses on the way down. Balance baby in your lap as you teasers or other core work.

Push Ups With Baby

Baby Chest Press

Baby Boat


4.  Don’t go easy on yourself.

Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t end up dripping sweat or huffing and puffing. Be your own trainer and push yourself. Being short on time isn’t an excuse for a wimpy workout. Instead, use that to your advantage by keeping the intensity up and powering through your workout.


What’s your favorite way to work out at home? How do you fit in workouts when you’re short on time?


Heather is a registered dietitian, new{ish} mom, and hardcore cinnamon dolce latte addict. She writes    about healthy yet yummy eats and overcoming injury and illness at with a Side of Sneakers , and about all things life-with-baby at tiny sneakers . Come say hi!


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