Gonna Make You Sweat

Well, I'm not but I'm hoping this post inspires you to get up and sweat a little bit.


I don't know about you but the amount of time I have available for a workout has gradually increased over the last couple weeks.  Living this quarantine life has me yearning to get a workout in, because I've realized my body feels SO MUCH BETTER afterwards {especially under these circumstances}.  My goal during this time is to MOVE daily and I'm not just talking from the couch to the refrigerator.  ;) 

My pre-quarantine life fitness routine has changed a bit over the last ten-ish years so to catch you up...


*When my kids were all younger our morning visits to the gym were usually our social outing of the day.  We'd go to the gym two to four times a week, the kids would play with friends in childcare while I got a workout in, and then I'd shower.  We were usually at the gym for two-ish hours, we'd follow it up with a park date with friends, and then back home in the afternoon while I worked.  


*My kids started preschool and the days gradually changed.  I was going to the gym two to three times a week, working more had me shortening my time away, and I didn't want to waste any time with kids at school being spent at the gym.


*My big kids started elementary school and things shifted even more.  I found my groove going to the gym twice a week and spending almost any other free time working.  I didn't have as much time to make it such a social event and really could only spend my workout time at the gym.


*Just last year Shay and I decided we'd try the early morning classes in order to get those workouts finished and out of the way leaving more Mix and Match Travel time while the kids are at school.  A habit SLOWLY developed and I've come to love having my workout checked off my to-do list by 6:30 a.m.  Needless to say, I'm MISSING the gym.  Who ever thought I'd say that?

Over the years, I've learned fitness routines will often shift and change a lot and this social distancing has me working on a new plan in the mean time.

These are a list of my favorite at-home workouts:
*YouTube-some of my favorites are FitnessBlender, Blogilates, and Pop Sugar Fitness.
*Jillian Michaels DVD-yes, this one is pretty old school.  
*Pinterest-has a TON of workouts.


My newest at-home obsession is the PELOTON APP!  Now if you saw my post last week, we just got a Peloton bike about two weeks ago, but you don't have to have a bike in order to benefit from all the workouts.  There are tons of strength and yoga workouts available.  If you have a Peloton, check out the comments from my post last week because lots of readers shared their favorite instructor or workouts.  You might get a new idea!


In honor of encouraging us all to sweat this week, this is what my plan is for my workouts this week-
Monday-20 minute 90's Hip Hop Ride with Alex + 10 minute Arm Toning with Denis
Tuesday-30 minute Tabata Ride with Robin + 10 minute Core Strength with Andy
Wednesday-20 minute Classic Rock Ride with Olivia + 10 minute Arm Toning with Leanne
Thursday-30 minute Hip Hop Ride with Tunde
Friday-30 minute Full Body Strength with Oliver
Saturday-GET OUTSIDE
Sunday-30 minute Sundays with Love Ride with Ally

It's a lot of cycling right now because it's new, still really fun, and I'm trying to find my favorite instructors so I'm wanting to try them all!  Also-a newbie so 20-30 minutes on the bike is my goal.  I would also like to add during a normal week, I'm not doing something active everyday.  This is the goal right now because being active really helps me stay more positive.

What about YOU?  What are you doing today to sweat?  Hope you found a little inspiration!  You've GOT this!
XO

16 comments

Lauren D said...

I've been doing BBG and running/walking around our neighborhood. I agree, I feel so much better when I've had a workout in!

Amy said...

We’ve had our Peloton about 2 years and for most of that I’ve used it 4-5 times a week. Last fall I checked out Beach Body on Demand and enjoyed mixing things up with Shawn T’s T25 (it’s a little cheesy but I saw great results) and now I’ve come back to Beach Body the last month or so to do Barre Blend, which I’m really loving.

Erika Slaughter said...

How is Barre Blend? I’ve never tried that one.

Julie C. said...

I have been going to Jazzercise for the past 14 years. When all this craziness first started, she decided to close her centers, before the Governor even announced the stay at home order. Since being at home, I have been doing Jazzercise On Demand every single day. It just feels SO GOOD to sweat & be able to think about something else for about 30 mins. On Demand is definitely NOT the same as in person classes, but it's better then nothing :) I am also currently on my weight loss journey, so I still want to focus on that to be able to meet my goals.

Mix and Match Mama said...

You did tabata with Robin today?! That is HARD stuff!!

Jennie said...

I love Beach Body On Demand! Yoga with Adrienne (free on youtube!) is also great. Before social isolation started, I was taking a Dance Fit class here locally. That has now switched to online (a mix of free and paid) and is still fun!

https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

https://www.youtube.com/user/egracejohnson


Nicole in WI said...

I've been really digging the obe app, DailyBurn app and FitOn. Lots of great free options during the current crisis!

Rachel Embery said...

Thankfully we are still allowed to exercise outside. I just bought a new bike(to ease my sadness of having to cancel my Switzerland spring break trip) and try to ride 15-20 miles 3-4 times a week. Otherwise it’s 2-3 mile walk/runs and weights at home. I miss having to variety of workout equipment that I had at the gym!

Tiffany said...

Do you have a weight set or dumbbells that you use for the strength classes? I'm trying to figure out which route I want to go with this!

Erika Slaughter said...

Hi Tiffany! I have threes, fives, eights, and twelves I’ve collected over the years.

Melanie said...

I needed this today! I'm currently doing a two mile walk everyday and it definitely helps my mood, but I've got to add in some high intensity/tone exercises! And STOP THE SNACKING!

Julie Bradford said...

For lent this year I decided to not only give up something which was(desserts.. eeekssss who knew Covid-19 was about to hit & I would desperately be needing desserts especially on the weekends) but I also decided to make a point to exercise EVERY day... it's been tough since the gyms aren't open but so far I haven't missed a day..they range from talking a walk.. a run... or doing free weights at home.. I have Erin Opera's app which is awesome...easy and awesome to do at home!!!!

Krista Dragoo said...

My husband and I have been taking our dogs for daily walks and I am trying to get into yoga. Today I started 30 days of yoga from Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube.

Keesha said...

I love beachbody on demand! I'm in the middle of my second round of barre blend. It's very humbling how heavy 3 pound weights can feel! It has been a nice change from the usual strength and cardio workouts I am used to. Beachbody decided to release it early into the main library on April 24th I think.

Sara said...

My very favorite workout app is Aaptiv. They are an audio app that’s an amazing value and has every kind of workout - strength, treadmill, spinning, yoga, Pilates, outdoor runs and walks, meditation, stretching, etc. They also have lots of programs you can follow - weight loss, train for a 5k, muscle gains, etc. I used it all the time before this pandemic, and now it’s an every day thing! It’s on sale for $49/year. With the pandemic going on, they have added Aaptiv Instagram live workouts and different things like that. Anyway, Aaptiv is totally amazing!

Jen said...

I loved this post!! It's so fun hearing about everyone's fitness routines and what they enjoy. We moved to a new neighborhood last summer, and a group of neighbor gals convinced me to try out their fitness studio....took them 3 months of asking me, but I've been hooked ever since! This is coming from someone who NEVER exercised!! I went from nothing to working out 6 days a week. If I can do it, anyone can - seriously!! Luckily my fitness instructor is keeping us all motivated and posting workout videos through Facebook during this time of isolation. I love doing dance cardio, cardio strength intervals, barre, and sculpt!