Ever wonder what workout routines would work best for you? If you have young children and a busy schedule, I might have a routine that could work for you. I will give you my personalized workout routine, part of which is home based and part that is gym based.
I have limited time at the gym, so I try to incorporate most of my fitness routines at home. However, with two young children, even that is sometimes difficult. So, through some trial and error, I’ve discovered that my cardio is most effective at the gym, and everything else I manage to accomplish at home. Cardio workouts are almost pointless if you are constantly interrupted to change a diaper, make a bottle, get a toy – which is why I do my “hardcore” cardio at the gym.
I have an easy gym workout routine. On Monday’s, I head to the gym for a half hour of elliptical cardio and an hour of Step Aerobics class. This is a high-paced class that involves the classic step! Want to see an example of step? Check out this Youtube video – Fitness: Step
On Wednesday’s, I do another half hour of elliptical cardio, and an hour of Zumba. This is a dance inspired routine that gives a cardio workout. If you would like to read about my first Zumba experience, follow this link – My First Zumba Experience. I highly recommend Zumba, as it is not only calorie-burning, but also fun!
Now for my home workout routines. I like to keep a lot of variety in what I do in order to avoid becoming bored. For example, I switch back and forth between Pilates and yoga – Pilates strengthens my core and keeps me limber, and yoga builds lean muscles and increases balance. I’ve learned that keeping my balance and core muscles up to par are essential for staying fit. If you would like an explanation about the importance of strengthening core muscles, visit here.
I do ab exercises everyday, however. I do crunches, reverse crunches, and many other exercises listed in the core muscles article listed above. I switch up the order, number of reps, and the intensity everyday. As long as I feel a burn before I’m done, I’m doing good! For legs, I do squats, wall holds, and lunges. And for arms, I lift some small weights and do a few push-ups. “Easy” peasy!
I will add that between gym visits, I try to squeeze in a little more cardio. It’s not much, for reasons I described earlier, but it does help. I will occasionally bust out some jumping jacks, and then I dance. Yes, dance! This is an easy one to get your children involved – in fact, here is an article about using dance as a fun kids’ activity as well as a cardio workout. I try to do a dance session everyday, even if it’s a small dance session. Something is better than nothing!
I’m currently not looking to build a lot of muscle – more to maintain what I’ve already got – thus the limited amount of intense strength training. But the amount of cardio I’m doing is enough to slowly shed unwanted pounds. Perfect! Also, my at-home routine doesn’t take up too much time. All of this is this routine works for me!