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My exercise routine has changed a lot over the years.
Back when I was in high school, and got my first gym membership, it was all about the kickboxing and step aerobic classes. Remember Tae Bo Classes?! I’m getting old.
Then, In college I got into Yoga, and my main form of working out consisted of Yoga, Pilates, and running. I loved the mix. After college and pre-kids, I still practiced yoga, it helped that my office offered yoga classes right on site, so I could sneak away mid-work day and get my Yoga in. I also still ran for exercise, and did a little weights on the side.
Post kids. Now that is where it all changed, the convenience of gym workouts, and working out at studios wasn’t as easy with dragging around three small children. Plus, I was also pregnant or nursing all the time for several years, or at least it felt like it. I continued to run a lot mainly to help lose the baby weight, and get some alone time in if my husband was home to stay with the kids. We also got a treadmill at home, which helped to get some exercise in while the kids were napping or playing. I also enjoyed running to the park, and working out at the park while my kids played. Triceps dips, push ups, lunges, whatever I could fit in. But, I kind of forgot about Yoga, and other options of exercise.
Lately, my kids are starting to get a little older, and with my two older ones in school it helps that I can have a little more time to myself. After I trained and ran a half marathon a few years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate some more forms of exercise into my workout routines. And, I’d still like to get toned up, it seems to get harder and harder the older I get!
I came across some great, and free workouts on YouTube. I loved Jillian Michaels workouts, and my latest favorite is the Tone it Up girls Bikini series. They have many amazing workouts on their YouTube channel that I’ve been loving. Especially their Bikini Yoga series which has been nice to get back into the practice of Yoga.
I enjoy the at home workouts, because I can do them whenever, even if my kids are home. And, I just have to lookup my favorite routine on my Intel 2 in 1 Laptop/Tablet Lenovo Yoga 3 (affiliate link), and get to work. I like to change it up so I don’t get bored, and that has helped. I also like to hit my treadmill with my tablet to watch my TV shows that I save up for the treadmill, since somehow it feels less guilty or lazy to watch trashy TV if I’m also working out. Wink. (anyone watching The Whispers? So creepy!?)
I also recently discovered HIGH FITNESS and Grit classes, loved all the HIGH energy! I had no idea that some Lululemon stores have free workout classes every Saturday. It’s been pretty fun to get to know what the latest workout crazes are since I haven’t had a gym membership in over 8 years!
So, what are you favorite workouts? Any I should know about?!