You know…today’s post is one of those that I’ve had in the back of my mind for months now but am just now getting around to it. It’s about one of my favorite words: active.
Walking home from school with my kiddos.
I get asked a lot about my workout routine. I would say it’s one of my most frequently asked questions. Whenever I get asked, I always redirect people back to THIS post I did last May where I showed you guys my week in workouts. During that particular week, I only went to the gym one time. And do you want to hear a secret? That happens more than you might think…but I don’t get stressed out about it because my whole lifestyle is very active (even when I’m not at the gym).
So, today, I’m going to share my favorite tips and tricks to being active during the day. These are things I do alongside going to the gym, things I do when I can’t go to the gym or just little things I do to keep me going all day long.
Before I get started, I want to share one little family secret…my sweet mama has never, ever, ever in her life had a gym membership. She has never technically “worked out”…but you know what? She is so darn active during the day that she has been able to stay fit and in amazing shape not because she kills herself on the treadmill (I really doubt she’s ever in her life even stepped on to a treadmill) but because she’s just active all day, every day. My mom has taught me many wonderful lessons, but getting up, getting out and getting going is one of the greatest. She works in her yard every day (lifting big bags of mulch, planting, digging, building, moving), she walks around her neighborhood all the time, she takes her grandkids to the park and doesn’t sit there but plays with them, she does a ton of quote “guy stuff” around the house because it keeps her sharp, strong and active (like one time, she painted the trim on the outside of the entire house…not because my dad couldn’t but because she just knew she could…so she did). I could go on and on and on about how she incorporates activity into her day…but just know, that most of my tips are learned from her.
So, I’ll share my tips and then please share your tips too!
So, I’ve had a gym membership since I was fourteen because I really just love the dynamics of a good group workout class. I find it motivating and encouraging to workout with a bunch of women, so I’ve always been inclined to attend group classes. I also love that group classes have a set time. This way, I go, I push myself for that hour and then I leave knowing that I did the whole class and am done (because when I work out at the gym by myself, I watch the clock, am always wondering if I’ve done enough and find it hard to be motivated). For the last five years, I’ve done the same classes at my gym: they’re hour long cardio/strength classes. After all of this time, I still find them challenging and am always sore the next day. I try and attend two classes a week…but that’s not always possible. When it’s not, I have to improvise.
One thing I love to do around the house is use apps or videos for an at home workout. I have been practicing yoga for years and years and now, even my big kids like it too! Here is Kensington doing some yoga at home. My favorite yoga instructor is Kristin McGee. Her MTV Power Yoga video must be almost 20 years old but I still do it! I’m actually on my third DVD because I have burned through the other ones over the years. I’m not exaggerating…I bet I’ve done that yoga video hundreds of times. She has an app you can download with other workouts too and I’m always doing them. Here are some other YouTube workouts I’ve done recently…
Blogilates Abs, Butt and Thighs
Fitness Blender No Equipment Upper Body Workout with Cardio Kickboxing Intervals
Yoga By Candace’s Power Yoga
Fitness Blender Cardio & Total Body Workout
Blogilates Total Body Pilates
These are all free on YouTube and very easy to do at home.
We also invested in a stairmill, so on days when I can’t hit the gym, I can hit that…
Do you know what motivates me to climb up there and workout? A good show that I’m binge watching. Yes ma’am. Give me a good show (right now, it’s Gossip Girl) and I’ll hop up there and the time will fly by!
But…I don’t always have the time for the gym or an at home workout, so I’m always looking for ways to be on the move. I’m not saying these things are better/equal to an actual gym workout but they keep me moving on days when it’s just not possible for me to hit the gym (or I do them on top of actually working out to keep me extra active!).
Here are some active things that I try to daily incorporate into my life…
Over the summer, I picked up golf. Or at least I made a big attempt to play and not look like a complete idiot. Ha! So, my kids started playing with Andrew and I quickly realized that I better learn or else I’d be left behind, so I took lessons and am learning. Please note, I have a long way to go…but I’m working on my game. Getting out there and playing 9 holes with my kids is a lot of work! By the time I’m done, my Apple Watch tells me that I’ve walked a lot, burned a lot of calories and have gotten my heart rate up. (Plus, I’ve spent some quality outdoor time with my family!) There are probably a lot of sports/activities you could do with your family: golf, tennis, swimming, hiking just to name a few.
Golfing with my peeps!
…we bike. My kids love to ride their bikes but we realized that they can’t ride off without us, so either they had to bike in circles on the driveway or Andrew and I had to hop on bikes and go with them. This has been one of the best things we’ve ever done as a family! We love going on bike rides together!!! Even the little girls join in and come along in their buggy (pulled by Andrew). We now bike all over our little area and it is just so much fun! Another thing you could do that is similar is rollerblade as a family. Just get out there and go!
My big kids love to bike to school on pretty mornings!
My own little biker gang 😉 .
This one right here is a very popular one in our house…
…we swim. I take my kids to the pool in our neighborhood almost every single day during the summer and then we swim again at night with Andrew after he gets off work. During the summer, we live in the pool. Now, as much as I would love to sit under an umbrella and read a book…I have four small kids, so that’s not happening. I’m in the water most of the time being active. Sometimes, I even get crazy and jump off the diving board 😉 .
Poolside at home with my babies.
One more way that I stay active…
…I walk. I used to be a runner…but I’m not any more. I realized years ago that I prefer the relaxation and mediation of walking much more. And with little kids at home, this is a great way to build exercise into my day! My kiddos love to go on walks! Sometimes, we use the wagon or I push the stroller, but we love to get out and walk. We talk, we point things out, we blow bubbles (that’s what Ashby is doing above)…we’re just outside enjoying together and mama is being active.
Now, those are some of the bigger ways that I stay active without actually going to the gym. Here are a few more things I do…
1: I work in my yard. I learned from my mama to get outside and tend to your yard. Here I am checking on my veggies. I just like being outdoors and if that means pulling weeds or whatnot, then I’m game (my quads and calves are always sore the next day from all of the squatting and standing back up!).
2: I try to walk my kids to school or pick them up by walking when I can. This isn’t always possible, but I love to walk home with them. They share so much on that little walk! It’s a great time for all of us.
3: I stand up and do something when talking on the phone. If a girlfriend calls to chat, I stand up and find something productive to do while I’m talking. I’ll fold laundry, empty the dishwasher, put away stuff that’s around the house…I just get up and move. This way, I’m killing three birds with one stone: I’m chatting with my friends, doing a chore that would otherwise be mundane on its own and getting up and moving around.
4: I go on walking dates instead of coffee dates. I love a good coffee date as much as the next person, but if the weather is nice, I’ll suggest a walking date instead. A lot of times someone I know will call me up and want to chat at Starbucks for an hour about say adoption…and I’ll suggest we walk instead. I love doing this with my girlfriends! A good walk and a good chat is the perfect remedy for anything.
5: I wear play clothes at home. As much as I love wearing jeans, booties and a sweater, when I get home, I put on my comfy clothes (almost always workout clothes) or in the summer, a swimsuit and cover-up. I find that it’s just easier to hop out on the driveway and shoot hoops with my kids if I’m already dressed for it. If someone says they want to walk down to the creek and over the bridge, if I’m wearing my booties, I’ll probably say no…but if I’m already dressed down, I’ll most likely say yes.
So, those are a few ways that I stay active during the day. I do rely a lot on my Apple Watch to help me gauge when I’ve been too still and not moving enough. I also give myself grace because there are just seasons when it’s harder to be active than other times.
So…what do you do to stay active throughout the day? I just know you have a bunch of really good ideas that we’re all going to love. Please comment and share!!
And another little thing…one of my very favorite Pinterest boards that I have is this one on Health & Fitness. I find pinning stuff like this very encouraging and motivating, so if you do too, click HERE to see my board.
Alrighty! Happy Monday friends! Don’t forget about this…
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