First of all, I am so gracious for the positive feedback and love I received in regards to what I posted from last month, about my surprise weight loss; thank you, thank you, thank you. And if you didn’t get a chance to read that essay (now’s your chance!), let me inform you that I’m no longer as strenuously active as I was in college. Yet, (besides the fact that my totally-not-serious-but-actually-kind-of-serious late New Year’s resolution is to get super ripped, lol) I am working on being more active again, and looking to stay more motivated this year.
I once LOVED the gym, but now that I am way more lazy and broke since I graduated, I am always on the hunt for new and fun ways to get a workout in. Or when something makes me break a sweat, I try and take note. So today I am sharing a compiled list of things that I have been doing—and am planning to do—to help keep me active! I mean, I need something to balance out all of those second dinners I eat. On that note, let’s proceed with the deets:
1. Get your cleaning on.
That’s right, it’s chore time! Vacuum the house, move heavy objects to storage, wash your car, scrub every inch of your bathroom, you get the drill. Yes, I consider these exercises, because I usually break a sweat when I clean a toilet—so don’t judge me. If this one is too simple for you, step it up a notch and do everything in high speed mode! Not only will you pump up your heart rate, but you will get all of your to-do list crap done. Hip hip hooray for multitasking!
2. Go dancing!
This is my all time FAVORITE “workout” to do. People who knew me before college probably wouldn’t peg me to be a dancing-loving fool, but you can find me and my friends out at a bar until 3am. Am I a good dancer? You know it! Just kidding, I’m terrible, but it’s way too much fun to pass up a night of booty shaking. So grab your friends and head out to a club, bar, party, or rave that’s throwing down your favorite tunes and go crazy! Dress like it’s summer time (but stay classy ladies), so you motivate yourself to dance hard enough to warm up your body. Another tip: bring out your highest—but still somewhat comfortable—heels; there’s your calf and butt workout for the week! If you’re a dude, try on those heels too. I don’t judge.
Oh, and a drink or two (or five) wouldn’t hurt in this situation, haha! You’ll burn off those calories in no time.
3. Rock out in your room.
If you aren’t quite comfortable letting it all loose on the dance floor (or are under 21), there’s no shame in dancing—like no one’s watching—in your own bedroom. Because literally, no one is watching. Honestly, I do this more often than you would think. It just never gets old pretending to be one of Justin Bieber’s backup dancers. Even though I probably look more like a 5 year-old at a beauty pageant. This one is great when you don’t feel like going outside (because of the weather or simply just because) or you don’t want to bother changing into actual decent clothes. You can dance in your underwear, or heck, even in your birthday suit if you wanted… but just so we are clear, I don’t do either of those. Plus, you can blast whatever music you want; no more failed lip syncing to the words of that one song you don’t know.
4. Go for a walk.
There’s nothing more to it, really. I like to set aside around 30mins to even an hour now and then, where I can take a stroll somewhere near my house. Nothing fancy. Sometimes I walk to my local grocery store (good ol’ TJoes) and all that food I have to carry acts as hand weights! It’s also a great time to really clear my mind and just think about stuff. Lots of stuff. I come up with blog post ideas now and then, but more importantly I often get to pet cute dogs along the way too! A free activity I’ll never get tired of.
5. Jog to killer music.
I used to run a lot at the gym, but it never was my favorite. Yet, when walking isn’t cutting it and I feel extra pumped by my music, I like to jog or do sprints on the same paths I walk. Trust me, overtime you will get used to running at least a few minutes at a time. Or maybe you’ll just hate me forever.
Don’t forget to stretch—nobody’s got time for injuries.
And remember to stay hydrated!
This was taken after an actual run. You know you’ve done good when your hair is a mess!
6. Buy a yoga mat and hand weights.
Ok, maybe this isn’t an actual exercise, but having these two things in your house definitely makes things easier (especially when you have limited carpet space— I don’t know how many times my yoga mat has saved me from a sore tailbone). I’ve learned that splitting up exercises throughout the day works pretty well in my schedule. It may not be the most effective method, but it gets the job done. For example, three times a day, set out to do about 30 crunches, 10 push-ups, a 1-minute plank, and 100 jumping jacks. I’m sure you can do the math, but that’s three times everything!! Over time, you can increase the reps/sets and add in bicep curls, lunges, squats, the list goes on… I even like to do a short set of strength routines with my hand weights and mat, after I take a walk or a quick jog. I’m telling you, these accessories really come in handy.
Struggle. Plank. Sleep. Repeat.
It’s not necessary to have two sets of weights, but it’s necessary to have headphones and music! Once you forget/lose your headphones, the struggle becomes too real.
7. Let YouTube be your new personal trainer.
With the added bonus of your newly purchased mat and hand weights, let the Tube guide you! I haven’t quite looked into this one for myself too much yet, but I’m loving this channel (gotta love Cassey!) and these video links (we’re talking lunges in the soda aisle and other mini workouts you can do while washing the dishes and even while watching Netflix!). They are what every good date night should be, free and fun!
Oh and here’s my former roommate (and forever friend) caught in the act, busting out those killer moves to some YouTube workouts! LOL:
So, what other easy exercise ideas do you have?