With the New Year approaching and thousands of resolutions being set in place, I feel like it’s a good time to share my at home workout routine with you guys. Being the mom of a threenager and a newborn, a blogger, and a college student doesn’t leave much time for working out. You feel me? Cooking, cleaning, changing diapers, reading stories, bathing, and trying to get myself in the shower on a somewhat regular basis keep me pretty occupied.
But even with my plate full, one of my priorities is keeping my health in check. Not to mention, working out is my escape. It’s my me time, when I’m allowed to be selfish without guilt. But that doesn’t mean I have an hour or two every day to get in a good workout. Nor does it mean getting in my car and leaving the house to go to the gym for an hour. So instead, I workout at home all the time, and it’s paid off majorly.
A few years ago, I found Fitness Blender after giving Jillian Michaels a run for her money on DVD. Ok, maybe not. But I did complete the 30 Day Shred two times through, and I wanted something new. Fitness Blender was my answer. It’s completely free and they have tons and tons of videos for every fitness level.
Since then, I have got into a weekly workout routine, all in the comfort of my home. And today, I’m going to share my routine with you and include some of my favorite videos that are around 30 minutes long.
What You Need:
- A good, thick yoga mat
- Dumbbells or Resistance Bands
- Internet Connection and Device (phone, tablet, computer)
My At Home Workout Routine for Busy Moms
This is my routine, and you by no means need to workout 5 days a week or follow this exact schedule. This works for me and has helped me lose 40lbs, and get below my pre-pregnancy weight in 10 weeks (*paired with eating healthy).
I am not a professional fitness instructor, coach, or personal trainer. The following routine is based on my level of fitness and experience. Before you start any workout routine, you should talk to your physician to be sure you are healthy.
Monday: I start my week off with cardio and abs. I keep the whole routine within about 30-35 minutes. I really like to find workouts that have intervals of cardio mixed in with intervals of ab workouts. But sometimes I will do 20-25 minutes of cardio first and then finish off with 10 minutes of solid ab work.
My favorite routines for Monday Cardio and Abs include:
- HIIT Cardio and Abs (32 minutes)
- Fat Burning HIIT Cardio and Abs (27 minutes)
- No Burpee HIIT Cardio and Abs (34 minutes)
Tuesday: Lower body is my favorite area to train. Your legs are strong and can hold up to a lot of work. Depending on how I’m feeling, I may include cardio or HIIT style workouts targetted at the lower body or I may just stick with strength training. If you don’t have any weights there are a number of options for bodyweight only workouts.
My favorite routines for Tuesday Lower Body include:
- Squats and Deadlifts Workout (33 minutes)
- Butt and Thigh Workout with Cardio Intervals (34 minutes)
- Natural Brazillian Butt Lift (25 minutes)
- Ultimate Butt and Thigh Workout (32 minutes)
Wednesday: Upper body is just as important as lower body. This includes your abs, arms, shoulders, and back. I like to include some cardio on my upper body days because upper body doesn’t burn as many calories as lower body, due to the muscles being smaller.
My favorite routines for Wednesday upper body include:
- HIIT Cardio Kickboxing and Upper Body Strength (33 minutes)
- Upper Body Workout for Great Arms and Shoulders (28 minutes)
- No Equipment Upper Body and Abs Workout (27 minutes)
Thursday: Rest day. Sometimes I will take a walk or do some light stretching, but I really give my body time to recover after the previous 3 days of intense workouts. You don’t want to overwork your muscles to the point of injury. Give yourself time to recover.
Friday: This is a brutal one. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is quick bursts of super intense exercise. I typically stick to 30 minutes or less for these workouts because they are exhausting and in 20-30 minutes you can get in a great workout and burn a ton of calories. What I like most about HIIT is that you don’t need any equipment, but you still build muscle, much like strength training.
My favorite routines for Friday HIIT:
- Ultimate HIIT Workout for People Who get Bored Easily (25 minutes)
- HIIT Like a Girl (28 minutes)
- Brutal HIIT Ladder Workout (21 minutes)
- When I Say Jump HIIT Cardio (23 minutes)
Saturday: Saturday is a great day to bring it down a couple notches, stretch out your muscles, and do some recovery work. I take it pretty easy with some pilates, and if I’m really sore, yoga. These are not big calorie burners, so if you are looking for something that will burn more, add in some light cardio.
My favorite routines for Saturday Pilates/Yoga:
- Pilates Yoga Blend for Flexibility and Toning (26 minutes)
- Full Body Yoga Pilates Blend (35 minutes)
- Fluid Full Body Stretches for Flexibility and Stress Relief (31 minutes)
Sunday: Rest Day
This routine paired with healthy meals and healthy snacks has helped me to lose 40lbs. and drop below my pre-pregnancy weight just 10 weeks after having my second child. Change it up to fit your lifestyle and daily schedule.
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