At Home Workouts: Arms/Legs

Time.  I always feel like there is never enough of it. From the moment I open my eyes to the minute I fall asleep, there is always something “urgent” to do.  And whether or not there is a kid in the picture, I’m sure you can relate.  It is just how the world is nowadays.

So where does “working out” fit in? Honestly, nowhere. But, depending on how much you love your body, it is imperative to find time–any time–to keep your body healthy & fit.  Even if it is just once a week.  That is one day more than you would have worked out before!

I coined this while talking to my dad about working out.

I coined this while talking to my dad about working out.

Here are some times that you can squeeze in a workout:

  • early in the morning–my husband wakes up ridiculously early to go to the gym (I admire him)
  • directly after work–I like this time.  I have a standing calendar appointment on Tuesdays after work with reminders to pack my gym clothes.  It is like a second job.
  • OR ANYTIME at home–I like this one best

I set up a mini at home gym in my daughter’s nursery.  It doesn’t consist of much: a yoga mat & some dumbbells.  You can do a lot with just that. And if you have a 17lb baby on hand, her chunky body can be the perfect weight for lots of workouts.

Not much is need to get a good workout. The most important & crucial part is willpower.

Not much is need to get a good workout. The most important & crucial part is willpower.

I’ve been pretty consistent between working out at home & at the gym.  Whenever I haven’t been able to go to the gym after work (maybe the babysitter has to leave early or I had to work super late), I turn to working out at home.

My workout accessories: Pandora station “Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout”; bottle of water; washcloth for all that sweat I’m going to work up; & Mueller’s Jumpers Knee Strap (my knees pop when I do squats: these straps help to prevent that.  I highly recommend them).

Here is one routine, focused on strengthening/toning legs & arms:

  • I spent about 10-15 minute stretching.  My hamstrings are so tight.  So is my lower back.  I’m sure this is all due to the awkward positions I find myself in because of Ava…rocking her to sleep, feeding her, rolling around on the floor when I play with her…oy vey!
  • 3 squat routines, 3 sets/10 reps each.
    1. Basic squat, no weights
    2. Basic squat, with dumbbells, varying between holding them straight down & straight forward (great arm exercise)
    3. Basic squat, with baby, varying between holding her close to my body & straight forward (another great arm exercise)
From Instagram, @livingfortwoplus

From Instagram, @livingfortwoplus

  • Here is where I added some dance/ballet moves from back in the day (when I danced consistently).  I used my daughter’s dresser as a ballet barre:
    • A set of pliés (aka, ballet’s version of a squat)
    • A set of grande battement kicks on each leg
Grande Battement.  From http://blog.codyapp.com/barre-workout-routine/

Grande battement. From http://blog.codyapp.com/barre-workout-routine/.  This will make your leg burn!

Some ballet humor for you! From Instagram, @livingfortwoplus

Some ballet humor for you! From Instagram, @livingfortwoplus

  • Cool down, with leg and arm stretches
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This pose gives me life! When the front of my leg is sore/tight after a workout, this is great for gently stretching them. From Instagram, @livingfortwoplus

This leg and arm focused workout had me exhausted.  I felt the burn for days after and I felt like my body loved me for the workout! I’ve been getting a lot of comments about my arms!

Try it! As long as you’re healthy enough for it and your doctor say’s it’s ok!

What workouts do you do at home? Comment below. 

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