6 Tips for Effective Home Workouts

Home workouts can be incredibly effective with just a bit of preparation. Here are 6 tips to get you started…

  1. Let your family know it’s your workout time if you exercise while they’re home. It’s ok to take 30-60 minutes (or whatever you can manage!) to yourself. This was a big stumbling block for me at first. My workouts took forever because I would stop in the middle of a set to do something my kids needed or to answer the phone or whatever. Ask family members not to disturb you unless it’s an emergency. Explain that if they allow you to focus on your workout, you can get it done faster and get back to their needs. My kids are old enough to entertain themselves for a while but obviously with babies and toddlers, you’ll need to get creative.
  2.  Keep everything in one place. You don’t want to go chasing your yoga mat in the kids room so you can stretch. (Yes, this has happened to me. I found my yoga mat and stretching strap being used as part of a fort they built) Make sure the kids know your equipment isn’t a toy!
  3. Have appropriate space for your workouts. This goes along with #2. For safety reasons, you must make sure that your not tripping over toys or laundry baskets (I’ve done both!) Keep your workout space clean and organized. Organization makes your workout more efficient. You can move more quickly between exercises if you know exactly where everything is.
  4. Have a plan. Sometimes I start my workout not knowing the exact exercises I’m going to do but I always have a general idea. For example, I know I’ll be doing a full body workout or that it’s leg day or time for cardio intervals, etc. To make your workouts as effective as possible always have a plan.
  5. Create a good playlist. Motivation can be scarce when you workout at home by yourself and some good music can help pump you up. Find a good station or create a killer playlist that will carry you through the toughest of workouts. I’ve even created different playlists for different types of workouts. I find that changing it up often really helps.
  6. Get the right equipment. I’m a fan of making do with what you have and I can create a workout with anything, or nothing at all! However, if you’re going to buy equipment, think carefully about your choices. An exercise ball can be used for many different exercises. Bands or suspension straps take up little space and can also be used for many exercises. Adjustable weight Dumbbells are much more efficient than a set of 10 different sizes of Dumbbells. Multi-use equipment is practically a must for effective home workouts.

 

Happy Exercising!

 

Have You Ever Run a Virtual Race?

I know, it sounds weird and pointless but I promise, there are lots of pluses to virtual racing.

First, what the heck is a virtual race, you ask? Well, it’s a race you can run anytime, anywhere at your own pace. You can run (or walk!) your usual route around your neighborhood, do laps on a high school track or run the whole race on a treadmill. There are lots of organizations that host virtual races of all distances and many of them use the race fees to support various charities.

When you register, you may receive a downloadable race bib, a window of time to complete the race, a t-shirt and a finishers medal. Not all virtual races offer these things but it’s more fun if they do! When you’ve completed the distance, you can upload photos and results to the organization’s website or social media sites to share your achievement. You can challenge friends or family who live far away to a race and still have the experience of doing something together.

I love virtual races for so many reasons…
You can run them when YOU want to. You can pick races where you ALWAYS get a medal! That’s reason enough for me and exactly why I did the “Race to Oz”.

Look at this beautiful medal!

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The Race to Oz Virtual race hosted by MakeYesHappen.com

You can do a “group” run and it doesn’t matter if there are faster or slower runners in the group. If you’re self conscious about what you look like when running or how slow you run – it doesn’t matter. Some races even let you run the distance cumulatively so if you haven’t run far in training, you can still do longer races. You just complete them over time instead of all at once.

Virtual races make you feel like you’ve accomplished something without the stress, nervousness and hassles of a large race. You don’t have to get up early (unless you like running in the early morning). You don’t have to run in bad weather or park 5 miles from the starting line. You don’t have to deal with crowds or worry that the finish line table will be out of bananas by the time you get there. Most importantly, you don’t have to use porta-potties! Yay!

For me, virtual races help me stick to my training plan. I don’t travel out of town for races but I like having a goal I’m always working towards so virtual races help fill in the gaps when I don’t have a regular race on my schedule.

Here’s a few other medals I’ve gotten for virtual races. I love the uniqueness of them! The Day of the Dead medal glows in the dark and the blue portion of the Department of Mysteries medal is see-through.

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More virtual race medals

Don’t get me wrong, I love real races too, for different reasons, but virtual races definitely have a place in my fitness plan.

Here are some organizations that offer virtual races that I’ve done in the past:

Gone For A Run
Make Yes Happen
Agent Outerwear
WillRunForBling.com
Active.com
Hogwarts Running Club

Comment below with any other organizations that I missed.