I have a membership to a gym. Well sort of. Right now that membership is on hold. Maddy and I just weren’t going. I was paying for a membership and not using it. After a lot of thought and a few weeks of working out at home instead of actually going to the gym I decided it was time to put that little membership on hold. It was time to rethink my workout. Hey, If I can workout at home, completely with the motivation to do it, then I can save money, time and gas. It’s a winning idea, especially since Maddy had recently decided that she didn’t really want to go to the gym. It’s no fun trying to talk a 3 year old into doing something they don’t want to. I’m all for saving as much of my sanity as I can.
I’m working out at home, until the motivation or need arises to get myself back to the gym. Luke has a bench, squat rack, weights and a few other things. Couple that with my balance ball, yoga mat and my small collection of workout DVDs we have a pretty good setup.
So, as I said before I’m saving money. Saving time. And saving gas. Also? I have an awesome new workout partner. She is super excited to workout, willing to be flexible about workout times and she’s up for trying new things. Who is this amazing workout buddy? Madeline, of course.
Maddy has been joining me in the basement. Sometimes she plays, sometimes she rides her tricycle and sometimes she lines up next to me and tries to take part in my workout. Yoga with Maddy is hard. The cute is almost too much to take. She her little body to get into poses and hold them I have trouble actually paying attention to what I am supposed to be doing.
Today’s balance ball workout worked my smile muscles as much as the rest of my body. She just had to do all the moves mommy was doing.
Honestly, every workout with Maddy is not great. Some are hard. Very hard. Some days she is more interested in have a conversation with me while I workout than playing and she gets upset if I’m not actively paying attention as she would like. Some days she is more interested in playing around right where I am trying to lift weights or do a workout video than anything else. Some days she just doesn’t understand why she cannot do certain things and that certain things are off limits. She is 3 and not always the easiest person to be around right now. I keep hoping that consistently watching me take care of herself through exercise eating right and taking time for myself will help lead her down a healthy path as she begins to make her own decisions.
At the very least she can jump squat, warrior pose, jumping jack and overhead press building blocks like nobody’s business.
What are your favorite at home workout tips and tricks? Do you have any favorite video’s you think I should check out? Have you figured out ways to include your children in your exercise routine?