Moms in any season can do at home workouts, for free. As a mom of 5, I’ve been using at home workouts instead of a paid gym membership to help me stay fit while raising my kids. I’ve been able to lose pregnancy weight, develop strength for the physical side of motherhood, and set a healthy example for my kids, thanks to at home workouts.
Did you know there’s free workout videos on YouTube any mom can do in their own home? While struggling with healing a running injury, I decided to do a search on YouTube for workout videos and came up with a fantastic channel, Pop Sugar Fitness. With workouts targeting different areas of the body for a variety of times (10 – 50 minutes), I can put together 30 minutes of fun workouts or go with a complete workout right in my kitchen.
I’ve been struggling with my weight since I stopped running in the fall to allow my hip to heal. My hip had started bothering me shortly after I finished my first half marathon in June; I couldn’t seem to get it to heal properly. I was so frustrated.
Even though I’m not a natural runner, I love running. I love the feeling I get after a run, especially a long run. But a series of injuries starting with a severe ankle sprain have frustrated my enjoyment of running. I couldn’t be the fit, healthy mom ready for anything.
I realized first I needed to track what I was eating to ensure I was making the right choices. Using the Erin Condren Wellness Journal has helped me get a handle on my eating since the middle of January. I have a sweet tooth. If I avoid sweets and stick to proteins, fruits, and vegetables, I feel better and don’t crave sugar. I’m not tracking calories, just writing down what I eat at each meal and recording the amount of water I drink daily.
PopSugar Fitness Videos on YouTube
Once I drop the kids off at school, I head home and get in my workout before blogging or any other activities for the day. Since I need to strengthen my core, my abs, my legs, and my hips for running while rebuilding my running base, I created a workout schedule alternating between running days and strengthening days.
To prevent injury while rebuilding my running base, I run for 3 to 4 minutes, walk for 2 minutes, rinse and repeat on my treadmill. Yes, the treadmill can be boring, but…I can avoid injury myself outside. I can also count my steps to make sure I’m running properly.
Thanks to our Smart tv in the kitchen, I have a wealth of YouTube videos for cardio, abs, core, and strengthening without spending money on a gym membership. I only lack a workout partner, though I text my dh, who is also working on getting in better shape, when I’m finished my workout.
My favorite channel is the PopSugar Fitness channel on YouTube. They have a range of videos depending on time constraints and needs. When I don’t want to think about planning a workout, I choose a 30 minute or 40 minute video. When I want to push myself, I can put together 4 or 5 10-minute videos. On my running days, I warm up with a 10 minute cardio video, hit the treadmill, and come back for 10 more minutes of cardio and 10 of abs/core.
My Favorite At Home Workouts
I’ve been using these PopSugar Fitness videos for almost 7 weeks; I found the Jillian Michaels one last week. I credit these videos with my increased strength and my slow loss of weight.