Summer is LONG GONE

but your motivation to stay fit does not have to be!

With the extra layers of clothes,

limited sun time and holiday stress…

Winter is one of the most difficult seasons to stay motivated in terms of fitness and health. With the extra layers of clothes, limited sun time and holiday stress….it’s no wonder the majority of folks gain anywhere from 5-15 lbs every year (and sometimes these pounds stick and the struggle to lose gets harder and harder).
 
Summertime was so much easier to get a workout in without even trying! Just chase kids around in the sun and you are one sweaty hot mess! 
 
Even as a personal trainer, working out in the Winter is a STRUGGLE. I would much rather curl up on the couch with a book or stay warm underneath the covers.

Fitness does not need to be in a gym

or in the latest spandex outfit!

 
After having twin boys I realized that fitness does not need hours and hours on end. Fitness does not need to be in a gym or in the latest spandex outfit. Fitness does not need to be pretty and fitness does not need to be like those commercials that you see plastered all over your screen.
 
For most of us, we do not have the time for all this time-consuming nonsense. We have *maybe* 20-30 minutes (if THAT) to knock something out and go about our business. Most of us (including me) do not have babysitters or daycare or even a helping hand. We have that small block of time where our children are happily playing with a toy or puzzle and that is when we MUST USE OUR TIME WISELY.

For goodness sake, STOP CLEANING! 

 
Forego the social media scroll. Pass the need to walk into the kitchen and stare into your fridge. For goodness sake, STOP CLEANING! Get your booty to that little space in your house where you can keep an eye on your little ones while still having enough room to jump around and GET TO WORK.
 
The journey may seem long and impossible to many, but if you do not START how will you ever know if it is possible? Imagine if you started a year ago? Imagine if you had stuck it out.

Set a timer for 5 minutes the first day and see how you feel.

Do what you can. Do what is available to you. Squats, lunges, pushups, running in place, jumping jacks, high knee marches, shoulder press, wall-sits….just do something. There’s a modification for everything! Set a timer for 5 minutes the first day and see how you feel.
 
The next time, try to go for 10 minutes! The next for 20. I stick with 20 and just increase the intensity as I go on! 20 minutes, 4 times a week is all I do to stay in shape and feel GOOD.

Stop aiming for perfection and just move.

 
It is true that working out boosts your mood. It is true that working out increases your energy levels (skip that coffee and get to squatting!). 20 minutes a day is all you need to lose weight, build and maintain strong muscles and bones, keep your BMI in check, lower your risk of tons of health-related illnesses, and so much more. Not to mention your children will have a wonderful example of a fit and healthy mom!
 
Stop aiming for perfection and just move. That’s my tip for today. You are worth it. You deserve a healthy body and mind. You deserve to feel good in your skin!

20 Minute Home Workout

Perform each workout for 1 minute and move onto the next!

4 rounds are all you need!

  1. Pushups (Modified to knees, chair or wall)
  2. Air Squats (Modified to yoga ball behind back against wall)
  3. Jumping Jacks (Modified to High Knee Marches)
  4. Walking Lunges (Modified to stationary lunges with balance support of wall or chair)
  5. Traditional Forearm Plank (Modified to on the knees)