If you had asked me at this time last year if it was possible to get and stay fit without going to the gym, I would have said, “No way!”
Before I got pregnant, I was a total gym rat, spending anywhere from 1-3 hours a day at the gym lifting weights and doing various forms of cardio. Even after I found out I was pregnant, I continued to go to the gym (probably too much at times) until the doctor told me to stop at 32 weeks. Even then, I refused to cancel my gym membership because I thought, “If I’m ever going to get back into shape, I’m going to need to get to the gym.”
Any delusions I had of being able to get to the gym went out the window when we brought our beautiful baby girl home. I barely had time to eat; how was I supposed to get to the gym?!
I had no choice but to adapt my routine. I had to find activities I could involve the baby in, and activities I could do here and there while she was sleeping. I started walking with the stroller just days after coming home from the hospital. It doesn’t sounds like much, but walking is one of the greatest forms of exercise – and everyone can do it!
Once I was able, I started doing workout DVDs in my living room. I like to do circuit training DVDs to get a good mix of cardio and strength training in a short amount of time. All I need is my 5- and 8-lb weights. I’ve started cycling through my DVDs – beginning a new workout series about every 4 weeks.
I’m also fortunate enough to have a Spinning bike in my basement. (I bought it on Craigslist for $175. Such a steal!) It’s great because I can hop on for a few minutes at a time whenever get a chance.
I’m happy to say that I have lost my pregnancy weight in 3 months and have regained significant muscle tone. I have far exceeded my own expectations about getting fit outside the gym!
So, here are my tips for getting fit without the gym:
- Get out and walk! (or hike or jog or run – whatever your preference) It’s not necessary to have your own bike or elliptical at home. All you need are some sneakers! Take a walk before breakfast, on your lunch break, or after dinner. Add some hills to your walk for en even better workout!
- Invest in some light dumbbells. All sports stores carry small dumbells from 1lb up. They are fairly inexpensive and worth the investment. Definitely cheaper than paying for a gym membership!
- Start a collection of workout DVDs. Do one for 4-6 weeks, and then move on to another. I’d recommend at least 3. You can do each one for a month, then start back on your first DVD with heavier weights for more of a challenge.
If I can get fit at home, you can too! 🙂