As many of you know, I started and finished my second Whole30 in January of this year. I completed my first one last September and ever since then I’ve been eating so much cleaner and healthier. It’s felt so good to fuel my body with the nutrition it needs (and none of that crap it doesn’t) but I knew their was still a very important aspect missing from my health and wellness routine. And it’s honestly the part that I have the most difficulty with. I can eat healthy, meal plan, and say no to doughnuts and cookies all day long, but when it comes to sticking to a workout routine the struggle is so very real. Along with my January Whole30, I decided to just wing it and start working out at home. No routine and no “this or that” on any specific day. I had no other expectations for myself other than to workout, move my body, and get it done. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with anything too specific because I know the second I start writing out a specific workout each day of the week in my planner that is when I’d rebel and give-up.
My biggest thing when it comes to working out? I do not want to spend a lot of money to do so. In fact, I refuse to. I’ve been working out almost daily since January and have maybe invested $50 into this. And that’s with buying new shoes and a few sets of weights. With my work schedule and Cory’s completely unpredictable work schedule with real estate and as a firefighter, I can’t plan to go to the gym basically ever, so I know a gym membership would be a complete waste of money. Plus, in the middle of this Wisconsin winter, there’s no way I’d want to venture out if I didn’t have to. My point is, you can work out and you can get in shape on the cheap. You don’t need some fancy, expensive program, you don’t need a gym membership, and you don’t need to spend $2,000 on a new treadmill. You literally just need a handful of things (including these Equate Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Towelettes for after your workouts) and you’ll be well on your way to some good, quality workouts.
You can thank me later.
1. Water Bottle: If you do anything before, during and after a workout, it better be to stay hydrated. I drink at least 5-6 water bottles per day and aim to drink my body weight in ounces daily. You don’t have to be a fish like me, but make sure you’re consuming enough water to hydrate your body to make it through your workout and to hydrate yourself to make it through the rest of your day/night.
2. Athletic Shoes: I have a pair of cross-trainers that I wear for when I’m lifting weights or just working on abs, but I did invest in a pair of running shoes since I’ve been doing more running this past month. I recommend doing your research and asking friends for recommendations before you settle on a pair if you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes. It took me forever to settle on mine, but I’m very happy with them. I bought them on-line with a gift card and only ended up paying about $13 out-of-pocket! Not bad, eh?
3. Equate Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Towelettes: Sometimes I workout at night after the kids are in bed and sometimes I workout early in the morning before the kids wake-up, but no matter what time I workout I’m always a sweaty disaster. I always keep these Equate Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Towelettes handy where I’m working out so I can quick cleanse my face, wipe off any make-up smudges and then head upstairs to shower. They’re so easy to grab, I always make sure they’re conveniently available in my little workout nook, they’re inexpensive, and I even have a second pack in my bathroom to use as part of my nighttime routine even when I’m not working out at night. I love that they’re fragrance free for my sensitive skin, they’re made with essential oils & 99% natural ingredients, and they can remove even the toughest makeup like waterproof mascara!! This little package of wipes is a lifesaver for me! You can find them easily in the cosmetic section at Walmart!
4. Hand Weights: I started with 3lb and 5lb hand weights I already had on hand from my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred days, but found that 5lbs was getting to be a little easy. So, I invested in a set of 8lb and 10lb weights and they have been my biggest investment in this fitness journey of mine. Weights aren’t cheap and I couldn’t find anyone trying to get rid of their used ones, so I hit-up Walmart and was crazy impressed by their fitness section! I can’t wait until I’m strong enough to upgrade to 15lb and 20lb weights! It’s a little spendy, but it’s definitely a worthy milestone to hit when you’re working on building your strength.
5. Workout Clothes: It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You could wear old sweatpants and your husband’s baggy t-shirt, who cares! That’s the best part about working out at home. You can literally wear whatever your comfortable in and don’t have to worry about wearing the latest and greatest workout gear because no one is going to see ya!
6. Headphones: When I run, I like to have music playing on my phone and earbuds in my ear. The faster paced the music is, the faster I run, and the more I enjoy my run. If you’re motivated by music, get yourself a comfy pair of earbuds if you don’t already have some. The ones that came with my phone hurt my ears and just don’t do the trick, but thankfully I had a comfy pair on hand! And if you’re wondering how in the heck I get a run in when I’m in Wisconsin in the middle of winter without a treadmill, I literally run laps in my basement. (Haha, seriously!) Thank goodness we have a huge basement and I can keep a decent pace while circling our family room and playroom/office space!
7. Yoga Mat: This pretty pink yoga mat has been with me through many years of workouts, but I think it’s honestly got the most use as of the last few months! When it comes to mountain climbers, planks, or any sort of ab workout where you’re on the floor, it’s a must for me to have a non-slip surface like a yoga mat to keep me from falling on my face. Simple as that!
8. Pinterest & YouTube are your friends: So you want to start working out, but you don’t know where to start? Hop on Pinterest or YouTube and you’ve entered a world of completely free workouts. I personally love the PopSugar Fitness YouTube channel. They have tons and tons of really great workouts that completely kick my butt! I’ve also found ideas for different workouts on Pinterest and then combined the different workouts I’ve found to create my own cardio, arms, legs, and abs workouts.
Bonus Splurge Item:
– A FitBit or Apple Watch to track your progress: Now this is an investment piece, for sure. I’ve worn my Apple Watch almost daily since Cory bought it for me for my birthday almost 1 year ago and find that it’s super motivating to see the calories I’ve burned in a workout and it’s been a great tool to track my workouts as well. Is this a necessity? Absolutely not, but if you figure in the amount of money you’re saving by not having a gym membership or a crazy expensive elliptical or treadmill, you may be able to afford the splurge!
See what I mean, now? You really don’t need anything too fancy to get the job done. Just get your body moving, learn some fun workout moves, challenge yourself, and have fun. It doesn’t have to be anything serious, it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and it doesn’t have to be boring! I always tell myself, especially on the days when I don’t feel like getting off the couch to workout, that “it always feels better when it’s done.” And with those endorphins, that is the case 100% of the time!
What items do you use to workout at home?