Between being a mother and a person with some back issues, working out at home has become a necessity of mine.
When Jude was born, going to the gym quickly became a thing of the past because of nursing and the fact that we were a one-car household. There just wasn’t the time!
And on top of that, for a number of years, I had bouts of my back “going out” for several days at a time.
That’s when I realized I needed to take matters into my own hands.
I started finding some great yoga videos on YouTube to help me gain better flexibility, which in turn helps my muscles to lengthen and get the look I like for my body type.
When I’m working out at home I like to either follow one of their videos or do some light tension band/dumbbell reps. It’s enough to keep my muscles from depleting in between harder workouts.
As of this year, I have now joined a gym because I love the option of classes, and the only way I can continue running (which I love) is to use a treadmill, so as to not hurt my back.
But when I’m pressed for time, or just don’t want to deal with the crowds, I stay home.
One of my favorite investments recently was an ab mat that I bought from Amazon.
It helps to protect my back so I can strengthen my core. And you can’t really work on one without using the other, so this is great!
I discovered it when I was doing CrossFit classes, and it has really helped me to safely do sit-ups without straining my sciatic nerve.
The most important thing I’ve taken away from this challenge is the reminder that no matter what, I’m doing something good and healthy for my body.
It doesn’t have to be hard core every workout. And you have to start somewhere.
Going from working out six days a week to nothing for over four years—and now back into some working out has been a roller coaster.
But I try to be gentle with myself and remember that life happens and I can’t get back to where I was overnight.
It may take me some time, but I’m committed to loving myself and my body and to taking care of me as best I can.
That means starting small and building a new foundation and (healthy) habits!
You can do it, too!