Getting in a "Good Sweat"

I am one of those people who loves to workout—I actually enjoy being exhausted and sore after a hard workout.

I also love the sense of community that you find during a good workout. Over the years, I’ve met some of my closest friends at the gym, including my husband!

When we moved to Nashville, one of the first things that we did was find a gym, and sure enough, some of our closest friends here are people we met there.

A group of us gym friends—including Damaris, Chris (my husband), myself, and two of our closest friends, J.P. + Kevin.

A group of us gym friends—including Damaris, Chris (my husband), myself, and two of our closest friends, J.P. + Kevin.

I still love going to the gym, but when I can’t carve out enough time, I still want to get a good sweat in.

So I have been trying out some at-home workouts, including a 21-day yoga challenge, and a series of barre videos.

The thing that has been working for me lately are workouts from a fellow blogger I follow, Juli Bauer. The workouts always give me a good sweat, and can be done in a naptime or less.

And I am able to modify things depending on what I have at my house, such as subbing a step board for my stairs in this workout.

The great thing about doing something active at home is that it gives me more time with my family. But it also allows me to carve out some “me time,” which is so important.

Another great benefit to working out at the house is the baby sees good habits of health and self-care.

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After a week of doing Juli’s workouts, I feel stronger and motivated to keep going. It really is good for my mental state to do workouts daily. One of my favorites is the following high-intensity interval burner…

6 rounds of 40 seconds on, 20 seconds rest:

  • floor to shoulder kettlebell swings

  • 5 step jump into fast feet (I subbed step jumps into fast feet on the stairs)

  • double kettlebell swings

  • forward and back step down lunges

*I also added banded high pulls & banded curls

A little side note—while I was in the middle of the workout, one of my smoke detectors went out, and my mom captured a photo of me carrying around a chair to change out the battery…I consider that the cardio portion of my workout!

Why is there no easy way to figure out which detector battery is beeping?!?

 

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