In my pre-baby days, I used to love the kind of workouts that were long and relaxed. Whenever I had a few hours to spare, I’d take my time and enjoy a casual jog around a new neighborhood or a lengthy bike ride to some eclectic coffee shop. Nowadays the one or two hours I have to “spare” are during baby’s nap time….which also doubles as time to clean, cook, do errands, and take a breather. So I’ve changed things up a bit.
As a mama, I’ve been gravitating toward workouts that are quick and efficient – usually 30 minutes or less. Call it Tabata, HIIT, interval training, whatever - I've been doing shorter, high intensity workouts lately and they have been awesome. I've lost my 32 pounds of pregnancy weight even with limited time for exercise. Aaaaand I have been able to exercise in my living room (bonus points) without any fancy equipment (BIG bonus points).
There are tons of apps, videos, and blogs out there with ideas for workouts, but mostly I like to come up my own workout routines based on what I feel like doing that day. I usually scribble my workouts on the back of a piece of junk mail with every intention of writing it somewhere more permanent, but I bet you can guess where they actually end up (and its not in some neat, organized folder). So I've decided to share them here instead. My workout from today is below, completed in 20 minutes during baby's nap.
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.