December 28, 2018
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I'm Mickie. I run One Strong Southern Girl from Small Town, TN. I love what I do. I want you to remember me because I helped changed your life.
Home exercise can be a challenge.
It’s all too easy to get sidetracked with life when you’re at home.
I mean, the kitchen, the kids and the laundry are all just feet away.
You can do this! But maybe you need to add a shot of adrenaline to the way you’ve been doing things so that your next home workout is irresistible.
Here are the best resources (tools) to help you create or remodel your home exercise routine into a rock-solid program that you’ll find easy and exciting to work into your daily schedule:
Now, let me explain how each one of these resources can help you with your exercise routine.
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Technology today makes it super easy to access a workout routine anytime and anyplace.
You have a bunch of options when it comes to finding home exercise workouts.
There are a ton of places to purchase videos or you can join in a live class (from your home gym).
Here are the best places to look for LIVE workouts:
*With On-Demand exercise services you sign up for a membership and then get access to hundreds of routines that you can do simultaneously with a class or play from a live taping. I highly recommend that you try out one of these options if you plan to do home exercise regularly. They’re worth the investment.
All 3 of these On-Demand options are available to stream to your laptop, desktop, mobile device, Ipad, etc.
Daily Burn has 1000’s of workouts to choose from in every fitness level.
The membership is free for 30 days and then $19.95/month after that.
Here’s how Daily Burn works:
Cathe Friedrich is a pro fitness instructor who’s been creating workouts for a long time.
She has an On-Demand service with hundreds of exercise routines that are for the intermediate to advanced exerciser.
You have two options with Cathe on Demand.
Here’s more information about Cathe on Demand:
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Beachbody on Demand has over 600 workouts from instructors you’ve seen on TV like Shaun T (The Insanity programs), Chalene Johnson (Turbo Fire and Piyo) and Tony Horton (from the P90X workouts).
You can find every style of workout on Beachbody on Demand—from yoga to weight training, as well as every fitness level—from beginner to advanced.
You can pair your Beachbody on Demand membership with a nutrition plan (this is called a Challenge Pack) but the regular BOD membership is $99/year after a free trial period.
The Fitness Blender website gives you free access to hundreds of workouts designed and lead by husband and wife personal trainers, Kelli and Daniel Segars.
You can pick your workouts based on your fitness level and goals.
Here’s what the founders of Fitness Blender say about their services:
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Don’t forget about You Tube when it comes time to plan your weekly workouts.
You might have to sort through a bunch of informercials but you can find decent workouts on You Tube.
Pro Tip–Find your workout on You Tube a day in advance. Otherwise, you’ll get sucked into the You Tube vortex and find yourself gazing at videos that have absolutely nothing to do with your workout or why you went there in the first place, and realize you just wasted your entire exercise time sitting in a chair (or on your sofa).
Until I discovered On-Demand exercise, I’d been buying exercise videos from Collage Videos.
They have a huge library of programs with almost every exercise video you’d be looking for (with the exception of Beachbody programs).
Pinterest is not just a place to find great recipes and how to DIY everything you plan to do to your house.
Pinterest has a TON of home workout ideas all typed out for you.
Some of the workouts are on printables that you can download and stick in a folder for your home gym.
You can even drill down to specific styles of exercises you want to do (or areas of the body you’re trying to target) with searches like:
Pro Tip: Follow me on Pinterest. I pin a ton of home workouts.
Don’t forget to look for reviews of exercise programs on my site before you buy them.
Just type in the workout you’re looking for in the search field:
I haven’t reviewed every exercise routine ever published but I’ve posted detailed reviews of several hundred programs so it’s worth your time to see if I’ve reviewed the one you’re interested in before you spend too much time or money on it (only to find out it’s not for you).
Pro Tip—Request a review*! Email me your request! I love suggestions from my readers!
I know, I know Amazon is taking over the world.
But you can’t deny the fact that Amazon has practically everything you’re looking for.
If you live in a rural area (like I do) then Amazon is a great place to go find exercise equipment for your home gym.
I can’t run to Target (*sad, I know*) or Dick’s Sporting Goods unless I want to drive for an hour so I buy a lot of my exercise equipment on Amazon.
Here are some of my recommendations for exercise equipment you should have in your home gym:
There are SO MANY options for apps and tech devices (heart rate monitors, Fit Bits, etc.) you can get that will help you with your home exercise routine.
Honestly, I find it overwhelming when I try and sort through which ones are good and which ones are a waste of time.
These two tech options are my favorites when it comes to my home exercise routine:
When you purchase Vi you get a pair of fancy headphones along with their services.
If you incorporate running into your home exercise routine then Vi is amazing.
Here’s what Vi is all about:
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Whereas Vi is for running, Aaptiv has a personal trainer for every kind of exercise style you can think of (running outside or on a treadmill, elliptical workouts, stretching, strength training and yoga).
I personally love the treadmill workouts.
And finally, I’ve saved what might be my favorite resource for home exercise for last.
The thing that always gets me excited to exercise is my workout clothing.
Wantable is the best solution to keep your workout wardrobe stocked with beautiful high-quality options.
There are a lot of services out there to get athletic clothes delivered every month but Wantable is my favorite.
Thanks for reading!
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