In the four months since becoming a mom, I’ve learned that the possibility of me getting a workout in is completely at the mercy of my baby’s willingness to let it happen. And I haven’t even considered the notion of getting to a gym yet… So I work out at home, often in my living room! Sometimes my baby is content to lay on the floor and watch me sweat, but other days I have to make the most out of one of her cat naps or even while holding her. While walking outside with her is always great exercise (and good stimulation for her brain) it is also important to me to get good cardio and toning exercises in too. I’ve found two great FREE workout video websites that I use on a daily basis.
The first free site is blogilates.com which is run by Pilates enthusiast Cassie Ho. I discovered her the year before I got pregnant and doing about 45 minutes of her videos a day helped me drop about 12 pounds in three months. Wohoo! Her videos are typically short (they average about 10 minutes) and focus on a particular body part. These are great because if you only have a little time you can still really work a specific muscle group and if you have more time, you can string several of her videos together for a full body butt-kicking!
My other favorite site is fitnessblender.com which features cardio HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts which help tone, but more importantly will sky-rocket your heart rate in no time helping you burn some serious calories! Their videos can last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, but since the exercises are on intervals, you will find that you have at least 10 seconds between exercises which can be enough time to pick up and calm a fussy baby before starting the next interval.
I’ve put together some of my favorite videos for you based on the amount of time they take. Some of the videos (particularly Cassey Ho’s) have long talking intros which I skip over and get straight to the workout to save time, so I suggest doing the same. So no matter if you have 5, 10 or 20 minutes to spare, you can still get in a workout! And if you find yourself with more time, do several of the videos for a longer workout!
(This one has a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down, but if you skip both, the core workout is 20 minutes long)