Workout Without Leaving the House

It’s starting to get cold out. And it’s dark – a lot of the hours in the day. In these days, going for a run or getting to the gym isn’t always an option.

For those moments, I keep a workout routine handy that can be done without any equipment, is an adjustable length for whatever my schedule can accommodate, kicks my tail and is somewhat enjoyable (I swear intervals make workouts faster.)

So here it is. In case you’re trapped indoors by cold weather, traveling for the Holidays and away from your gym, or have limited time in between Holiday parties, this at home workout has saved me many times when everything else, except my commitment to myself, falls through. Continue reading

Why I follow Jessica Alba’s Workout Rules and Break Jillian Michaels’

There are some pros and cons about being a first born rule follower. Con: I can be predictable. Pro: I can set my own rules around things I want / know I need to do and then I have to do them because as a rule follower, I am obligated.

Over the years, I have created a series of rules about working out. Some follow Jessica Alba (i.e. 1 and 5), while some (like #5) contradict Continue reading

Winter Workout Essentials: New Year Workout Routine

When it comes to working out, the seasons have always been constant. After Halloween, the days get noticeably darker. After Thanksgiving, the days get noticeably colder. After New Years, there is no escaping the coldness and the darkness, unless I head inside to the gym.

The outdoors, with its green trees, blue skies and sunshine, is so much sexier than the gym. In the winter, enjoying these outdoor sights becomes elusive with its 14 hours of daily darkness. The winter is also temperamental with snowstorms, wind chills of -5 and ice.

On the other hand, the gym is the good guy your parents want you to marry. Continue reading

How Setting Low Goals Keeps Me Running

Saturday morning, as soon as I got out of bed, I put on my running clothes – even my running shoes (Trick #1, more below). I was ready to go!

Except outside it was cloudy and misting rain. It looked chilly. I’ll just have a cup of coffee, then I’ll go – I told myself.

Coffee made. But these little boys. They’re so cute. I’ll go after they finish playing.

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