Fitting in a daily workout is a habit that I’ve recently been able to nail down (finally!). I used to struggle to find the time and energy to get my lazy bum out of bed and break a sweat in the morning. But ever since I started waking up at 5 am on weekdays and 6 am on weekends (I know – ungodly hours – but so worth it!), the only challenge left has been figuring out what exercises to do. Getting out of the house to attend a £20-a-pop Pilates class used to be an option but taking the tube to the studio in the morning during the dead of winter is no fun and disastrous to my bank account. After a lot of searching, I think I’ve found a decent roster of workout plans that are easy to do at home or at the gym (I’m cheating because our place has a gym for residents and it’s just a 2-minute walk from our flat). These take about 30-45 minutes to do so I have enough time to get ready for work and tend to the kids every morning before heading off to work at around 8 am. Here they are in no particular order:
I’ve been obsessed with Melissa’s workout videos for about a year. She uses slow and steady movements but they’re killer! I always feel the burrrrn and they’re intense. I began seeing results quite quickly, considering the workouts aren’t traditionally “hardcore.” I always look forward to doing her workouts and never dread them. The only other routine that does that for me is Pilates on the reformer. Her videos last 20-45 minutes and are perfect for doing at home. I bought some props like ankle weights, hand weights and resistance bands but they’re pretty easy to store and to bring along when travelling. She uploads one new workout video a week and 12 videos are always available on her site if you subscribe. For $10 a month, her workouts are a steal!
I’ve tried several yoga apps before but I never really enjoyed them. Alo Moves classes are pretty challenging so they keep me interested. Plus, while most other apps use voiceovers while a “model” does the movements, Alo Move’s instructors are really good and conduct the classes themselves, which makes the sessions more engaging. I’m in the middle of the Thirty30 series, which are 30-minute classes focusing on strength and I must say, I haven’t been this sore in so long. Not bad for yoga!
3. Sweat app
I’ve been doing Kayla Itsines’ BBG (Bikini Body Girl) workouts on and off since 2014. Though I’m not the biggest fan of HIIT, her workouts are really effective. I tend to switch to this app when I get bored of Pilates and yoga (which, I must say, very rarely happens). There are options for workouts with minimal equipment (BBG) and a programme with weights meant to be done in the gym (BBG Stronger). If I want a good sweat session and get high on endorphins, then it’s BBG for me.
What are your favourite daily workouts?