Category Archives: At Home Workouts

Staying Motivated to Workout

Hello everyone and Happy Friiiiiday!!

I don’t have much new to report on our front. We are currently gearing up for Miss C’s first week of preschool, omg!! {It’s only 2 half days, but it’s a big step for her and us}. I’ll try not to cry in front of her and am looking forward to some one on one time with Donovan! I already have her first day of school outfit picked out, lol. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing some pictures of course!

As you probably already know, exercise has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up playing sports so it’s normal for me to “go workout.” my body has changed and I can’t play multiple intense soccer games each week like I used to. Today I’m sharing some of my tips for staying motivated to workout.

Try Something New

If you don’t look forward to your workout, you are going to find any excuse to NOT workout. If your routine is feeling stale, switch things up! There are so many boutique fitness studios, gyms, group exercise classes and online workouts these days it’s actually overwhelming! I keep hearing about Orange Theory, so that’s on my list to try out soon!

Get a Workout Buddy

Grab a friend, significant other, or family member to workout with you or even virtually. The last few months I’ve been hardcore keeping up with the Tone it Up Plan. Each week, I print out the schedule and fit in the workouts when I can. I used to be a big gym person, but with the two little ones at home, that’s just not feasible. I squeeze in a workout during naptime or after bed….and sometimes they join me!

 

Have Something to Train For

This doesn’t mean you need to sign up for a triatholon. Set a goal to train for an upcoming vacation, a work event or buy yourself a new pair of shoes after one month of a consistant routine. You get it, be creative here. I do want to get back to half marathon training and am considering a race early 2018. For now, I’m trying to keep up with teaching Strides and Pop Pilates classes as well as maintaining a consistent routine.

Wear Something Comfortable

You want to feel good while you workout so keep that in mind when choosing your exercise attire. I live in my athleisure clothes these days so comfort is a priority! Also, my tip for staying motivated to workout, along with few others, was featured in a recent graphic. Check it out below!

 How fun is this?

While of course I don’t have personal experience wearing boxer briefs (lol), but I’m thinking this will be a PERFECT gift for the man in your life! Hello early Christmas shopping! My husband NEVER shops for himself and I’m eyeing these boxer briefs for him.

A little bit about The Tommy John company & Creator:

Fixing things” doesn’t mean tugging at your crotch or pulling up your socks again. It means finding a solution to this age-old problem, once and for all. It means understanding how men move, combining innovative fabric technologies and tweaking the fit down to the placement of the last stitch. Tom made this task his mission.
That’s why he quit his job and started Tommy John. With the support of his wife, Erin, a local tailor and a small team of designers, Tom re-imagined the fit, feel and function of man’s most fundamental layers. He built and patented new features from scratch. The result? Shirts that stay tucked, socks that stay up and underwear that keeps everything in place, whichever way a man moves

You can follow Tommy John on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter Pinterest and even You Tube

What motivates you to workout? Please share in the comments below!

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Post Turkey Burn Workout

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

I loved scrolling through social media and seeing everyone’s gorgeous family pics!I know I overate yesterday {which I don’t regret at all}, however, a good sweat sesh is what I need to give my body a little reset.

Given this weekend is busy with holiday shopping and spending time with family, I wrote up a quick workout you can all squeeze in between all those activities!

Perform each exercise for 1 minute and repeat the circuit 2-3x through.
{Enjoy the burpee push-ups!}

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Barre at Home in 10 Minutes

Hello there!

Today I’m coming at you with a quick at-home barre workout. Those of you with you kiddos know that some days all you have is 10 minutes. I love being able to get out of the house and making it into the studio for class, but I also like the option of doing something at home-even if it is for 10 minutes!

It’s almost impossible to get some alone time at home- so C & D are helping me out with the mini photo sesh! 🙂

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The lovely people from SimplyWorkout sent me the “You Had Me at Barre Shirt” as well as my sticky socks! {these are so lightweight I’ve been wearing them around the house lately). My pants are Beyond Yoga (my favorite) from last winter.

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How do you squeeze in a workout at home?

Please share in the comments below!

At-Home Prenatal Exercise

Hey all!

I hope everyone has had a great week and weekend! We had a long weekend over here since my hubby had Monday off from work, yay! It’s always nice to get that extra day with him and I know he enjoys the extra time with Charlotte too. We hung out at home and relaxed for the most part, which was much needed.

We did accomplish one thing this weekend though……we finished watching “Making a Murderer.” EVERYONE was talking about this so of course we had to tune in. I don’t want to say much about it so I don’t give anything away, but if you have Netflix you should tune in. We were hooked!

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We also spontaneously went out to dinner together one night since we both didn’t feel like cooking or thinking up what to get from the store.

There is a small Tex-Mex restaurant super close to home that we’ve actually never been to yet, so I’m glad we finally tried it out. We’ll be back! Kid Friendly, Good Food, TV’s, and the hubby thoroughly enjoyed his Margarita. I’ll get to try one this summer. 🙂

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Charlotte had a good time too! 🙂

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Now that I am 22 weeks along, I can definitely feel my energy is back to normal. Hooray! This means I can be more consistant about my workout routine each week.  I never fully feel like myself if I can’t get in some sort of workout.

I just finished a continuing education course for my Stroller Strides instructor Certification on Exercise during Pregnancy, and it continued to highlight how important it is to stay active. (of course, you always need to get approval from your doctor). In a nutshell, if there are no complications during your pregnancy there is no reason you should stop exercise. Actually you are encouraged to be active “most days of the week.” Love it! If you would like to review the ACOG guidelines, follow this link.

Each week I try to get in 4-5 workouts, which isn’t drastically different from my norm.  Lately I have been doing 2-3 days of a strength workout (either barre or something else) and 2 days of long walks (no more running for me, waaaaaa). Besides how great of a workout Pure Barre is, I also really like being able to get out of the house and focus on just me for an hour. Of course things come up, so I can’t always make it to the studio. So I need to have some at home options.

I used both of these DVD’s last year when I was pregnant and really enjoyed them.

The Slim and Toned DVD was great for arms and thighs and Suzanne does a great job slowing the workout down and gives lots of explanations throughout.

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One of the reasons I really like the Tracy Anderson DVD’s is that there is a new workout for each month, so it doesn’t get boring. Her moves are similar to Pilates and Barre type exercise so it’s also a great low impact workout.

She does do A LOT of seat work and if that isn’t your jam then you may not like the DVD’s. My favorite part of her workouts are the arm segments.

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And that’s all I have here, thanks for stopping by!

What are your favorite prenatal workouts?

Do you prefer to workout at home or in a gym/studio?

Please Share in the Comments Below!

The 10-Rep At Home Workout

Well, to say I have been slacking off on my blogging is an understatement. Yikes. I swear I will get back on a more regular schedule soon! But in the meantime, I’m sharing a quick at home workout with you lovely people!

This is something you can easily squeeze in before all of the Halloween festivities…..And no exercise is greater than 10 repetitions! Can’t go wrong!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

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What are your Halloween plans?

Did you get in any workouts this weekend?

~M

10 Minute Legs

Hi all and Happy September!!

I’m coming at you today with a NEW at home workout focusing on the legs. I thought it would be perfect for the long weekend as many of us will be traveling and not have access to a gym. No equipment required and this one will also get your heart pumping! 🙂

FYI: Legs are a large muscle group, which equals a greater calorie burn.

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I can’t believe Labor Day is upon us. It really doesn’t feel like summer should be over with. {Mostly since it’s still in the 90’s here}. I am looking forward to the temperatures cooling down a little bit, but I’m in no way ready for winter, bleh.

Fall is my favorite season and especially in Seattle ~ the crisper air, leaves falling, pumpkin lattes, and wearing boots. I can’t even imagine wearing boots anytime soon, so I will continue to enjoy my tank top, shorts, and flip flops for the time being!

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Yep, that would be me! {And yes, I am wearing yoga pants}

Have a great long weekend friends!

~Marielle

Do you have any Labor Day plans?

What is your favorite season?

 

10 Minute Barre Arms

Hello, hello!

Today I wanted to share a quick at home arm workout! Since I can’t make it to a workout class everyday, I’ve been doing quick routines that can be done in between Charlie’s naps.

You all know how much I love barre workouts so naturally this is a barre inspired routine. It doesn’t take long to get that burn! 🙂

Use 3-5# weights and perform 1-3x through

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Below are some detailed exercise explanations.

Side to Side Dips- Perform a regular dip but tap your bottom side to side as you are bending and straightening your arms.

Double Front Raises

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Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and your arms are straight. Raise arms up to shoulder height and lower back down to things. Make sure the movement is slow and controlled. *To increase the challenge, add some pulses when your arms are raised at their highest point.

Bicep Curls

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Arms are in a wide V position with elbows lifted off your body. Perform a tiny bend and straighten of your arms.

Arm Circles

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Relax the upper shoulders and perform tiny circles forward and back.

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With your arm straight at your side perform a tiny lift up and up.

Plank With Hip Rocks

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Alternate dipping hips side to side while in plank.

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Totally off topic, but who’s watching the Bachelorette and what are your thoughts now that it is nearing the end?! I have been feeling a little blah about this season…and I mean, really the show has been on long enough. Yet I still watch it and my husband complains. I don’t really LOVE any of the guys but Shaun seems like a good guy. We’ll see how it ends.

My all time favorite season was the Jason, Melissa & Molly season….gosh was that 5 years ago or more??  Funny enough, I met Molly at a Pure Barre event in Seattle a few years ago…she was so nice and sweet!! And that my friends is how I tie in the Bachelor and Barre. Boom!

THE BACHELORETTE - ABC's hit romantic reality series, "The Bachelorette," kicks off its 11th season continuing the surprises of this season's "Bachelor" with the biggest one of all: there will be two Bachelorettes. One is Kaitlyn, the gorgeous, fun-loving, warm-hearted, but irreverent firecracker who let down her guard only to have her heart crushed. Who will the men prefer? Eventually, only one woman will be left to hand out the final rose. “The Bachelorette” returns to ABC, premiering MONDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

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Do you watch reality tv?

What are your favorite shows?

~M