If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that you either:
A. workout at a gym and you’re thinking, “I doubt it!”, or
B. workout at home and you’re thinking, “That’s right, woman!”
Moms, I’m talking to you. If you think you need a gym membership to get into shape, you’re wrong. And that’s the only time I’ll ever tell anyone they’re wrong. Unless it’s my kid who thinks they’re smarter than me. 🙂
Don’t Go to the Cesspool
I don’t know why anyone would want to workout at a gym. Listen, I’ve been there and done that. I’ve done group exercise classes, I’ve swam, I’ve lifted, and I’ve done the cardio machines. I’ve even taught some of these things!
Now, some of these things I like — spin class, swimming and yoga for starters — but most of them are just time wasters. I’m not going to name names
treadmill because that might hurt some people’s feelings. And these days, everyone gets their knickers in a knot over the littlest thing.
But then again, some equipment and machines do have their time and place. For example, rehab. Beginners. Two examples.
Some people love group workouts. That’s all fine and dandy, but I just don’t get how you can leave your children in the child minding at the gym! Swap germs with other kids? No thank you! I’ll wait until they’re old enough to go to school so they can swap germs then. Legitimately!
And the other thing to think about before you leave your child in daycare is the mid-workout booty call. Ya know, to change a diaper. Not only do you have to walk farther than you do at home to get that taken care of, but you also just can’t pause your workout like you can at home.
OK, so how are home workouts so awesome?
Home workouts are awesome because you’re at home in your own cesspool of germs.
Sure, kids are still going to get sick and when they do, you don’t have to miss a workout. Maybe that’s a “pro” for gym workouts on your list, but for me, that’s a con. If I miss one, I’m going to have an easier time missing a second, third, fourth, and then a whole month goes by and I’d feel like I was back at the beginning. How discouraging!
If you buy equipment for a home gym, you don’t have to break the bank. I teach women to workout at home and some of the equipment the workouts require, most people already have! Do you have an exercise ball, a light-ish dumbbell, a skipping rope, and a piece of tubing? If not, all these things together would probably only cost you $40 at the most!
Add on a 20-25 pound kettlebell, depending on where you’re from, and it’s another 20 to 35 dollars.
With less than $100 of equipment, you can get stronger and more fit in the comfort of your home. I know, because I’ve done it.
The rest of the equipment I suggest is simple Do It Yourself stuff, made from things you already own.
The Bottom Line
Working out at home is cheap.
It’s germless. Well, other than your germs that you currently own.
It removes the excuses of sick kids. It removes a LOT of excuses, like you forgot your gym shoes or sports bra.
It saves you driving and diaper changing time.
And if you want to make it more of a social event, just turn on Facebook Live and ask your friends to join you!
Ha, I’m not serious, but I’ll have you know that you will have more time for a social life IF you choose to workout at home.
And by social life, I do mean playdates and walks to the park. Because being a Mom is more important than spending too much time and money at the gym.