At-Home Fitness Routine

Working out is a huge part of my life, and something I've always loved doing! You don't have to be a heavy weight-lifter or marathon runner to be fit. What you do need to do is create habits, and stick with it. Being a mom of two little girls, I don't have a ton of time to myself. The last 6 months, I have incorporated gym time into our schedule, but before then I did all of my working out at home.

To get some light cardio in, I always take walks around our neighborhood with the girls. We have a lot of hills, so I just try to power walk while pushing Thea's stroller for about 30 minutes. Building walks into our family routine has been something we have done since I was first pregnant with Lux over 5 years ago.

With each pregnancy, I have noticed a loss of muscle tone. I try to focus a lot on strength training to rebuild some of that lost muscle. I definitely do more lower body workouts, but also try to incorporate some arm exercises as well.

The internet and social media has made home workouts so much easier! When I want to find a new workout, I just find an Instagram video. I have also been big on Youtube lately. I love following fitness accounts, and watching their workouts. I will add some of their names at the bottom of this post!

We have home gym equipment in our basement now, but I mainly use a few things that anyone could easily get and keep in their own home!

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The first equipment I started out with was a pair of ankle weights! You can seriously find tons of workouts to do with these. I do almost all of my lower body workouts with these on. I have two pairs of these with different weights. Once the 5 lb pair became too easy, I stepped it up to the 10 lb pair!
Cory got me a kettle bell as one of my Mother's Day gifts a couple years ago, and I was so excited about it! Lol! There are so many ways to use them. I currently use the 10 lb one, and love doing kettle bell swings with it. 

I got a set of resistance bands for Christmas one year, and it made so much difference in my workouts. I keep a resistance band on (right above my knees) for all of my squats, deadlifts, kettle bell swings, hip thrusts, etc. If your normal workouts aren't doing as much for you anymore, use one of these. You won't be able to sit down the next day. 

So for the longest time I was neglecting my upper body. I was obsessed with trying to get a nice booty that I was completely ignoring my arms and back. I think I saw a few unflattering photos of myself and was not happy with how my arms looked. That is all it took for me to grab some weights and start training arms. I did not want bat wings! Haha! The goal for me was never to have massive biceps. I just wanted slim, toned arms and back. I use a variety of small weights, and also use my kettle bell sometimes too!

To train abs, I do mostly floor work. Honestly though, doing a ton of core exercises won't get you a 6-pack. Abs are made in the kitchen. You have to have a low-enough body fat percentage for them to appear. I usually do variations of standard crunches, twisting crunches, and lower ab crunches at the end of a workout. 

Okay, the last thing I want to talk about is a foam roller. Cory got one for Christmas, and now I'm hooked. I'm always stealing it and hoping he didn't take it to the fire station with him! The day after a hard workout, I love to roll out my muscle and stretch with this. It's also great before a workout when you want to get loosened up. I always pop my back on this as well. Ha! 

I hope this answers a lot of questions about home workouts! It can be done. You just have to fit it in your life somehow and make it a habit. I also want to add some of my favorite YouTubers that I've followed for years. I love their channels, and copy a lot of their workouts!

-Tammy Hembrow
-Heidi Somers
-Nikki Blackketter
-Robin Gallant
-Whitney Simmons


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