With summer often comes a change of routine and a change of weather, calling for a new workout routine. I currently live in Arizona where it’s oppressively hot even in the early mornings. If you live in a hot climate, if you don’t have a gym membership, if you have children, if you have a busy summer or travel a lot, exercise can be tricky! Here are some resources that have been helping me. They meet the following criteria:
- Can be done while taking care of children
- Can be done in 30 minutes or less
- Can be done at a hotel if you’re traveling
- Require no equipment
- Will make you sore the next morning…aka THEY WORK
Maybe I live under a rock but I had never heard of this site until recently. A husband and wife team have created this fantastic resource and they have the purest intentions of helping people instead of just making a profit. You can search through hundreds of free workout videos and find the one that is just the right length and intensity. I love a good workout video because I can do it anytime, in the air-conditioned comfort of my home, and with my baby right beside me.
This HIIT workout is my current favorite because I can put my baby in her swing and give her kisses and attention during the 10-second rests. She also enjoys watching me jump around, so it’s win-win.
My sister who has four kids told me about these videos and I have really liked them. Lindsay Brinn has excellent workouts that are ideal during pregnancy or getting fit postpartum. There are a couple free ones on Youtube, and you can also see more by doing her free trial. I love this 10-minute one, because no matter how busy I feel, 10 minutes I can do.
3. Down Dog App
After those workouts, you might be really sore! I have downloaded this app on my ipad and I feel like it’s just like being in a live yoga class. It is very customizable, perfect for beginners, and I love how I feel afterwards. I think kids would like trying yoga alongside you!
Another resource that is very helpful but does requie some dumbells is this guide from Jen Reviews. It’s complete with helpful animations so you know exactly what to do! Perfect to pull up on your phone or computer for a really good workout with results!
Although doing workouts at home in front of a screen is convenient, it will never beat getting outside with real people in real life! A happy medium would be to invite a friend over to do these workouts with you. I believe the community that comes with a yoga or workout class is one of the best benefits—even more so than the actual workout.