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As a working full time out of the home, blogging on the side, mom and wife I don’t have the time for the gym. I mean, in all honesty, I could make the time, I did for a while – I woke up at 4:50 and went to the gym before anyone else in my house was even awake.
The problem? I was tired AF. All the time. I couldn’t keep it up. I couldn’t put in the work, but I desperately wanted the results. I wanted to fit back into my clothes after baby and I was just, so close. I could taste it. There had to be another way.
So I did what any other person does, I plopped down on the couch with a box of Oreo’s while I surfed Pinterest for at home workouts to get the results I wanted.
When that failed. I know, you’re surprised. I started thinking of other ways, there had to be other ways. So here it is, the 4 things I do to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay fit without stepping foot in the gym.
One. Obtain a Fitness Tracker
I got a FitBit Charge HR. I got it for a steal because the new HR was coming. It was the best choice I could have made to start a healthier lifestyle. I highly recommend downloading the app for your smartphone as well. I track everything about my day in the app. I track my water intake and my calorie intake (more on that later). I also set goals for how many stairs I want to do in a day and of course, how many steps I will take. You can also track calories burned, your weight, and your sleep. And every week I get an email that sums up my week, step counts, goals met, etc. It’s a great way to keep yourself accountable. And if you’re anything like me (competitive) you can compete with others who have a fitbit.
Two. Plan and eat nutritious meals
My nights and mornings are a haze. I prep everything for the next day the night before to try to help with the haze, but I always ended up leaving myself for last and running out of time. Then I started substituting my meals and things changed. Breakfast and lunch are now replaced by shakes and my life is a billion times easier. I now avoid the lunchtime run to subway or the pizza house downstairs. I am getting the calorie intake I need, but not all the extra crap I don’t. The focus is on a healthy dinner, which is prepared over the weekend and cooked quickly that night.
Three. Drink plenty of H2O
Drink lots of water. All day. According to an article on Mayo Clinic, the Institute of Medicine has determined that men should intake approximately 3 liters while women need approximately 2.2 liters. My daily goal is 75 ounces (which is just about 2.2 liters).
Yes this plan involves physical activity. You can’t be fit and active without movement. But since I don’t have time for the gym, I find it in other ways (including some of the Pinterest at home work outs that failed in the past).
Stairs. My daily goal for flights of stairs is 30. Yes 30. Since the fitbit only counts when you go up, that means I go up and down 60 times a day! To accomplish this, I always pick the stairs. ALWAYS. I may work on the first floor of the building, but I park my car at the top of the parking garage and take the stairs. I get them in anyway.
Steps. The suggested daily goal is 10k. I sit at a desk all so getting 10k steps in can be difficult. I get up every hour at work and do my minimum 250 steps. At lunch I since I have a shake, I can have my lunch and get my steps in. I also walk the dog around the pond at our complex twice a day.
Mild work out. In addition to the steps and stairs, I do a little more. I do a few additional activities to focus on particular areas of my body. For instance, I do this workout here every night before bed. Because I want to work on my butt, which I sit on all day. No flat booty here!
Weekend warrior. We are always doing things on the weekend, and now that the weather is getting nicer we are spending more and more time outside. We are fortunate that we can walk to the local playground. We also have a season pass to the state parks, which gets used near every weekend (since there is one 2 miles from our house). We walk the loop around the lake there. We go on mini day hikes. Or just get in extra laps around the pond in our neighborhood at home. The weekend is when we get most of our physical activity in and we do it as a family.
I’d love to hear what you do to stay active in place of going to the gym. What tricks have you picked up? What at home workouts do you do?
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not even a certified personal trainer. These are just the steps that I take to live a healthier life. Please consult your doctor before making any serious changes to your diet or physical activity.