The Best Youtube Channels and Apps for Home Workouts

I've put together a list of some of the best fitness youtube channels and apps to help you get in shape at home (or wherever)! In to yoga? Zumba? 10 minute workouts? There is a little something for everyone here. 

I love youube workouts if I need an added dose of motivation (it's like having an instructor with you). It's also great to have a live example so you can really see how a movement is done (and you can check your form!). 

Youtube Channels

Yoga with Adriene: I love this channel! She has short workouts, more intense sequences, 20 day challenges, yoga for stress or relaxation....a little yoga for everyone. 

Popsugar Fitness: A ton of different cardio workouts as well as beginning strength training and shorter ab specific workouts. 

Blogilates: The cute Cassie is an upbeat instructor and she has videos for body-specific workouts, high intensity workouts, as well as a stretching series. 

BeFit: Everything from 10 minute workouts to yoga and longer HIIT workouts. 

The Live Fit Girl: She uses basic equipment (like most of the things in this post) for killer pilates workouts. 

Health & Fitness Apps

Sworkit: all types of workouts that you can do anywhere. They have stretching, yoga, cardio, and strength workouts and include videos so you can follow along. 

Couch 2 5k: This popular program helps prep you for a 5k starting from square 1! 30 minutes per day, 3 days a week for just 8 weeks and you will be running your first 5k! 

Pocket Yoga: take your yoga practice anywhere. 

Headspace: Not a workout app, but great for your health! Headspace helps you learn to calm your mind and meditate in a super simple way. 

Nike Training Club: NTC is one of the OG fitness apps. It has a ton of different workouts created by trainers with a timer and video all in one. 

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10 ways to make time for fitness as a new mom (plus five FREE workouts you can do anywhere)

When I was pregnant I thought to myself, oh as soon as I get the okay from my doctor at my 6 week check, I will be back to working out. LOL. Even though I was pretty fit throughout my pregnancy, and very fit before I got pregnant, it took me months to get back to working out. And honestly, looking back I probably wouldn't change anything. I spent my time with my daughter and husband, and in my down time I took care of other things or I slept. Oh I also started this business haha.

disclaimer: remember to listen to your body. If you need sleep, then sleep. If you feel up to moving then get moving! Exercise is meant to make your body feel good. 

making time for fitness

Eventually I started to crave working out again. I missed the alone time. I missed the endorphin high. I missed taking care of my body and feeling confident in my skin. I remembered how much I NEEDED those endorphins to feel good (see this post for my postpartum anxiety story). Working out seriously helps my anxiety. 

I know that being a mom is tough and everyone is juggling a million things at once. But when you think about it, your family kind of depends on you to run, right? That means you need to be functioning right for everything else to run smoothly! Do you ever have those days where you are just lagging and everything seems to fall through the cracks. You don't feel your best, and everything else is suffering? When you are feeling 100% you can give 100%.  You deserve to take care of yourself so you can better take care of everything else.

You know your health is important right? Without your health, none of that other stuff will get done. You owe it to yourself to spend a little while each day doing something for YOU! 

 

10 tips to help a busy mom fit in exercise

  • Three 10 minute bursts can be as effective as a longer workout. Don’t be afraid to fit in small workouts when and where you can- even a quick workout in your baby's room while they play, in the backyard, or at the park- get creative and do what you do best- multitask ;) 
     
  • Walking counts! Walking is one of the best exercises you can do- it’s a double win if you are walking your dog or pushing a stroller (or both). Head to the park and the whole family will be happy

  • When the babies are sleeping…. Getting up before the kids wake up, using nap time, or bedtime to exercise. (But if you are over tired/ exhausted then SLEEP mama.) Keep in mind that spending a few minutes exercising actually increases your energy levels. Don't believe me? Try it!  

  • Slow progress beats an all or nothing mindset. Start slow. This week do one workout, next week do 2 workouts, add in a little walking...healthy lifestyle change is all about slow changes. Going all out cardio bunny- crossfitter- gym queen will just burn you out! Think of it this way...if your child was learning a new skill or habit, you would never expect them to have it right on the first try let alone be perfect. Give yourself the same grace. You are learning how to balance this crazy #momlife! 

  • Accountability...friends, workout classes, or a coach are great ways to keep you motivated and doing what you promised you would. It's way easier to flake on yourself than your friends! (p.s. I just started offering 90  minute and 4 week coaching sessions, in addition to my standard 12 week package. Let me know if I can help you!)

  • A fitness tracker. I love my fitbit! It helped me stay active during the cold winter (read about that here). Compete with others or do challenges yourself. Set a goal and work toward it each day. I never would have imagined how much my fitbit would motivate me to MOVE. 

  • Use your baby as part of the workout! Put the baby in a seat in front of you and let them watch. Sing to them, do jumping jacks, squat jumps, etc. to entertain them, give them a smooch during push ups and burpees, etc. If your little one is older, get them involved. Use the attached body workout and let your child choose the number of reps, use a dice to mean different exercises, etc. Just get them involved and it will be easier for everyone ;) If you're little one can't stand to be put down, put them in a wrap or front back and go for a walk or hike or use the added weight to make your squats and lunges a little tougher! 

  • Fit4Mom- I recently joined stroller strides to get in a fun workout and meet other moms. They have more intense programs too (body back, etc.) I highly recommend it- check to see if this program is available in your area! 

  • Body weight workouts at home. Check out this post for a few ideas for home workout equipment. If you don't have time to hit the gym, you can still get a good workout at home! 

  • Two words. Gym Childcare. If you need some alone time- go do a workout then go stretch and enjoy some blissful silence for a few minutes (until someone comes to fetch you to change a poopy diaper...lol). 

And of course, changing habits is easier said than done, but I firmly believe  we can all spare 20 minutes here or there for a quick burst of endorphins. You deserve to feel good in your skin, mama. 

 

And to make things easier, I planned out your workouts for the week! Click below to download 5 FREE bodyweight workouts. (if you have any questions about the movements, just type them into youtube!)

Bodyweight Workout

I’m a BIG fan of bodyweight workouts these days. I am not currently working out at a gym, so my workouts include  things like spin bike workouts, walks, body weight circuits, yoga, stroller strides, etc. and with bodyweight workouts you get a lot of bang for your buck. Strength + cardio in 30 minutes or less. Boom. These are also a great option if you are on vacation, you just can't make it to the gym, etc. 

There are a ton of body weight workouts online. If you plan on going this route (which again, I highly suggest), be aware of any injuries you may have. Bodyweight workouts tend to include lots of squats and jumping, so be careful if your knees are bad! In addition to injuries, be aware of how your body has healed after child birth. It's normal to feel like your abs are weak or you hips are out of whack, etc. Make sure you have the okay from a doctor before starting to workout again! 

Also- If you can only do a couple per week, then it’s no big deal if they are full body workouts (like the one below). However, if you plan on doing a bodyweight workout 3+ times  per week, then split up upper and lower body workouts so your muscles have time to rest and repair before working it again.

Here’s one of my favorite full body workouts.

20 Squats
1 minute Plank
35 Jumping jacks
10 Lunges -each leg (to take it to the next level do jumping junges)
10 Tricep dips (do this on a stable chair with your feet on the floor- video example here)
35 Mountain climbers

Repeat 3-5 times and cool down! 

 

 

Home Gym Equipment for Every Budget

Since my daughter was born I've been working out at home, and I've surprisingly grown to love it. I just can't beat the convenience and it is definitely possible to get a great sweat in at home. 

Below I’ve shared equipment for all budgets to create your own set of home gym gear. I've set it up so that you can start with the first items and slowly build up a nice little set up. All of it is pretty compact, so you don't need a lot of space. I also went through the products that were a middle range price and had excellent reviews on amazon, but most of these items you can get anywhere. 

Stick to the basics!

There are soooo many gimmicky products available for home workouts. Don’t waste your money on items that serve only one purpose! I stick with the basics here and suggest using items that are good for multiple exercises. Next week I’ll be sharing a ton of exercises you can do with this equipment.

I start with a mat. It's an essential for everyone because with it you can workout anywhere. You can take it outside and get a workout while your kids are playing or workout in any room of the house without sliding around. There are mats at all price points, but I would avoid buying a super cheap ones because they fall apart and don’t keep you in place! If you are doing something like hot yoga however, you definitely want to invest in a higher end product to keep you from slipping. 

Workout bands. These up the ante from simply doing bodyweight workouts and give you a good resistance workout without needing free weights. There are exercises you can do for each body part with bands…. A lot of bang for your buck! From there you can move on to weights (medicine ball, kettle bells, and dumbbells) using whichever you like most. 

(*note: the prices I have listed may be different than on the amazon link because they are for a different weight. Product prices will vary by size, weight, etc.) 

Budget: $100

for $100 you can get quite a nice setup for home workouts.

[Yoga mat and bands plus the following]

Stability  ball ($22)      
Medicine ball
($25)

Total: $91

Budget: Less than $50

Yoga mat ($20)    
Resistance bands
($12)   
Resistance tubes
($12)

total: approx $44

(give or take a few dollars depending on where you buy the items) 

Add some weight...once you have the basics, I highly recommend adding weight to your workouts. Adding muscle mass is great for the metabolism and gives that lean mean mom machine look ;)  

Budget: $500 

(all items listed above)

Spin bike  ($250)

I have this and I LOVE it. It's available on amazon prime, so you don't have to pay anything for shipping. For the price, the quality it great. There are a TON of great reviews, so you don't have to take my word for it. Also, most cardio equipment is anywhere from $500 - $1500+ so this is a great deal!

Budget: $250

(all products listed above as well as the following)

Kettle Bell ($17)      

Set of dumbbells (approx $100)  2 different weights (anywhere from 8 to 20 lbs- do not buy weights less than 8 lbs) Just FYI most places online sell each dumbbell individually, so make sure you order a set! 

 

Of course, as I mentioned before- the prices for different weighted items will vary. If you are brand new at using weights I'd start with 8-15 lb and then go up from there! **one more tip** Another option for inexpensive gear would be to check out your local craigslist type site... people are often selling gently used workout equipment. 

If you want a free checklist including all items I listed, click below!

Let me know what your favorite home workouts are! The rest of this month will be dedicated to fitness, so be sure to check back for  at home workout ideas!

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Avoiding the 'perfect timing' mindset + 10 ways to take action today

One of the top excuses people have for avoiding setting health or fitness goals is waiting for the right time. I hate to break it to you... there is no perfect time for anything. There will always be an upcoming holiday, vacation, party, or event. There will always be stressors, whether from work, kids, family or relationships. Life is never perfect and there is NO point in waiting to start improving your health habits. 

I teach my clients to adopt a balanced lifestyle rather than go from feeling restricted to “free/cheating” for a special event -- essentially I teach them to avoid the all or nothing mentality.
 

Once you are in the habit of eating healthy, a special birthday dinner or a night out or even a vacation won’t be a big, guilt-inducing ordeal to come back from. The mind is a funny thing. Without the feeling of restriction, we don’t have the urge to go “crazy” or rebel.

Have you ever told yourself you couldn’t eat or drink something? What happened? I bet within a few days, you were DYING to have it, even though it hadn’t really been that big of a deal before.

So what should you do if you want to change a habit, but you have a vacation coming up? Figure out exactly what change you are trying to make (you can use my free goal-setting worksheets or my Weekend Wellness Guide if you need help setting goals) and then JUST START and do what you can where you're at right NOW. 

10 tips to improve your health today

here are 10 simple ways you can improve your health starting today:

  • drink one extra glass (or bottle) of water today
  • take a 15 minute walk 
  • eat an extra fruit or veggie
  • meditate for 5 minutes 
  • go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual 
  • read a book before bed instead of scrolling your phone 
  • call or text a friend you haven't spoken to in a while 
  • write down three things you are thankful for 
  • pack your lunch instead of going out 
  • plan your workouts for the week 

And as usual, I recommend starting with ONE thing. One action. One habit. Just start simple. 

Don’t forget if you need help with goal-setting, check out my ebook or free version here. If you are ready to take your health and fitness to the next level, check out my coaching package here. Registration just opened and I am now taking clients! 

p.s. If you need help with keeping healthy habits when going out on the weekend, check out this post.

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