How to Maintain Your New Healthy Lifestyle in 2016 with Dani GetURGunz
Creativity and Consistency for your New Year
It’s that time of the year again; you know the beginning of a New Year, a fresh start, a new and improved you. At least, that is what we all strive for right? I’m going to share some simple tips with you today to help make that a reality.
As a personal trainer, this is the busiest time of the year for me and for most gyms out there. As busy as we all are, it’s not always easy to make it to the gym, squeeze in a workout or a cardio session. Let’s not even discuss how crowded the gym is after work. I’m not against working out at a gym; I’m just trying to show you that it isn’t always necessary and not to use that as an excuse to get moving! It’s a very hard balance these days with work, kids, traffic, etc. It is what we do with those excuses that count. I want you to really push through the reasons why you “can’t” do it and focus on the ways you can.
What I often recommend to clients and my social media followers are home workouts. I have exclusively worked out in my garage gym for 10 years. I have invested in some nice equipment in there over the years but there are so many things you can do with minimal equipment. I’m seeing this as a very popular trend these days probably due to our busy schedules. If “not” getting to the gym is preventing you from being successful in your goals, let’s change it up a bit. I would rather see you active and do as much as you can at home if you can’t make it to a gym. I am going to share with you some ideas/tips of things you can do at home, at the park with your kids, in your front yard, etc.
- Body Weight Exercises: don’t discount the amazing effectiveness of body weight exercises! I will admit, I was pretty “old school” in my thinking of classic weight training is the only way to go, but my mind was changed years ago when I started adding in body weight exercises to change things up. These require VERY little-to-no equipment and can be very effective for getting you in shape and helping you reach some of your fitness goals. I was blown away at how sore I actually was after adding these in with my weight training.
- Plyometrics: incorporate plyometric training into your home workouts. Jump squats, box jumps, skaters, burpees, jumping jacks, star jumps, agility ladders drills (which can be also done with tape on the floor to mark out a ladder) see…….no excuses!
- Use what you have at home: I have learned to be pretty resourceful working out at home. I have a garage gym and I have created workouts using rolling plant stands, skateboards, pieces of cardboard, kids step stools, a chair, a jug of a gallon of water, my steep driveway, a huge steep hill outside the neighborhood, you name it.
- Invest in a few quality items: Some of my favorites, of course, are my two FitnessMats from WellnessMats. I use them for everything! They save my knees, feet, back, forearms and wrists while doing exercises. I would get a varying set of dumbbells or adjustable dumbbells (they take up a lot less space than an entire set of dumbbells), a resistance band, an agility ladder or tape as mentioned above, a stability ball, etc.
- Make a schedule and stick to it: Put it on your calendar, if it’s not scheduled, it will most likely not happen. The most important thing (and the most difficult) for us is Set realistic goals for each week and go for consistency.
Here are some videos giving you some ideas of things to try. Just get started, get creative and get moving! I wish you the best this year and many more! You can do this! I believe in you!
Best of luck, Dani Tolbert
Danielle “Dani GetURGunz” Tolbert is a FitnessMat Brand Ambassador and Certified Personal Trainer