Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Five Fitness Items to Inspire my Workouts

I mentioned in my Week 1 Progress Post that, although it was a New Year’s resolution, I didn’t workout during my first week and wanted to improve on that in Week 2.

I kick-started that plan the next day by getting up early in the morning and jumping on the treadmill for a walk. I’ve also completed a biking workout as part of my Workout Challenge this week. As much as exercise is a thorn in my side right now, I know that I need to do it for my physical and mental well-being.

With a little inspiration from browsing the products at, I’ve put together a quick list of five things to help me continue my workouts:

  1. Yoga/Pilates: I often think that a good workout has to involve cardio but unrolling the yoga mat and doing some yoga or Pilates is great for strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Pilates is just one of those workouts that I really love to do—so that’s an added benefit.


  1. Gadgets:  I love my fitness gadgets and I love viewing all of the data after a workout. One of my favorite gadgets is my Garmin Forerunner (although I have an older version)—but I will need to wait until we have an unseasonably warm day before I can pull that one out again. (Any of you lucky-ducks in warmer climates could benefit from this right now!) Otherwise, I have my heart rate monitor and a Body Media—talk about loving gadgets a little too much!


  1. Body Ball: When I first started this journey and began working out, I used a body ball pretty often. There are a lot of great strength and stability exercises that you can do with these. I’ve also seen “mommy and baby” type workouts involving a body ball.


  1. Kettle Bell: Would you believe that I have a kettle bell and I’m not even sure if I’ve ever used it? Seriously. It’s time to give it a try and work on toning my arms and feeling a sense of accomplishment after finishing a good workout.


  1. Step Aerobics: Why don’t we take a step (get it? ha ha) into the 80s with some step aerobics? I actually have a set of these too and I know for a fact that stepping up and down on these will really get the heart pumping and calories burning.



The fact is, lack of equipment is certainly not an excuse for me not to work out! I’m actually kind of excited to think about doing some of these workouts and tracking my performance with one of my gadgets—guess I better get them charging!

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  1. Just taking time to say hi! I love that you are still blogging and I like the new look!

  2. I am really loving the exercise ball!!! I'm considering even getting one to use as a computer chair instead of an actual computer chair. That's what they do at my veterinarian's office. Aldi's has one for 6.99 right now. Not sure how that price is in comparison to other places but sounded like a good deal anyway! Lol Everyone seems to love kettle bells, but I've never used them! Our gym has the steps, and they def remind me of my days as a teen in aerobics classes! :)

  3. I haven't used an exercise ball in years, but I used to use one all the time. I'm all about my yoga mat and fitbit as of late.



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