One reason self-employment sounds so attractive is the flexibility to take care of all.of.the.things! Or…the flexibility to work all day while wearing yoga pants. I’m mean, work out at home while wearing yoga pants ;) With that, I’ve finally started to figure out a work and life rhythm that includes a fitness routine!
As I mentioned in my last post, waking up before the kids is no bueno because once my feet hit the floor, at least one of them will sense it and also wake up. Just this morning, Alex thought 4:30 was an appropriate time to start his day. So that means I’m hitting the gym or going for a run after they’ve left for school. I’ve even blocked off the time on my calendar so I have no excuses. However, this wasn’t an overnight revelation. It took me about 6 months to get here.
When it comes to motivation (be it around fitness or money goals) I love tracking my progress and seeing improvement over time. And yes, sometimes I need an external push to get moving. So I asked for a Fitbit for Christmas to measure my current activity and then track my improvement over time.
As for my actual workouts, sometimes they’re as simple as a walk around our neighborhood (with or without kiddos) or a run in the forest preserve. Sure, that’s the easiest way to hit the magical goal of 10,000 steps, but I started to crave a little more variety and more challenging workouts. The class schedule at the gym isn’t always conducive to my personal schedule, so it was time to get creative. And while I know my way around the free weights and other machines, I didn’t want to be bothered by putting together a workout.
Enter my new favorite tool in my work from home fitness tool belt: Aaptiv.
I love the concept of a personal trainer or coach, but I’m still a little frugal. I love that Aaptiv has a wide variety of “classes” between yoga, strength training, running, stretching, abs/core, cycling, meditation, racing training programs, and more for only $9.99 per month. And within each genre, there are several levels of workouts – from beginner to advanced.
And I totally wish their most recent additions were around about 2 years ago: maternity and stroller workouts. Right now there are maternity workouts for the first trimester with ones for the second and third trimesters rolling out this summer.
While on maternity leave with Alex, I attended some local Stroller Strides classes. I loved the routine of getting out of the house and meeting fellow moms while also getting in a little exercise. Now that both kids are at daycare, I’d feel strange going to a mom and baby/kid workout without my toddler. Yes, FIT4MOM also offers Body Back and maternity workouts, but I don’t love the scheduled times.
So back to my new friend Aaptiv…it’s kind of amazing. I just choose a workout, grab my dumbbells, and then pop in my headphones. Upbeat music plays in the background while a coach guides you through the workouts. Which is one thing I’m still figuring out. Since the workouts are all audio, I’m not always sure if I’m doing the stretches or exercises correctly. As of now, there are no pictures or videos to go along with the instructions.
That being said, the workouts are working because I’ve been SORE after some of the strength training ones. And I wish I knew about Aaptiv during tax season because there are quick 7 minute or less workouts that would be perfect to squeeze in between tax returns.
Who Do I Recommend Aaptiv to?
- Anybody looking to add variety to their current fitness routine
- Individuals who travel for business or pleasure on a regular basis and want to maintain or improve their fitness
- Busy moms and dads who want to sneak in a quick workout at home during naptime
- Expectant moms looking for workouts designed specifically for their changing bodies
- Moms and dads who want to exercise with their kids
Who Isn’t the Best Fit for Aaptiv?
- Someone who needs the in person accountability of a personal trainer
- Someone who needs more guidance about how to properly perform the exercises
Thanks to Aaptiv for letting me try the app for 2 weeks. These opinions are all my own and I’ve decided to continue my membership.