Living in Boston can have its challenges, especially with the weather! I have a gym membership but there are some days that making it out to the gym just isn’t possible. Besides the weather, I also have a toddler. So stuffy noses, groggy mornings, or just those days that he doesn’t want to turn Paw Patrol off, can also keep me in the house for a morning (or afternoon workout). I am almost 18 weeks pregnant and I still workout the same as I did before I got pregnant. Now, there are some adjustments I make: I lift lighter weight with more reps, I also still run just at a slower pace. Now besides running, which I know not everyone is a fan of, there are lots of other cardio exercises you can do such as: indoor cycling, indoor rowing, elliptical, and walking.
Here are some great indoor exercises that you can do without a gym:
- Dumbbell weights/kettle bell– I bought a pair of 5lb and 10lb weights from TJ Maxx for less then $20. This enables me to do many of the exercises that I would have done at the gym. The kettle bell (15lb) I also bought for about $9 and I am now able to do kettle bell swings which is a great cardio exercise that works your shoulders and leg muscles as well.
- Jump Rope– Have a open hallway in your home? Then jump roping is possible! This is great for a cardio exercise. Do in 1 min increments and mix it up with other cardio exercises on this list.
- Bodyweight Exercises– push ups, squats, lunges, side leg raises, planks, tricep dips, and donkey kicks.
- Abs– sit ups, flutter kicks, bicycle crunches, leg raises.
- Cardio– besides the jump rope you can include high knees, climbers, jumping jacks, and running in place.
So you can mix up a lot of these exercises and create your own workout play list. Pick 2-3 bodyweight exercises, 2 abs, and 2 cardio exercises. You can do them for reps or time. For example:
Jump Rope 1min
Squats 30 sec
Lunges 30 sec (both legs, so 1 min total)
Sit ups 30 sec
Leg Raises 30 sec
High Knees 30 sec
Jumping Jacks 1 min
Repeat for 3 rounds, with 1 min rest in between rounds- That’s a quick 15 min workout that you can do in your home! You can also add weights (if you have them) and extend the workout a little longer. There are so many bodyweight and cardio exercises that you can do in your home! So mix up, get moving, and stay healthy during these upcoming winter months!
**Please note that I am not a personal trainer and any exercises you have concerns about should be discussed with your doctor. Workout to your comfort level. Being pregnant, I do wear a fitbit in order to keep track of my heart rate.**