If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re ready to reach your fitness goals and get healthy once and for all. Well look no further! My friends over at Sorey Fitness are experts on the subject of getting fit from the comfort and privacy of your home. They so kindly wrote this awesome guest post that is full of great information! Enjoy!
Hi! We’re Kim and Kalee! We are online healthy living coaches that have helped 100s of moms hit their goals in the past 5 years. Get our entire free library of meal plans and tips to help you feel and look your best! Thank you McKayla for allowing us to guest post today!
We’re excited to share simple ways that you can get in shape at home! We’ve been working out at home for over 15 years, and there is nothing like it! We love the convenience and privacy it offers, and you can get great results right from your living room! We also have followed the same 80/20 Rule for our diet for over 10 years, and it’s proven to work for our clients for nearly half a decade!
We believe the reason both pieces work, is because they are simple! Whether you’re a working mom with limited time at home or a stay at home mom with barely anytime for yourself – we have you covered!
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2 Major Things Before Getting in Shape At Home
There are 2 major pieces to getting in shape at home.
The first is knowing why it’s important to you. You have a million things going on, and let’s be real – you usually come last on your to-do list. That means eating healthy and working out may be easy to skip! Identifying why you want to get in shape will help you stay committed.
The next piece is having a plan in place.
Since you are busy, it’s important to keep your healthy habits as simple as possible! It also helps to have a group of supportive, like-minded friends to keep you motivated. Since we’re in a rural area, that support group is something we created online. Being online also keeps checking in super easy too!
7 Simple Ways to Get in Shape At Home
1. Set a Goal
Your goal could be related to your weight, inches lost, or even a habit like working out X days a week. The reason we want to set a goal is to create accountability for yourself. Along with your “why”, setting a goal can help you stay consistent even when you have a rough day. Plus, it allows you to take the time to celebrate your accomplishments when you hit it!
2. 80/20 Rule
There are so many fad diets out there. We’re all about keeping it simple though, and the 80/20 Rule is something anyone can follow.
The 80/20 Rule says that “I eat healthy 80% of the time so that I can eat whatever I want 20% of the time.”
This keeps your options open when it comes to a date night or enjoying fro-yo with your kids after school. For example, we’ll eat healthy for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a small snack, but we may also have a glass of wine or a few Dove chocolates after dinner.
3. Meal Plan
We’re also about not counting calories unless we just have to! A simple way around counting calories is using a meal plan! We sit down 1x a week and figure out what we want to eat. This keeps our grocery list short and affordable, and it keeps us on track all week. If we know we are supposed to have tacos on Tuesday and we have all of the ingredients at home, the drive-through doesn’t call out to us as if the fridge was empty.
Plus, you’re able to see exactly what you ate all week on one sheet of paper or document! We like to print ours so we can write in anything extra we have or change, but you can customize it to work for you! We actually have a free 80/20 meal plan in our library you’re welcome to use as well!
4. Plan Time for a Workout
When you’re as busy as you are, it’s important to know when you’ll workout. For most of us, it’s the first thing in the morning before everyone else is up. Another popular time is after a spouse gets home and can watch the kids.
No matter if you’re working out at 6 am or 6 pm just have it down on the calendar. Let your family know that is your 30-60 minutes, and you’ll feel so much better because of it!
5. Find a Workout You Like to Do
Finding the right workout that you enjoy can be a challenge. The first thing is to decide how much time is realistic for you to workout. For us, we like 30-minute workouts 5 days a week. Even if you choose a workout that says 6 or 7 days a week, don’t stress about making it fit YOUR calendar and needs! This will help you stick to it and feel powerful from it versus already defeated.
We love streaming our workouts because it makes it easy to know how long to warm up, how many reps to do, and how long to stretch. Beachbody on Demand is also really affordable, and it comes with over 700 workouts to pick from so we never get bored. Plus, if you don’t like a certain workout there’s no risk in trying another one!
Some of our favorite 30-minute workouts are:
- Country Heat – It’s a beginner’s dance workout set to country music.
- 3 Week Yoga Retreat – The basics of yoga set up in 30 minutes workouts.
- 21 Day Fix – It’s a beginner’s to intermediate workout that has a ton of variety in it – think weights & cardio to yoga & pilates!
- T25 – It’s a beginner’s to intermediate workout that is mostly circuit training – think jumping jacks, squats & planks!
- Double Time – A fun beginners workout for you and your kiddos to do together!
There are also longer workouts available to stream, but that 30-minute mark has been really helpful to us!
7. Find a Buddy or Group
Even with a simple meal plan and a workout program you love, you will probably want some accountability. We host a year-round accountability group to help us stick to our goals, and it’s also helped our clients lose anywhere from 5 to 80+ pounds!
Whether you’re checking in with a friend by text or in a group like ours, just make sure you have someone cheering you on! You deserve it!
6. It’s Not All or Nothing
It’s easy to fall into the trap of having to be perfectly all-in on your goals. That sometimes just isn’t realistic though. You might start with wanting to workout 6 days a week and need to adjust to 4 days, or you might see your diet has to be tweaked a bit. Don’t sweat it!
Getting in shape isn’t a 3-week or 3-month goal, it’s about creating healthy habits for a long, happy life. So if you fall off the wagon working out or find yourself elbow deep in cookie dough one night, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back on track the next day.
We hope that these simple tips help you start a healthy routine of your own!
We’ve really loved sharing our best practices with you, and we’d love to talk to you more! Make sure to check out our free library for meal plans and more!