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7 Ways to “Exercise” at Home

Being a stay-at-home mom with a toddler in the middle of winter makes it very difficult to exercise. Motivation is at an all-time low. Equipment and resources are limited. Time is hardly to be found. Attention is never fully given to exercise (especially if you have a toddler climbing on you playing or needing your attention).

I know that spring is in the air now, and winter is behind us. But, there are still some days that I don’t want to go out–if the air pollution is bad, it’s raining or windy, or I’m just not feeling well. But, there are still very easy ways to “exercise” in the house as a stay-at-home mom without having to actually exercise! [ctt title=”But, there are still very easy ways to ‘exercise’ in the house as a stay-at-home mom without having to actually exercise!” tweet=”There are very easy ways to ‘exercise’ in the house as a stay-at-home mom without having to actually exercise! @themorrelltale” coverup=”b70o5″]

Being a SAHM of a toddler in inclement and cold weather can be hard when you want to exercise and work out. But, no fear! There are easy ways to "workout" at home without any equipment and doing what you would normally be doing during the day anyway!

Stand while folding laundry | Doing laundry, I would typically sit on my bed while watching Netflix. But, I was always slumped down, so it wasn’t helping my back. And, I was stationary. So, I made the decision to stand up while folding laundry. I only do laundry one day a week, so it’s quite a bit of folding and putting away. I’ve also noticed that my fitbit steps increase when I stand up to do laundry.

Have a cleaning marathon | I typically do all my scrubbing and cleaning on Friday mornings. It takes about 2-3 hours to clean everything in the house. But, I’m definitely in a sweat and wanting a shower when I’m done! Scrubbing really does burn calories! Elbow grease for the win!

Put the computer on a counter | Obviously as a blogger and a virtual assistant, I spend a lot of time on my laptop. That means a lot of sitting! Yikes! If I put my computer on a counter, I have to stand to use it. Standing actually burns a lot of calories. I didn’t gain weight at all being a teacher (because of all the standing), but since quitting, I’ve been sitting down a lot more and have gained a bit of weight.

Have a dance party | Holy guacamole! Do you even realize how much energy 20 month olds have? Rhys loves dancing to music, especially music in his shows and movies. So, sometimes, I’ll dance with him. It’s an easy way to be silly, let loose, bond with my son, and get up and moving. Justin and I have even put in Just Dance on the Wii and played that with Rhys.

Play follow the leader with toddlers | Just like the above suggestion, this one requires a whole heck of a lot of moving. Rhys has recently found it very hilarious when we copy him. So, I’ll copy him running from place to place, swinging arms around, laying on the floor and getting back up, and all sorts of movement. I can really only do it for less than 10 minutes because he’s so active![ctt title=”Being the mom of a toddler allows you to get a LOT of exercise inside the house!” tweet=”Being the mom of a toddler allows you to get a LOT of exercise inside the house! #healthylifestyle #sahm @themorrelltale” coverup=”0086E”]

Find and use an exercise app | I’ve recently found Sworkit via Shark Tank. It’s a wonderful app that gives timed and video workout of either yoga, cardio, strength, or stretching. I’ve used it a few times when the weather has been inclement. It doesn’t require any equipment, and  you can make it anywhere from 5-60 minutes long. But, what I love more about it, it gives daily reminders to get moving and workout.

Play TV workout gamesWe’ve all heard of them…they’re the same as the shot-drinking TV games, but for workouts. I’ve actually made a few for some of my favorite sitcoms and games shows.

How do you “exercise” at home?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Get Fit Thursdays // Fitness Links

This week, I’ve decided to give you links to all the fitness posts I’ve ever done!

Get Fit Thursday Plan and Goals
My Health Story
Workout Fashion
Tips for Running with a Stroller
Workout Games
Workout Routines
Meal Planning
Motivation
Ideal Shape Shakes
Dr. Sholl’s Active Series Soles
My Running Playlist
Morning Runs
Why I Run
Running Suicides
I Am Beautiful

Th 6/18: “Q&A”–where are you since day 1, and ask us 3 whatever relevant question you want!
Th 6/23: “Results”–we’ll answer your questions and you give us final results!

Read my other posts in the Get Fit Thursday series!

What other tips do you have for mommy runners?
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Get Fit Thursdays // Work Out Games

How many of you like to watch TV? I do! I do!
How many of you watch the same series over and over again or binge on seasons? I do! I do!
How many of you have an elliptical, bike machine, or treadmill in front of your TV? I don’t! I don’t!
So, I decided to make a few workout games for some of the recent sitcoms I’ve been obsessing over!
Shameless plug–please pin!!


What are some of your favorite workout games?


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Today: Your Choice (Work Out Games)
Th 4/30: Your Choice (I’m doing a playlist)
Th 5/14: “Workout Fashion”
Th 5/21: I’m going to link to all my previous posts on fitness and healthy lifestyles that I’ve ever done.
Th 6/18: “Q&A”–where are you since day 1, and ask us 3 whatever relevant question you want!
Th 6/23: “Results”–we’ll answer your questions and you give us final results!

Read my other posts in the Get Fit Thursday series!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Get Fit Thursdays // Workout Routines

Today’s prompt is on your workout routines. Well, I decided to split it into two different weeks. Today I will talk about my own personal workout routine and next Thursday I will show you some workout games I created!
The biggest thing I do to work out is running. I love running. I never thought I would, but I discovered it’s secrets while in college: Why I Run
I typically like running in the morning, and read here for the reason why. However, I also like running in the evenings…something about the sun partly up or down.
So…
1st: Run at least 30 minutes
2nd: Stretch out all major muscle groups
3rd: Curl ups, planks, and other core workouts (small and short reps)
4th: Legs and Arms (wall sit, lunges, weights for the arms) (small and short reps)
While in college, I would typically do this for half the time, the other half, I’d work out at BYU’s gym (it was free as a student). I’d switch off between the elliptical, stair machine, bike, and treadmill. Then, I’d do my stretches, and make my way around the different machines. However, I can’t really do that anymore… =(
Justin and I tried Daily Burn last week and we liked it. It was fun trying the different levels of difficulty, the different modes of work outs. We also like going for a walk with Rhys between dinner and his bedtime. It’s a nice, relaxing, healthy thing to do, especially since our neighborhood is hilly! Justin has also recently installed a pull up bar in our doorway.
So, what about you? What do you like to do to work out?

Today: “Workout Routines”
Th 4/23: Your Choice–make sure it’s relevant!
Th 4/30: Your Choice–make sure it’s relevant!
Th 5/14: “Workout Fashion”
Th 6/18: “Q&A”–where are you since day 1, and ask us 3 whatever relevant question you want!
Th 6/23: “Results”–we’ll answer your questions and you give us final results!

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Read my other posts in the Get Fit Thursday series!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Get Fit Thursdays // My Story

I grew up in an active family–we were always involved in at least one sport at a time. Throughout my life, I have played tee ball, softball, basketball, jazz dance, ballet, gymnastics, soccer, field hockey, and volleyball. It was fun, it was social, and it was competitive–all that I loved.

I played soccer so well, I remember one time being told by my recreation soccer league coach that the travel teams were looking to scout me. However, they played on Sundays and it was against my standards to travel and play soccer on Sundays. In volleyball, I was no where as good as I was in soccer. I tried out my freshman year, didn’t get on. Sophomore year I transferred and wasn’t allowed to try out. But still, I practiced and became manager. Junior year, I tried out, was told I was good enough for JV, but juniors weren’t allowed to be on JV. I was head manager and was allowed to practice with the team and go to team camps. Senior year, my tenacity paid off and I got on varsity! But, with always playing sports, having a part-time job, and being an A student, there was no way I was going to do any work outside of practice.

My sister was a freshman at the time and had joined cross country and track (she had also done it in junior high). I thought she was crazy for wanting to run for fun. My dad has always been a marathon runner. There was no way I’d ever want to run 26.2 miles!

All my life, I’ve been a low-medium weight for my height. Senior year didn’t help once volleyball ended and working at an all-you-can-eat buffet in which the workers got free food. I was 5’7″ and 150 pounds. Not to shabby. But, was school ended, I didn’t like how I felt. I felt greasy, I felt heavy (I was NOT), I felt unfit (because I wasn’t playing sports), I was nervous about the “freshman 15” I might add in the fall. So, against my better judgement, I started running. I also decided to work out and watch what I ate and how much.

Again, my tenacity paid off and the habit continued my freshman year of college. By the next summer, I was still 5’7″ (obviously) and 132 pounds! I had stagnated at the weight and was more than okay with that because if I had dropped to 130, I would be considered underweight. And there I stayed the rest of my college career, ranging from 132-138 pounds.

My first year of marriage was my first year of teaching. Now, they say that you put on another 15 pounds your first year of marriage. Well, that didn’t happen–I was way to stressed and anxious about being a good teacher to put on weight. Instead of eating my stress, I stopped eating (and not intentionally). I hardly touched my lunches and Justin had to sit at the dinner table to make sure I finished my meal. I still ran quite a bit. Not as often as I used to, as I was busy, busy, busy. But, my weight stayed the same.

My second year of marriage, I got a new teaching job, but this one was 50 minutes away and I was teaching a new subject! I got home at around 5pm each day and was exhausted with still cooking, cleaning, planning, and grading to do. My workouts started to drop–although during Labor Day, I participated in my first race (I had never wanted to pay the fee, but this was with my SIL). I ran 4 miles in 38 minutes without training–pretty proud of my cardiovascular system!

Then, in October, I found out I was pregnant. My workouts dropped even more so as my belly and baby got bigger. Rhys was a healthy baby boy growing in me, and I only gained about 30 pounds. I was about 168 pounds at 9 months.  After giving birth, I dropped down to 155. Nursing didn’t really help me lose any weight at all because I just didn’t produce enough milk and had to stop at 3 months. I waited the 6 weeks for my OB’s okay to work out again. But, we had a new house in a new, hilly neighborhood. I had never trained on hills before. Nor had I ever trained with a baby in a running stroller. And, I hadn’t run for months! It was excruciating! But, I tried my best and made sure to go every day I could, no matter how much or how far I went. Then, it got cold. There was no way I was going to risk my baby getting sick, no matter how bundled up he was.

Now, it’s March again. I am still 155 pounds! But, my goal this March has been to work on my health. We have had a lovely warm spell in Utah this entire month and I have been out running with Rhys in his stroller. When I haven’t, I have been doing Daily Burn with Justin, who also wants to get back into shape. I already feel much better. My main goal is to get back to my pace (I’m almost there, just not with hills)(4 miles in 38 minutes) and my pre-pregnacy weight–132. Actually, if I get to 135, I’ll be happy. And, now 3 of my SIL’s want me to do a half-marathon with them in July before the family reunion. So, technically, I’m “in-training”.

Because of this determination to finish getting rid of my pregnancy weight and want to get back into shape and actually start watching what I eat again, I am so glad that Sarah from Coffee & Glitter and Alicia from Being Healthy and Holy are going to work with me! From now until the end of July (my half-marathon!), we will be doing a Get Fit Thursdays Series! We all believe that living a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.

As Sarah says: “Being fit and healthy in today’s world is imperative. Each and everyday doctors and scientists are finding new issues with obesity and life span due to it. We are in a convenience world and fast food/ going out is king. I want to change that. I want to give people motivation to work out and change or alter their lifestyles. I want to help people by providing them real life stories, real quick and easy recipes and by being an example to my family, friends, and readers. I want to do this with you!”

So, I invite you to join with us! The schedule will be:
Today: Your Story
Th 3/26: “Me, Currently”–routine, schedule, workouts, meal plan, what you want to change
Th 4/2: “Motivation”
Th 4/9: “Meal Planning” (for healthy living)
Th 4/16: “Workout Routines”
Th 4/23: Your Choice–make sure it’s relevant!
Th 4/30: Your Choice–make sure it’s relevant!
Th 5/14: “Workout Fashion”
Th 6/18: “Q&A”–where are you since day 1, and ask us 3 whatever relevant question you want!
Th 6/23: “Results”–we’ll answer your questions and you give us final results!

So, who’s with us?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.