I know. ‘Fun’ and ‘workouts’ should not be in the same sentence but I am trying my best! During Lock Down, I have dabbled in the home workout trend (as a stay at home Mum, I do them anyway… well, when I can be bothered!) and found a few gems on the internet that I thought I would share with you!

Anyone who knows me knows, I hate exercise. I just can’t be arsed. Plus after you’ve worked out, you have to have a shower, so you don’t bother having a shower beforehand and then when the toddler wakes up immediately after you’ve done your Zumba DVD, you don’t have TIME to rinse yourself of sweat and gross-ness but you have to because, eww?! So you stick your child in front of a screen just so you can have that shower and now you’re a labelled a bad Mum by society. Not to mention you’re absolutely knackered and then you have a kid wanting you to throw her up in the air or run around the garden or dance along to EVERY TOY THAT SINGS OR MAKES MUSIC.

I digress. I have managed to find a few online workouts that are FREE (because I’m skint) and that Olivia likes to join in with or they allow you to alter how long you work out for. Mum friendly!

1. The Fitness Marshall

I’m starting off with my favourite and Olivia’s favourite. The Fitness Marshall is a YouTube channel full of dance fitness videos choreographed to give you a really good work out to modern (and a handful of not-so-modern) hits. They are upbeat and so fun. You don’t even realising your ‘working out’ because it’s just so enjoyable and that is what really sells it to me.

Olivia obviously doesn’t copy the moves but she loves to bop along next to me or sometimes she’s just so mesmerised by the dancers on screen she just stares at them in awe.

The thing I love most about the Fitness Marshall is his personality. His sense of humour and sassiness are what keep me going. I find myself actually laughing while exercising, like I’m enjoying it or something. He and his ‘back-up booties’ are amazing and he has hundreds of videos for you to check out and make up your own work out!

Check him out HERE

Yoga With Adriene

I may not enjoy most work outs but I do enjoy yoga. One thing I don’t enjoy about yoga is yoga classes. They can be very ‘distracting’. From the awkward silences and the mystery farts to the over-enthusiastic and sights of 70+ year old men bending over. It can just make me more tense than zen. So yoga at home is perfect! I don’t have the judgemental eye of strangers, just my dog and he licks his non-existent balls on the sofa, so he can deal with it!

I particularly like Yoga with Adriene because she’s very calming. From her beautiful home to her voice, I feel so soothed. She’s not boastful or dramatic and doesn’t take herself too seriously. She cares about you, your body and your mind. Click HERE to check her out.

She has a range of different Yoga videos that will suit for anyone’s needs. She has yet to do yoga for kids but I do the beginner workout and I don’t see why kids can’t join in. They’re far more flexible than us anyway!

POPSUGAR Fitness

Now, if you’re wanting a bit more of a classic work out, this is more like it. POPSUGAR Fitness focus on weight loss and healthy living. They also regularly cover the most buzzed-about workout classes and trends, including the Victoria’s Secret workout, Tabata, P90X, Bar Method, and more.

They have a huge variety of workout playlists covering everything from 30,40,60 minute workouts, kick boxing work outs, no equipment workouts to workouts focusing on one area of the body. Are they easy? No! But I think that’s the point. Some days, when I am really full of self-hate, I will do one of these in an effort to burn calories and I do feel better for it. It kicks your butt but in a good way!

Or if I’m feeling sluggish or weak, I just do the beginner workout.

Pirouettes and Pullbacks

Now this is for the kids! This is a local children’s dance company to me that specialise in tap, ballet and street/disco. The lovely lady that runs this group (Danielle) is highly creative and also a huge Disney fan (she has good taste). Danielle has created a YouTube channel so that her dancers can still dance from home in the pandemic so I thought I would share it with you! Your little ones will love her dances! Take that Joe Wicks!

If you’d like more information on Danielle’s Dance class ‘Pirouettes and Pullbacks’ and you’re local to Bedfordshire click here for their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pirouettesandpullbacks/

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