Working out and physical fitness has always been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me, if I’m honest. I can sit here and say that I’m extremely athletic because it’s important and that every day I get in some sort of a workout, but that’s just simply not true. Do I enjoy working out? Yes. Do I do it as often as I should or as I’d like to? No. This mostly comes down to the fact that I’ve recently moved out of my parent’s house and in with my boyfriend, leaving behind a fully functioning treadmill in the basement and replacing it with a small track around the corner from my new place.
A few years ago I considered myself a runner because I made sure to get in a good half hour to 45 minute run at least 3 times a week. This wasn’t a chore at that point in my life because I had the accessibly of a track in my basement and I wasn’t working a full-time job. Things have changed since then, as they do, and it’s become a lot harder to motivate myself to work out when it means going outside to a public area. I’ve never been a fan of other people watching me so I’ve avoided going to a gym like the plague. All of this lack of motivation becomes even harder during the A/W months when all you want to do is curl up on the couch and eat Doritos. But, the logical part of my brain is telling me that as someone who suffers from (undiagnosed) mild anxiety and intense stress, any sort of physical exercise would be beneficial for my mental health. In the past 6 months of living in my small apartment, I have tried out a few workouts that I think would be useful to look into if you too are feeling stifled and unmotivated.
This is the first workout I attempted to stick to because of the cardio aspect. Coming from being a constant runner, I enjoyed the feeling of moving around and increasing my heart rate. I found that it lessened my stress and gave me a bit of a high, never making me regret doing it. All I would need to complete this kind of workout is a comfy matt, water, and some sort of entertainment. Before I got to the point of feeling comfortable enough to do it on my own without any guidance I would watch the vides linked down below as a stepping stone to creating a new routine. I will always opt for a workout that takes only about 20 to 30 minutes, so these seemed to be the best options for me. While they may look fairly easy, they are deceivingly hard and you will definitely break a sweat if done correctly. This was my go-to workout throughout the summer months and once I was comfortable to do it without my virtual personal trainers, I would pop on a movie or TV show and watch that while doing my squats and crunches.
This workout was recommended to me by my boyfriend who is an avid kettle bell user. He makes it look so easy, which is why I decided to give it a try. While I do enjoy this workout, I’ve found it a bit difficult when it comes to my upper body strength and my using my back muscles correctly. The squats are always fun because I pride myself in having fairly strong legs, but God forbid I try to do a one handed kettle bell swing in the direction of my TV. I’ve only done this routine a few times and I think the reason why is my issue with weight training and the difficulty I have maintaining my balance with an extra 15 pounds at my side. But I guess that’s something that improves with time and practice, so I will be trying to work this into my weekly routine more often to really see if I can keep it up and if I get better at it.
This is the most recent addition to my at-home workouts and, in all honesty, I never thought I would like it. You always hear about Youtubers and other bloggers raving about yoga, parading around in cute workout wear and a black matt under their arm. I just never wanted to buy into the hype over something that I didn’t see as stimulating or active as running and circuit workouts. In my head, anyone could do yoga and call it a day, but when I actually tried it I realized how much focus is put on breathing and holding certain poses that I would end the video feeling lightheaded and wake up the next day to my upper arm muscles aching. I think that this workout will work the best for me these next few months, not only because you don’t need to take up as much space to do it but because of how focused it is on inner peace and taming stress. There are even specific workouts targeted towards stressful people like myself, but I haven’t become flexible enough to get into all those poses just yet.
What are your favourite workouts for small spaces?