It’s taken a few weeks, but I’m finally finding my rhythm for working out at home. Without the structure of a scheduled class or session, it was easy to procrastinate and skip my home workouts (aside from walking outside when weather was conducive).
Our house is small, and we don’t have a lot of space for equipment or routines. I have a yoga mat and blocks, and a couple sets of hand weights, and that’s pretty much it.
After some fits and starts, here’s what seems to be working:
Timing. I’m not one of those people who can jump out of bed and exercise. Late morning or mid-afternoon is my workout “prime time.” I now plan my workout sessions for those times of day.
Duration. Keeping workouts to 30 minutes or so feels less onerous and more manageable. I’m now aiming for five 30-minute sessions per week. (Not including walking.)
Maintain, don’t strain. On the recommendation from my Pilates instructor, I’ve been doing some basic mat workouts from Pilatesology. And a few simple yoga moves that I feel comfortable with. I’m looking to maintain my current level, rather than trying to make big gains. And I want to avoid injury, so that I can hopefully pick up where I left off once it’s safe to start going back to outside classes.
I haven’t made a big investment in workout clothing, and don’t plan to. I really like these yoga pants from Talbots. They’re perfect for the kind of workouts I do, plus they look polished enough to run errands (when we do run errands out in the world again).
I’m not a fan of sports bras, so I usually just work out in my regular bra. I’ve found that a fitted tee in a smooth jersey fabric is most comfortable. The one I’m wearing above is from last year and no longer available, but here’s a similar one.
Work Out / Wear Out Styles
Celebrating Passover While Social Distancing
As we couldn’t get together with family for a Seder this year, one of le Monsieur’s East-coast cousins decided to organize one via Zoom. All in all, it worked pretty well. We all worked off the same Hagaddah, and the organizer called upon everyone in turn to read. And it was so nice to be together with everyone for this celebration.
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