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No goal was ever met without a little sweat….

Week 3 of insanity, Day 15: Fit Test

I’m your typical Obese chick. I don’t have JUST 10-15 lbs to loose, and I’m not JUST trying to “tone up”. I’m in the process of chiseling an entire person away. So I HAVE to work for this. I have to be my own motivator, coach, and encouragement. When you love yourself, and I mean GENUINELY love yourself, u make changes to better yourself. Mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

My only hope is YOU love yourself that much too.

-Pesto out 😎✌️

Who needs a Gym to do Yoga?

No Fancy Gym Required

I’m currently in the middle of a move and sadly had to say goodbye to my beloved Gym. If your life is anything like mine right now, crazy, unorganized, and in bad need of Yoga but no Gym in sight, don’t worry, no Gym necessary!

For me, I’m a Yoga Teacher so I’m fortunate enough to be able to conduct a yoga class anywhere. It’s not always quite that simple for the majority of us however.

For those of you who need a little guidance in your Yoga practice, there are often organized (and sometimes free) Yoga classes in local parks. Look for adds Online, or at your Grocery Store and Community Center for gatherings. You could also do exactly what I did when I first started learning Yoga and do a Yoga video right in your own living room!

For those that have a stronger practice and feel comfortable doing Yoga alone, take a moment to look around and you may be able to find a Yoga space in your own back yard. Is there a trickling creek or river anywhere nearby? Or a park with little traffic? Practice your Sun Salutes under the actual Sun at a beach or try Yoga by Moonlight the next time there’s a Full Moon. One of my favorite places to do Yoga is after a nice hike somewhere secluded, finding a flat surface and centering myself at the top of a mountain.

If you find yourself temporarily out a Yoga studio, be creative, you may never need one again.

Question: I can't afford a gym membership. What exercises can I do at home?

Sparkpeople Expert Answer: Here are some resistance training exercises that you can do using just your own body weight:

  1. Pushups- standard, on knees, feet propped up on a chair, leaning on a wall, upper body propped up on a couch, etc. There are even more variations by changing body placement and hand-width.
  2. Crunches- feet on floor, lets bent in air, legs straight in air, bicycle crunch, full sit-ups, oblique crunches, plank.
  3. Lunges- walking lunges, stationary lunges, side lunges, reverse or front lunges.
  4. Squats- feet together, feet shoulder-width, feet wide, back on wall (holding wall sit), holding extra weight (dumbbells, water jugs, etc), one-legged squats (advanced!)
  5. Bridges- lie on your back, legs bent, feet on floor. Lift hips toward ceiling, squeezing glutes the whole time. Challenge yourself by keeping one leg up in the air.
  6. Cardio- climbing your stairs, running/walking/jogging outside, hiking, jumping rope (or just jumping period), kickboxing routines, fitness videos, biking, etc.
As you can see, there are SO many options you can choose from, even with the smallest amount of resources. All of the exercise demos in the Fitness Resource Center are exercises you can do at home.

Investing a little money in a good resistance band, Swiss ball, and/or pair of hand weights will allow you to do a wide variety of exercises from home.

Time Involved: At least 20 minutes, 2-3 days per week

Body Benefit: Strong muscles on a tight budget

Good news! I’ve been accepted into the Gymnasium i’ve been applying to, and on the mail about it i got it also stated the least amount of points required to have to come in and… i had double the points.. from the grades i applied with from before winter break.. which means i don’t have to worry too much about necessarily getting higher grades anymore. Yes! But that doesn’t mean i get to be lazy and not care anymore, so i’ll still of course work as much as i normally would.

But still… it’s nice to not have to worry about that anymore at least ~

One of the many things we gave up as we started our path towards minimalism is gym memberships - in other words, paying for fitness.

There is so much material on fitness these days that the only thing missing, really, is one that you cannot buy or pay for - COMMITMENT.

For a few years now, our family has been running in a nearby park thrice a week. Some days, we run 5km. On good days, we do 7km. We usually finish with cool-down stretches and a few strength exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, squats, bench dips). That’s our fitness sorted, free-of-charge. Plus, we get to do it together, which is an added bonus!

This article on outdoor yoga seems interesting. Let’s give it a crack!
[Excuse the pun ;)]