Note: If you’re a person who decorates with a lot of knick knacks or don’t have at least one room in your house with a lot of space, this may not work.
We have considered joining a gym several times over the years. There are several near our home and a couple of them would be easy to join without breaking the bank. The problem is that our life and schedule doesn’t offer the consistency I prefer to be able to get to the gym every day. I went to a really great boot camp workout group that meets once a week, but it was far and once again our schedule interfered with my ability to continue going.
However, we have a lot of exercise equipment in our house, and it occurred to me recently that we could do a rough approximation of what we did at the boot camp workout right here at home.
What we (my 3 big girls and I) did was set up 6 stations in various spaces of the front living room, which is tastefully but pretty sparsely decorated. The stations were:
- Battle ropes (use husband’s 100lb dumbbells as anchor)
- Jumping jacks
Each station was set up with two sets of dumbbells or kettle bells to accommodate various strength levels. There’s a mat set up in the abdominals corner. Everyone starts at a different station, and you go around the room from one to the other until you’ve done 3 full circuits. It takes about 30 minutes, and we’re done by 6:30 AM.
If you don’t have the space (backyard or patio can work, too) or the equipment, it just might be easier to go to the gym. I just don’t have room in my life for that at the moment.