It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a home workout video. I decided that I needed time to think about my approach to fitness, and how that weaves in to my overall healthy living message.
I wanted to get clear on where I stand on the fitness spectrum, and what kind of exercises I should be sharing with you.
It wasn’t necessarily easy.
On one hand, I knew how to create workouts that ticked all the popular boxes. High intensity, fast and furious, fat burning, calorie crunching, lean machine exercises. On the other hand, I didn’t actually like doing them all that much!
My workouts looked great on paper, but they didn’t feel great in my body. So even though I’d share them with my clients and readers, personally I’d often do something much more simple and gentle in my own routine.
It started making me feel a little hypocritical; you can do this, but I’m not going to. I was worried that if I shared what I really did, no one else would want to do it too. Golly, I’ve been known to break out into dance steps into the middle of a run, and will happily turn any workout into a hour-long stretch routine.
I was also a little concerned about what would happen if I couldn’t maintain my old level of fitness. Can I be an “pro” if I drop to my knees in pushups? Do I even want to be an “pro”?
I’ve decided that I don’t. I’m just your guide on the side for this healthy living ride.
And with that in mind, here’s where I’ve landed: I think that fitness should be simple, fun and functional. Moving your body should be a joy, not a burden, and the activities that you do should make you feel better in your every day life (not just in that 50 minute workout class).
Remember that fitness is a long-term commitment, and as long as you have the gift to be able to move your body then move it you should.
So I thought we could do a little experiment. Let’s train how I want to train for a couple of months and see what happens. It’s not going to be too intense, it should feel good during and wonderful after, and it will challenge us in a self-care kind of way. I might throw in a few curve balls too! Are you game?
If so press play on today’s workout video, where I’m sharing 5 of the best ab exercises to strengthen your core (it’s part two to this Crunch Free Ab Workout).
The Best Ab Exercises For A Stronger Core
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
P.S. I filmed this video last year. I’m growing out my hair and it’s totally awkward at the moment, too funny for on-camera!