Exercise at Home
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Top 6 Tools You Need to Exercise at Home

When I made the transition from working out at a gym to working out at home, I purchased just a few things to make my home gym awesome! I’d like to share with you the top 6 tools I suggest you purchase to exercise at home successfully. You don’t have to invest a whole lot of money, but these few tools will make working out at home a breeze!

First, let’s get this straight. You do not *need* a gym to get a boot camp body! While going to a group fitness class or boot camp is super fun and motivating, it’s not always possible. With crazy schedules, it’s often convenient to fit in a few of your workouts at home each week (or month). If you’re not prepared with some minimum supplies, however, it definitely won’t happen. 😉

This is why I suggest that you have a few things in place at home so you can be successful even on busy days.

Exercise at Home

Top 6 Tools You Need to Exercise at Home

  1. Weights – The most cost-effective way to add weights to your home gym is with dumbbells. They are very easy to find online and even at local stores like Target or Walmart. Kettlebells are my personal tool of choice. You can read why in these articles. 🙂
  2. Bench and or Stability BallThis adjustable bench has been a great asset to our home gym! It was affordable and has held up to many uses per week for a couple of years now!  A less expensive alternative to a bench is a stability ball. You can perform many of the exercises done using a bench with a stability ball instead. exercise at home
  3. Yoga Mat Yoga mats are nice to be able to exercise on the floor comfortably whether on your back or just to have something soft under your knees while stretching or elbows while planking. Plus, they roll up and go anywhere with you!
  4. Wall Clock – We do a lot of timed workouts and timed intervals. Having a nice clock that counts seconds is great! We have one similar to THIS that can go on the wall or sit on the floor (i.e. during a plank). Or you can go for a barbell plate clock to set the tone for your home gym! 😀
  5. Whiteboard – I love having my workout written on a whiteboard. We keep the whiteboard hanging under the clock so we can see both at a glance. It’s motivating to me to *see* the workout written out and be able to check off rounds. I love to check things off!
  6. A Workout Plan – Having a plan is KEY. When you head to your home gym, you want to be able to pull up your workout (on a pdf, video, etc) and get started! Free workouts are everywhere online, but if you want to follow a specific protocol or a program designed by a professional, you will most likely need to purchase a program that fits your needs, desire, and fitness level.

I have several plans that I can suggest! I’ve personally written a kettlebell program for busy women that want to workout at home. Find out more about that 8-week program called Simply Kettlebells here. Currently, David (my husband) and I are completing a 12-week program called Metabolic Prime.

The Metabolic Prime workouts are designed to be short (just 15 minutes!) and burn fat for 48 hours after! There are new workouts for each of the 4 phases. There are 3 workouts per week x 4 phases for a total of 12 video, follow-along workouts. Each phase also has a 5-minute burnout (or finisher) that can be done at the end of each workout. Some of the exercises use dumbells or bands (or you can use no weight at all – especially if you’re a beginner).

What’s included with Metabolic Prime?

  • Downloadable video workouts (or you can purchase the DVD version for the same price plus shipping charges)
  • A Workout Calendar
  • Progress Tracker
  • Accountability via a private facebook group with the other challengers
  • A 12-week metabolic meal plan with recipes, shopping list, and nutrition guidelines for the program
  • A Metabolic Blueprint Manual

If you have any questions about getting started with exercise at home or setting up a home gym, please comment below or contact me HERE. I’d love to answer any questions you may have.

xo -Jill


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4 Tips to Break the “Too Busy Cycle” and Get Your Priorities Straight Once and For All!

A very common struggle among women today is a lack of time. I bet you can relate.

When subscribers sign up for my newsletter, I ask them in the very first email what their #1 struggle is. One of the top 2-3 answers I receive from subscribers is, not surprisingly, “lack of time” to workout.

That’s not shocking, right? We all suffer from the busy-ness bug!

I totally understand! I’m a mom, wife, teacher, coach, business owner, church member, friend, daughter, sister, and the list goes on……

Consider a this for a second:

And here’s a (very kindly spoken) tough love alert…

We all have the same 24 hours in a day.

I know, I know- we are certainly all in differing circumstances in our life. We don’t all have nannies, maids, and other hired help. But, even within our own circumstances- no matter what they are- we get to choose HOW we spend our time outside of work hours.

Being “busy” is an epidemic in our rushed society. How often do we hear from a friend that she can’t (fill in the blank) because she is “too busy.” You may even find yourself saying that. I do!

It has sadly become the norm for “I’m too busy” to fly out of our mouths in response to any request or invitation. What does “I’m too busy” really say? To me it says, “That is not a priority” or “I don’t find that important to do.” (Just being honest here, and I’m GUILTY as charged!) We can all agree that we each have the same 24 hours in our day. We choose to use those hours differently based on what we determine is important to us!priorities

It’s time to think about designing your life in a way that you are in the driver’s seat of your time. Don’t sit back and let life happen to you. When you sit back and let things happen TO you, you are giving up full control and just move from one frantic “thing to do” to the next. It becomes a vicious cycle of busyness that seems to be unbreakable. In the meantime, no one is really enjoying all the busyness!

4 Tips to Break the “Too Busy Cycle”

1) Schedule your top priorities FIRST. To find out what a person deems important, take a look at their calendar! Does your calendar match what you SAY are your priorities? I’ve come to realize that I’m not “too busy” for the things I find to be important. I make time for my top priorities each day. We all do! But sometimes we haven’t thought about it deeply enough, so we end up just living moment to moment, getting through each day.

Suggestion: Carve out 10-20 minutes each week to re-prioritize your life. Write down all the things that you need to make sure happen each day of the week – the things you will do no matter what. Place your most important priorities on your calendar or in your planner FIRST. Pick a night of the week to do this, and make “scheduling” a tradition. How much better do we all feel when organized?!? Or is it just me?? 🙂

Write down a typical day or 2 and look for time slots that you could use differently or more efficiently. This could be the first step to leveraging her time better. Once you find those time slots, use them wisely. If health and fitness are important to you, schedule in 20-30 minutes a day a few times a week for working out. Schedule in a couple of hours on the weekend for food planning and prep for the week. Writing it down is the first step to GETTING IT DONE!

Also, limit your time on email, facebook, twitter, or wherever you find a time sucking black hole in your schedule. Turn off notifications on your phone so you aren’t bombarded ALL.DAY.LONG with beeps and rings that let you know there is email to be read or facebook posts to be “liked”. Set aside 30 or so minutes a day to catch up on emails or social media. This ONE thing alone has increased my productivity by leaps and bounds!

2) Get rid of the “victim mindset” when it comes to your schedule or your circumstances. I used to be the QUEEN of this! As a new mom, 10 years ago, I would often have a pity party about how I didn’t have any time for myself because I now had a baby that required my 24/7 attention. Of course I loved my son dearly and wouldn’t have traded caring for him for anything else in the world, but I now realize that my attitude and thoughts around my new situation were causing me to feel miserable. Looking back, I see that I was getting something out of playing the role of a martyr. I enjoyed how others would feel sorry for me when I told them how my time was no longer mine and I was “too busy” to even take a shower. They would pat me on the back and tell me what a great job I was doing. I was getting affirmation out of playing a “victim” of my circumstances. Now I realize that when I’m in the victim mindset, I’m hindering myself from taking ACTION on what I really desire.

For me, I now choose TAKING ACTION over BEING A VICTIM. 🙂

How many times do you say or hear it be said, “I’m too overwhelmed to add anything to my day. I’m just too busy.” What that is saying is that whatever the activity is that is in question isn’t currently a priority. That’s ok! Just be truthful with yourself. There’s no judgment. It just is what it is – not important at the moment.

Consider this: How many of us will JUMP when called upon to send a snack for our kid’s preschool class or sports team. It doesn’t matter if you get the call at 10 pm, you are ON IT! React the same way to the things you say are important to you! If you say it’s important to exercise, for example, you will find a way just like you found a way to make those cookies for your child’s class or team (even though you were tired, it was late at night, or you were feeling overwhelmed).

3) Don’t take on new obligations that are unnecessary. (i.e. Learn to say “NO” sometimes!)

Self-imposed busyness is a way we sabotage our own goals. It’s how we justify not eating right (don’t have time to plan or cook meals) and not exercising (who has time for that?!). An authentic “no” is much more appreciated than a resentful “yes.” Agree? Would you want someone to do something for you that they didn’t want to do? I believe we’d all agree that the answer is no.

4) Prioritize LEISURE time in your own schedule as well as your KIDS’ schedules.

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing” –Lao Tzu

Our kids are scheduled down to the minute these days instead of outside running, playing, building forts, making mud pies, etc. Sports and other extra-curricular activities are important, but they don’t ALL have to be done at once. Set limits. Don’t be addicted to “BUSY.”

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And for all you ladies, make sure that at least 5-10 minutes a day you can relax and enjoy a hot bath, a good book, a leisure walk with the family, or chat with a good friend. This is important to our own psyche and our stress level. It’s not selfish to prioritize meeting your own needs from time to time. I would argue that having your needs met makes you a better mom, wife, daughter, friend, and neighbor. 🙂

What does this have to do with health and fitness?

A lot.

When you don’t prioritize your health and fitness and the health of your family, no one benefits. Don’t be “too busy” to take care of your own physical needs! If you are healthy, active, and feeling alive, you are able to help your friends and family in an even better way – without resentment or being bitter about it.

If you need help, hire a coach to help you. Ain’t no shame in that! I’ve personally had several coaches in my life that have helped me better myself. 🙂

Health and fitness aren’t at the top everyone’s priority list. I get that! For me, it wasn’t for many years. I encourage you, however, to use these same principles in your life to make sure that “busyness” isn’t getting in the way of your TOP priorities whatever they may be.

I’ll leave you with a few quotes that I love about busyness…

“Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise.” ~ Lin Yutang, The Importance Of Living

 

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

 

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves” ~Jack Kornfield

 

“The really idle man gets nowhere. The perpetually busy man does not get much further.” ~Sir Heneage Ogilvie

xo -Jill


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How to Wake Up Early
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How to Wake Up Early to Work Out

I’ve not always been an early riser. It’s still a struggle sometimes. (Just ask my husband!) I can be the queen of snooze some mornings, but I try to be up between 5 – 5:30 am.  I discovered that the secret for me for how to wake up early to workout is just by doing it. Ha! I set my mind (and my alarm) and just get up.

However, that method doesn’t work for everyone.

How to Wake Up Early

My ideal schedule includes getting up around 5 am and getting my coffee. Ahhhhhh….yes, coffee is always first! I read my devo and have prayer time first thing. By 6 am, I have my work “power hour”. I get lots done during this time!

Around 7 am, my husband and I workout together. Next is breakfast and then we start our homeschool day. Once our homeschool time is finished, I have a couple of hours in the afternoon to work a bit more. By dinner time, family time begins. After dinner, I shut down my kitchen, load the dishes, get my water filled for the next day, and get the coffee pot filled and the timer set for 5 am the next morning. (David helps with all of these post-dinner chores as well.)

You may be wondering why it’s important to get an early start to the day. It’s really not for everyone, but women who have children often find that they can be most productive when the kids are asleep. For most, this is in the early morning hours versus after the kids are in bed when most of us as exhausted.

When your morning is productive, it sets the stage for a productive day, better eating choices, better sleep that night, and reduced stress. 🙂

Over the years, I’ve helped many clients start this new habit. Today, I want to share a few suggestions that have worked for these ladies.

How to Wake Up Early to Work Out

Suggestion 1: Adjust your habits.

Instead of waiting til the morning to get your clothes ready for the day, pack your laptop bag, or fix your lunch, do all of those things the night before. This will make it easier to workout first thing in the morning.

Suggestion 2: Have a set bedtime and wake time.

We do this for our children and need to take a page out of our parenting books for ourselves! Set your bedtime to 9:30 or 10:00 pm and your wake-up time according to your schedule and how much time you need for productivity in the morning.

Suggestion 3: Work out at home.

If you find it difficult to be up and at a gym class at 5 am, you can work out at home instead. This will save driving time plus you get to workout in your pjs!

Suggestion 4: Join a gym.

Opposite of the above suggestion, some ladies find more accountability signing up for a specific early morning class. I’ve done both and see the value in both! You will have to decide what will #1) work for your daily schedule and  #2) motivate you the most to get up and work out.

Suggestion 5: Utilize time-efficient workouts that are also effective for fat loss.

Many people, in general, are confused about how much time it takes to workout to get results. My personal clients utilize 30 minute fat burning workouts. I’m not currently taking clients, but I can recommend a top notch coaching program that utilizes short, time-efficient, and effective workouts! FASTer Way to Fat Loss is a 6 week boot camp that utilizes carb cycling and intermittent fasting – HIGHLY effective program!

Suggestion 6: Scale back your wake up time gradually.

If “biting the bullet” and just starting to wake up at 5 am cold turkey isn’t your cup of tea, then by all means, take a gradual approach. Start on day one by getting your morning chores done the night before (see suggestion 1), and set your alarm 15 minutes earlier. Without the added chores and the extra 15 minutes or wake time, you will find more than enough time to fit in some movement!

Suggestion 7: Record your television shows.

So many of us are addicted to tv series and “have” to watch them live. I suggest recording your favorites and watch them over the weekend. This will allow you to hop into bed at a decent hour.

Suggestion 8: Get in touch with your “WHY” or purpose for wanting to wake up early and work out.

Anytime you can channel a deeper reason for a goal, you will be more successful. More on that HERE.

 

How to Wake Up Early

Let me know. What’s your ideal morning like? What time do you go to bed and what time do you wake up? Can’t wait to hear!

xo – Jill


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How to Effectively and Successfully Overhaul Your Life

By Jill Jacobs

I haven’t always been healthy and in good physical shape. I have managed to move from an unhealthy place where I didn’t exercise or eat in a way that was great for my body to a place where I have a healthy and fit lifestyle. For years, the thought of overhauling my life was overwhelming and frustrating.

I want to share with how I turned my life around. This is something that is simple and doable for everyone! I’ve used this method with many of my clients, and this can serve as the start of your own journey to becoming a healthier and fitter you.

How to Effectively and Successfully Overhaul Your Life

Step 1: Think about your habits- good and bad. Hang on to all your good, healthy habits.

Step 2: Now, choose just ONE behavior that isn’t helping you reach your goals. Change that one behavior. (This could be taking away a harmful behavior or adding a healthy behavior.)

Today is the day to start doing one thing differently. Do this one thing until it becomes an effortless change…until it becomes a healthy habit.

It takes effort and lots of mindfulness at first, but eventually it will become simple. It may take anywhere from 1-4+ weeks to master it.

Step 3: Once you find the new habit easy, pick another habit to change.

Don’t underestimate the power of one!

How to Effectively and Successfully Overhaul Your Life

Changing one thing at a time makes sustainable, life-long change doable and doesn’t overwhelm you.

If you pick just one thing to focus on, that takes pressure off by taking away the feeling that you must change everything all at once.

Ideas of habits to add to your life:

  • Center meals and snacks around protein
  • Walk 10 or more minutes each day
  • Exercise 3x per week
  • Drink 96 ounces of water per day
  • Shut down your kitchen for 12 hours beginning at 7 pm
  • Monitor your carb and/or fat intake
  • Eat 5 servings of veggies daily
  • De-stress daily for 10 minutes (massage, yoga, walk, read, take a warm bath, etc)
  • Commit to a specific bedtime and wake up time

Remember, just pick ONE!

It’s very difficult to overhaul your entire life in a day. It takes more will power than many of us have!

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by changing only ONE thing, so give it try! Truly, less is more when it come to lifestyle change.

Let me know how it goes. 🙂

Comment below and let me know what ONE thing you have decided to change.

xo -Jill

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{Workout Wednesday} Turn Any Playground Into A Gym

By Jill Jacobs

I have very active boys. While they love their electronic games, they tend to prefer the outdoors if it’s anywhere close to a nice day. My oldest can turn any activity into a competition with his buddies, and my youngest is obsessed with pull ups and jumping rope lately. It’s fun to this side benefit of working out at home; my kids *want* to get involved and be active too.

Here is my youngest programming his own workout. 🙂

Turn Any Playground Into A Gym

We have a park about 1/2 mile from our house as well as a few playgrounds within our neighborhood. I confess that taking them to play at a park is NOT at the top of my list of desirable things to do (after all, we have a perfectly good yard and cul-de-sac!), but when I do, I like to use that time wisely.

If the boys are entertained with each other or friends (and don’t need me), then I use the time to read, catch up with a girlfriend or family member on the phone, or fit in a playground workout!

There are so many exercises you can do on or near a playground. I’ve put together a workout below that will help you get started thinking about ways to use your local playground to exercise. This is family fitness at its best!

Turn Any Playground Into A Gym

Turn Any Playground Into A Gym

With your children in your view, of course, start by warming up a bit by jogging around or in place, doing some butt kicks, jumping jacks, and any other dynamic exercise. Then, clock in for a specific amount of time. I think 20 minutes is perfect, but if you only have 10 minutes then clock in for 10 minutes! Never, ever, ever allow perfect or ideal to be the enemy of good!

Once you’re warmed up, start your clock and go:

  1. 1-5 Pull Ups or 15-30 second Flexed Arm Hang on the Monkey Bars – If you can perform pull-ups, using the monkey bars is a great way to fit in a set. If you can’t, jump up to the bar and hold a flexed arm position for as long as you can. You want your chest to the bar with your shoulders back and down. I suggest 15-30 seconds but do what you can even if it’s less or more. Also, letting yourself down slowly is a great way to build pull-up strength. This is called a negative pull-up.
  2. Stationary Reverse Lunges – You could do forward walking lunges around the perimeter of the playground, but I find that reverse lunges are better on the knees (at least for me!).
  3. 5-10 Push Ups – You can adjust push ups to your ability by changing the position used and/or number of reps. Choose any position from incline, to standard, to decline if you’re advanced. For incline and decline, find a park bench, ladder rung, or any elevated surface.
  4. 20 + Mountain Climbers – Staying in plank position after your push-ups, perform 20+ mountain climbers.
  5. 10 right/10 left Step Ups on a park bench, the bottom of a slide, or another stable surface – If you can find a place for step ups, these will work your booty!
  6. Sprint 20-40 yards* (On a hill if available) – Here is some more info on sprint training.

Repeat the circuit until your time is up!

*If you don’t have a place to sprint, do 20 squat jumps instead. 

There are so many more exercises you could perform on a playground including burpees, squat jumps, split squats (using a park bench for your back foot), box jumps onto a bench, any core work if you take a yoga mat or a have nice grassy area, hanging leg or knee raises (on the monkey bars), crossing the monkey bars, swinging with your child, pushing your child on a swing (especially vigorously on a tire swing!), inverted rows on a low bar, pike push ups with your feet in a swing, any type of crawling exercises, not to mention all you could do with a suspension system like TRX! The sky is the limit. 🙂

Turn Any Playground Into A Gym

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The most important thing is to enjoy your time with your kids. The added benefits are exposing them to the outdoors and showing them how important exercise is to you!

Families that play together, stay together. 🙂

xo -Jill

 

 

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This is How I Stay Motivated to Exercise

By Jill Jacobs

Lately, I’ve been contemplating why certain people can stay motivated to exercise regularly and eat healthily while other people’s motivation wanes easily. They exercise a week or two and just quit. They lack exercise motivation.

I see it in friends, family, and even feel a lack of motivation in myself sometimes.

I think it boils down to a couple of things.

First, if a person has a dieter’s mentality, they will always feel either ON a program or OFF a program. Adopting a LIFESTYLE mentality would make a huge difference in this group. If you know you are committed to something for the long haul, you are not likely to give up when you aren’t performing perfectly. (I mean, perfection is a myth anyway!)

Take parenting for example. What if the first time you make a mistake with your new baby, toddler, or teen, you just threw in the towel and gave up? Never! That’s not how it works when you have a long-term commitment to something. You’d never give up on parenting your child and just hand them over to someone else to raise because of a misstep in your parenting!

The same goes for our health. Taking ownership and having a lifestyle mentality will go a long way towards staying motivated. When you make the switch to the lifestyle mentality, you become committed for the long haul. (If the dieter’s mentality is a struggle for you, having a coach and some type of accountability system in place are 2 ways to overcome this type of thinking.)

The second reason I think people quit is not having a solid purpose for exercising. Purpose allows you to tap into your inner motivation which is the kind of motivation that stands the test of time! Digging deep is how you ultimately find lasting motivation.

I’d like to share a few of my reasons (or my deeper purposes) for exercising, hence how I stay motivated and on track. I share these with the hope that something here will resonate with you. 🙂

5 Reasons I Stay Motivated to Exercise:

1. I’m training for the sport called life. I need to feel good and be strong to be the best mom I can be. Motherhood requires athleticism. Have you ever lugged around a toddler and grocery bags at the same time while having to squat down to get the keys you just dropped on the ground? Have you ever played tag with your kids? Sprinted against your daughter? Played football with your son? Exercise allows me to stay in shape so I can enjoy life to its fullest!

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2. I value my health and the health of my family. I want to avoid certain diseases that run in my family. I want to be healthy in my old age. I want to pass a legacy of healthy living to my sons and their future families.

When I value health, my example trickles down to the entire family. My sons make sure to do their pull ups every day without being prompted. They just want to! (Daily pull ups was their idea back in the fall of last year. I promise I’m not being a drill sergeant! ha!) My sons ask me questions like, “What’s my protein going to be for dinner?” 🙂 They’ve learned balance around food, and when they make poor choices, they are able to recognize that their bodies feel different (i.e. not good, sluggish, nauseous). I know I didn’t have that type of awareness as a child!

Raising my kids to value health is important to me, and I must lead by example not just words.

3. I value hard work, strength, dedication, and meeting goals. Outer strength begets inner strength. I can tell you this because I’ve witnessed it in myself and so many other women. Putting in the hard work, discipline, and dedication to meet a strength, endurance, non-appearance-based goal will not only make you stronger on the outside; you will be stronger on the inside!

You do not have to be hardcore, “I train, eat, sleep, repeat,” to be consistent and dedicated. Set up some minimum standards for yourself. This could be something like never missing a Monday workout, working out 4 times per weeks minimum, or making sure to move in some way (even leisure walking) daily. This will build healthy habits and you will start to feel strong and confident! There’s nothing more motivating than getting a few “wins” under your belt.

4. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. What I do with my body, what I put into my body, and how I treat my body MATTERS. I truly believe that God wants both our hearts AND our bodies to be used for His glory. Not one or the other; BOTH. My body is a gift. I need to be a good steward with this gift, treat it well, nourish it, and avoid abusing it.

5. I love endorphins! Heavy strength training is one sure-fire way that I use to feel better and more energized.  This is because of the endorphin production that comes with heavy lifting.  It makes me feel happy and alive. Even when I dread the workout and am completely unmotivated, within a few of minutes of starting my workout, I’m already feeling so much better. And then when I hit a PR, I’m on top of the world, smiling, confident, and feeling accomplished. Plus, when I have those endorphins flowing through my body, my husband is completely safe from harm. 😉

I’ve listed several reasons why I exercise. These reasons keep me motivated to stick with it for the long haul! Before I sign off, though, I’d like to leave you with a list of a few things that are NOT reasons I’m motivated to exercise:

  • I don’t exercise to be skinny.
  • I don’t exercise to achieve a certain number on the scale.
  • I don’t exercise to punish myself for eating “bad.”
  • I don’t exercise in order to earn food.
  • I don’t exercise to wear a certain size of jeans.
  • I don’t exercise to be a hardcore, “no excuses” #fitmom. 
  • And most of all, I don’t exercise because I hate my body. I do it because I love and appreciate my body and all that it does for me!

Exercise Motivation

One thing is certain, maintaining exercise motivation is more difficult when you don’t enjoy the type of exercise that you do. Finding a way to move your body in a way that you LOVE and enjoy is so important! My love is for strength training, preferably with kettlebells (like the workouts found here). I keep my workouts short and intense. This way, they don’t take my day away from me AND they are still effective!

What are some of the reasons YOU exercise? How do you maintain exercise motivation? Or do you? I’d love to know! Comment below and let me know. 🙂

Oh, and join my 14-day e-course called Motivation Makeover for some additional support!

 xo ~Jill

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