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Simple Workout Inspirations

I was blessed in a HUGE way when I was sick, with the gift of a year-long gym membership.  It has been so awesome, and when someone else is paying for your monthly gym fee, well…talk about motivation!  I HAVE to get my bum to the gym.

I recognize not everyone is able to do this, so I wanted to share some things I do around here on days I am not able to make it to the gym, hoping it may bring inspiration to anyone who needs it.

1. An area to work out in that works for you.  I found that my cold basement, even though it has a large tv & carpet, was not the place I wanted to be.  I wanted a bit more ‘zen’ feeling for yoga, and my bedroom has worked much better for me.  I keep my mat, a set of 5 lb dumbbells, and workout DVD’s in my room.  You can’t see it in the pics, but I have a TV/DVD player in our room.  Works for me!

{that brown mat is a yoga mat, I just roll it up when finished and lean it in the corner of my room. The DVD is Jillian Micheals}

2. Jillian Micheals 30 Day Shred–I kept seeing this DVD talked about all over the web, so when a few of my real life friends recommended it, I had to check it out.  This DVD is GREAT!  Jillian gets it done and works you hard, using simple, sometimes old-school (jumping jacks) but effective technique.

3. Good music always inspires.  Find what you love.  Here is a link to Fitness Magazines Best Workout Playlists.  They give you lists of music depending what type of workout you are doing.

4. Keep it simple.  Do what you can.  Something is better than nothing.  Starting on one body part may inspire you to continue on to the rest!

This leg workout would take minutes a day. How about some calf raises while doing the dishes, or while in the shower!

{found on Pinterest, can’t find original source}
Here is a quick workout that would work the entire body.  My sister in law told me that she will just randomly break out in jumping jacks while in the kitchen, waiting for water to boil, etc.  She said her family thinks she is a bit nuts, but IT WORKS FOR HER.  This confession made me smile and inspired me to just move!5. Is the treadmill your thing?  Mix it up with these awesome treadmill workouts from
Source: via Amy on Pinterest
 6. Need to target a certain area but not sure where to start?  This website is an exercise finder.  Click on the area of the body you want to tone and it gives you a list of exercises.  Found at

7. Got a “pouch?” 3 sets of these held as long as you can, works the lower abdominal.

8. Nature, the most inspiring.  A simple walk outdoors, while paying attention to the sights and sounds that nature brings, inspires me in more ways than I can count!


I hope these help inspire you.  They did me!  Is exercise something you have been able to conquer in your life?  With my health history, it must be a priority to me, which is a bit scary because it is something I have struggled to do on a regular basis my whole life!    I am not yet at the place where it is just naturally a part of my everyday life, but I am getting close!

Tell me what is working for you?  Did any of the above tips inspire you?

Do you have a Pinterest account?  If so, I’d love to know.  To follow me at Pinterest and see more of my pins,  click here.

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    January 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Can you tell me what your wall paint color is? I love it, especially with the wood trim.

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      January 26, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Can you believe I don’t know the color! So sorry.

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  • Kathy
    January 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    1. This is a great post!
    2. I struggle with making exercise part of my life too!
    3. The Shred is great – so hard yet so quick so it’s manageable for me!
    4. I think we have the exact same bed as you!
    5. I love pinterest … here is my pinboard …

    Have a great day! =)

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