I used to work as a worksite wellness health coach for a university. Clients could sign up for health testing (body fat testing, height, weight, blood pressure, basic fitness tests, etc.) and we’d work together to establish exercise and nutrition goals based on their areas of interest or concern.
I’d had an interest in nutrition for years (and, in fact, took every class available outside of the dietetics major), but it was the first time I’d really looked at my fitness habits. As a college student, I was still mostly skating by with eating as well as I could and really hadn’t exercised much. Like, ever. I’d never been much for sports, but I soon learned that I loved exercise. That said, I’m not hard core. I’ve never run a marathon (or even a half marathon or 10k), can’t squat my body weight, and don’t even have a gym membership. But I feel healthier than I ever have in my life as I’ve been working on striking a balance in my fitness routine.
Since I love sharing my favorite things, I thought I’d tell you about my favorite fitness app at the moment:
I’m a complete and total miser when it comes to spending money on apps. This is literally the ONLY app I’ve paid money for. And, for $2.99, it’s cheaper than any workout DVD. My friend Kara (whose arms are the stuff Michelle Obama’s are made of) introduced me to it forever ago, and I love it.
It’s a 7-minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout that goes through 12 different exercises in quick succession with a focus on different muscle groups. It was great for getting back into working out after Milo was born, when time was short (nonexistent), and I needed something fast. These days, I alternate doing sets of this app, yoga, and run/walk/jogs throughout the week.
If you’re a total beginner, you can get a walk-through of what each exercise entails and see what proper form is like. You can also pause the workout, so if your child needs emergency help on the potty or you need a quick breather, you can pause and resume as needed.
Best of all, as your fitness level increases, you can add sets, so you can repeat the workout as many times as you like. I really appreciated noticing “hey, that side plank didn’t feel as long as it did last time” or “hey, I can practically do real push ups!” While (unlike Kara), my arms are not made of the stuff Michelle Obama’s are, I really do feel like I’ve built strength since using it.
I love that basically no equipment is needed (other than a chair/stair/curb or ottoman to step up on). You don’t even need a wi-fi connection! If you’re looking for something to take with you on the road, to a quiet corner of your house, or to the gym for a little direction, it’s a great one.
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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I’ve not been compensated, gifted, or perked for writing it. I purchased the app and love it!