Get a great workout from the comfort of your own home. Here are my TOP 15 reasons why you don’t need to be wasting money at the gym! 

15 Reasons to Skip the Gym and Workout at Home

I’ve been working out at home for the past 6 years. Before that, I did belong to a gym for a few years. Even though I had a gym membership, I rarely used it. First of all, I would go there and just use the cardio equipment, the weights intimidated me. Second, there were so many days I didn’t feel like driving all the way to the gym, especially when it was wintertime! But my number one reason for not using the gym – the people!! I always felt so intimidated by the other gym members. I thought they were judging me and watching my every move, or criticizing my overweight body. I really disliked that feeling.

So, after having my 3 kids, I decided I wanted to try working out at home. Being a busy mom meant I didn’t have time to drive to the gym PLUS pay for them to watch my kids. I thought it was so much easier to just wake up, head down to the basement, and do a quick 30 minute workout while the rest of the house slept.

Choosing to workout at home has allowed me to do state-of-the-art workouts with some of the top trainers in the business.

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If you’re just getting started and wondering if you need a gym to get healthy – you don’t!!

The 21 Day Fix is one of my favourite workouts for beginners. All you need are a couple of pairs of free weights to get started (and I bet you already have some collecting dust somewhere in your house!) Or, if you prefer not to invest in weights, there are other programs like PiYo and TurboFire that use just your body weight for resistance.

And working out at home isn’t just for beginners. Athletes can feel the burn with programs like Insanity Max 30 and Hammer and Chisel!

I have received amazing results with many of these programs!! Even better results then when I was paying a personal trainer $500 to help me get in shape.

Hammer and Chisel Month 1 results

Still wondering if working out at home is a good option? Here are my TOP 15 reasons to skip the gym and workout at home:

  1. I can workout any time of day.
  2. The weather does not give me an excuse.
  3. I don’t have to deal with crowds and germs!!
  4. No fighting traffic or winter driving conditions.
  5. I don’t have to spend time in my car driving back and forth. I can get in a workout in the time it would have taken me to drive there and back.
  6. I can wear whatever I want and look how I want.
  7. I get to choose what workout I want to do, or follow the calendar that comes with each workout.
  8. I don’t have to worry about comparing myself to others.
  9. I can use my own body weight or free weights in a functional way versus machines.
  10. The videos teach me all I need to know about proper form and preventing injury.
  11. I can pause the workout to tend to my kids or use my own, clean washroom.
  12. It saves me money!! Most workout programs cost about $60 – 100 and you keep them forever! And now, with Beachbody on Demand, I can stream 100’s of workouts for just $12/month.
  13. It’s nice and quiet so I can focus on my workout and track my progress.
  14. I’m not limited by what types of classes are offered. I can do yoga, dance, kickboxing, weight training, interval training, or HIIT workouts. There is a DVD for everything!
  15. I still have an online support system like the gym offers.

Some of my fit family!

Here are just a few of the biggest cheerleaders in my fit family!!! It’s wonderful getting to know others from around the world who have the same goals as you do.

As you begin to workout at home and build up a home gym, you may want to invest in some heavier weights. I prefer the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells because you can just dial in the weight you want, and they don’t take up much space. You can also find a bench or stability ball at any store that sells home-fitness equipment.

I run a free group on Facebook that works out year-round, or if you’re just getting started and need some direction, I think you would prefer the support and accountability of my monthly Drop a Dress Size group. If you would like to be in our year-round group, just email me at thefithousewife@gmail.com, and I’ll make sure you get added! (*only for those not already working with a coach.*)

 

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Zucchini noodles make a great substitution for pasta! Enjoy this low-carb meal any night of the week.

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Lemon Herb Chicken. A low-carb meal that is delicious and simple to make.

I bought my vegetable spiralizer early last year, and it took me a few months to actually try it. I’m so glad I did though, because I love it!!  It’s a great way to add vegetables to your favourite dinners in place of pasta. Zucchini makes a perfect substitution since you can make long strands of “noodles” with it.

Adding pesto to the zucchini noodles is my favourite way to eat them. I love the flavour it gives the zucchini. In this recipe, I’ve also added mushrooms, garlic, and tender lemon and herb flavoured chicken. You don’t have to marinate the chicken, but I highly recommend it for flavour.

You can prepare the chicken ahead of time! This chicken would go well with practically any meal. So you could cook up a few chicken breasts and have them on hand throughout the week. Then just reheat and add to your meal.

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Lemon Herb Chicken

I was little skeptical about my kids liking this meal, but I like them to try new and different things in order to expand their tastes. The verdict? “Mom, I really like these noodles!” said my 7 year old! Hooray!! A winning meal!

If your kids don’t like pesto, you could easily add their favourite pasta sauce to the noodles instead. It would all go together just as well and taste just as good. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you could use a vegetable peeler or a mandolin. Either way, I hope you give them a try!

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Lemon Herb Chicken

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Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

  • For the Zucchini Noodles:
  • Coconut Oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 Tbsp basil pesto sauce
  • For the Lemon Herb Chicken:
  • 4 - 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp oregano

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the juice of a lemon, olive oil, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt, and oregano. Place chicken in a zipper-closure bag and add marinade. Marinate chicken for 4 hours, or overnight.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 3 - 5 minutes, or until nicely browned on one side. Turn chicken over, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for approximately 8 - 10 more minutes (depending on thickness of chicken,) or until chicken is cooked through. Remove to a cutting board and wait 5 minutes before slicing.
  3. While chicken is cooking, spray a skillet with coconut oil and heat over medium heat.
  4. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are browning and have released all of their liquid, approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Spiralize the zucchini noodles and add to the mushroom mixture. Cook over medium-high heat for no more than 2 minutes.
  7. Add pesto and mix well.
  8. Evenly divide the zucchini noodles between 4 plates and top with sliced chicken.

Notes

Cal: 239 Fat: 8.7g Protein: 29.9g Carbs: 9.9g Fiber: 2.9g Sodium: 160mg

21 Day Fix: 1-1/2 green, 1 red, 1 tsp

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