12 of my Favorite At-Home Workouts

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend and thinking about some goals and intentions to set for the week ahead.
One of your goals might be to workout every day this week. Did you know the American Council on Exercise (ACE) recommends that we sweat for a minimum of 60 minutes per day?

“According to available research, an hour of physical activity appears to be necessary for optimal health. With 60 minutes of exercise a day, you can maintain health and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Consumers need to hear this message as often and as consistently as possible in light of the epidemic of obesity among adults and children.” – Dr. Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. 

But, 60 minutes of moving can seem like an impossibly high bar to some of us if we are working full-time, keeping up with kids/family, social commitments, and other responsibilities. I strive to meet this bench mark each day and usually between teaching classes and marathon training, it’s very doable. However, there are some crazy days (I’m sure you can relate!) where I won’t have time to make it work and the only way to get in a workout is to fire up YouTube and get it done in my living room, in the wee early morning or late, late night hours after work.

Whatever your schedule looks like, you can get creative and make it a priority to find 60 minutes in your day to move, too. It’s important to remember that these 60 minutes do not have to be consecutive – so you can break it up with a 30 minute video, and 3 10-minute walks, for example. Just get creative and make it work for you!

To get you started, I rounded up 12 of my favorite free, at-home workouts that you can follow along with right at home. Enjoy!

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Summertime Meal Prep Favorites

“June Gloom” is officially gone in San Diego and we are finally in the full swing of summer. Clear skies, constant sunshine, and temperatures in the low 70s, all day every day. Pure bliss.

Now that it’s heating up, we’re spending as much time outdoors as possible. That means we’re not spending a ton of time inside cooking/baking etc. When we are home, I don’t like to use the oven unless it’s absolutely necessary. In our 1950s beach apartment, there’s no AC so things heat up fast! I had fun spending just under an hour meal prepping a few easy bites for the week ahead — no oven required!–  and I’d love to share them with you. They’re nothing earth shattering, but it might be fun to add these into your meal plans this week if you need something new to try!

1. Cranberry and Coconut Bliss Bites

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Chad and I both really enjoy eating one or two of these before we head to the gym in the morning. I get lightheaded if I workout or teach my classes without eating first, but I’m rarely hungry that early! These bites are perfect to give me a little boost and are easy to digest first thing in the morning. Be careful though, they are so addicting! 🙂

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What You’ll Need:

  • Rolled oats
  • All-natural, unsweetened
  • Unsweetened dried cranberries
  • Unsweetened coconut shavings
  • Agave nectar or honey
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and blend until mix is even. Place mixture in fridge and chill for 30-60 minutes. Then roll the balls in your hands and store in fridge for up to one week.

2. Triple Berry Salad

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What You’ll Need:

  • Your favorite greens (I opted for an organic spring mix from Aldi)
  • Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
  • Sliced almonds
  • Feta cheese
  • If you’d like some extra protein: grilled chicken breast
  • Balsamic vinegar and olive oil

3. ALL THE SMOOTHIES!

We were recently gifted a nutribullet from one of our neighbors (I know, so sweet!) and I’ve been making smoothies every day. They are such a refreshing meal or snack in summertime and I love getting extra fruits and veggies in. My favorite combos lately have been:

  • Frozen peach slices
  • Frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp. raw beet powder (great for recovery, runners!)
  • Collagen powder
  • Dash of turmeric
  • 3-4 frozen broccoli florets (sneaking veggies in always!)
  • Water

and

  • Blueberries
  • Greek yogurt (or coconut milk yogurt for dairy-free)
  • 1/2 banana
  • Collagen powder
  • 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter

In terms of meal prep, nothing is easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients together in a blender, right? Actually, it can get even easier than that! Because I’m always rushing in the morning (like I’m sure you are too), I like to have as much as possible laid out ahead of time. My clothes, my work bag, and my breakfast. I put all of the ingredients in the nutribullet cup the night before and store it in the fridge. Then when it’s go time in the morning, I just pull it out, flip it, blend, and enjoy. It’s a small hack, but it takes the guess work out of thinking of a good combination and saves me about 5 minutes. And in those fleeting morning minutes, every second counts! 😉

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Pre-blend, going in the fridge the night before. It’s not pretty, but it sure is convenient!

I hope you are having the best summer so far!

What have been some of your favorite meal prep go-tos this season?