My At-Home Workout Essentials and Tips!

I’ve been getting quite a few questions lately on how I do my at-home workouts. In all honesty, it’s been quite the adjustment, but it’s also been super convenient to be able to just go into my garage and get a solid workout in. In fact, I’m finding that I’m working out harder now than I did in any gym setting.

I personally don’t follow any fitness videos or virtual classes. I do think they are great, especially if you were previously going to classes at a fitness club or gym. I do workouts/circuits that I learned from my personal training sessions. They work for me, and I love getting creative and switching them up to make it more challenging.

I don’t have any heavy or crazy gym equipment. I use resistance bands, sliders, my yoga mat and a pair of 6 lb weights. If you don’t have any of that, no problem! You can just use the weight of your body or supplies you have laying around your house.

I find that what has also been motivating me to get up and workout is putting on some cute workout clothes. Some of my favorites are from Yvette Sports. Their leggings are so soft, it feels as though you are putting on a pair of comfy pjs. I usually don’t workout in makeup, but lately I have been putting on some mascara before I go to exercise. Since being at home, I haven’t been wearing much makeup, so even just a tiny bit of mascara before working out has made me feel not only more like myself, but has brought a bit of familiarity back into my life.

I hope this helps you create your own at-home workout routine! Stay healthy and safe!

XO Courtney

What I am Currently Reading, Listening to and More!

There’s been a lot going on the last few days and weeks. I think it’s safe to say everyone’s anxiety has been up as we all try to process what is going on and how we can stay healthy and safe. I’m finding that while this down time can be hard to adjust to, it’s also a great time to dive into some new books, podcasts and more. Below is a list of books I’ve been reading, podcasts I’ve been listening to, as well as some other fun things to pass the time and relieve stress.

~Books~

I think I read this book in a matter of days. Lisa Jewell’s Then She Was Gone is a page turner like none other. Not only is it a quick read, but dives into the dark story of a mother trying to cope with her daughter’s disappearance. Definitely a must read!

I just started Watching You by Lisa Jewell. Like her other book, you are immediately immersed into the lives and perspectives of her characters. So far, I can’t put it down and have a feeling the ending may surprise me.

~Podcasts~

I wasn’t a fan of the other Monster podcasts, but this one caught my attention immediately. DC Sniper reinvestigates the beltway sniper
attacks, sharing the stories of those who were involved and what happened during that time in the DC and Maryland area.

I was skeptical of this podcast, but ended up loving it. Radio Rental, narrated by The Office’s Rainn Wilson and told by Up and Vanished creator Payne Lindsey, tells bizarre, real life stories. From encounters with serial killers to experiencing an alternate reality, these stories will really get you thinking. The overall concept is super creative, and I cannot wait until season two is released.

~More~

Shows I’m binge watching!

At-Home Workouts!

I love to workout, so it’s been challenging to find a new routine that doesn’t involve going to the gym. I started using my garage, since I don’t have the space inside my house and use my yoga mat, weights, resistance bands and sliders for a complete workout. I’m also trying to get into going on more walks or hikes, since the weather is slowly getting nicer by the day.

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I think the most important thing at the moment is to relax and stay calm. It’s been very hard for me, especially with social media and the news. To keep my mind healthy, I’ve stopped watching the news for a bit and also kept off social media. It’s important that you not only remain physically healthy, but also mentally healthy. Make sure you implement self-care and do things that will make you healthy, happy and stress-free.

XO – Courtney

Finding Balance

I started out 2020 promising myself I would blog more and create content that I am passionate about. Fast forward a few weeks into the New Year, and I found myself in a ball of stress for many reasons. I kept thinking to myself, I thought 2019 was the bad year, when is 2020 going to give me a break?? And to be honest, it hasn’t. I’ve definitely been dealing with a lot of personal stress, hence the reason I have been absent from my blog and not fulfilling one of my goals for 2020. There have been times that I just wasn’t in the mood to sit down and write or even come up with a fun post for Instagram (I know that’s a shocker). But as I have taken some time to reflect and cope with the stresses I have going on, I’ve realized that I need to find balance.

Balance is important with everything. Whether it’s focusing on your health or a relationship, everything goes back to making sure you have balance. For example, eating healthy is important, but I’m obviously going to eat that chocolate cake once in a while because I love sweets. In my opinion, I have lacked balance for a while, but I am finally taking a step back and realizing that I need to make a change. I need to make more of an effort to take care of myself and leave other thoughts to last.

I’ve come to terms with my need for balance because at the end of the day, it’s my hobbies, health and more that will make me happy, so why not make sure they take priority?

Make sure that you take the time to reflect and focus on the things that are going to make you happy and healthy.

XO – Courtney

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