Healthy Living

2020 Fitness Trend: Skipping the Gym for Home Workouts

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For me it is time. What is your excuse for not going to the gym? There are years I start off great, but life happens and before I know it I haven’t been back to the gym in 2 years. However, this doesn’t mean I cannot exercise. The 2020 fitness trend shows that we are in an era of apps and streaming resources that not only do we not need to drive to a gym, we are guided through a workout (virtually).

No more excuses, time or lack of knowing how to use the equipment at the gym can’t hold us back anymore. The old fitness trends may be fading into at-home workouts because we now have the right tools and education.

Starting is as simple of setting goals! Small goals are best and once you know what those are then creating a plan is as easy as picking a time of day to give yourself 20-30 minutes. You don’t even need EVERY day, at least 3-5 days a week is a great start.

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For me, if I don’t do stretches or workouts in the morning then my day starts and I never seem to find the time again. You will need to research a few fitness apps. Some are free and some have a small charge that is still cheaper than a gym membership. I find that apps that offer 14 days or 30 days programs work better for me because if my workout is in secession then I will stick with it. I also found this article, The 5 Best At-Home Workout Plans.

Some of my favorite apps that are good free or very inexpensive upgrades to them are Lose Weight in 30 Days (a free 30 day workout and diet plan), Six Pack in 30 Days, Aaptiv, Gixo, Dumbells. Also look through the exercises that are free and at what point you have to pay. Make sure they are routines you have equipment to follow along with.

I love that we have these app and digital options in 2020. The new fitness trends make it impossible for us to have excuses not to move or take time for ourselves.

Giveaways, Healthy Living

Join and Win Our ASizer App 2019 Fitness Challenge

Welcome to the 2019 Fitness Challenge with ASizer

Read carefully as all of the details are below including a bit about our Sponsor, ASizer App on iTunes!

What is the ASizer App?

ASizer is available for under $2 on iTunes and offers you more than just a standard fitness app. You get workouts, but they are personalized. Your workouts are personalized based on your BMI and body type. Your body type is determined on a quick (less than 30 seconds) body scan you do at home with your device via the app!

That’s right! ASizer assists you in tracking important body measurements through a revolutionary 360 body scan that analyzes your body mass index (BMI). Using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, workout recommendations are tailored for your personal fitness needs. ASizer’s 3D body scans show progress faster than anything else

Visit ASizer to learn more and to see how easy it is to scan and get started! It’s a lot of fun!

About the 2018 Fitness Challenge

The good news! The 2019 Fitness Challenge is Parenting Healthy exclusive. That means there is a small group of us which means personal interactions and great chances of winning. The challenge starts April 15 and ends on June 15th (that’s a 2 month challenge). Join anytime because progress is not shown in days but in effort!

Step 1

Sign up below in the widget area (required). This way I have your contact if you win and get your permission to feature your progress to help inspire others if you wish.

Step 2

Get the App (required). It is a $2/month commitment is all and you are worth so much more than $2 anyhow so a small price to join in and even if you don’t win our Amazon grand prize, we will all be winners in improved health and bodies! This is also what ASizer will use to find the grand prize winner with me because it knows when you are checking in.

Step 3

Share along the way. There will be small prizes along the way, so share your stories, challenges and progress to be picked for some prizes. Share by joining our CLOSED FB Challenge Group! These are where prize, winner, reminders and progress announcements will be made!

Prizes for the 2019 Fitness Challenge

On June 15, 2019 the challenge closes and ASizer will help me find the best results among all of you! I will be doing this challenge too with you and reporting my results, but I will obviously not be eligible to win! Only YOU are eligible if you follow all 4 steps above.

Small prizes will be randomly distributed along the way so check back with the winners list below!

Winners List

Grand Prize (will be awarded by June 20, 2019):

Small Prize 1 TBD April 30th:

Small Prize 2 TBD May 15:

Small Prize 3 TBD May 30:

Also announced in the Facebook Group!


Books Reviews, Healthy Living

Weight Loss Book Review: Dumbbell Workout Handbook

Weight Loss Book Review: Dumbbell Workout Handbook

Weight Loss Book Review: Dumbbell Workout Handbook

With recent trips to Las Vegas and New York City we did a lot of walking. We eat a lot but then we far exceed 10,000 steps well before dinner walking the streets. I always come home motivated to walk more, but never actually act on that motivation until our recent trip. I envied the runners who get to wake up and jog a scenery like Central Park and then I think of our little town here in Washington State that is wrapped up inside a trail near the 2 rivers. I have scenery and a live trail, all I need is to act on that motivation.

Every other day I (speed) walk route that is 2.38 miles roundtrip with our dog. She is young and active and these walks are good for her too. I have never been big on cardio workouts at home, I have tried them but they leave me exhausted and sore and the thought of doing it all over again is actually dreadful. If I do any workout at home it is strength training because I actually feel accomplished and as long as I stretch too I don’t suffer so bad the next day.

On the days between my walks I am using my Dumbbell Workout Handbook to burn calories in the way I prefer. It is written and organized by Michael Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT, who received his master’s degree in Exercise Science with a specialization in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior from George Washington University (GWU).

The weight loss book starts with some dumbbell basics and knowledge and then starts into a warm up chapter. It is then followed by the following fat burning sets

  • Full body burner
  • Upper and lower body spilt
  • Density training
  • Strength/Cardio
  • Hybrid super sets
  • Tabata circuits
  • Strength cardio finishers
  • core stability and strength

You can get your fat burning dumbbell workout handbook from Amazon, published by Hatherleigh Press.