My Favorite At Home Workouts

In today’s workout I’m sharing some of my favorite workouts to do at home.

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine wasn’t very exciting, though I did take full advantage of the warm temperatures and sunshine. It definitely felt like spring over the past few days. It’s hard to believe that it’s already Easter next weekend. How did that happen? Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

Barre classes

These are some of my favorite classes to do at home because you don’t need a lot of equipment or space. All you’ll need a a pair of light dumbbells and a yoga mat. If you don’t have dumbbells you can use something else from around the house like a pair of soup cans. You don’t need heavy weights at all to get in a great barre class. As for the yoga mat, it’s great if you’re working out on a hard or slippery surface. I typically skip it if I’m working out in a room with carpet.

I’ve done a bunch of classes online, and my favorites are Barre 3 and Peloton. I actually used to have a Barre 3 subscription (check out my Barre 3 online review) that I really liked a few years ago. If you’re a Peloton app subscriber then you’ll also have access to some barre classes. They’re under the strength classes. I found them a bit tricky to find the first time I searched for them. Tap on strength classes and then you can filter the class type for barre. I also wrote a review of the Peloton app if you’re interested in that.

Yoga

Being a yoga teacher, you knew that I had to have this one on my list, right? Once again, you don’t need a ton of space and the equipment you need is just a yoga mat. As for props, you can make do with things that you have around the house like towels, blankets, and big heavy books. There are a ton of classes available online from fitness apps to YouTube. Yoga studios near me are still offering online classes as well, so if you want to support local teachers that’s also an option.

If you’re in the market for a new yoga mat, I absolutely love my Manduka Pro (affiliate link). It’s gotten me through yoga teacher training and beyond and it’s held up great. While the pro is definitely heavier and a bit bulkier than other mats, I love the added cushioning that it provides me. It’s especially nice when I’m doing any kneeling poses like cat/cows.

Peloton App workouts

Like I mentioned above Peloton workouts are another one of my favorites to do at home. I haven’t been to gym since March 2020. I’ve been doing Peloton workouts instead. I love the variety (everything from Pilates to treadmill to HIIT) as well as the many different instructors. It didn’t take me long to find my favorite instructor (Andy Spear). I’m pretty sure I’ve done a big chunk of his workouts on the app.

It’s under $20 CAD per month for my Peloton subscription, which is a lot less than I was paying for my gym membership every month. While I don’t have access to all of the equipment I was used to at my gym, I can make do with what I have at home and feel safer working out on my own. My favorite part about the app is that it’s super easy to workout. All I have to do is put on a workout outfit and get in front of the TV. There’s no packing a gym bag, driving to the gym, and potentially having to wait for equipment.

Outdoor workouts

While these aren’t “technically” at home workouts, I’m including them on this list. Whether it’s a walk around my neighborhood or heading to the mountains for a hike, getting outside can be a great workout. I’m really lucky to have a ton of paved paths and natural parks near me, so there’s lots of different spots for me to take advantage of. With the weather improving this time of year, it’s even nicer to be able to get outside since I don’t need to have a ton of layers on to stay warm. There’s also something about just getting outside that feels good.

Treadmill workouts

I’ve had a treadmill for quite awhile and I’m so grateful that I do. My favorite form of cardio at the gym was the elliptical, but since I only have a treadmill at home, it’s growing on me. I actually ran my first 5K virtual race on it back in December. Even though it’s not my favorite form of cardio, walking or running on the treadmill still gets me working hard and the endorphins flowing. My treadmill has been especially great during the winter. Not having to worry about snow or slipping on ice was really nice.

What’s your favorite at home workout? Let me know in the comments below.

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Friday Favorites: A TV Show + Flats

I’m sharing some of my favorite things in today’s blog post.

Law and Order SVU

I’ve been watching Law and Order on Prime lately. I loved that show throughout university and afterwards, and watching old episodes now I can see why. Apparently the cast has changed quite a bit since Benson, Stabler, Tutuola, Cragen, and Munch were the main characters. It’s come a long way in it’s 24 seasons. I’m just started watching season season 12 which aired in 2010/2011. It’s hard to believe that that’s 10 years ago already!

Flats for warmer weather

The weather is definitely trending towards warmer temperatures these days. I’m really excited about it. Of course with the lack of snow, that means that I can finally get some of my flats out of the closet and start wearing them.

There’s something that feels so good about getting out “spring clothes”. There’s less layers because it’s warmer out, the sunglasses are needed more often because it’s sunny for longer, and I have more shoe options beyond just boots!

I’ve had these Toms (affiliate link) for a few years now and I still love them. They’re really comfy while still being cute. They’re the perfect shoes for running errands like I did in the above photo. I was picking up my grocery order. I pair them with these no show socks (affiliate link) from Old Navy.

Dill pickle salad

Last weekend my boyfriend and I cooked dinner. He had a dill pickle bagged salad in the fridge, so we used that for our vegetable. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about it. Dill pickle chips aren’t my thing. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the salad was actually pretty good. I wasn’t expecting to really like it. He said he bought it at Costco, so if you happen to be shopping there keep your eyes out for it.

I don’t have much going on this weekend. I’ll probably go for a walk with my boyfriend and his dog. The weather is supposed to be really nice, so I’ll probably take advantage of that and spend some time outside. I’m definitely feeling the effects of being copped up indoors over the winter.

Do you/have you watched any of the Law and Order shows?

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What I’m Reading: March 2021

Today I’m sharing what I’ve been reading this month. I’m including a book that even made me cry!

March was a great month in terms of reading for me. I read so many great books from all different kinds of genres, from celebrity memoir to historical fiction to thriller to non-fiction. This was one of those times when I just kept picking really good books. There wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.

The Nightingale

My favorite book that I read this month was The Nightingale (affiliate link) by Kristin Hannah. It follows the story of two sisters in France during WWII and it’s aftermath. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, so I figured I would like The Nightingale. The writing was great which was a nice surprise. It was the first book of Kristin Hannah’s that I’ve ever read and I know I’ll be reading more of her books because I liked this one so much. In fact, this was my favorite book of 2021 so far.

There are a couple really sad parts in this book. I knew going into it that there would probably be characters who died in the book, which I was right about. It made me realize again how terrible war is and how people suffered in so many ways in WWII. This is the book that made me cry. The only other two that have done that to me were The Book Thief and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Tidelands

Like I mentioned above, historical fiction is one of my favorite genres of books to read. I’ve read most of Philippa Gregory’s books with the exception of just a couple. I put Tidelands (affiliate link) on hold at the library and was super excited to be able to read it when I got the email that it was available to be picked up.

This one was a bit different from Philippa’s other books. Instead of the main character being a royal, she’s a poor woman raising two teenaged children on her own. Tidelands is the first book in a series. That was pretty clear in the way that Tidelands ended. The ending felt a bit rushed and kind of sudden. Needless to say I was a bit disappointed with that. I did like Tidelands enough to read the next book in the series though.

Open Book

I’m usually not into celebrity memoirs (I think this is the first one I’ve ever read), but I was intrigued by Open Book (affiliate link) by Jessica Simpson. I remember watching the reality show she had on MTV with her ex-husband Nick Lachey back in the day. Just about everyone knows about the chicken of the sea conversation she had with him. I really liked how honest she was with the different things she’s experienced in her life – both good and bad.

While I know that being in the entertainment industry puts a lot of pressure on people to look a certain way, I didn’t realize it was so overwhelming. Hearing the things that Jessica was told about her body was heartbreaking. I have no idea how I would react if I was told similar things. Being in the public eye and having your body and everything you do scrutinized would be really tough.

Her One Mistake

I can’t remember where I heard about Her One Mistake (affiliate link) by Heidi Perks, but I’m so glad that I did because I really enjoyed it. The premise of the book is that one mom babysits another mom’s daughter. She takes her to the school fair along with her own children. The daughter manages to disappear no one saw her wander off or be abducted.

It was one of those books that kept you guessing about what was going to happen next. I didn’t want to put it down – I kept telling myself just one more chapter. It was a quick fun read. I have her second book, Three Perfect Liars (affiliate link), on hold at my library. I’m really looking forward to reading it.

The Wizard of Lies

I’m currently finishing up The Wizard of Lies (affiliate link) by Diana B Henriques. I first heard about this book while I was listening to the American Scandal podcast. They did several episodes about Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme and mentioned Diana Henriques’ book. I put it on hold at the library thinking it would be interesting to get more details about what happened. This book was really readable. I knew that there would be a lot of discussion about the stock market and lots of financial stuff. To be honest it’s not an industry that I know a lot about, so I didn’t think I would understand all of the details. I was pleasantly surprised that she made it relatively easy to understand and I could follow everything that she wrote about.

I have about a hundred pages left to go, but so far the big thing I’ve learned is that Bernie Madoff was so good a lying to just about everyone. Even after he was arrested he wouldn’t be honest with the investigators and lawyers. It was shocking to me that lying seemed so normal for him and he did it so easily. I probably should be so surprised about that. My understanding is that it’s still not really known when the ponzi scheme started. He just lied so much and falsified so much paperwork.

What did you read this month? Share your favorite book in the comments below.

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30 Minute Cardio Workout

I’m sharing a 30 minute cardio workout today. It’s perfect if you’re working out at home and short on time.

Good morning! The last two days we’ve been fortunate enough to have some great weather. It’s been nice and warm, the snow is “slowly) melting, and I’ve officially worn my spring jacket instead of my winter one a few times now. There’s something that feels so good about letting go of all the layers that are required for winter weather. I’ve even been able to crack my window open a few times to let in some fresh air. I’m so ready for spring!

It’s Wednesday so that means a workout post here on Get Fit Fiona. This one is just 30 minutes long so it’s great for when you’re in a time crunch. A workout doesn’t have to be long for it to “count”. Any kind of physical activity is good in my book.

The only piece of equipment you’ll need for this workout is a yoga mat if you’re working out on a hard surface. I like the Manduka Pro (affiliate link). Mine has gotten me through yoga teacher training and it still looks great. You can check out my review of the Manduka Pro yoga mat here. If you give this workout a try be sure to tag me on Instagram. I’d love to know how you liked it.

This 30 minute cardio workout is pretty straight forward. Start at the top of the list and perform each exercise for 30 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds before moving onto the next exercise on the list. Once you’ve completed all 10 exercises, Repeat from the top an additional 2 times for a 30 minute workout. I think the exercises are pretty common ones that people know, but if you have any questions about any of them, let me know in the comments and I can help you out.

  • Skaters
  • Mountain climbers
  • Side shuffles
  • Butt kicks
  • Bench hops
  • High knees
  • Punches
  • Jump squats
  • Skaters
  • Burpees

Obviously the above are just guidelines. You can always increase the rest periods between exercises, or take exercises out if they’re not right for you, or even just go through the list once or twice instead of three times. Do what’s best for you. I always like to have a quick workout that I can do at home for days when I’m tight on time or I just don’t feel like going anywhere to workout.

What’s your favorite cardio exercise to do?

As always, check with your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout for you.

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Friday Favorites: Seedlings + a Celebrity Book

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things from the last week.

Seedlings

I’m so excited that most of the seeds that I planted back in February have germinated. There’s still a ton of snow on the ground it’ll be months before I can actually plant them in the garden outside. It does feel pretty good to see green things thriving though. It makes it feel like spring is just around the corner.

I planted a mix of vegetables (zucchini, pumpkin, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and swiss chard) and flowers (snapdragons, marigolds, zinnias, asters, and morning glories). I buy most of my seeds from Baker Creek. I’ve been getting seeds from them for over a decade now and I’ve been really happy with everything that I’ve bought. I also haven’t had a problem with shipping them over the border from the US to Canada.

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

I borrowed Open Book (affiliate link) from the library last week and finally started reading it a few days ago. While I wasn’t a big fan of her music in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I do remember watching her reality TV show with her then husband Nick Lachey. Does anyone else remember the chicken of the sea conversation?

Reading her book, I now realized that I made a lot of assumptions about her. I definitely fell for what her music label and the media were pushing. It’s an easy book to read that doesn’t take too much thought. I’m actually reading it a lot faster than I thought I would. I keep telling myself, “just one more chapter”.

As for the weekend, I don’t have much planned. I’ll most likely spend some time with my boyfriend. It’s also supposed to be pretty nice over the next few days with warmer temperatures, so I’m sure I’ll end up spending some time outdoors to soak up the sunshine. After the long, cold winter we had here in Calgary, the sunshine feels so good!

Do you have a garden? What’s the last celebrity book you read?

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