Welcome to today’s total body workout. This is an amazing total body workout routine, that uses some unique and fun home exercise moves. The full length workout video is below and will take 40-Minutes to complete. When you finish the workout be sure to leave a comment letting me know if you had a favorite exercise.
I filmed this routine as part of Week 3 of my Fit and Fun Summer Run & Body Sculpt Challenge: https://www.benderfitness.com/2020/06/fit-and-fun-summer-run-body-sculpt-workout-challenge-week-3.html
The Benefits and Challenges of Home Workouts
I have been doing (and sharing!) home workouts for more than a decade now. It’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun, because I can barely believe that as I type it. I am a firm believer in the benefits of home exercise programs to get amazing results in physical fitness and improve overall health.
I love that I don’t have to account for driving time in my schedule, because I can change, workout, shower and be done.
However, home workouts are not without their challenges, especially with young children at home. As you can see in the photo above my kids love to join me during my workouts. Sometimes that means on their own mats working out next to me, and other times it means that they climb all over me as I exercise. Sometimes I have to modify to low impact exercise moves to make sure the workout is safe for a curious and snuggly child.
That said, I love knowing that my kids are seeing us set a healthy example in making movement a part of every day life. They get really excited when I bring out the yoga mats and let them join in on the fun. My son loves to tell me how much stronger and faster he gets from the exercises we do together.
Why Kids Need Exercise Too: An OT’s Perspective
It’s important to me that my kids see physical activity as a normal part of every day life. We incorporate movement breaks throughout the day on a regular basis. As an occupational therapist, I know that a lot of kids are being developmentally impacted due to not getting enough exercise and playful movement. Ask any teacher who works with young children how many times kids fall out of their chairs at school and you might be surprised by their answer. Children’s proprioceptive and vestibular systems are being impacted by a lack of physical activity.
What does that mean to a non-OT? Proprioception is the ability to know where your body is in space and in relation to the environment. The vestibular system regulates the internal sense of balance and helps a person maintain an upright position without falling over. These systems are especially sensitive to formation in the early years (birth to age 7).
The way that these systems develop is through movements like spinning, jumping, bouncing, climbing, swinging and going upside down. My son loves practicing cartwheels and headstands and my daughter loves to imitate his movements. Dance parties, yoga, playgrounds, even watching a tv show in an upside down position can help develop these systems. Kids like to move and it’s important for adults to encourage that and provide opportunities for playful movement.
*Side Note: Children with specific sensory or therapeutic needs should have an evaluation by a pediatric therapist. For some children spinning, jumping, swinging movements can be scary or overstimulating and they often benefit from an individualized program.
For Kiddos, I’m a big fan of Cosmic Yoga. It incorporates storytelling, fun and yoga movements. You can find Cosmic Yoga on Youtube or here: https://cosmickids.com. I also like Coach Josh on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTU8A3yuFEw9fecpExufLcg or you can do a YouTube search for “Movement Breaks” or “Brain Breaks.”
What is your favorite part of working out at home, and what is challenging? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Have fun today! I hope you enjoy this workout routine!
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1. Lateral Hop
2. Plank Cross Step
3. Twisting Sumo Squat: Right
4. Twisting Sumo Squat: Left
5. Fighter Stance
6. Side Plank Leg Adduction: Right
7. Side Plank Leg Adduction: Left
8. Side Gorilla
9. Kneeling Side Heel Press: Right
10. Kneeling Side Heel Press: Left
12. Lunge Pulse:Right
13. Lunge Pulse: Left
14. Squat Pulse
15. Breakdance Donkey
16. Angel Abs
17. Dive Bombers
18. Knee Drop Plank
19. Low Jack
20. Table Leg Abduction: Right
21. Table Leg Abduction: Left
23. Bunny Hop Squat
24. Lunge to Knee: Right
25. Lunge to Knee: Left
26. Squat Jump
27. Forward/Back Kick: Right
28. Forward/Back Kick: Left