I have such a love/hate relationship with working out. I feel good about myself when I incorporate it into my routine, but while I’m doing it I just absolutely couldn’t hate it more. Anyone else find themselves in that boat?
I’m not going to pretend that I love working out and I’m some professional who’s qualified to even give advice on the topic, because I’m not. But what I do know, is that whether we like it or not, exercise and just moving in general, is soooo important to overall health. I think now that I’m a little older and see what happens to the body when you don’t move (hello 30 pound weight gain), it’s easier for me to accept that I have to find ways to include movement and working out into my life.
So, what workout are you always doing on Instagram? This is a question I’ve gotten a handful of times since starting my new program and I’m so excited to finally get around to sharing it with you all!
My current routine
I knew I needed some kind of workout regimen that was easy for me to do at home, because unlike most people I prefer to not have to leave the house. I have found that if I have to leave the house, I am much, much less likely to get it done. Cue Body by Gilles.
I discovered Body by Gilles through two amazing swimsuit models/entrepreneurs that I’ve followed on Instagram for forever. Their names are Devin and Tash and it just so happens that Tash dates a guy named Gilles who appears to be some kind of workout God. Together, they developed the Body by Gilles workout program.
Once you sign up for the program on their website, you get access to a PDF doc that you can pull up at any time on your phone or computer. This way you can access the guide anytime, anywhere and have literally zero excuse for not working out.
So, the workout itself consists of three, what I call “core workouts”, a week and three cardio days, which means six workout days a week. The core workouts are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and work different parts of the body each day using circuit and HIIT training. All the moves are broken down into four, seven minute circuits with one minute breaks in between.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are the cardio days. You can do anything you’d like on these days—swimming, biking, running, even walking if that’s what feels best to you. These are the days I usually spend on the elliptical in my dungeon basement workout room. The program only requires 30 minutes of cardio, so there’s really no excuse to not get it done.
That’s it! It’s a really simple, approachable routine and only cost $62 for the 12-week program. I’m not necessarily looking for this magical 12-week transformation, but I’m two weeks in (I restarted after getting off track during the holidays) and I’m taking it very seriously and also incorporating lots of healthy eating and eliminating alcohol (I’m almost done with my first dry January!) from my diet.
All of that said, I’m also a huge fan of yoga and used to go to classes and am trying to slowly bring that back into my life, as well as meditation. I recently tried a hot yoga class for the first time and it was an incredible workout. More to come on this!
What workouts are you guys doing? I tend to find things I like and stick to them, so it can be tough for me to try new things, but I want to know what’s working for you!