We all have our reasons for staying active. Aside from the fact that we need to be active to be healthy, for most people, that is not enough. Some people work out so that they have rock solid abs, while others work out so that they can eat that extra piece of cake after dinner. For me, I workout so that I can stay active with my kids.
When I work out, I feel like I can do more with my kids. It gives me more energy, keeps me calm when I need to be and makes me feel like I can be a more active mom. For me, that’s my ‘why’ when it comes to working out. It’s not easy to find time to get to the gym as often as you would like, or at least for me it’s not. So instead of giving up on working out completely, I have been working on promoting an active healthy lifestyle at home. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we have some dads in our lives that love working out at home as much as we do!
The benefits of working out at home
There are many benefits to working out at home. More than I can list here! First of all, working out at home offers you a higher success rate. When you belong to a gym, you put so much pressure on yourself to get to the gym for a specific amount of time during the gyms hours. At home, you make your own hours. Want to work our before the kids wake up? Go for it! You find 30 free minutes before you pick up the kids from school? Don’t worry about travel time! You can work out for shorter periods of time more often, or enjoy long workouts after the kids go to bed. The world is your oyster…you decide what works for you!
How about the savings? Yes, you might have to invest in some items for your home gym or at home workouts. However, when you calculate the price per use, you will be laughing at the savings! The list of benefits goes on and it might look different for you, but there are many! Now what about dad? Working out with a buddy is a great way to stay motivated. Being able to work out at home allows you and your partner to work out together—another HUGE bonus!
Promoting an active lifestyle at home
Our children watch every step we take, every word we say and every action we do. They watch us and absorb all that we do. We are their role models and they learn from us each and everyday. Habits and learned behaviours start young, so teaching them right through your example is key. While working out at home is good for you, it is also great for the kids. Firstly, you don’t need to leave your kids to go to the gym. Don’t get me wrong. A quiet workout away from the kids is sometimes just what we need, but not always. Sometimes, we just need some time to be active so we can feel good!
We recently got a Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill and it has changed our lives! Not only has it given us the flexibility to workout at home, but it actually has set us up for success. There are so many planned workouts for us to use on the machine, that there is something for everyone. If you want to train for a marathon, the 5k setting sets you up for a great endurance run. If you are looking to lose weight, there are Fat Burn and Calorie Burn settings. I happen to be a big fan of the 8 minute interval setting for performance. This is the type of workout that I was used to at the gym when I did Treadsanity classes!
Workout as a Family
Setting times for our family to use the treadmill has helped to keep everyone accountable. Knowing who is working out in the morning or the evening hours helps us to set our schedule so that everyone has time to train on the Bowflex. With that said, we also love working out together! While one of us is on the floor, the other one is on the treadmill. We can both enjoy the Bluetooth setting on the treadmill to get us pumped up for our workout through the speakers. We don’t have to worry about losing our stats when we switch off because the treadmill allows us to set four users. Pure genius! We can also rest our iPad or a book on the treadmill to read, watch or keep up entertained while we are working out. We are a family of multi-taskers!
Say Happy Father’s Day with a Bowflex Treadmill!
What dad (and mom) wouldn’t want their own Bowflex BXT216 treadmill of their own! We have partnered with Bowflex to offer one winner a treadmill! Worried about not having enough space, don’t! The incredible design of this treadmill allows you to easily lift up base when it’s not in use! We are pretty confident in saying that this will blow away any dad this father’s day! Enter below!
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