60 Minutes of Sweat: The Living Room Workout

I’ve been a naughty runner lately, and I’m beginning to understand why. One year ago this month, I signed up for my first half marathon. Before that, I had only run 7 miles a handful of times; 5 was “pushing it” and 3 was my standard.

Since August of last year (mind you, I spent 2 months training before the Queens Half Marathon, with a 4-week break in between due to pesky piriformis syndrome), I’ve run 3 half marathons and a 10-mile race, along with countless 8, 9 and 10+ mile runs on my own. You know, just for the heck of it. Had you told me last year at this time that longer distances would become somewhat of a passion of mine, I’d have told you to lay off the pipe.

(That’s me, telling you to lay off it.)

Not only has distance become somewhat of a newfound love, but I’ve also recently discovered the joys of trail running – yet another challenging and deeply satisfying form of physical activity that enables to me to move my body in the great outdoors.

While I’ve enjoyed my introduction into this parallel world, I’ve also struggled a lot. I know that trail running mastery doesn’t come overnight, but after 3 days of attempting to build my lung capacity and improve my conditioning – which both worked and didn’t at the same time – I woke up on Monday morning exhausted. Mentally. Physically. You name it, I was tired of it.

On Monday, I took a rest day after more than 10 mornings of exercise and a trail running hattrick. Naturally, I expected to wake up on Tuesday with the running itch, raring to go like a bat out of hell.

To my dismay, I actually had difficulty mustering any sort of passion for what’s often my favorite part of the day, however, and found myself lolling on the couch making excuse after excuse as to why I shouldn’t run. (Since when is weather a deterrent, after all?)

Spoiler: This isn’t a woe-is-me kind of story. In fact, it’s the total opposite of that.

Sometimes, you have to be honest with yourself. Just because I’m in somewhat of a runner’s slump–unmotivated and a bit worn out–doesn’t mean I’ll never run again. What it does mean is that I’ve worked hard over the last year. I know that and am so, so proud of what I’ve accomplished in a period of time that’s flown by in a flash.

On Tuesday morning, rather than force it, I dedicated myself to a full hour-long workout from my living room floor. (Did I mention I don’t do gyms?) Strength training is usually the part of my training regimen that I “squeeze in” to my week (30 minutes is satisfactory, and 45 minutes is like a marathon). Yet on Tuesday, I found myself truly eager to get my squat on, and so squat I did.

I’m not sure what I loved so much about Tuesday’s strength training routine. Maybe it’s that, dare I say, I broke nearly as much of a sweat as during a half-decent run. Or maybe it’s that I created a really diverse routine ripe with everything from Pilates to core work to weights and yoga. Regardless, it left me with a sense of accomplishment that I don’t often feel after anything besides running (save for Hot Figure 4, which is a serious ass-kicker if I do say so myself), and so it’s something I’m really eager to share with you.

Taking a break from the pavement or trails? Hang up your running sneakers, roll out a yoga mat, and get as naked as you want (get it? because it’s your house?). Then, if you’re still up for it, try out this YouTube-friendly workout designed to take you from grumpy to greatness, all before you’ve even sipped your morning latte.

Enjoy, and remember to take a moment to be proud of yourself, running slump or not. The wheel always spins back anyway, and I’m already excited for tomorrow’s – Wednesday’s – run.

1. 8-Minute Abs

What’s not to love about 80’s inspired spandex onesies at 7:30 in the morning? I’ve been doing this video for years now, and I can tell you one thing: it’s not for its modernity. But if you’re looking for a simple 8-minute core workout that requires little else other than enough space to lay down, then this is it. Usually, I double up for a 16-minute core crunching session. (See step #3.)

2. Exhale Core Fusion Pure Abs and Arms

I love the small-movements-with-big-results nature of Core Fusion’s abs and arms workout. You do need resistance bands, but nothing fancy. I stole Noah’s old straps from the closet, and they work just fine. Trust me, you’ll be shaking by the end.

3. 8-Minute Abs, Round 2

Maybe, I just double up because I love middle-aged men in spandex that much. The world may never know.

4. Exhale Core Fusion Pilates Plus

I’ve never actually done a full hour of Pilates, but I really enjoy the flowing nature of these waist-cinching moves. They’re fun. They’re fluid. And they feel as though they go by in no time, because it’s only 10 minutes long. I especially love the final leg lifts, which require small movements to shape and strengthen the glutes – a must for runners.

5. NYLean25 Pts. 1 and 2

Between celebrity personal trainer Robert Brace’s enthusiasm and encouragement – yes, even on the computer screen – and his awesome accent, I’ve been obsessing over his 25-minute get-fit-quick program over the last few weeks. 25 minutes is all you need to push-up, bend down, and even squeeze in a bit of cardio to boot. It’s also all you need to break a serious sweat.

6. Push-ups (as many as you can)

Only a few months ago, I was unable to do a single push-up. Now, I’m up to 17 on a good day. If you’re like I was, I highly encourage you to simply start with 1. Then 2. Then 3. Before you know it, you’ll be pushing up and down more than a dozen times and telling everyone about it.

7. Headstand (optional)

I try to do a yogi headstand once a day, mainly because I’m so scared I’ll lose my ability to do it. Again, as with push-ups, this was something I was unable to do at the start of the new year, and I have to admit that I’m almost as proud of my headstand as I am of any running accomplishment I’ve logged to date.

  • What do you do when you’re in a running slump?
  • Have you ever tried online videos from your living room floor?
  • For those who checked out 8-minute abs, did you pee your pants a little laughing at the serious 80’s theme?

259 thoughts on “60 Minutes of Sweat: The Living Room Workout

  1. I try to at least walk when I’m in a running slump, or ride my bike.

    Yes, I am a huge fan and advocate of exercise video’s at home. I do not do well in a gym environment. In fact, you should check out http://www.fitnessbuilder.com/fitnessclass . Seriously. when you sign up (there’s an app too which rocks) you get a month free. Hundreds of fitness video’s streamed to you ranging from 10 to 90 minutes. Pure awesomesauce!

  2. Another form of cardio always works for me, I often rotate with mountain biking.
    I am also weight lifting fan. If I need to get motivated for a run I promise myself 30mins of weights as a reward. πŸ™‚ Yes many of my friends think Im weird.

    • I’m with your friends, though I’m the first to say whatever floats your boat! Enjoy your “reward!”

  3. I have tried online videos for at-home workouts; I’m a physiologist and personal trainer so I ‘borrow’ ideas from some of the videos (yes, including outfit ideas for Hallowe’en…I swear! πŸ˜‰ ). My fave for keeping me on the running paths is the Windsor Pilates for Hips & Thighs. Keeps me strong for mileage building, though I feel I need a unitard of sorts just to ‘belong’ with fellow video exercisers!

    I find grabbing a buddy and making ‘rules’ about sticking to our running dates helps me get out of a slump, especially when I have a race coming up. Oh, and good tunes on my MP3 player.

    Great post!

    • Thank you Elaine! I’m absolutely going to have to check out Windsor Pilates – I’ve read about this before. I’m slowly getting into the whole Pilates thing…only a year ago I was definitely not strong enough for it. Baby steps, but anything that will improve my running when I’m not running is awesome.

      Grabbing a buddy is the best. I sometimes pull my boyfriend out of bed, but typically, he resists and it’s just me, myself and I. Something about working out at 7am. Excuses, excuses.

      Thanks for commenting!

      • The pilates video I mentioned is certainly not one in which you need to be strong before you start; go at your own pace and work up to doing the whole thing no breaks. As a runner and running coach/trainer the best advice I give people is to keep their lateral stabilizers strong, since that is what supports you when you’re running.

        With something like piriformis syndrome (unless you also know the exact cause), strong deep hip muscles – aka lateral stabilizers and rotators – can help relieve a lot of the chronic runner’s injuries like PS.

        Happy Training!

      • I do Winsor Pilates Abdominal Sculpturing now and then. It is really good. Some years ago I also did “20 min workout”, but I don’t get tired enough of that any longer. =P

        Good luck with your pilates, I think it’s a really good thing to combine with running (core strength and flexibility).

      • Pilates has been the only thing in my life to make my core stronger, and I’m loving it! I must keep it up. Thanks for commenting!

    • HA! That really made me laugh. I’ll make sure to do a really horrible workout next time I’m in a slump. Should do the trick. Good advice πŸ™‚

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. I used to love 8 minute abs, but I like 8 minute buns is a little better. :p You should check out bodyrock.com. The earlier workouts are equipment free or equipment light,while later workouts use more props. They have some good quick workouts that will definitely kick your butt.

    • Just when you think 8-minute abs is hilarious, the buns is EVEN FUNNIER. I have done it before…it’s a good one too. I tend to get piriformis syndrome easily, and so I have to watch my glute work. I’ll def check out bodyrock.com though, thanks for the advice and commenting!

    • I agree completely with Ixchel. You can also google the newest incarnation of Bodyrock: ZWOW with Zuzana Light. She has 19 unique workouts to date and many of them require little to no equipment. If you want a full list of Bodyrock and ZWOW workouts visit my blog and check out the Exercise Routines page.

  5. Awesome write up. What i notice that helps me to get me out of those slump days is throwing my cycling shorts, arm sleeves and cycling shirt on. It creates a certain feeling within me that I HAVE TO GO! try it trust me it works.

    • Thank you! That’s how I feel about my running clothing. Some badass gear and my sneakers, and I’m ready to race out the door. Usually. And when I’m not, I do 80’s inspired videos.

      Thanks for commenting! Will have to keep digging for that “certain feeling that I have to go” until this slump passes. I already ran today, so I think I’m on my way!

    • Thanks for commenting! It’s so true. Every little movement counts – and the backyard is a GREAT place to work out. I sometimes consider NYC my backyard, but that’s just me rationalizing that I don’t actually have grass to play in. Lucky you!

  6. Great post! I tend to avoid gyms as well. I prefer going for a brisk walk outdoors than running on a monotonous treadmill. I’m a big fan of DIY-at-home fitness workouts. Thanks for sharing yours with us and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    • You mean, the dreadmill? Thanks for commenting, and keep on working out…outside of the gym! DIY is where it’s at!

  7. I have to admit that I got tired reading about your work out. My wife and I have started our lets get going and get fit regiment [ it’s a yearly thing we do – we never stay constant ]. But reading this maybe I will make it all year thru this time.

    • My advice: even on your laziest days, turn on an 8-minute ab video. JUST 1! forget the whole hour. A single, 8-minute video is better than nothing. I just happened to be extremely motivated that day. If you’re feeling up for it, do it again an hour later.

  8. I’ve been dreading the idea of joining a gym…so I think I’m going to go DIY instead. With an elliptical in my home office and abundant sunshing outdoors, I think I should be able to do this!

    Great post — great suggestions. πŸ™‚

    • I’m am totally all for DIY fitness! Gyms are great for those who like them, but I really prefer the privacy of my apt. I’m also not itching to get out of the gym if I’m comfortable and have food, water and a bathroom nearby. Lucky you with an elliptical! How nice. Thanks for commenting!

    • The gym can be a mojo -sucker…I wasted half my motivation just getting there, then decided to do the diy route & get most of my workout done in the time it would take me to drag my butt out of the house….

      • Exactly! I’m all about efficiency, and if there’s anything the gym isn’t, it’s efficient. Running, you just walk out the door and your the outdoors is your gym. Living room works work the same way, and I love it. Plus, you don’t have to wait to use a machine πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting!

  9. Great post, Excerise at home videos are always a welcome sight in my life! I work 12-14 hrs a day outside the house, so finding time to workout in a gym is a luxury I don’t have. But I agree getting out and moving in the outdoors is very rewarding. but it’s nice to have excerises you can do at home or when it is convient. Thanks for the post!

    • Yes! Especially on rainy, muggy days when it’s SO hard to motivate to get out the door. If you can motivate from the living room floor, you can do anything. The gym is just far too much of a time commitment for those of us who don’t have it.

      Thanks for commenting!

  10. UGH, I have been in a wee bit of a runner’s slump lately too! I think it’s perfectly normal and was just having this conversation with a co-worker. Your body knows better than your brain does, sometimes and it’s OK to let it tell you to cool it for a bit πŸ™‚

    Congrats on staying moving though!

    • I love to come across other sane people. The only thing worse than not running is letting not running making you crazy. The pavement will still be out there tomorrow! (Except on 35th street. They’re doing major construction there.)

      PS, I think more runners like you and I need to talk freely about running slumps, and that it’s normal and doesn’t mean you’ll never find your passion again. I love you and your co-worker for that!

  11. What do you do when you’re in a running slump?
    –> I don’t run at all. (away from responsibility or even for glitter) I brisk walk & when in slump I am extra cautious on what I eat & take stairs more often at work.
    Have you ever tried on-line videos from your living room floor?
    –> Wife was (still to some extent) yoga freak & instructor. She’s my live demo if in need for some creative ways.

    Thanks for sharing some excellent tips.

    • Bravo on being extra cautious on non-workout days! That’s something I could definitely stand to improve on, but I try. And by that I mean I eat less gummies.

      That’s awesome that you have a yoga instructor in your house to keep you honest. May I borrow your wife? Just kidding. (Kind of.)

      Thanks for commenting!

      • Oh well, your most welcome to borrow her (might be a blessing disguise for me j/k). Well it comes as a whole package, meaning she not only comes with yoga skills but spousal bossiness πŸ™‚ She might exempt you for being one of a kind (health buff minus gummies). As I mentioned she was teaching Yoga back home, here in US her expertise are limited to home only. Yoga’s great exercise but didn’t help me as it does to her. I like my brisk walk in fresh air.

  12. I too like to move my body outdoors, although I prefer to cabbage patch in random places like national parks, dog parks, beaches, etc. It’s pretty fun. When it comes to ten miles, I’ll drive for now. πŸ™‚

  13. Oh. My. God. I used to own 8 minute ABS and BUNS, thankyouverymuch. I can still hear the music playing in my head like it was 1990. As an avid runner and mountain biker, I sometimes struggle with the dreary Oregon winter months….that’s when I turn to…(are you ready?) Jillian Michaels. Seriously. Her videos are available to stream through Amazon – 30 minute Shred is a nice little quickie…and The Banish Fat Boost Metabolism is an ass kicker. I maybe might even do a Jazzercise video on occasion. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

    • Hahha this just made me chuckle. Buns is even funnier than the abs video. It’s so fabulously antiquated.

      So now that I’ve already shared this fact with the world, looks like I’m going to have to turn to Jillian next? Nice little tip on the streaming, though her muscles intimidate me like woah.

      Thanks for commenting!

    • Hi there! Honestly – I know. I love running outside. It’s what I wake up for every morning. But sometimes, I get into a running slump and am happy to simply move my body. It helps put those outdoor runs into perspective greatly too!

      Try doing something to make the indoor workouts entertaining. Blast music, watch a movie or a television show, invite a friend over. I’ve found that I need to supplement running with strength training anyway to keep from getting injured, so might as well make the best of it!

      Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  14. Can you be in a running slump if you never started running to begin with? I will walk as far as I have to for anything, but I can never bring myself to run.

    • Running is walking. Just a little faster. I’m NOT a speed demon. Sometimes I feel as though I’m walking. I just get places faster!

      And you CAN be in a running slump! It’s called taking cabs everywhere πŸ™‚ Been there.

      • I don’t know what it is, but the transition from walking to running is somehow painful for me. Even though I’m a fast walker as it is. What about taking the bus everywhere cause you can’t afford a cab?

  15. Good God woman, you ran in snow????!! I seriously can’t beat that. Love your blog, ditto for the running but please also add “cake” – I don’t run for speed and to get through the distance I have a style that my husband coined this particularly apt phrase for…… ‘the controlled shuffle’……yes I completed my first marathon last year….but I did choose the world’s flattest course (the Gold Coast, QLD, Australia), with a nice view (the pacific ocean, and ripped surfer dudes), and with bars and cafes along the way….you know, just in case I had a real crisis and ran out of my haribo lolly supply and needed a sugar boost on the way……and it took me 6hrs 10 minutes…..so the Kenyans lapped me twice πŸ™‚

    • Wait, we need to discuss a few things.
      1. Yes, the snow was actually kind of awesome. Can’t really explain how.
      2. Thank you!
      3. Cake is cool but I’m a candy girl.
      4. On that note, did you really run a marathon on Haribo? Get out of my head. It’s my dream to run a marathon eating gummy bears only. Is that possible? I refuse to eat Gus.
      5. Obsessed with the controlled shuffle. May steal the terminology. Loving your husband’s wit.
      6. Please buy me a ticket to Australia. That sounds like the PERFECT place for me to try my first marathon. Thanks.

      Thanks so much for commenting! We may be sole mates based on your reference to Haribo. Just saying.

      • hell yes I ran the marathon on haribos! the professional advice was to get up 3 hours before the start, have brekky go back to bed….pfft nonsense AS IF that was ever going to happen….we got up late I think I may have manged one of those Up & Go milk shakey things and the rest was Gatorade and a bum bag stuffed with jelly snakes etc….it CAN be done…thought prob not recommended medically speaking. Before he seized up entirely my hubby crawled to the nearest bakery and bought me a huge cup cake after we finished the race πŸ™‚

    • Health is definitely part of it, but I try to keep it fun too! Blast music. Find a friend to join. Do something! Make it entertaining!

  16. http://www.bodyrock.tv has some great 12-15minute workouts. I also like ab ripper from p90x as a good 15 minute ab routine. I have an iron gym pull up bar (currently doing a 100 pullup a day routine). And I’m a fan of pushups (www.hundredpushups.com). I also try to make sure I get in to play some basketball at the gym a couple times a week and maybe do some weightlifting. Plenty of options to keep things interesting!

    • Yes, thank you! I will absolutely have to incorporate these. Um, P90X kicks my behind. I love it, and totally forgot about that one. Thanks for the reminder!

  17. I am SO not a runner, yet I found this inspiring. I found this making me wish I was a runner! I’m sick a lot, so exercise comes and goes for me, but I used to be big into colorguard. I’ve tried to start running 2 or 3 times a week, and it’s only ever a mile or so, but I do like it. I’m inspired to push myself more.

    • You’re too kind! Seriously, when I started running 6 years ago, I’d run for a minute or two at a time, then walk. A minute turned to 2, which turned to 3, then 5, then 10. I remember what a big deal it was when I ran 3 miles for the first time. Best feeling ever! It’s amazing what you can condition your body to do. Keep at it, even if it’s half a mile at a time, you’re doing something amazing for your body. Thanks for chiming in!

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  19. Really enjoyed your post πŸ˜€

    I don’t run PERIOD
    I’m a living room video exercises type of person. I tried P90X and almost fainted!
    But found my joy in sweat with Zumba LOL

    • Thank you! Whatever works is great. I started as a non-runner, running 1 minute at a time, then 2, then 5, etc. Now I’m running 10 miles! It’s all about what you work your body up to…even if it’s a long Zumba video!

  20. Stacy, this was a great read and inspired me tonight. Not doing the half Queens anytime soon so you are way ahead of me in that department. Just walked around the lake 3 times with my dog though. Great blog. I love the comments people are leaving too! Think I am going to break down and get a video for myself. Just seems like the food that is available out there is making everyone have to work 10 times harder to stay healthy huh? Anyway, thanks for cheering me with your blog tonight. Keep on keeping on Girl!

    • Thank you so much, you’re amazing! Listen, a year ago I wasn’t running any half either. It’s a process. I started out running a minute at a time and being proud of that. Recognize where your body is, and embrace it. Pushing yourself is all relative. 3 laps around the lake? That’s fantastic.

      You’re right, and as a foodie, don’t I know it. I also highly believe that, while eating healthy most of the time is important, it’s also important not to obsess over it. I’m sitting here with frozen yogurt after sharing a bottle of wine as we speak. It’s all about perspective.

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

      • Stacy, I was so happy you replied. There are obviously some really good people visiting your blog and it is so charming the way you are keeping up with them all. Wine and frozen yogurt? WOW what a combo! I am also hooked on the frozen yogurt lately. The Godiva chocolate mixed with the passion fruit. OMG! Now, I am gong to have to walk 6 times around the lake with the dog tonight. I can tell.

      • One thing: Good food is worth all the exercise in the world. Plus, walking around a lake with a dog doesn’t sound too terrible πŸ™‚

  21. Great Post Stacy! I too have run numerous races 12 marathons, a marathon, etc and I feel like I get too running obsessed so this would be a great way to break away from running. I think you and I would be running/workout buddies if we lived in the same state πŸ™‚

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  23. Thank you for 8 Minute Abs. I LOVED that video. I was laughing and burning my muscles the whole time. I did the whole 8 minute series for my workout tonight. πŸ™‚

    • I love that so much. His spandex is so unintimidating that it makes me want to do it all the time. So quick and effective! Thanks for commenting and letting me know!

  24. I love the exercise video! I You just take the 8 minutes,and you get the strong body!
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
    awesome post!

    • Thank you! Seriously, it’s like you have no excuse. Even if you can’t do an hour, or even 30 minutes, you can always choose one video. Everyone has 10 minutes! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

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  26. I feel like I am always in a running slump, I have to force myself to run. Congrats on trail running, I am still trying to work my way up to that level, gotta find the endurance. I love biking, cross fit, or kick boxing as a way to prepare me for actually running.

    • Um, wait. You can kick box, bike and do CrossFit, but trail running is what you find tough? The grass is always greener! Running isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. My only suggestion is to do it somewhere you love. There’s nowhere I’d rather be than the streets of NYC, so why not run through them? Anyway that’s how I see it. Thanks for commenting!

  27. Excellent post.
    I like running too, and I will take part in marathon this year…
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  28. Whenever I’m in a slump with my cardio routine, I try to find something fun to incorporate to take my mind off of the fact that I HATE cardio haha. This week, I went with some jump rope work with a weighted vest.

    Now as for doing the “at-home” workouts, I did do P90X while in college since my course load (and my 40 hours at the restaurant I worked at to pay rent) took a toll on me in terms of time. It was fun, but when I became an adult and got a dog, it became a little more difficult. With my job offering gym reimbursement, it’s more of a last resort before leaving town to see family.

    This was a fun post to read with my cup of coffee! Thank you so much for sharing, Stacy. Maybe you can guest post on one of my “Workout Wednesdays” over at NerdyGymRat.com sometime!


    • Hi Jonathan,

      Ha! I just laughed a little at the thought of me in a weighted vest. Now that’d be a sight for sore eyes. I have tried P90X before and love it, but honestly, it’s a real bitch. I get through like 3 before needing a break, whereas the videos I’ve been hitting up are a bit more attainable for me right now. Working my way up though! I definitely understand the lack of time thing; in addition to school work at U of M I was tutoring and copywriting for a local boutique! Hitting the pavement at 7am, while crazy for a college student who probably drank her weight in alcohol the night before, was the only option for this little running addict.

      So glad you enjoyed, I really appreciate the well wishes. I’d be happy to contribute to your Workout Wednesdays; just shoot me an email any time.

      Now make me some coffee! I’m tired from my run.

  29. Congrats on being freshly pressed! πŸ™‚

    What do you do when you’re in a running slump?
    -I do strength work! When I run I tend to focus just on cardio and this way I am challenging my body but in a different way πŸ™‚

    Have you ever tried online videos from your living room floor?
    -Yes! I’m excited to see what your suggestions are like. I used to teach Spinning 3 times a week and my work schedule for the summer only leaves time for an early morning run or an evening living room floor workout. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Please do! Start slow. No need to run a billion miles at a time. 2 minutes on, 1 minute off. Try it!

      Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  30. I tell you what i find incredibly useful: instead of counting up 1, 2 ,3 etc start by deciding how many repetitions you will do and countdown it has a far better morale feeling ie 20, 19, 18, ……1, 0

  31. Great post! I’m going through a bit of a fitness slump myself so maybe changing my routine a little might work as it did for you! Crossing my fingers!!

    Again, amazing post πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! Everything is a weakness until you practice it all the time. Keep it up, and you’ll be banging out miles in no time.

  32. Running “slumps” are rather important, I think. It’s your body screaming for a little down time — that’s when it rebuilds and gets stronger.

    Of course, there’s a difference between needing a break and just being lazy, and I’ve found the best ways to bust out of that are buying a new piece of running gear (for some reason I’m convinced every pair of shorts I buy are The Ones that will make me an Olympic marathoner haha), signing up for a race in the not-so-far-off future, trying a new route or just taking my dog with me. He’s so happy to be out there, I can’t help but smile.

    Strength training is very important for runners though, so doing an hour of it is hardly slacking. Love all the videos!

    • I seriously agree with all of this! Distinguishing “slump” and “lazy” can be tough, but my one day off was definitely a slump. And about the strength training – don’t I know it! After ONLY running, I developed piriformis syndrome. Now I’m very careful about cross training!

  33. I work up way more of a sweat on when I confine my workout to the floor, then I do when I’m doing aerobics. I burn more calories, pack on more muscle and work my heart harder too. All this, and floor exercises are way more gentle. Gentle, but as demanding as you can handle. If it wasn’t for the joy I get in exercise, I wouldn’t do it. I think that’s the key to staying fit.

    • Enjoyment is absolutely the key! That’s why I’m totally okay with slumps too. Just have to go with what you feel I suppose. Thanks for commenting!

  34. Thanks for writing this – it’s given me some inspiration. I don’t run (never have and now I have RA, never will!) but I used to do a lot of other stuff…canoeing, tampolining, a bit of climbing a lot od swimming, but with very painful RA that went undiagnosed for far too long and after diagnosis didn’t respond well to drugs, it’s been several years since I felt well enough to think about exercising.
    Things are better now, and whilst I’m not going to go all out and do you 60 min workout (I’m daft, but I’m not stupid!), yopu’ve inspired me to start doing something, if only for 15 mins.
    Then I can work on getting down on to the floor to do crunches…when your knees don’t work, something as simple as sitting on the floor is a symphony of pain that lasts for days!

    Congrats on being FP’ed πŸ™‚ Fair fortune with the running

    • Thanks so much! Even on my worst days, if I can do 5 minutes of SOMETHING, it’s better than nothing at all. That’s why I love these videos. It’s very DIY! Glad to be of assistance and thanks so much for commenting, I really appreciate it!

      • Would you believe housework is now my exercise! I’ve learnt to pace myself, pick one job and do that…then rest so I can do another later/tomorrow!
        I never thought of checking out youtube…!

    • I’m usually pretty tired, but the more I do them the more used to it my body gets! It’s all about conditioning.

  35. I too work out in my living room often using the Nike Training Club app on my iPhone. It’s free and amazing!

    I’m half way done with my pilates certification and I think Pilates Anytime is a great resource – although you have to pay to be a member.

    • I really need to get the Nike training app, I’ve heard great things. Thanks for commenting! Good luck on your certification πŸ™‚

  36. Great post! I am was JUST looking for living room SHORT core exercises and came across your blog! How serendipitous! I would never refer to myself as a runner and have tried to stay away from all things “sporty” since playing every sport possible in high school. Since then I have been looking for ways to keep in shape but still feeling like a girl πŸ™‚ Your blog is super cute, and girlie and I love it. I will now click the follow button.

    • Thank you, I so appreciate it! Glad to be able to help. I definitely love running, but am always looking for the quickest and easiest ways to stay in shape…sometimes, running just isn’t in the cards nor is an hour-long workout. Hope these recommendations help, and you laugh at the 80’s abs video!

    • That took me 6 years to do! (As did running a half marathon πŸ™‚ ) As you can see, I’m slow to progress, but once you can do it, it’s SO fun. I’d definitely say have a yoga instructor help you out because it’s about training your body. Thanks for commenting!

  37. Great way to pivot when running has lost its pull for you. No reason to beat yourself up about the “slump” – based on your progression to longer runs, it’s not surprising you found yourself slumping. One thing I have found works really well for avoiding the “slump” is to cycle intensity and volume up and down over a 3-week period. Easy week, medium week, hard week, repeat. By the end of the hard week, you might feel a little “slumpy”, but then you get an easy week just when you need it. By the end of the easy week, I usually feel really psyched to ramp back up again. It also helps me avoid illnesses due to overtraining, and, probably best of all, it’s had a very significant positive impact on performance! Cheers and keep at it!

    • I love that, thank you. That’s a brilliant idea. I was actually kind of thinking about that this week. The last two days I ran 5 miles, and tomorrow I was considering just 3. I was thinking to myself, hmm that’s too easy. But when you put it into this cyclical way of thought, it actually makes perfect sense. Perhaps I will keep it easy tomorrow.

  38. living room workouts are the best! No one sees you sweating like a pig, cursing like a sailor and falling over during those difficult yoga poses! lol I enjoyed reading! Good luck with future marathons..I am so not a runner but yay for you!

  39. As one who might (unfortunately) be a former runner, I seriously beg you to do that strength training regime. I wish I had… I’m down to walking the dog (who would love to run) these days due to nearly permemently cranky tendons.

    And yes, I’ve cranked out many a yoga DVD and my highschool PE class used to do tae bow. Wow… forgot about that…

  40. I still go back to 8-minute abs (how can that cheesy 80’s music not inspire someone to attain a 6 pack?) And I’ll often follow along to whatever workout might be playing at a random time during the day. It can be a great break in a “regular” routine.

  41. I walk 2 miles 3 days a week and do yoga 3 days a week. I’m not super into physical fitness; I want to be healthy and keep my body in good condition as long as possible. I find I make more progress with exercise if I take a week off 2 or 3 times a year, It gives my body a chance to rest and helps me settle into my current level of fitness. It also helps me realize where I need to go next with my workouts.

    • Walking 2 miles 3 days a week and doing yoga 3 days IS being into physical fitness! Just because you don’t write about it and talk about it all the time (um, woops!) doesn’t mean you’re not πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting! Perhaps I should try this long “break” thing you talk of, but I probably won’t be able to get myself to. I’d go crazyyy.

  42. Hey! I love your post! I’ve been an athlete since I was 8 years old, and I am 25 now. I did most of these exercises as a part of my tennis training. I’m certain that your post will help a lot of people to get started with a basic exercise regime or get out of their slump days! Lately I’ve been doing zumba to keep fit and it is a whole lot of fun! Anyway, congrats for getting freshly pressed!

  43. “Just because I’m in somewhat of a runner’s slump–unmotivated and a bit worn out–doesn’t mean I’ll never run again.” Wow! That is so profound and motivating. I find that with my writing, I have moments when I just can’t write anything…the worst sort of writer’s block (a writer’s equivalent of runner’s slump). I often catch my wondering if I’ll ever be able to write again. Thanks for sharing this post …oh, and the exercise tips are just great. I’ll definitely try them. Good luck with your running!

    • As with any block, it’s simply about walking away from it for a moment. A slump is just another way of “hitting a wall.” Thanks for commenting!

  44. yeah,definitely a person should have getting workout daily in his living room at-least since he/she mayn’t be done in walk-roads jogging ,…etc.i really like this post very much and i request all folks to follow it to be healthier, stronger mentally and physically, finally congrats for being in freshly pressed

  45. I’ve never thought about doing online videos at home on the living room floor, although I have gotten great workouts at home dancing with my vacuum cleaner. Cleaning has to count for some cardio, right? When I’m in a running slump I buy a new pair of cute running shorts or a shirt to get me motivated. Or I think ahead to the end of the day and try to imagine how I’ll feel about myself and my day if I’ve blown off my workout. It usually isn’t a great feeling, so that gets me out there sometimes. Great blog!

    • Totally guilty of using a cute running purchase as a motivator! Especially in the winter. Nothing gets me out the door like a new pair of bedazzled earwarmers. Just saying πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting! And totally cardio vacuumed last weekend, ha!

  46. What a great post: I love this bit: “Sometimes, you have to be honest with yourself. Just because I’m in somewhat of a runner’s slump–unmotivated and a bit worn out–doesn’t mean I’ll never run again. What it does mean is that I’ve worked hard over the last year. I know that and am so, so proud of what I’ve accomplished in a period of time that’s flown by in a flash.”

    I ran a half marathon a little over a month ago and have been in a runner’s slump since. I shouldn’t be. I PR’ed. But this paragraph I reposted is definitely a reminder to look back on my accomplishment and be proud of it and the work I had put into it. My body does need a rest. And while I am working on other things, that seems best.

    I am definitely going to give this living room workout a try while in my slump!

    • I am so happy to help! It’s too easy to forget how much work we put into our bodies and our health that, the moment we’re not focused on it, we feel guilty or bad about ourselves. I’ve been there, and I want to change that! Hope you enjoy the workout and laugh at the 80 minute abs.

      • Hehe–Laughter itself is a great ab workout. (I am a stand-up comic). I may have to make this workout one of the 52 hobbies of my year!! Hope you’ll have a chance to get a laugh-ab workout by checking out my page on my journey this year called The Hobby Hoarder. Either way –when I do this I am going to follow-up –Can’t wait to try.

    • HA. Not gonna lie, I started out doing like half the video my first time. Years later, it’s easy. I even do it with weights now! Baby steps πŸ™‚

  47. As someone who went to the gym religiously for 2 years lifting weights some of the home programmes I use now have a great effect on maintaining the hard work I did throughout that time. With resources such as this it’s a great platform to maintain or push forwards, i’ve actually leaned out a lot since using home workout plans.

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  49. can i first note that you had me at glitter. then again at gummies. then again at wine. unfortunately i hate running. i commend you and anybody that runs long distances for any reason. i do crossfit, and still loath every workout with running. so well done and keep it up! and if you’re ever bored check out my blog at http://www.icouldntmakethisshitupblog.com

  50. Good post and thanks for the links πŸ™‚ Oh, the crew socks and elevator music…

    Running slump. Check. On it at the moment, so I’ve been doing a lot more strength training “you-can-do-this-workout-anywhere” stuff. Pinterest is a big help in finding new routines so I don’t bore myself. But my ultimate favorite go-to when I get to the gym and have no idea what I’m doing there is this one, which I originally did do in my living room.


    I can even do it three times in a row now! Cheers!

  51. I found this blog on the recently pressed list, and I love the way you write. I do the same thing. One has to have quirk and personality in writing. Ok, compliments over, now I talk about how I related to your post.
    I’m actually in the same boat right now for running. I JUST LAST WEEK started hitting 10k runs, whereas only a couple months ago, 3mi was a killer run. There’s a certain amount of pride to hitting new distances, especially when I have runner friends who do marathons as often as I go out drinking. I recently moved to Austin and they have this huge running trail around Lady Bird Lake that has become my home away from home. Environment really helps inspire a good run, so kudos to you for starting your trail running. Great post and great work!

    • Thanks so much for the flattery! I really do appreciate it. What amazes me are the people who can do marathons AND drink. It’s crazy. The trail around Lady Bird Lake sounds beautiful; what a nice escape to find in a new city!

  52. am getting bored with exercise. haha so this is the 8min abs a friend was telling me years ago. would take note πŸ™‚ nice to see your excitement towards getting in shape

  53. Hi! So I don’t really like running but I’ve recently found a new appreciation for it since it’s such a good, “portable” workout. I love the “map my run” app and Pandora with my phone strapped to my arm.

    • I’ve definitely used both of those! Map my run is a great tool. Portable as well as the running! Good luck, and keep at it!

  54. I also did my 1st 1/2 marathon about a year ago (San Diego Rock n Roll) and found a love for long distance running! On non-running days I love yoga and turbo kickboxing. As a dietitian, I’m always thinking about fueling my body correctly for workouts. But I also will workout for any happy hour treats- wine and appetizers!

    • I’m definitely with you for the happy hours and apps…and random weekends of drinking all day and bbqs! Ah, to be young. I love yoga, but I’d love to get into something more hard core like kickboxing. Must try!

      • Many people have told me that, but with ZUMBA you allow your body to move as it wants. There is no wrong way, as long as your dancing and buring those cals thats the main thing. Making sure that you do not hurt yourself in any way πŸ˜‰

        I think you should give it a go or at least search for videos and try it out before attending a class.

  55. I am doing my first half-marathon this September. So far, almost similar to you I’ve only ran 6 miles one time, 5 miles a couple times and 3 miles whenever I go out to run during the week. Any tips to help me get going for these longer distances to train for the half? Thanks!

    • Well first of all, you’re already almost half way there with months to go, so you’re in good shape! 1) Build up to the point where 4 to 5 miles is a normal run during the week. Think about it rationally…if you can do a 3 mile run any time, 4-5 only takes another 15-20 minutes! You’ve got that to spare, right? Then you just need to work up distance on the weekends; start with a 7 mile run, a couple weeks later 9, a couple weeks later 11…you can do 11 twice, but to be honest, i only did one long run before my first and survived. Still, if you can do 2 longer runs, you’ll probably hurt less after the half. Good luck, and I’m happy to help with my expert advice on novice running any time! Feel free to shoot me a comment/email. Thanks!

  56. When I’m in a slump I’ll take my kids to the park to play a 3-person baseball game (perhaps it’s closer to over the line just without rootbeer not real beer). Or we’ll kick the soccer ball around or jump on the bikes. If I insist on running, I’ll commit to just get out there and run for 10 minutes, then if I want to stop I can stop, but usually when I get out there and run for 10 minutes I’m over myself. Plus I’m never smart enough to run 5 minutes one direction and turn around to make 10 total, I go 10 and therefore have 10 minutes to run back and since I don’t want it to take longer than the first 10 minutes, I run it anyway. It’s a sick and twisted logic, I tell you but I have a feeling you’ll understand. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  57. Absolutely loved the post. I admire the people who treat their body like a temple πŸ™‚
    I myself a mum of two, manage to keep those bulges off my figure with Yoga.

  58. Here’s what I do when I’m in a runner’s slump and really don’t feel like going. First I attempt to talk myself into it. This is after I’ve spent probably a half hour telling myself how much I don’t feel like going. Sometimes I find that if I tell me I won’t do the usual 5 miles, I’ll just do 3, that gets me out there. The hope of a shorter run often convinces me to just go. Then, once I get out there, I can about half the time convince me to go the whole way. But, even if “short run” me wins out, at least I’ve done something. And, yes, I know I appear a bit mental in this response but who isn’t?

    • We’re ALL in the same boat, that’s the best part about this. I’d say most mornings I say, ehh, I’ll just got for a 3 mile run. You’re right; once I’m out the door, I usually cover 5 miles. Sometimes though, I just want to stay in my living room!

      • Def. And, on the days when I lose the argument with me and just stay in the living room, that’s okay too. Sometimes rest is a good thing. I try not to punish me too much for a day off now and again.

  59. Actually went to a pilates class tonight but I’m looking for some ‘toning regime’ that I can actually keep up. Cardio is not the problem for me, but it’s the muscle part that I just keep slacking on. This looks really helpful, thank you!

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  61. I love Zumba and biking…..I’ll have to give running a try, but I’ll have wait for cooler weather.

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