Hi there! My name is Gabby, and I want to share with you some tips on how to enjoy exercising at home!
First, a little bit about me. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Rehabilitation Science and Arcadia University with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Before and during physical therapy school, I worked as a kickboxing instructor, a group exercise instructor, and a personal trainer. I also have a certification in Pathokinesiology, which is a big word to say that I’m good at analyzing how people move, and then I can give recommendations on how they can move better. I especially love working with older adults, as well as people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and brain injuries. I became a Physical Therapist for two main reasons. One: My mom is a Physical Therapist Assistant, and she is my idol. Two: I LOVE exercise.
I know. You must hate me already.
To be fair, exercise is hard. It is hard to fit exercise into my day. It’s hard to get out of bed to put work out clothes on instead of pressing snooze, and sometimes I roll over and go right back to sleep. Exercise is usually hard while I’m doing it.
But, I know that as soon as I finish my run or put my weights down after my final set, I will feel so much better about life! I feel proud of myself for the rest of the day, I feel less anxious, and I feel confident that I can conquer anything that comes my way. Because really, if I put myself through a 100-Burpee workout by CHOICE, nothing can hurt me!
Also, as someone who prescribes exercise for a living, I know that I need to be following my own recommendations. I help people improve their walking, reduce their risk of falls, decrease pain, and improve their overall function with exercise. Why should they get all of the benefits?
Since the beginning of quarantine, I have been doing all of my workouts at home. Even when my gym reopened, I decided to cancel my membership because I was really enjoying exercising at home. By changing up my workouts and being creative, I felt that it was easy to stick to my regular exercise program instead of falling off the wagon. Plus, the extra money saved from my gym membership can now go to a post-workout margarita fund. :)
If you check in later, I’m going to share some of my own workout ideas that you can use with objects around your home. First, I’m going to recommend that you check out our high-quality exercise equipment rentals. According to the CDC, we (adults) should be getting in 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise per week. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could do 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week, or a combination of the two. One of the easiest ways to hit this target is to have cardio equipment right in your home! No gym, no problem, right?
Whether you’re pushing yourself with high intensity intervals on a stationary bike, or walking off yesterday’s late night fast food run (no judgement), just remember to move today!