When we moved into our house nearly four years ago, I told my husband I needed a treadmill and some weights so that I can create my own “gym” in one of the extra rooms in the basement. I didn’t want to pay for a gym membership as I knew working out at home would be easier for me, especially with a kid. I also know me and leaving the house to go to the gym can be a mission.
Soon after we moved in, we set up my own “gym” in the basement. I say “my” because I use it 98% more than my husband does.
We filled the room with a treadmill, some weights, and a television. Now I have no excuse. It’s all there. I can’t use the excuse of not being able to get to the gym because it’s in the basement.
Working out feeds my soul and my mind. No, I don’t love working out, but it’s something I need to do. Because I live with body-dysmorphia disorder (BDD) and anxiety, having access at home is pretty necessary for me. There’s nothing I can’t do at home that I can do at the gym. My workouts are simple but do what they need to do.
My workouts include:
5 minutes of running on the treadmill at 1.0 incline and 5.0 speed.
Weights/Strength, which involve 1 arm, 1 leg, and 1 ab exercise. These are different day-to-day
20-30 minutes of one of 3 programs on treadmill, never doing the same one twice in a row
4 minutes of Stretching
I try to do this routine about 3 to 5 times a week, depending on my schedule. It’s important I keep it up as I notice a difference in my moods when I start lagging.
Yes, I work out for my sanity. I work out to put a stop to my negative self-talk about my body. I work out to feed my soul and my mind.