Let’s face it. It’s hard to carve out the time to get to the gym. Working out at home can be a huge timesaver for anyone with a busy schedule. The challenge with working out at home is that a certain amount of discipline is needed. To make it effective, you need to schedule the time for yourself to do it. For some, that is getting up early to have some precious, undisturbed time, or maybe using your lunch time at work, or finding a window in the evening.

The most important thing is that you put it on your calendar, like any other appointment, and honor it. Start making your appointments with yourself, as a priority for your health. Some days we are tired and don’t feel like we have the energy, but more often than not, once we get our sneakers laced and start moving, we never regret taking that time.

So, you are ready to start, but it can be confusing where to start. To begin, set aside three half hour sessions a week. These numbers are fluid and you can always add more time or more sessions, if you choose. Now, the fun begins! The internet offers such a wide array of FREE workouts. I am going to share some of my favorites with you.

Fitness Blender, www.fitnessblender.com – This site is amazing. You can search through over 300 full length workouts. You can enter search criteria, such a difficulty, time, equipment, focus area and style of workout. It’s completely customizable and you will not get bored, by the variety. The workouts are totally FREE!

YouTube channel: BeFiT, www.youtube.com/user/BeFit – This YouTube channel offers full length video workouts from many famous trainers. The videos range in length from 10 minutes to one hour workouts. You can search through and find one that you want to try. They are flexible and free!

BodyRock, www.bodyrock.tv – This site has a new workout up every day. You will often need equipment, but if you have some weights, you can often follow right along. This site generally has a short video demonstrating the exercises and then a written description of the workout. These workouts can be intense, but are generally short, giving you a very effective workout in a shorter amount of time.

Do Yoga With Me – www.doyogawithme.com – This website offers every style of yoga. You can sort through the yoga videos by style, length and level to find exactly what you are looking for. It is my go to when I need a good, relaxing stretch or a power flow class.

Hal Higdon – www.halhigdon.com – Interested in running? Maybe there is a race that you have always wanted to do? Hal Higdon knows running. He has contributed to Runner’s World magazine since the 1960’s and has a long, accomplished running and training career. On his site, he offers a huge array of training plans for the runner within you.

Once you get going and see the variety of things you can do right from home, you may start to look forward to your “me” time and the new workouts you can try.