Me, 1 and a half years ago.

If you follow me on Instagram (@onesmileymonkey) then you have also been following my fitness journey as I share some snaps of my exercise routines and some of my workouts.  Since last August we set up a basic home gym with some weights, a mat and a T.V,  and  I have been doing 15-20 minutes of daily exercise at home.

My priority has been working on strength training, cardio and flexibility and I have seen so much progress already. As a busy mom of a toddler and a five-year-old I have no time to go to the gym so working out at home has been ideal, I also love food and I don’t do diets. My ultimate goal is to have toned, strong muscles, a healthy heart and a happy soul!

I use free workout videos from YouTube for my routines. My favourite channel is FitnessBlender and I love that they have lots and lots of videos to pick from. On Sundays I usually set up a workout plan and a weekly schedule to ensure I am working all my muscles. Below is an example of all of the videos on my schedule for next week:








Working out daily for 15-20 minute works for my schedule and my lifestyle. I know some people prefer to do longer workouts 3-4 times a day with break days in between workouts and that is another great option. You can find longer workout videos on YouTube as well if that’s what works best for you.

If you are looking for inspiration to get into a fitness routine then be sure to follow along as I continue to share my progress, photos and stories on Instagram.

Note: Always remember to ask your Dr. before starting a full workout routine and to take it easy for the first couple of weeks, this is just an example of MY routine but your own exercise routine may look different.