as we cruise through January at a rapid clip, i’ve shared snippets of my home with you. first was my closet—my home away from home as a style/lifestyle blogger. then you caught a glimpse of my home office, where i while away the time answering emails, writing blog posts and creating new content for my YouTube channel. last week, we stopped by my living room that’s the setting for friends and family to gather and relax. and today we’re making a pitstop to my home gym. this is where you’ll find me on any given morning stretching, flexing, pumping iron and hopping on the bike for a spin class. i’m committed to continuing my health journey for the new year.
and guess what? no matter if i work out at home or head off to a Pilates class i like to wear the proper gear that helps me strike a yoga pose with the ease of movement needed. today, i’m partnering with Nordstrom and their inhouse brand Zella that carries an a-ma-zing selection of athletic wear that’s functional and stylish. at its heart, Zella athletic wear is designed with ultimate comfort innovation and peak performance technology that’s certain to enhance my workout and yours. now that’s a win/win in my book.
exercise is important at any age but especially as we age. but so many of us give up on exercising altogether at a certain age. so let’s go over the benefits of keeping fit even at sixty-one. because who doesn’t want to feel their best each and every day? exercise is key to keeping me in tip-top health. these are the workouts i incorporate into my daily routine.
strength training targets multiple muscle groups increases strength and builds lean muscle. yoga improves flexibility, perfects posture, betters bone health, builds muscle and on and on. cardio improves blood flow, increases stamina, and boosts your mood.
isn’t this tie-dye hoodie in purple hush adorable? definitely a mood brightener. it’s perfect to slip into when the gym temps are chilly and my body hasn’t quite adjusted. but sweatshirts look fantastic when paired with a humble pair of blue jeans for a relaxed weekend look. i’ve linked a few of my favorites below.
the floor is polished concrete which is sooooo easy to maintain. all you need is a mop and a broom. and i never have to worry about spills. the walls are painted a light grey.
there’s a television with a built-in DVD player that sits on a stand on one wall. i have a collection of videos that range from strength training to mat Pilates that keep me motivated and moving. recently, i added three yoga videos from Rodney Yee. flexibility and balance are so important to maintain as i move into my sixties.
a few key pieces of equipment include a step box and stability ball. they’re a great way to improve strength, endurance and balance. yep, balance and aging need to go hand-in-hand.
a big game-changer for me was investing in a Peloton bike. diagnosed with osteoarthritis, high-intensity workouts are a thing of the past for me. but that doesn’t mean i need to lead a sedentary life. instead, i focus on low impact workouts like a spin class that delivers an intense cardio workout that’s easy on my hips, knees, and ankles. most classes incorporate upper bodywork with the use of hand weights ( i use two pounders) as spin focuses mostly on the lower body. so in one 45-minute session, i can work on upper body, lower body, and core.
it’s important to stay hydrated all day long but especially when you’re working out.
leggings are perfect for spin class, Pilates and yoga. i love the high rise fit of these leggings and the jazzy print. a sports bra is a must-have as it gives the support we need when we’re moving and grooving. this racerback bra from Zella is soft with a smooth fit. but don’t forget a workout top that breathes and moves with your body is just as essential as leggings and a sports bra. this strength racerback top is a lightweight knit that keeps me cool and comfy and comes in three colors.
there are a variety of weights in my home gym from two pounders that i use on the spin bike to twelve pounds. i even have a twenty-pound kettlebell that i hoist from time to time.
the workout bench is perfect for lifting weights.
all right, ladies, that’s a wrap of my home gym. let me know how you stay fit these days. and what is your favorite workout?
a big thank you to Nordstrom for this sponsored post. and thank you lovely ladies for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fresh ideas.