30 Days of Homeschool: Day 8 – Fitness

(reminder – this is about free resources for homeschool, in 30 non-consecutive posts…meaning: there won’t be a post every day, but there will be 30 🙂 ).

PREFACE/ENCOURAGEMENT/PONTIFICATION: Fitness, working out, exercising, training – whatever you call it, it’s all for that goal of being able to do what you need to do. It doesn’t take a lot of space to work out. In martial arts I learned that you can practice your kata in the space of a sleeping tiger. The same goes for physical fitness. For the most part, the resources that I show below require no equipment – free, no equipment, little space required…what more can you ask for (except for someone else to exercise for you and YOU get the benefit…but that’s just wishful thinking)?

I’m not talking about running a marathon or competing in an obstacle race – I’m talking about being able to perform your everyday duties (kneeling, picking up your kids, having the energy to go all day, etc.). My personal goal is to be able to get on the floor and play with my grandkids. I don’t have grandkids, of course, so I need to keep on keepin’ on with staying fit (limber, agile, strong enough). What’s your long-term goal? What will keep you going? On a very down-to-earth level, I want all of my family to be able to go full-out for at least a minute, for the purposes of self-defense. Anything beyond that is simply extra and up to each one individually.

Feel free to suggest other ideas, sites, programs, etc. – as long as they’re free!

1. Darebee – http://www.darebee.com

This site is just great! The videos, downloads, online guides – it’s all free! I bought the book of the 100 No-Equipment workouts simply to support them, even though they say that they don’t need it. Just go out there and peruse the site, download the PDF(s) and enjoy. There really is a workout for everyone there.

2. Barefoot Running/Walking

This just requires basic clothing – no shoes required, which saves, literally, hundreds of dollars.

Here’s some more information:

Daniel Howell (Barefoot Professor) –http://www.thebarefootbook.com/; http://barefootprof.blogspot.com/
Daniel Lieberman (another Barefoot Professor)- http://barefootrunning.fas.harvard.edu/
“Born to Run,” the book and site by Christopher McDougall – http://www.chrismcdougall.com/born-to-run/
Run Forefoot, Bretta Riches – http://runforefoot.com/ – NOTE: This isn’t so much a barefoot site as a forefoot site – running forefoot is more the mechanics, not the lack of shoes.

3. Hot5 – http://www.hot5.co/ (but it’s really an iPhone app)
This is what I consider an upscale type of workout app as it has people who are models, but it’s still good for working out. The app is free, and is for the iPhone.

4. Push ups, sit ups and pull ups, oh my! – http://www.hundredpushups.com/

This site has a free programs for push ups, situps, pull ups, lunges, and squats. It has free printable mods – a schedule of the workouts that you can fold up to fit in your pocket.

5. Couples workouts

Just search for this, or for “couples exercises.” You’ll find all kinds of workouts – from simple to sexy – but you’ll find something that works. Be cautious browsing!

WARNING: This is all just informational. Use your best judgment regarding your fitness. I’m in no way certified or inclined to give fitness advice; I’m just a homeschool dad who’s constantly searching for ways to keep my family going.

WARNING 2: I advise against visiting just any site. With the workout craze, there are a lot of cheap and malware-infected sites that just want you to click on their picture or give your email address. None of the sites I’ve presented above requires an email (except the Hot5 app, which is, of course, linked to your iPhone if you download it).

Happy Homeschooling!

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