Hi, I'm Farrah, and I have a love/hate relationship with working out. Specifically, it's hard for me to get my ass off the couch and to the gym. Maybe you can relate?
When I say I don't like going to the gym what I really mean is...I HATE going. I hate driving there, parking, the intimidating machines — all of it. It's really hard to motivate myself to go. Even if it's only for half an hour.
I don't really have a sweet tooth, but a salt tooth. I crave salty things. Because of this, I feel bloated and sluggish, which makes me want to lay on my couch and do nothing.
I heard about Kayla Itsines and her app (Sweat) through a friend. With nearly 11 million followers on Instagram, Kayla is a personal trainer whose goal is to help people achieve their ideal level of fitness by following a daily 28-minute workout that can be done at home.
Because I had a ton of questions about the workout, Kayla was nice enough to take time out of her day for an interview. The first thing I wanted to know was why 28 minutes?
"If we are realistic, many women do not have time to be working out for hours every day, and exercise seems to be the first thing we drop when our schedule gets too busy," Kayla told BuzzFeed. "Rather than focusing on the length of the workout, I like to focus on the effectiveness. By reducing the length, you can implement it into everyday life and make it part of your daily routine."
The biggest appeal to me was that you didn't need to leave your house to get a workout in, but I was skeptical. Could I cancel my gym membership and actually see results by eating better and following her workouts at home? I decided to try it for 6 weeks to find out.
Side note: I want to add that I've always been a petite person and my goal here is not to obtain a huge body transformation. All bodies are good bodies. I wanted to learn how to eat healthier and find out if following a workout routine on an app at home could provide toned, strong results. Also, I wanted to feel less bloated and become more motivated to do small workouts at home.