So long, winter.  Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.  It been a long one, right?  I feel like it’s been the longest winter ever.  So I’m welcoming today’s vernal equinox with open arms.  The tulip bulbs are peaking through, the snow has melted (but for the largest mountains in the Target parking lot), the sun is warmer, the days are longer.  It’s finally here.  It’s Spring!

To me, spring means 3 things:

  1. Margaritas.  They taste better when it’s 55 degrees or warmer. It’s a thing.
  2. Gardens & farmer’s markets.  It’s almost tomato season!
  3. Only 90 days til summer, which means bikini, which means have another margarita.  Or two.

This year, thanks to my well-documented obsession with Tone It Up, my awesomely inspiring Mudderella teammates, and the crazy amount of snow-shoveling-cardio I was forced to do, I’m not feeling too far behind the 8-ball when it comes to summer beach-bod prep.  But it’s been a long, cold winter, and we did just survive Girl Scout Cookie season.  So it’s time.

In order to ease us into spring training, let’s talk about quick, easy, at-home workouts that you can do anywhere.  Not like the perfectly photographed magazine girl workouts.  I’m talking about kids underfoot, dinner on the stove, 7 minutes-to-yourself in the bathroom workouts.  And I’ve got the apps to get you started.  I’ve tried them all, use most of them regularly, and believe it or not, they get your heart rate up, and leave you sore the next day. Let’s go!

photo 57-Minute Workout (High Intensity Training) (lolo)

30-second intervals of various body weight exercises, with video instruction to follow along.  Three levels of fitness – beginner, intermediate, advanced.  And you can do anything for 7 minutes, right?  The instructor’s voice isn’t too annoying, and the exercises are all doable.

Couch to 5k

Self-explanatory guided running program that helps get, ding ding ding, off the couch and running a 5K in about 8 weeks, 3 days a week, 30 minute sessions.  I go back to this app 3 or 4 times a year.  Probably because I never quite make it through all 8 weeks.  But I have friends that have!

Easy Abs (lolo)

Another Lolo app – this one just for abs.  Three levels of fitness – beginner, intermediate, advanced.  You can select 3, 5, or 8 minute sessions.  The ab exercises are pretty standard, and you can select equipment  like weights or a stability ball to mix it up.  I use this one all the time – after almost every treadmill workout, and sometimes when I’m hiding in the bathroom.  Please don’t tell on me.

Map My Run

Maps your runs, gives you nearby routes to try out, tells you how far and how fast you’ve run.

My Fitness Pal

The be-all, end-all nutrition and exercise tracker.  Enter your daily food and exercise intake, track your calories, get support from your buddies.


This is my latest download, and I’m not 100% sold just yet.  It has lots of guides and workout ideas, but I haven’t found a lot of “guided” workouts, which I seem to prefer.  But graphically it’s great, and I’ve found a few that I really love.

photo 3Tone It Up

You knew it was coming.  The app is basically a link to the Tone It Up website with a few added features: It gives you their daily workout and you can set a cute alarm for their “booty call” which is their early morning workout.  I use this app every day.


Yoga with Janet Stone (lolo)

My girls and I do a lot of yoga together.  Or we try to anyway.  This app is a lot of fun because we can plan out a quick 10 minute flow with the poses that they know and get our downward dog on together.  The music and the guide are actually very soothing and the flow is pretty good.  Once you get the hang of building the sequences, you’re golden.  Namaste 😉

photo 2


Did I miss anything?  How are you gearing up for spring?  Do you miss winter yet?  Me neither.


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Also a transplant to New Jersey and Mercer County, Merritt McGlynn is walking a tightrope between career woman and devoted mother: hanging on for dear life with her dishpan hands. Merritt is a mom to two of the most adorable children in Jersey: a darling and spunky 4-year-old and a certifiably insane but heart-melting almost-3-year-old. Married to the always-working "Coach", Merritt tries to maintain some appearance of a work-life balance, and often finds that the scales are usually tipped in one direction or the other - but she’s still trying! In her spare time, if she ever gets any, Merritt would like to read books, travel with her husband, drink margaritas on the deck, and one day, if she’s really lucky, enjoy a phone conversation without interruptions. For now, she’ll settle for 20 minutes of an Audrey Hepburn movie and a diet coke.