Nurturing Your Health
It’s now June, and a lot of those New Year’s resolutions, like join a gym and start an exercise plan, may be falling by the wayside. I understand. It’s hard to stick to a workout program for a lot of reasons – gym memberships are expensive, our schedules are already full, and it’s not always convenient.
I’ve been in the same boat. For a long time, I did no exercise at all and figured my youth would get me by. However, after about 3 years of not exercising, my body started to feel weak and tired. I didn’t feel good, so I finally decided to start exercising. However, I knew I did not want to spend $50 per month on a gym membership. I love taking group exercise classes, but I found a way I can replicate this experience at home for a one time cost of about $12. How? Through workout videos!
You don’t need a $2,000 Bowflex machine, a rack full of weights, or even a gym membership to get in shape. I use two sets of dumbbells (5 and 10 pounds) and my own body. By using just the space in front of my TV in my living room, I have gone from huffing and puffing my way through a kickboxing workout to feeling like it’s one of my easy routines now.
Some people have told me they can’t work out at home because they’re not motivated there, and they’ll find something else to do. However, I have a little trick that I hope will help you. When you get home, DO NOT SIT DOWN. Do not check your email, do not sit on the couch and watch a rerun of Friends, do not pass go. Instead, immediately go upstairs, change into your workout clothes, get your glass of water, and put in the workout DVD. Follow the instructor on the DVD and 30 minutes later you’ll be done with your workout.
I think this works for a couple reasons – (1) you don’t let yourself get distracted and (2) you get it out of the way early in the night while you still have energy.
It works for me, and I’ve been doing this now for about 5 months. My body has changed, and I have muscular arms, a flatter stomach, and a lot more endurance. Not all workout videos are made equal, though, so I’ll share the ones that I’m using that I feel give you a good overall workout.
- This video has 4 workouts that go from beginner to advanced. They’re only 20 minutes long, but they include a warm up and cool down, so you get a good 30 minute workout. It’s also very nice that there are 4 different routines in one DVD (not a lot of videos have this many).
- This video has one kickboxing workout, but it’s fantastic for building muscle and cardio endurance at the same time. I do this routine once a week
- This video has 2 workouts – one beginner and one advanced. Both are great total body workouts.
I hope this makes exercising easier to fit into your life so you can reach your goals and stick with this lifestyle change. Good luck!