Welcome to another Fitness Friday. I hope you’ve been getting some exercise!
I’ve been sticking with my healthy eating plan, and I am down another 3 lbs bringing my total to 18 lbs. I haven’t been using the protein shakes as much, and instead, have been eating a lot of wraps, eggs, and veggies. I haven’t been eating too many fruits, apart from bananas, so I still take a multi-vitamin. In my wraps, which are whole wheat, I either go with Turkey or Tuna and a little low-fat cheese. I also have been eating Wholly Guacamole snack packs with celery or carrots as a snack. It’s yummy, filling, and only 100 calories.
Now, back to fitness…
I wish I had the time and the money to go to ballet class every night, but I don’t. We also don’t have gym memberships, so I make the best out of what I can at home. When the weather is nice, I often take the twins for long walks, but I still need to get in some cardio and weights. That’s when I turn to my fitness DVD’s.
There are plenty of Online subscription exercise services, and there’s even an On Demand program for your streaming TV, but I prefer just going to my library or Half Price Books, and picking up a DVD. The library is a great way to test out which workouts you like without paying for them. Once you find one you like, then you can purchase it.
Here are some other tips for working out in your home.
1. Find the right space
Quiet, cool, and free from distraction is the best spot you can find. You also need to make sure you have enough room to move around without bumping into your couch or lamp. I often workout in our basement because it’s cooler and I have plenty of room. Also, my kids aren’t there jumping on me.
2. Get prepared before you start
Getting into my workout clothes, grabbing my water bottle, and doing some stretches all get me in the mindset to workout. Also, make sure you have your weights or mat handy, if your DVD requires it.
3. Find the Type of workout you like
I personally don’t like all high impact cardio workouts, so I look for DVD’s with words like “Boot Camp” or “Interval Training” or even “Low Impact.” You can still get a great workout without bouncing all the time, which is bad for my knees and back. Of course, if jumping and running is your thing, go for it!
4. Find the personality that fits you
Many instructors on workout DVDs have very distinct personalities. I find some really annoying, but I find others really inspiring. You have to find a couple of instructors that work for you. You don’t want to be irritated the whole time or you won’t want to workout at home again.
5. Mix it up
I do different DVDs all the time. If I find one I really like, I will keep it in the rotation, but I rarely do the same DVD two days in a row. It helps keep the workout interesting, and it also keeps different muscles working.
Here are some of my favorite DVDs. If you would like to purchase any through my affiliate links below, that would be awesome. I’ll get a little something so I can purchase some new ones!