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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Workout at Home

How many of you are like me and hate to workout at a gym? Come on, don't say you hate to workout at all ;). Let me just say that I would rather eat than workout, but I know that if I want to try some of those holiday cookies I know I will have to get my rear in gear in order to keep from gaining ten (or more!!!) pounds over the holidays. As someone that absolutely hated running when I was younger, and couldn't even do 5 minutes on a treadmill, I now have to say that I love running and try to get in 4 miles every day, if possible. I like to take my toddler along in a jogging stroller because he enjoys the fresh air and the scenery, and I get a good run in. It was easier in the summer months because it got darker later and I could squeeze in a run around 6pm or so, right before he went down for the night. Now that it is getting darker earlier and it's getting colder, I have to find alternate ways to get those workouts in. I do have a treadmill at home and I will do that on occasion, but I find the treadmill very boring. I do have a television set and that does help a bit, but I still hate the treadmill compared to running outside.

In place of the treadmill, one thing that I have discovered are fitness DVD's from gaiam. I love these tapes!! For about $15 per DVD, I can change up my routines every day so I get a bit of variety. I just got the Cardio Burn Yoga DVD and it is great. My tush was hurting in places that I never thought could hurt! I love that feeling - it makes me feel like I'm targeting other muscle groups and my tush will love me for it, so will my jeans! Gaiam has some great pilates DVDs, yoga, cardio, kickboxing and even walking DVDs. Walking in your home, you ask? Yes, they really are great if you find that you can't get outside and/or you don't want to take the time to go to the gym. They are also great if you have to take a trip and you don't or can't get to the gym at the hotel. They allow you to workout in the privacy of your own room.

Another great thing about the DVDs is that many of them have 30 minute express workouts and 60 minute workouts all on the one tape. So if you find that you only have a half an hour you can still work in a workout. Now there's no excuse for you not to squeeze in a few minutes if you have a DVD at home. So go ahead and eat that cookie. You can work it off!! :)


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3 Kids and Us said...

What a great idea. I wish I had time to do this from home.