Home Workout

I’m stuck at home today and really feel like I could use a good workout. I have a few options; I could go down to the gym in the building…nah, not in the mood for the treadmill. I could get outside for a run or walk…. too cold for me thanks! So I started digging around on the Internet to see what kind of workouts I can find online. There are actually quite a few options.

Bodyrock.tv is one butt-kicking site! The workouts on here are hard-core! If you want a real, sweaty and tough work out, this is the site for you.  This site is for men and women and offers great advice on working out and eating a healthy diet.

If you are in the mood for Yoga, My Yoga Online has a ton of workouts available to stream. There are videos for different levels of fitness and you can choose which type of yoga you are interested in.

Another good resource is Fitness magazine’s website. I found all kinds of challenging workouts that can be done in the gym or in the comfort of your home. The videos are easy to follow and the workouts are interesting and fun!

 

Well, off to do my workout now!

 

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Strike a Pose

Whenever my body feels aches and pains, I know I haven’t been doing enough yoga. If I do yoga consistently I feel great! It’s good for the body and the soul. No matter how I feel going in, stressed, angry, down in the dumps, I always come out of it feeling all warm and fuzzy,the old brain will always feel calmer, a smile on my face. Even once a week is enough to get the kinks out and just renew your energy level.

Yoga Class at a Gym

Yoga Class at a Gym (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are so many different kinds of yoga. I am definitely not an expert on the subject, I take whichever yoga class fits into my schedule at the gym. Hot yoga is one I’ve been hearing a lot about lately. Apparently, the heat and humidity is increased in the room to help with peoples flexibility in poses. According to Wikipedia, the heat is also meant to replicate the heat and humidity in India where these poses originate from.
English: Bikram Yoga

English: Bikram Yoga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are also different forms of hot yoga. Bikram yoga, which is the most common and one that many gym classes are based off of, generally consists of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises. The purpose of this type of yoga is to prevent injury by adding the heat and humidity to help deepen poses. The heat and humidity help the body to be more flexible. It is also great for increased circulation and for releasing toxins from the body.
As with everything, there can be safety issues, drinking enough water is important for hydration. People with high blood pressure and heart issues should be careful with hot yoga for obvious reasons.
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Yoga Class at a Gym Category:Gyms_and_Health_Clubs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With so many types of yoga to choose from, there is probably a class out there for every level of health and fitness. I highly recommend it, I promise you will feel great!

“Gangnam Style” Workout

Yes, you read that right; “Gangnam Style” workouts are on the way! The funny thing is, I was discussing my fitness post with my boyfriend, contemplating what I wanted to blog about. His response was “why not blog about working out “Gangnam Style”?

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Gangnam_Style_PSY_28logo (Photo credit: KOREA.NET – Official page of the Republic of Korea)

I found this article by Time news feed, which was just published recently. It says that the YouTube video has been viewed more than 274 million times!!!! I have to admit; I kinda love watching it too! If you haven’t already seen this, you have to watch it at least once.

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Gangnam_Style_PSY_23logo (Photo credit: KOREA.NET – Official page of the Republic of Korea)

I personally think this would be such a fun way to get a workout in. Dancing is always fun, add in the cheesy dance moves and laugh away the calories! There are other dance type cardio workouts available. At my gym they offer Zumba. I’m sure most people have heard of this since it seems to be pretty popular. The catch phrase for this one is “ditch the workout-join the party”. Sounds good to me!

English: Maria Moline, instructor, coaches her...

English: Maria Moline, instructor, coaches her Zumba class through the dance choreography in the Patch Fitness Center in U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Running or Walking?

Running or walking for exercise, which is better? I personally do a little of both. If I run too much I find my knees get sore, so I run once or twice a week and man does it feel good! When I don’t have much energy and I don’t want to go to the gym or the weather is really nice, I get outside for a walk.

I feel that walking 30 minutes each day at any pace is better for you than doing nothing at all. The funny thing is, once you start and get into the habit, it is something you will start to look forward to. I find the time when I exercise is the one time of day where I don’t think about work, my boyfriend, my friends, my bills or even my cute little pets.

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This time is for me, I challenge myself to run faster when running or to really take a look around me when outdoors walking. Just take that time to really appreciate the city you live in or really be in the conversation you are having.

If you want to lose weight, then obviously you will need to walk a little faster, enough to get your heart rate up. I found some great information on this on the Livestrong website.

So, running vs. walking, which is better? The answer is, do which ever one you like the most! Just get out there and do it. People are not meant to be sedentary. It leads to many health problems including depression. So, why not start now?

Workout Motivation

Back in April my Boyfriend and I decided to join a gym. It started out great; we were excited, going three or four nights each week. Our energy levels were high and our stress levels low. So, over time I guess, like usual, we started to lose interest. Little by little we were going less and less. At this point we go maybe once, maybe twice a week, sometimes not at all. The honeymoon is totally over!

So how the heck can a person stay motivated? It felt great to work out and I do miss it. Some of the problems I personally face are, my work schedule, which is all over the place, late nights, early mornings. I work on my feet all day so there are nights I get home and really feel like the last thing I want to do is spend yet another half hour on my feet. What’s a girl (and boy) to do?!?

We need motivation big time and we need it now! Here are some tips to keep the workouts on track!

  • Make yourself a killer playlist. There’s nothing like a good run/long walk to your favourite tunes! It may even be the only chance you get during the day to just listen to the songs you love!
  • Change up the routine. For my three workouts, one I will run, one I will take a class and the third I will do circuit training. It’s more interesting. For the nights I can’t bear to be on my feet any longer, I turn to Yoga or Pilates. Watch out for Pilates, it looks and seems so innocent, but the next day…ouch! In a good way of course!
  • Buy yourself something to wear that you really like. That alone is enough to get me to the gym!
  • Reward yourself, for example, If you commit to the 3x per week 30 day challenge and succeed, buy yourself something nice or watch a movie you’ve been dying to see. Sometimes something as simple as a bottle of nail polish is enough to motivate me. Just do what works for you!
  • Meet up with a friend. If you have to meet at a specific time, you won’t want to let them down
  • Above all, you deserve it! This is time for you to take care of yourself, to feel good about yourself.

I am making a pledge for the next thirty days to get back on track. I’m going to start with three nights each week, for at least 30 minutes per workout. Who’s with me??? November 15th I will post my results.