I need to workout. I want to workout and get in shape. Lately, I am immersed in several projects and keeping up with the children that I haven’t gotten into a routine that includes exercise. Totally bad. I want to workout so I can get in shape and be healthy. But I’m not one who enjoys exercising. I don’t have the motivation to make it a part of my regular routines. So bad, huh? I envy those who loves working out and make it a part of their daily life. They always look so great and happy.
But realistically. With two little ones who I am trying to clean after and keep happy during the day, I’m completely exhausted by the evening to slip away for an hour or two to sweat in the gym. And early mornings. Well, that’s worst than the evenings. I have never been a morning person and I have a hard time getting up before 7 to sweat it out at home.
Since it is more realistic for me to work out at home, let me tell you some of the workout videos I have tried…
- P90X. Many of our friends and family members have used this to get in shape so we decided to give it a try. Nathan is usually not a workout video type of guy, but he liked this one. It is expensive (about $150), so we borrowed it from Nathan’s parents. It was a great workout for people at different exercise levels and it helps you to build up your strength. It really tailors to the individual and their abilities. The other bad thing about it (other than cost) is the equipment you need can be expensive too – pull-up bar, adjustable weight sets and others. Also, this workout program is mostly about building muscles and for me, as a woman, I would like to slim down rather than look buff. We didn’t do the food plan, so I can’t tell you much about that.
- The Tracy Anderson’s Post-Pregnancy Workout. I did a lot of research into Tracy Anderson before I actually bought this DVD. So she can be a little coo-coo according to some reports, but her workout video is awesome. You may have heard of her as she has trained many celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna. The thing I love about Tracy Anderson is the fact that she wants women to look slim and toned, like women rather than a body builder. So this DVD is all about toning parts of the body by doing lots of reps. I cringed in pain just watching the DVD the first time. The only equipment you really need is 3 pound weights. And all the workouts are doable for beginners. I haven’t tried any of her other workout DVDs, but this one is a great one. Her workout videos are around $30 each.
- Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I’m a fan of The Biggest Loser on TV and so I thought I would give Jillian Michaels a try. It was a good workout where she does a mixture of cardio to get your heart rate up then toning exercises in between to shock your body to get quicker results. She is really good at motivating and telling as well as showing you what to do. No in-your-face screaming like she does on the show. There are different levels so you can do what works best for you. The best part is it is totally affordable at $11.
- Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo. I have actually tried several of his videos because I rented them on Netflix. It is intense cardio workout and fun Tae Bo. The guy is kind of funny to watch, but he gets you sweating fast. It does take some coordination to get to combo routines down but nothing way too complicated.
- Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board. I haven’t really used this as an exercise program. It’s been more of a family activity game to get all of us moving. Some of the games does get you sweating (running, step and yoga), but others are more toning and balance activities. Although, our kids love to play Wii Fit so it’s a great way for them to get moving in front of the TV. It automatically tracks how many calories you burned and when you workout. Another great thing is you can set weight loss goals. It is expensive ($80-$100) since you need the balance board to use the Wii Fit games, assuming you all ready own a Wii console.
A note about all the above videos: None of them have good music to them. So if you are like me, need awesome music to really get into it, come up with your own workout playlist and play it over the videos.
» Tell me… What is a good exercise video you use to lose weight or get in shape? Have you had experiences with any of these workout videos? I also like Zumba but haven’t found a good DVD for it. Suggestions?