I’ve been going strong with my workouts lately. My lunchtime workouts have worked out, and I haven’t been ditching them for eating out. There are days (like today) that I won’t have a lunch hour to work out and I can’t workout after work – unless I wait until 8:30 or 9:00 at night. By then I just want to go to bed.
So I’m waking up super early (5:15 a.m.) to workout at home.
I realized recently that Jillian Michaels is my go-to home workout. I can’t stick with her workouts full-time (I’d get bored, or I don’t have the time/energy to exercise twice a day), but I can always look to her for a 30-minute or even an hour-long workout.
My favorite Jillian workouts:
30-Day Shred – I can always, always turn to this DVD for a good, 25-minute workout. I generally do level 2 or 3.
No More Trouble Zones – This is a longer workout. Great for my weekends, if I can’t get outside and run. It’s about 50 minutes or closer to an hour.
One-week Shred – There is a strength workout and a cardio workout. The cardio is great if I can’t get it in any other way.
Killer Abs – I may do this one following a day of intense cardio or strength. It’s not too strenuous, but I still feel something after I exercise.
My advice if you don’t belong to a gym (or have access to one) and you can’t get outside:
1. Make the time to exercise. Figure out what works best with your schedule.
2. Invest in some lighter weights.
3. Try a workout video. You can even stream some of these for free through Amazon Prime. (Netflix and Hulu may have similar videos. I haven’t checked their selections out recently.)
4. Switch the workouts up.
5. Take a rest day.
I don’t always want to take a rest day. I feel lazy when I do, but I’ve come to realize that my body needs a day off. I may do a little bit of walking, but otherwise I really try to not run, lift weights or do much in the form of exercise.
And I’m fortunate that I have access to our fitness center. I’m working with a personal trainer this semester, and I’m really learning how to use many of the machines that I hated before, and I have a list of at-home exercises to do, should I miss a session with the trainer. When time doesn’t allow, though, I love that I’m still motivated to work out with the help of a workout video. (Even if that does sound a little 1990s.)
Do you have any favorite at-home workouts you recommend?
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