I have been on and off with my health (fitness) ALL of my life. I was a competitive athlete as a child into my preteen years and then walked away from it all (oh the stupidity of youth) and have never regained a consistent long term routine of working out ever since. My weight has been a yo-yo all of my life but I always felt pretty healthy under it all – ya know?
But, things add up, and things change – and events, some of you are familiar with these yourselves, happen as part of life — a pretty reckless period of nightlife in my twenties, then parenthood, and the work grind, and then hitting my 40s (when your body naturally starts changing and slowing down etc), and then to top it off, taking a deskjob…..oh my goodness.
I no longer felt healthy (and that was years ago). I slowly developed habits and a lifestyle that have caused some significant health issues – and overall just was NOT working FOR me any longer. So when I really opened my eyes and realized that I was winded walking a short distance and that I wasn’t MOVING like I used to – bending over, hopping over a curb, lifting – nothing felt smooth or ‘easy’ anymore…..I knew that changing my diet wasn’t going to be enough – I needed to start exercising.
Fortunately, since moving a few years ago – I knew just what box my old work out DVDs were in and I got them out and started with the ‘intro’ ones – 8 minues to show you the moves kind of videos. I eased into the actual workouts and really felt positive results immediately – more energy, better mood, clarity, and increased desire to keep moving! Still, I was pretty disappointed when after a few weeks I tried to jog. It was a dismal failure. Granted, I live in a neighborhood that doesn’t have a single flat surface, but still – I was really surprised and felt defeated. But, I knew any movement was better than none so I kept doing the DVDs and I kept walking, with intermittent attempts at jogging, and all of a sudden one night it dawned on me that I had done a quarter mile without walking! And I was like holy BEEP! JUST 2 weeks ago I couldn’t come close to that!
I haven’t been perfect since – keepin’ it real here – I took a 6 month hiatus where I did NOTHING. I just started back 4 weeks ago.
The interesting thing is – I didn’t lose it all. The first few days were really hard but it wasn’t like starting all the way back at the beginning – I have quickly come up to right about where I left off. I haven’t attempted all of the DVDs again yet but I did jog the other day and I’m right about where I was when I stopped in January.
These are the videos that I am using – my go to one is first:
The Firm: Ultimate Fat Burning Workout – I like that this combines small handweights with cardio – it’s a 40 minute workout and gets my heart rate up. It’s currently my favorite workout. 🙂
Turbo Jam: Calorie-Blasting Cardio, Kickboxing, Body-Sculpting Workout DVD Program
(an oldy but goody!) I do this one rarely but used to love it. Will pull it out and rotate it into my lineup.
Shaun T’s Rockin’ Body DVD Workout
Love his energy and the workout – but do have to say I’m not coordinated or groovin’ enough for this to be comfortable!
Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights
I have high hopes for this one however am unable to do most of this — that dang kettlebell is HEAVY! And some of the moves are just impossible for me, I need to use an arm of whatever to manuever, but I am hopeful that I will one day be able to smoothly perform each movement!
Tae-Bo: Basic and Instructional (Tae-Bo: The Ultimate Total Body Workout for Men & Women) [VHS]
another oldie but goody!! Full disclosure: my family leaves the room when I do this one, they just can’t take Billy Blanks in that tank…..
Tony Horton’s P90X3 Base Kit – DVD Workout
My newest purchase. I was only a few weeks into when I got sick and took my 6 month hiatus. I want to give myself a couple more weeks and then I’ll start back in on this. I was (am) unable to do a lot of this to the level they do it on the program but can do most of the moves less intensely and for less reps . . . still a great workout and because it works off your own bodies resistance (for the most part) it’s easy to do anywhere.
I even found an old workout on youtube that I used to do in highschool (for a brief period of time with my bestie Kim) I’ll leave you with that. 🙂
ENJOY! And know that truly, if I can do it – YOU CAN DO IT! Think how great it will feel in two weeks……….