K.S. asks from Saint Paul, MN on March 03, 2010
At Home Work Out Suggestions
I have limited time to get to the gym. I can usually manage about 1 hour after work. But that leaves the weekends w/no gym access. We are just too busy and besides, I do like to reserve the weekends for family time.
But I thought I'd like to trying working out at home. I see tons of ads for fitness dvds, etc. But was hoping the moms out here could give me a suggestion about which one is the BEST?! I am not looking for anything too intense/over the top. And I also don't want to make a big investment in equipment. Any dvd that required more than a fitness ball and hand weights would be too much. Any ideas?
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J.M. answers from Davenport on March 05, 2010
You could try getting a Zumba DVD. Zumba is more fun that just working out! I do Zumba and I love it!
K.S. answers from Minneapolis on March 05, 2010
I use exercise DVD's every morning. If you log onto CollageVideo.com, there are tons of videos to choose from. Good luck! K.
S.M. answers from Milwaukee on March 04, 2010
I too have no money or time for a gym working between working 2 jobs and having 2 young boys at home. I have always worked out at home and only have hand weights and a yoga mat. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred is a great at home workout DVD and the work out is only 20 minutes a day! I highly recommend it, and you can pick it up at Target for like $10-$15. Along the lines of the Beach Body brand (I see some people have suggested P90x)....look at "Slim in 6" those are also great dvd's although the work out is around 45 mins 6 days a week. I've gotten great results from them and you can usually get the set decently priced through Ebay.
A.E. answers from Minneapolis on March 04, 2010
=Fit Yummy Mummy. It's not a program...it's a lifestyle change. Without it I wouldn't have been able to lose the baby weight. 15 minutes a day 6 days
a week very doable\\
A. answers from Minneapolis on March 04, 2010
I have recently started working out using a kettlebell and I LOVE it. For the most part I have only done a big workout when I've attended class once a week, but I can feel a difference in my posture and energy and I've even found I'm getting some muscle definition! The workouts don't need to be long to be effective.
I'd recommend, if you can, to try a class at your gym if offered, or even consider a trainer for a few sessions. I think the form might be difficult to get right if you're just trying to copy a video. But once you're started, it's a great way to be fit. (I keep my bell in the kitchen so I can pick it up and do a few exercises while waiting for the microwave, or for water to boil.)
B.W. answers from Indianapolis on March 03, 2010
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M.T. answers from Milwaukee on March 04, 2010
I also vote for Jillian Michaels 30 day shred! Start with very light hand weights, though and work your way up.
T.P. answers from Milwaukee on March 04, 2010
I really like Leslie Sansone 4 Mile Powerwalk. It's not a crazy aerobic kick-butt kind of workout, but more like a "get moving for an hour" workout that anyone can do without getting lost or loosing motivation.
S.L. answers from Madison on March 04, 2010
I started doing the Planning Family 8 Week Shape up Challenge a few weeks ago. The lady is a personal trainer who has designed a workout specificaly for moms to do at home. All you need are a few hand weights, a yoga ball (maybe, I go without sometimes) and a half hour a day. Let me know if you want more info about this and I'd be happy to help get you started. I have made some minor adjustments for the cardio days i.e. instead of running outside I just run in place for 20 minutes.
Hope this helps,
A.H. answers from Minneapolis on March 04, 2010
I absolutely loved beachbody! There is a set of DVDs, and you can switch around. When using this set, I lost 3 clothing sizes and had tons of energy. I got tons of compliments as well. It took about 1 week to get into a good rhythm and then it was just a part of my day. Good luck! Btw, I like the idea of looking at the library!
A.P. answers from Omaha on March 04, 2010
I agree with some of the other posters that 30 Day Shred is great. Also, I do Leslie Sansone's Walk Slim Fast & Firm! 4 Really Big Miles tape on my lunch hour (just the first two miles)--otherwise I like to walk outside. And my new best dvd is Body Sculpt by Core Fusion--this is more of a toning workout, but it is amazing! All of these workouts don't require much besides hand weights, a chair,or a mat if you aren't working out on a carpeted surface.