June 12, 2010

Fit to Workout...

Well, it's still going to be another three weeks before I can do anything more than yoga and chasing after my preschoolers.  But when that beautiful day arrives and my doctor tells me I can start working out again I want to be prepared!
I know most people have a hard time sticking with a workout routine.  I was comfortably in a routine before I got pregnant, working out to videos at home during nap time and I had been at it consistently for over a year.  So I guess I found my time of day (same every day), and type of activity that I really enjoyed. I don't think it's changed much over the last nine months of pregnancy but just in case I want to know that I have a plan of action to stay excited about working out every day!
Jillian Michael's DVDs are no doubt some of my favorite workouts.  I have her 30 Day Shred and No More Trouble Zones DVDs, but I'm also planning on buying her Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism and Yoga Meltdown DVD workouts as well.  I LOVE 30 Day Shred because it is three levels of 20 minute, kick-butt cardio and weight training combined.  It is so perfect on days when I just don't have much time.  Trouble Zones and Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism are 40 minute workouts for when I have a bit more time to devote to it.  I haven't heard much about the yoga, but I'm excited to try it out!  Also, I just found Jillian on Hulu, a great way to try out some of her workout moves and get a taste of her style without paying a dime.  Check it out!
Another cool "program" I like is Couch to 5K.  It is a great way to get excited about running.  I did this a bit last summer in preparation for my first 5K and I was surprised at the advancement I made.  I'm not a natural runner, I enjoy it once I get back into it, but I couldn't only run...I would get bored and give up pretty fast.  But this gave me a way to ease into running, where I could see improvement without injuring myself!
In attempts to spice things up with my Jillian workouts I purchased The Biggest Loser Workout: Cardio Max DVD.  I must say, it's a bit disappointing, to me.  I like the "boot camp" style workouts: sweat, work hard, feel close to death, and then be done.  I don't like drawn out, "easy" workouts and that's how I felt about these three cardio workouts.  The only one I enjoyed was the 20 minute, level 1 (which in my opinion is the hardest of the three levels, the other two being only 10 minutes in length), with Bob Harper. 

Let me know some of your fitness and nutrition secrets, I'm always excited to hear what other people are doing to get and stay healthy!

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