You were going to start your 2013 workout plan yesterday but decided to wait until tomorrow. Thing is, today is that tomorrow you were talking about. What now? Perhaps you are feeling a little overwhelmed about where to begin. There are so many types of workouts available that designing your own fitness plan can be a daunting task. Money may be a factor as well since your wallet is most likely feeling a little lighter after the holidays. Who wants to spend money they don’t have on fitness equipment they may not use? Or the fear of failure and the seduction of the couch may be the problem.
I know a lot of people start out strong every January, transforming from a couch potato to a fitness fanatic overnight. But they overdo it and change right back into a spud. Let’s face it, the couch can be persuasive when wooing…I love and miss you. Baby, please come back to me. My world is empty without you. And just like that the couch is holding you in its arms all night long again. Breaking up is hard to do.
To help get you motivated to work it out for good in 2013, I’m sharing my secrets throughout the month of January (and maybe beyond) in a series we’re calling New Year, New You Workout Wednesdays. Don’t go it alone, go ahead and kick off your shoes and join me for your first workout of 2013!
I was delighted when I recently discovered I could work out with YouTube videos. I was doing a little research on ballet workouts when I came across a YouTube video for the New York City Ballet Workout. I spent the next hour thrilled to be performing pliés, tondus and relevés with real NYC Ballet dancers. This little ballerina wannabe was having tutu much fun. I have since done some poking around and tried other YouTube video workouts, and I am hooked on this as one fantastic at-home fitness solution.
Maybe YouTube is exactly what you are looking for too. It’s a free and simple way to ease on down, ease on down the fitness road. I have selected a few videos to share with you that I really like. All of them are done barefoot, can be done in a small space, require little to no equipment, and range in time between 15 and 62 minutes.
Denise Austin: Total Body Pilates Challenge is a standing Pilates workout 15 minutes in length. Denise has a friendly and motivating style to her training. The set is pretty and has an outdoor tropical resort feel. No equipment is required.
Trainer Jessica Smith invites you into her own living room with Cardio Barefoot Flow. This 36 minute video mixes ballet, yoga and modern dance for one fun routine. Jessica is sweating right along with you since it is shot live. No equipment is required.
Yoga Weight Loss & Balance Workout with Tara Stiles is a 50 minute workout filmed outdoors in a beautiful desert setting. The yoga poses move from one to the next at a good pace. I felt limber and relaxed after this workout. Plus, the desert sunshine put this New Englander in a warm and happy mood. Exercise mat required.
DVD Ballet Body Workout starring Jennifer Galardi is 62 minutes long and starts with three standing segments – legs, core and balance. Then you hit the floor for Pilates and floor barre followed by a long stretch. This video is well-rounded and makes me feel more graceful. A pair of 1-5 lb. dumbbells and an exercise mat are used.
See you next week for another New Year, New You Workout Wednesday. Get ready, because I’ll be running off with a bang!
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