Exercising isn’t just for the gym

Contributor Audra

If You Can’t Make It to the Gym, Bring the Gym to You! 

If you have a busy schedule with work and/or a family, you’ll find that it’s hard to get to the gym. And when you can get to the gym, you’re probably too tired to work out. Instead of making excuses and letting yourself off the hook, try these solutions instead.

Stairs for the backyard?

1. Make your own boot camp at home! Take a quick measure of your driveway or backyard. A 400 is a quarter mile or 1312.34 feet. Maybe you have to run down and back a few times. Do a 400, then add some push ups, sit ups, burpees, lunges, bicep curls, tricep dips, and squats, and you’ve got a pretty well rounded workout. Don’t like running? How about adding jumping jacks, mountain climbers, and plyo jumps.

You can find examples of boot camp exercises on BestBootCamp.com. or on About.com: Need. Know. Accomplish. Be careful of sites that try to get you to buy their dvds or online services.

If you aren’t sure how to do a particular exercise, you can watch clips on youtube. A good place to start is Diet and Weight Loss – Diet.com.15 minute bootcamp workout. You can progress from there with harder videos. Some instructors will allow you to subscribe to their videos.

The famous Monkey Bars!  Made out of ALL metal!  ---------via Flickr by jenni from the block

*If your yard, driveway, or house won’t work, check out a local playground or park. They often have monkey bars, tunnels, climbing tires, poles, and fields.

2. Invest in a good dvd exercise program. There are so many to choose from! My favorite of course is the new Zumba Fitness Exhilarate dvd set.  It comes with 7 dvds plus toning sticks to work the upper body.

I finally tried Zumba expecting to hate it.. WRONG..loved it!

Another favorite of mine is P90X. I like using the dvds on rainy days or when I need ideas for my classes.

I also have the Mari Winsor Pilates dvds. I used those often after the birth of my first and second daughters. When doing a pilates or yoga dvd, remember form is extremely important. So please follow the instructors’ cues.  Take your time and find a dvd that interests you. Don’t buy into any gimmicks of how this particular dvd will help you shed pounds faster than that dvd.

I heard an interview with a Dancing With the Stars participant who said that she lost so much weight from dancing. Of course she then said they practiced for several hours everyday. If you did any workout several hours a day, you’d lose weight.

*As with all exercise programs, please consult a doctor first if you have any pre-existing heart conditions, diabetes, or an injury.

Have fun!! Don’t give up!! You CAN do this!

Classes with Audra for Zumba are scheduled:

6:35 Wednesday night and 8:00 Saturday morning at Squared Circle Studio. Squared Circle Studio is located in Deep River  860.526.8763 to call for classes  http://www.squaredcirclect.com Home Page.

image 1 via gardenorbs.com image 2 via flickr.com image 3 via google.com


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