How many of us are guilty every year of making that dreaded “I’m going to get in shape this year” resolution? I’m raising my hand. Every year it seems like “I’ll get to it tomorrow” gets incorporated into my vocabulary more and more. We have used every excuse possible. From the expensive gym membership, pricey groceries, no time, too busy, not wanting to workout alone, to simply “I just don’t feel like it”, the excuses seem to get in the way of the goal. A new year is approaching us, and fast! 2012 is the year for all of us to make our resolution and prove that it can be done.
Some fantastic ways to get in shape and still maintain a fun and money saving lifestyle are to utilize a few of the thousands of “at home” workout dvd’s. I’ve tried a good handful and two that really worked and kicked my butt are Zumba fitness and Jillian Michaels’ 30 day Shred. There is no need to drop big bucks on the gym membership, especially after the holidays when we all feel exceptionally broke!
Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred is the more intense of the two workouts. There are three levels which each have three circuits. These workouts incorporate strength training along with cardio training. I am in decent shape with room for improvement, and the level 1 workout had me sweating and sore the very next day. The twenty minute workout is deceiving. Don’t let the “20 minutes” get you excited for a short and easy workout, you’ll be sweating and yelling at the tv within 5 minutes! 30 day shred incorporates strength training along with cardio training.
Zumba Fitnss is perfect for those of you who are looking for a more entertaining and upbeat workout. Zumba is a collaboration of different types of Latin dances such as salsa, tango, hip hop and merengue. These exercises will get your heart pumping while dancing to slow and fast beats that work both your resistance training and cardio at once. I enjoy Zumba for the pure fact that it’s so much fun you hardly feel like you’re exercising while doing it! Just like 30 Day shred, there are different levels and dvd’s depending on what you want to focus your workout on. For us instant gratification people, Zumba also has a twenty minute workout. Again, just because this is the shorter of workouts time wise, it’s definitely not lacking intense exercise that will have you sweating in 5 minutes!