Monday, May 23, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 86-87: Sometimes I feel like dancing!

That's about what my workout was yesterday and today.  Yesterday it was all about Michael Jackson on the Wii, today, MJ again but also some Hop Hop Hustle and Beyonce Move Your Body.

So sweaty! 

Who said dancing wasn't a workout?? They lied!  I mean, anything that gets your heart rate up is a workout. And it's a total body workout because when you dance your should use your whole body.  From the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.  Even when I do MJ the Experience, I am not just aiming for the points I am aiming to dance and get my body moving.  I can't keep still in between parts where there are no movements.  My feel or hands or in constant motion!

Where do I get this energy?  I work out at night, 9:00 pm preferred, but sometimes as late as 10 p.m.  I just have to get it in, so if I'm late, I'm late but I'm gonna workout.

And dancing for me is not like a workout.  It's about fun to me.  Many people say, well, I can't do this or I can't do that.  Have you tried?  Pop in a CD and just dance! No one is looking at you if you do it at  the comforts of your home!  I make up dances to my favorites songs and do that 3-4 times and it's a workout. 

Yesterday workout time: 30 minutes

Today workout time: 45 minutes

Monday, May 16, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 85: Walk at Home

I HAVE been working out, I promise!!  Between Blogger being down and just too darn busy to blog, I could not update.

So today I did Beyonce's Move Your Body  four times, just so I can continue to practice this.  I have it down, now on to perfect it.

Then I wanted to take it nice and easy so I did Walk at Home 5-Mile Advanced Walk.  If you have never tried a Leslie Sansone walking workout, TRY IT!  This is probably the ONLY workout that I own that I say beginners and those that have never worked out can do and have no problems with.  It's walking, you can't go wrong with that.

And don't think this is some light-weight workout. Oh no, you can sweat it out with this too (though I did not much because I'm on the Intermediate to advanced side).  I gave it my all, pumping my arms, lifting my knees high and kept my energy high.  You could tone it down and walk a lighter pace.  Leslie gives you options!

This workout is a little different from some of her other workouts.  They have arranged them in FIVE different workouts.

5-Mile Challenge Walk
5-Mile Advanced Walk
3-Mile with Hand Weights
3-Mile with Walk belt
3-Mile with Firm Band

It was a kit that came with the walk belt (the coolest thing ever), hand weights and the bands.  I chose the 3-Mile with Walk Belt.  In previous workouts she called it the Ab Belt because it works the core.  The first two miles were just fast walks, and even one were we did some jogging.  The third mile we used the belt.  But you don't use the belt that much and I wish it was more.

Still a great workout.  You get to work your arms, chest, shoulders and abs, all while walking (which of course works your legs and butt).  Walking is the BEST workout in my opinion.  I prefer to go outside and do it in the park, but when it's extra late (like when I workout) or the weather is bad, Leslie Sansone's are awesome for walking at home.

Try it!

Workout time: 45 minutes

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 84: Where does the energy come from?

When you are very, very busy like me, where do you find the time to workout?

You just do!

I am dead tired, no lie, but I got my workout in at 10 p.m.  Hey, if that's the only time I have, I make it count! I am so not the morning person, so when I try to wake up early to get it in, I FAIL every time.  getting it in at night, for me has been the best option and I have been working out like crazy for years now. 

But when you are sooooooo busy, schedule it in like anything else you do.  I put it on my To-Do list like everything else.  And there is something about striking things off my To-Do list I like.

Today felt like the first time in awhile I went out 110% with my workout.  I have been getting in short daily workouts, 20-30 minutes, but tonight I got my hour in! I practiced my Beyonce Move Your Body workout by doing it 4 times in a row. Whew! Love it!  This is definitely a good workout...well, don't do it just one time and think you're doing something.  I say at least 4-5 times.

After that, I did Turbo Jam Cardio Party.  I wanted to do Hip Hop hustle or Abs, but both of those might have irritated my achy ankle, so TJ worked fine.  That was a whole 43 minutes! I did it all!  No stops, no break! AND I killed that workout and left nothing on the floor but my sweat.

Yeah man!

Total workout time: 60 minutes

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 83: Love and hate workout

OK, this workout is really killing me! How was I getting in 60 minutes the first week?  I can barely get in 30! I did manage 35 minutes today.  I LOVE and HATE this workout at the same time.

LOVE it because it is a real calories burner and you will see some results.

HATE it because it's tough and hard to do completely...and stick with it.

But I keep going.  I will continue to get this workout in Tuesday and Thursdays for the rest of May.  I need to stick with a program for the duration.  I always like to switch things up, but this is only 2 days a week, right?

Next month I am starting a new workout. Back to Insanity!  I have not done that one in over a year.  My only problem is there is no strength training.  I will design my own ST program and do that 2-3 days a week.  I'll also add in a few days of doing Hip Hop Hustle because that is just my workout!!

Workout time: 35 minutes

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 82: Move Your Body

So motivated by Beyonce's "Move Your Body" workout, I was doing the dang thing tonight!

I did it FIVE times in a row, no breaks. And since it is 4 minutes long, that is 20 minutes.  I also did about 20 minutes of MJ.  And you don't think dancing is a workout??  WHAT! Stop playing, right?  Dance for twenty minutes straight and then come back and tell me you didn't break a sweat.

Try this workout.  I beg you to.

Here are the mission moves:
Mission 1: Run, knees up, then turn to the side
Mission 2: Shuffle side-to-side
Mission 3: Dougie
Mission 4: Jump rope side to side
Mission 5: Salsa move
Mission 6: Running man
Mission 7: Dancehall
Mission 8: Snap to the beat

Pretty easy.  Everything else if fun too.  Four minutes, so do it over and over again to get a workout.  And really put yourself into it.  Nobody has to see you, but YOU!!

Workout time: 40 minutes

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 80-81: Just get up and do something!

You have those know what days I'm talking about.  Days when you just don't wanta!

I have those days.  Those days I just don't wanta!  Exercise, that is.

But guess what, you Betta! How hard is it to get in 30 minutes day? I mean, really, NO EXCUSES!!  Even if you can't take it all out, do something!!  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Wake up thirty minutes early and hop on a treadmill, bike, pop in a tape and have it done for the day.
  • Take 30 minutes of your lunch break and go for a walk.
  • How about taking three 10-minutes breaks where you do some serious cardio (jogging, cycling, stairs, whatever, just keep it high intense for 6-7 of those minutes)
  • Right after work, go to the gym and get in your normal workout.
  • No gym membership? Go walking in the park, mall or around your block
  • Invest in workout DVDs and get in 30 minutes whenever it is available to you. Late at night or early morning.
  • Dance like crazy to 5-6 songs totally about 30 minutes (my fave).  No choreography necessary.  Or play some music videos and do tthe dances you love.
  • Play the Wii for 30 minutes, but make sure it is constant motion, so if the game is at a pause or resetting, walk in place, move side to side or something, just DON'T STOP!
  • Chase your kids around with a ball in the backyard (or like me, we do bootcamp drills in my driveway)
Just a few!  And I put some of that to use today!  It was supposed to be Bikini Bootcamp day today, but I just didn't wanta!  It's hardcore and my mind was not right.  But I had to do something!!  Trusty MJ Experience on Wii for like 40 minutes, even beating some of my high scores.  Trust me, I sweated!

Yesterday I did the hardest 43 minutes in awhile, Turbo Kick Cardio Party.  No, the workout is not tough itself, I just "didn't wanta" and had to fight to stick with it.  Somewhere in the middle I found my second wind.  Wierd how that happens.

So lesson for today, "Just get up and do something!"

Workout yesterday: 43 minutes
Workout today: 40 minutes