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The Best Way to Never Miss a Workout


Exercise frustration. That's what I've been struggling with for the last few months.

Every Tuesday I meet my trainer, Tomery, at the Life Time Fitness gym for an hour of weight training, but the rest of the week it's up to me to fit in my workouts. When the flu hit our home this winter, I lost track of how many days I missed the gym. Luckily I avoided the bug, but still—my time and energy were compromised.

During a recent visit with my life coach, Kate Larsen, I was sharing my frustration about my lack of working out. Lately I've been feeling like when I do get the opportunity to work out, I need to make sure it counts, because who knows what will creep up and put a cramp in my exercise schedule?

Kate suggested I try turning to at-home workout videos. When she said this, Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda instantly came to mind, but then she mentioned some modern versions such as Jillian Michaels.

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"Videos never occurred to me!" I said.

Kate explained that videos have many benefits: There is every type of fitness routine imaginable, which means there is something for everyone, from bootcamp to beginner options. Plus, if I want to try something new such as kickboxing or a dance-inspired fitness class, trying it out at home can be more comfortable then doing it publicly.

Some of the videos I've been doing are similar to what my trainer does with me and include exercises such as planks, squats, and lunges. I've also had good luck with the yoga, stretching, abs, and kickboxing videos. Surprisingly, I often find myself sore because when I try so many different types of workouts, I'm inevitably working different muscles on a regular basis.

Here are some of the DVDs that I've been loving lately:

  • 20-Minute Burn Kickboxing with Jill Coleman
  • 5-Minute Abs with Dave Sinclair
  • All About Legs with Kendra Kemerley 
  • Breath and Stretch with Tonya Nettles

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The best part? My son and daughter often join me, which Kate say is a fabulous way to keep the healthy mentality moving through the generations.

As I look outside at the snowy scenery today—that's right, a snow storm in mid-April!—for the first time I don't feel bummed out that I can't get to the gym. I'll just turn on my TV and get a good workout in while encouraging healthy family time.


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