Winter Workout Blues

16 Jan

I must admit, I think one of the hardest parts of being healthy is the wintertime. Not only is there the candy, home-baked goods, and coma-enducing sugar sweets of the wonderful holidays from October through December, but, adding to that is the fact that – in 90% of the world at least – it’s freezing outside. With the cost of a gym membership through the roof, what is a frugal, workout-striving, picky girl to do? Well, workout at home I suppose. Now, before you bash yourself over the head at the idea of running in place for an hour, rest assured that there are so many other options out there.

Back in the days of VHS tapes, my first workout ever was Billy Blanks’s Tae Bo.
Image from Amazon.com.

And, while I don’t really remember much (other than sweating, a lot), I do remember that it was a good first experience with workout videos. Personally, I’m still a fan for the running-as-far-and-as-long-as-you-can-outside bit, but when you’re stuck indoors… well, you have to have something to turn to. And thus begins my latest fascination. My husband and I tried to follow the P90x craze for a while. And, while the results were pretty incredible, who has two hours every day to exercise? Just not practical for our lives.

So, here’s my current line-up:

Women’s Health: The Wedding Workout
Image from Amazon.com.

What I love about this one is that the workouts are so customizable. It really isn’t much for the way of cardio (I did the cardio section one morning still in my pajamas, if that says anything). But, I do love that you can say I just want to work my arms today. And voila! You can just work your arms. Or arms and legs. Or legs and abs. Or whatever other combination you wish.

Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred
Image from Collage Video.

Hard. as. hell. Seriously. I’m not sure I need to say much else. I wish I had a full review here that I had done all three levels for 30 days, as the program suggests. But I haven’t. Unfortunately I get bored far too easily for that. But I will say this, I tried to skip ahead and start on Level 2 the first time I did it and ALMOST DIED. I was sore for three days. No joke. Jillian is hardcore.

And, my latest addition…

The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
Image from Amazon.com.

Not as much of a rave review as how I feel about 30 Day Shred, but cardio max is good. And very difficult. I got it hoping there would be less strength and muscle building – as I wanted something that would be just good indoor cardio (read: not jogging in place for an hour). I was a little saddened to find that almost the entire first 20 minutes are lunges and squats. Okay for occasional use but I personally don’t want legs the size of tree trunks (even if they are muscular) so I’m restricting its use to once or twice a week. Again, that’s totally a personal thing.

I have also heard amazing things about the Brazilian Butt Lift (as being an overall good body shaper) but haven’t yet gotten the oomph the spurge the $70 on it. But, I might be right about there at this point. I’m afraid I need more to my line-up to make it through this long, cold winter.

So, what about you? Do you have any workout videos that you just love? Any you hate?

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