I thought about titling this post: Ten Reasons I Prefer to Exercise at Home, but then realized that I’ve never really worked out in a gym, so I can’t compare. I’ve had memberships a few times . . .
10. I’ve never been successful working out in a gym. I just don’t go.
9. It’s more difficult to say I don’t have enough time when I don’t have to add in time for loading up the kids and driving to the gym. Not impossible, just more difficult.
8. There are tons of options for workouts. From DVDs purchased at Walmart, to VHS tapes purchased at garage sales, to DVRed workout shows, to Bella Dancerella with my daughter.
7. No one sees me sweat, except for my kids of course.
6. I’m glad that my kids see me work out. I think this is very important, as they need to know that being healthy takes effort and requires time management. Sometimes, my kids work out with me. It depends on their mood, and the workout. The boys like anything with weights, my daughter likes to dance.
5. And this one is now just a precious memory, but it’s a guarantee that if you do any on-the-floor exercises, babies will think it’s playtime and come crawl into your lap. Love it!
4. I don’t have to worry about not having a personal trainer. My kids are eager to correct my form. “Mommy, that lady is lifting her knees much higher than you are.”
3. It gives me a reason to clear at least some floor space of clutter.
2. If I stick with one workout for a prolonged period of time (I said IF), I can start to feel superior to the class participants on the DVD who make the same mistakes every . . . single . . . day.
1. Knowing that the workout I should be doing is right there next to the TV . . . eliminates excuses. And I have to find every way I can to eliminate excuses. Because I’m so gifted at them.
And for those who asked a while back, I’m ready to give my report on Zumba for the Wii. I’ve been doing it for a while, and I do like it. I’m thankful I’m at home and not in a class, because I am pretty sure people would stop their own workouts and stare, in awe at how goofy I look. I don’t want to disturb their workouts.
I’m so considerate.
Anyway, I’m still just doing the 20 minute workouts, and I like that there are multiple choices at that level and time commitment. I found that there is one I really don’t like, but with lots of other options, I’m ok. I really do like the interactive aspect of the workout. My concentration is on keeping the girl on the screen green. Which means that I’m not concentrating on my own misery.
At least not as much.
I’m also less likely to cheat and give up before it’s over, because I know that there is going to be a score at the end.
As far as a solid workout goes, I’m still not totally sold. It’s very dance-based, and the ones I’ve done so far don’t seem to work on specific problem areas. But I’m trying to put more into it, lunging deeper and shaking my hiney a little faster, and that helps me feel more burn. Honestly, I took about a week off because I was getting discouraged that I wasn’t getting an intense enough workout. Then, I realized how stupid that was. A workout, any workout, is better than no workout. And the better I get at it, the more intense the workout feels, so I need to give it more time. Make sense?
Seems to parallel my housekeeping issues. Shocker.
I’m linking this up over at Top Ten Tuesday at Ohamanda.com.
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