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ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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12/8/12 10:37 A

I have used DVD's for about 5 years -- and I find that I need to "change it up" frequently to keep my interest. I buy a new DVD every 3 or 4 months and have developed quite a library. If I don't feel like working out, I do one of the easiest ones so that I keep up the habit. On other days, I have more energy and enthusiasm and will try one of the more difficult ones.

It has also helped me to exercise at the same time each day -- as a ritual that becomes a habit. My body is now "ready" to exercise at that time (right after work. It's my "transition" between work and home.)

It helps keep my interest to vary the styles and level of difficulty. I have also learned to modify the moves that are too difficult for me or that over-stress certain old and worn-out body parts (back and knees).

As a general rule, I don't like DVD's that remind me of gym class (hate my Jillian Michaels one and will give it away). I prefer ones with a sense of fun. Some of my favorites are:

Leslie Sansone (the newer ones)
Ellen Barrett: Grace & Gusto
Hip Hop Abs
TurboJam (& I have 1 Turbo Fire one that I really like)
The Firm (High Def Sculpt & Total Body Time Crunch -- I didn't like the others I tried)
Melt it Off with Mitch

& I am still searching for a good Kettlebell DVD. I have several, and like pieces of them -- but I have yet to find a full routine that I really like.

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 12/8/2012 (10:41)
DALCANT757 Posts: 152
12/7/12 9:06 P

Isn't taking care of 4 young kids all day a huge workout? Maybe the workout videos just aren't for you, I can only stand them for so long. For me, working out at home consists of catching up on my shows while on the treadmill. I really find group exercise to be very motivating, but it's hard to find locally without breaking the bank.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
12/7/12 8:34 A

The thing that really helps me when I lose that motivation is shopping! I go out and purchase a new article of workout clothing. Usually I can pick up a pair of shorts or a shirt on sale. Then I rush home to put it on and work out.

MAMA3MANY1 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/7/12 6:05 A

Thanks for the replies.

I think one of the issues may be that I was forcing myself to do a certain DVD which I just didn't like.
I've ordered a new DVD and hope it will reignite the fire.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/6/12 2:16 A

Have you tried coach Nicoles workouts. They are good, and short! Other than that, you could create a circuit for yourself eg

1 min star jumps
30s wall squat
1 min step ups
30s push ups
1 min high knees
30s mountain climbers
1 min jog in place
30s moving plank

Repeat 3 times for a 18 minute workout.

BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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12/5/12 5:49 P

I did the FIRM workouts several years ago. They are awesome and they work. However, I, like you, felt they were too difficult for me and so, dreaded them too. I think I was 55 years old when I started them. LOL Perhaps you can get a step DVD to use with your FIRM step, and use your weights on the side. I use to LOVE step aerobics. I agree with the other posters, that you need to find something you love. There will be days when you get in a slump, but because you love to do it, you will perk up again. Also......maybe you are overtraining and need a rest...

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (236,333)
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12/5/12 2:27 P

most of The Firm's DVDs have lower intensity options; don't feel bad using the alternate moves. You are still getting exercise. I love The Firm's workouts. Been doing them off and on since the late 80s.

you do need to find something you like to do. Do you like to dance? How about a mini trampoline?

try some of the free workout videos on Spark and see what you like.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (80,957)
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12/5/12 1:59 P

I have to constantly switch up my routines or else I get bored. The one thing that I haven't gotten sick of is running, but since it's a little snowy and cold, I can't run outside anymore. Keep trying to find something you enjoy.

ZEDMAY Posts: 41
12/5/12 1:43 P

When I was looking for workout DVDs to squeeze into my busy life as a mom, I took some out from the library to try and find some that were at the right fitness level and fun enough that I would stick with them. Plus a trip to the library is a great way to entertain the kids for a morning or afternoon, so everybody wins.

I found that dance-based aerobics like Zumba or salsa were my favourites for cardio and I liked the 10-minute Solution series for toning.

But my favourite motivating option is to sign up for a class because I have a set time and can't skip my workout and get in a little social time with other people trying to get fit. My husband watches the kids while I go and it is a nice break for me. Would your partner be willing to support you in this way? You could try trading nights off so you both get some more fitness into your routine or working out together once the kids are in bed. Another option would be to share babysitting duty with another SAHM that you know so that you both get the chance to go to the gym or a class.

MTNKAT SparkPoints: (0)
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12/5/12 11:05 A

It's really all about finding something you like to do so that you will stick with it. I would just keep trying different things until you figure out something you enjoy.

Have you tried yoga or pilates? Maybe some karate or kickboxing? I really enjoy them and there are lots of videos you can find for free on Youtube. If you are worried about cardio, trust me - there are videos out there that will leave you breathless....and there are some that are not so strenuous ;-)

Just make sure you give it a little time to give it a proper judgement to see if its for you. I think that once you start getting into or start enjoying it, you will do it more.

Good luck to you!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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12/4/12 4:32 P


It's OK to break out your workouts to fit into your life. The effects of exercise are cumulative and the more you do them, the easier they become and the more energy you will gain from your workouts. I always tell people that something always trumps nothing when it comes to active living.

Coach Nancy

MAMA3MANY1 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/4/12 4:28 P

Hi everyone!
Can anyone offer any suggestions pls/

I'm struggling to get motivated to work out and I think it's bc I'm not enjoying it much when I do it.
I've been alternating TurboJam and The Firm dvds. I do 20-30min ones.
Honestly I think some of the Firm ones are too hard for me at the moment and I feel like I'm gonna die when I do them and therefore I end up dreading them.
When I do TurboJam I feel like I'm cheating and choosing the easy option.

I've tried Jillian Michaels but I really don't like the army drill sergeant approach.

I'm a SAHM of four young kids and it's very rainy and cold here so outdoor exercise isn't practical.

thanks for any ideas.

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