Friday, November 07, 2014
Since my knee surgery in June, exercising has been hard and painful. I listened to my doctor, physical therapist, and body by taking it slow and easy until my knee was healed. I couldn't do much outdoors hiking and biking throughout the summer which was a big bummer!! I did invest in a treadclimber and began using it slow and easy. I still can only do 15 minutes straight and then must take a quick break.
I am the type of person that can become very bored of the same old exercise, so I began researching free youtube workout videos that were low impact and knee easy.
I came across Jessica Smith TV. I know sparkpeople.com carries a few of her video links as well. She has so many terrific low impact videos that really work the muscles you want worked. I can say that there were a couple of days that I just could not sit down without being in pain!! The crazy thing is that while I was doing the workout it was so much fun that I didn't feel as if I was really working those poor unused muscles.
Prior to my knee injury in March I had purchased a step aerobics step to begin using during the in between season from skiing and mountain biking. Well, the injury happened and my step lay dormant for 6 months!! Once the PT gave me the okay to begin moderate stepping, I pulled it out of the box and researched youtube and found a wonderful basic step aerobic routine. Fit Outside the Box with Karla is a youtuber that has many step routines. She has a great Basic Step that is 30 minutes long and I love it.
I thought I would share some of the great "free" workout videos I have begun using weekly. I set up a daily playlist with the workout videos I want to do for each day of the week. This way no matter what day it is I have a workout routine already planned!!
Jessicsmithtv workouts that I love are:
Walking, Exercise for Beginners: Free Full Length 30-minute Power Interval Walk
20 minute Upper Body Abs and Arms Workout: Armed and Dangerous
30 Minute Total Body Fat Burning Workout Video - Chisel & Burn
6 Minute Ab Workout
The Best Workout for Pear (Endomorph) Shapes
Best Inner Thigh Exercises Ever - 10-Minute workout
Fit Outside The Box with Karla Videos I love:
Basic Step Workout with Karla Luster
30 Minute Cardio Interval Step Workout
I pair these workouts with at least 15 minutes on the treadclimber but mostly 30 minutes total. I also will pair these workouts up together such as the step aerobics with one of Jessica Smith's ab workouts. Plus if I become bored (which I will and always do) there are so many other videos to choose from. Also when I become stronger and my endurance becomes better, I can go to a more challenging workout. I have also found that I don't have too many buffering moments with these videos. Plus I plug my computer into my tv to make the screen large and easy to follow.
With today's technology there really isn't any need to go out and buy expensive workout videos or equipment. I think if you have one really good cardio machine...ie. stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical, or treadclimber...you have your own personal gym. I know that some people have a hard time exercising at home because of the distractions, but I am lucky to where I can shut and lock my bedroom door and workout to my hearts desire.
So as my title reads...I have falling back in love with exercising. I have become to love my sore muscles and the sweaty red face I have after a great workout. I have also learned to not worry so much about the scale and acknowledge when I have mastered an exercise move. Like a one legged deadlift without falling off balance, or being able to complete all the squat reps in a workout video. These are the accomplishments that I am more interested in achieving at this point in my weightloss journey.