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Monday, May 4, 2015

Inspiration Monday: Workout Ideas

Inspiration Monday is hosted by Trish from Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity.
I think Trish got side tracked with her two adorable little girls, so there is no link up this week. However, I am posting anyway and encourage you to do the same.   Trish will catch us next time!

My inspiration this week is workout ideas.  It's the beginning of May and whether you want to lose weight, try something new, or just get moving, now is as good a tome as any.  There are plenty of free workout videos on YouTube, but picking one can be challenging.  If you're new to fitness or it's been a while I recommend you start slow.  If you're experienced and looking for something new, I'll give you a harder option later on.

Full disclosure: I work out in the mornings for 30 minutes only.  That's all I can spare.  I also try to walk for 30 minutes at lunch.  Two morning outs of the week I walk the dog, so no workouts those days.  Please don't think I'm some fitness nut because I'm not.  I enjoy it, and feel better when I do it.  I also like variety because I can;t do the same thing day in and day out.  So I use some of the channels i mention below and set up a schedule for myself.  I work out in the basement and drink coffee while doing so.  Oh and water too.

For you newbies or beginners try JessicaSmithTV

She has tons of free videos, she is pleasant, encouraging, and seems real and down to earth.  Her main routine is different types of walking videos, and there is something for everyone.  Jessica has plenty of variety, like yoga, pilates, and barre routines.  You can sign up for her newsletter at her website:
Jessica Smith TV

For 2015 Jessica started the year out with a video series titled Fit in 15.  For four weeks every day was a different 15 video for you to do.  If you had more time, you can do 2 or more.  But if you're just getting back into things you may prefer the shorter workouts first.  She also posts links to other suggested workouts on her site.

I've never had a bad workout on her site and several favorited that I like to go to quickly.

If you're looking for more of a challenge, I recommend Fitness Blender

I recently discovered they have a separate website too, where you can sign up and pay for more personalized or wight loss help.  I stick with their Youtube channel for now.  Their videos do not feature music, so I play some in the background, because I need music in the morning.

Their workouts are pretty tough so I recommend getting in the habit first and then checking out their site.  Even their beginner workouts have me gasping, but that's a good thing.

Both Jessica Smith and Fitness Blender show good form throughout their moves, good pace, are encouraging, and sweating along with you.  It's not pretty people who look pretty the whole time.  You see them struggle too.  They also have videos where they answer questions about fitness, or cardio vs. weights etc.

You can't go wrong with either one, so I hope I have inspired you to give one of them a try!

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  1. Well done on your exercise schedule. I've done a few of the Jessica Smith walk workouts, good for when the weather is awful. Must check out the new Fit in 15 videos. Fitness Blender sounds a bit tough for me, I still only do fairly gentle exercise, that's enough to get my heart racing lol. Keep up the good work Jen :)

    1. then definitely don't go to Fitness blender because they are hard core.
      Thanks Teddy :)

  2. You are awesome. With the camping trip this past weekend I just plum forgot! Usually I have these posts thought out and scheduled several days in advance. Just link this post up during the next one. ;) And I love the topic you shared.

    I like the idea of Jessica Smith's videos--so you can just watch most of the series on YouTube? I'm a workout video junkie but have never tried doing anything online. I would love to try some barre workouts.

    1. Yes, her You Tube channel is free. There are so many videos there. She also has barre workouts, but I've never tried those. In the mornings i need something to wake me up!

  3. I've been using Pinterest to find new workouts. I like that on Youtube you can make a playlist and it will play them back to back. No stopping to find the right video.

    1. I used Pinterest before also, but kept getting sidetracked with other things. Not that youtube doesn't do the same thing, lol :)

  4. Its important.I am very happy and satisfied that people like you still do exist.In my 55 years of age I met a little but very dedicated some people who are obsessed for the society's welfare.Last I met an woman at new balance crossfit store.