Are you the kind of person who, when thinking about exercising, you’re are suddenly overwhelmed with a strong desire to do something else? Anything else? Yea me too. Or at least I used to be.
Exercise is one of the most difficult activities to integrate into most of our lives. It’s incredible, because the pros of exercise outweigh the cons by a landslide. I won’t go over them again (it’s everywhere, and if you don’t know by now then I don’t know if I can help you) but they are tremendous and life changing. It seems like a no-brainer to exercise as often as possible, but alas, our logical minds are found to be mutinous again. We find ourselves filled with dread every time the word “workout” comes to mind even though it’s one of the best things we could possible do for ourselves.
It doesn’t make sense and, for the time being, it doesn’t have to. It doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that you just do it.
Don’t think about it. Thinking is not necessary.
Don’t weigh your options. You have none.
Don’t think of all the other things that need to be done that are more important. There isn’t anything more important.
Don’t find an excuse. There aren’t any excuses to find.
Just do it.
Once you’ve come to this point, here are the three home workouts for women I highly recommend. They have worked for me, and for thousands of women everywhere, and they will work for you if you just do it. The best part is you don’t even have to leave the house to get in amazing shape
I got into kettlebell training by accident. I had been out of shape for a long time, and I was browsing the fitness section in Wal-mart when I saw this weirdly shaped dumbbell. I knew that my current fitness program wasn’t working because I wasn’t doing it consistently, so I bought the kettlebell thinking that the change would make things more interesting.
Wow. These things are incredible. Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights slimmed me down in 7 weeks. Now I know a lot of kettlebell fanatics will exclaim that she’s not executing with perfect form, and I can’t say I agree or disagree with that, but nevertheless, this exercise program works.
You can use it like a regular dumbbell if you want, but kettlebells have their own uses that are great if you want to get in shape. They are especially useful to shape your backside. The workouts are really different and fun, so if you’re tired of training with traditional dumbbells, try the kettlebells: you’ll feel the results immediately, and you’ll get into shape fast.
If you’re an absolute beginner, I don’t recommend going with the Jillian Michaels DVD. I love her workouts because they get the best results, but they tend to also be the hardest. If you haven’t worked out in a decade, stay away from Jillian.
Here are some other alternatives that are easier.
Gin Miller’s Calorie Burner Workout with Kettlebells
This DVD is perfect for the absolute beginner. It builds your confidence while also giving you a nice workout, so you finish feeling healthy, but not exhausted.
Power Body: Kettlebell Bootcamp with Angie Miller
Angie Miller’s kettlebell video is good for the beginner, but not the absolute beginner. I can’t remember a time where I’ve done more squats in my life—she will really work out your legs.
The only thing I don’t like about this video is that both of the women who train with you never stop smiling. It’s inhuman to have the same facial expression for forty-five minutes, but maybe that’s just me.
Zumba is so much fun, you don’t even know that you’re working out. If you’re too shy to go to a class, you don’t want to waste the time driving to the gym and back, or if you don’t have a membership to a gym, these videos are the way to go.
I like to do Zumba with my Xbox and Kinect. It’s the best way to find out whether you are doing the moves correctly. There are three videos games that go with the Xbox: The first one, Zumba Fitness Party, is for the beginner. The second one, Zumba Fitness Rush, is a little more advanced, but manageable and a lot more fun. The third on, Zumba Fitness Core has the most variety of dances and some really special moves to work out your belly.
This is the only thing I use the Xbox for and it’s so worth it. You can put together your own routine with your favorite songs in Zumba Rush and Zumba Core, and in all of them you can have dance-off competitions with your friends online. If you don’t have a Xbox, don’t fret: Zumba Fitness has put together an entire package of awesome videos for you to follow too. I’ve never done them myself, but they get really great reviews.
This is the best way to get your cardio in. Running is boring! Swimming is too inaccessible! This is just pure fun and sweat.
Lots and lots of sweat.
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
This video is so amazing and awesome that I am considering it as a type of workout on its own. It’s only one video, but it is the video you need to have if you want a killer body in the least amount of time.
Jillian choreographed this video specifically with women in mind. All of the body parts we complain about—abs, inner thighs, under the arms, saddle bags—are targeted in this intense 45 minute workout. This is not for the faint-hearted! You can do the modified moves, but regardless, I recommend that you be at least marginally active before trying this workout.
As always, consult with your doctor before beginning any fitness program to make sure you’re healthy enough to handle the stress. This is especially true if you have any current medical conditions.Featured photo credit: Blue Kettle Bell Weight Steel Composition via Shutterstock