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3 Home Workouts for Women That Will Have You Turning Heads by Summertime

3 Home Workouts for Women That Will Have You Turning Heads by Summertime

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.

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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

Kettlebell Workouts

Kettlebell Workouts

    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.

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    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

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    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 Fitness

    Zumba Fitness

      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.

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      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. 

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      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

        Why You Need a Vision

        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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        How to Create Your Life Vision

        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

        What Do You Want?

        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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        Some tips to guide you:

        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
        • Give yourself permission to dream.
        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

        Some questions to start your exploration:

        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
        • What qualities would you like to develop?
        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
        • What would you most like to accomplish?
        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

        A few prompts to get you started:

        • What will you have accomplished already?
        • How will you feel about yourself?
        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
        • What does your ideal day look like?
        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
        • What would you be doing?
        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
        • How are you dressed?
        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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        Plan Backwards

        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
        • What important actions would you have had to take?
        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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