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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 September 28, 2020

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

      Con #4: Unique Distractions

      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

      Final Thoughts

      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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