I got to thinking about different ways to exercise today while I was cleaning my dining room. This was brought on by thinking about something an elderly client said to me once a long time ago. She said, “Women today wouldn’t need to do workouts if they just cleaned their homes the way that they should. That is work enough.” While deep cleaning your home is definitely work it isn’t too hard to keep it that way if you are working long hours and never home to mess it up. Thus a workout is needed to maintain cardio and tone.
Lets discuss the different types of workouts and what each one does for you.
Zumba- This is a very fun workout. You get to be in a room full of laughing sweating women and you don’t have to worry about looking cute because you are all a mess. haha This is a seriously high cardio workout. As you know I wear a watch that monitors my heart rate and at times my heart rate has exceeded 145 in Zumba. You will burn many calories during Zumba and I have noticed an improvement in my lung expansion from doing this workout. If you try one zumba class and it isn’t for you don’t give up. Just look for another one that better fits your personality and your needs. I have a friend that attends a class near her home and they incorporate using hand weights during their zumba class to provide extra toning.
DVD Toning- I have been using Jillian Michael’s Shred DVD and I love it. Every muscle in my body is sore but I can tell that I am getting stronger. Even my armpits are sore from doing this workout. It is not for the faint of heart but if you continue to do it the difficult parts will be easier. I was in a stall with my weight loss for several months and within 2 days of doing this and jogging afterward I am down 3 pounds and I can see a difference in my abs.
I won’t say that this video is for everyone because I can see where people who have problems with their knees would be unable to do most of this video but for those of us without knee issues it provides cardio and toning at the same time. Jillian explains during level 1 that if you stick with you will do better and I believe her.
Jogging- I love to jog. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do but I do. I prefer to run in the evenings when the sun has gone down but it is not dark. There tends to be a nice breeze at that time and the humidity is down as well. Some people prefer to jog on the street but I prefer to jog on a track. You can easily measure your progress and distance and you don’t have to worry about getting hit by a car. You also won’t have as many interruptions while stopping for traffic.
You will tend to meet the same people at the track and will make new friends with people who offer advice along the way to improve your running skills. This is excellent cardio but you will also see toning especially in your hips, legs, buttock and abs.
Cardio workouts can include jogging, walking, zumba, aerobics, treadmills, boot camp workouts, swimming, rollerskating and anything that can get your heart rate up. This burns calories and helps you to tone at the same time.
Flexibility workouts help you be injury free and relaxed. For those that think yoga is boring and doesn’t provide a workout it is obvious that they have never tried it. Yoga can provide flexibility and core strength while helping you to release stress in both mind and body. I tried yoga and was amazed how sore I became. This showed me that it definitely helps in building core strength.
Toning workouts can utilize weights such as kettebells, hand weights, machines or just using your own body through exercises such as push ups or pelvic lifts. I am now a firm believer that when I combine toning workouts with hand weights and cardio workouts such as running or Zumba that I will see a difference in my body and my weight loss.
Which type of workout is best for you?