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After taking that really fun Aerial Yoga class a couple of weeks ago, I feel like I need to get back in the game with taking better care of myself through exercise. As a busy mom working from home and managing the household I tend to prioritize myself last. I keep trying to fit exercise in but then I find a reason to let life get ahead of me. Life has been a little crazy with twins and working from home by myself. Now, it is just time to say I’m worth all the time it takes to keep me healthy.
My mom sent me this walking DVD years ago when I complained about how hard it was to get my daily walks in, in between feeding two babies and their nap time schedules. Even though there is day care available at my gym, I wasn’t feeling very confident about leaving two little babies in someone else’s care just so I could spend 30 minutes on myself. But, this walk at home program did the trick during nap times and rainy days!
I can’t find this awesome DVD anywhere in my house. Who knows where it is. Just when I gave up searching for it, I remembered there is YouTube! (Duh) I did a quick search and there she is! My faithful friend Leslie! Her walks are mixed in with some added aerobic movements so it feels like an actual work out and not just walking in place.
The last few weeks I have pulled up Leslie’s walking videos first thing in the morning. It isn’t the same as the walks I enjoyed outside in the morning before kids. I do have a treadmill, but that gets super boring for me. I miss taking classes at the gym, so for me these videos motivate me with the music and energy early in the morning! Plus, I get my 30 minutes of me time checked off before my kids wake up!
My goal is to get back to feeling healthy again and finding more energy to keep up with my super active kids. If the happy side effect is weight loss that’s great! I just really miss that feeling of an aerobic rush. Before I was addicted to coffee, I was addicted to aerobics! I like being active and I am not a big fan of feeling like a slug.
Now that my girls are old enough for the kid’s room at the gym I can finally get there each week! They really love it because they have friends there. My plan now is to keep up with my morning “walks” and get to the gym as often as I can. If I miss a day at the gym I won’t feel so guilty because I already have a work out in!
Leslie’s videos are less than $15 per DVD, or free on YouTube. Her work outs are supported by the American Heart Association which recommends at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity per day for heart health.
What are you favorite ways to get exercise outside of the gym?
The Whatever Mom is a twin mom learning to let go of perfection. She shares her real life struggles with parenting through her blog and contributes her time and talents as a writer to Hudson Valley Parent and Masshole Mommy. When she isn’t writing you can find her chugging coffee, folding laundry and not judging other parents. Don’t forget to subscribe via email so you never miss a blog post again!
I have a treadmill that I have been doing the Couch to 5K series. I am just about to start week 5. I would like to check out those walking DVD sessions that on youtube. That might be fun to mix it up!
I just walked a 5k with Leslie this morning!
This looks super fun. I love working out, and also trying new things at home as well as the gym. Thanks for this 🙂
I’ve done these videos and they are fun and the time goes by quickly. They are awesome to have on hand when there is bad weather.
I run every day and I do it not only for my body, but for my mind. I just feel so much better when I’ve gotten a workout in, even if it’s just a quick one!
I love that you’re trying to keep yourself active for your family. It’s so important to keep them in mind whenever we do things. That’s the curse of the parent, right? Haha.
What an awesome way to workout. Walking is so good for you!
You just reminded me of Sidney Crowford workout videos that I used to have years ago! Will check Leslie’s walking videos, thank you for sharing
I say anything we can do a few times a week to stay active is a great thing – good luck with these & hopefully you have found something you can stick with – that’s always the hardest for me 😉
I love my home gym. Canceling my gym membership is in my top 5 of all time best health and fitness decisions. Find what you love and you’ll stick with it!
Thank you for sharing this post! I’ve been looking for workout that fit with people who has heart health problem, and you elnlightend my day.
Such an awesome way of promoting the workout video. I like the description and the theme that goes with it! You know how to sell something 🙂
I go for walks, a lot. I also love running/jogging. I usually do that as my work outs because I can’t ever get time to go the gym!
I love walking through my neighborhood on good weather days. It’s such an enjoyable exercise.
I’m a huge fan of Leslie Sansone videos. They are so much fun. You get a great workout no matter which walk you take.
My husband and I have an at home workout that we do everyday! It is focused on building strength and flexibility!
I want to start working out more I think it is important to keep healthy and I have been unwell so this would definitely help! Thank you x
Thanks for the link to Leslie’s walking video. I’ve been trying to walk every morning, 5 days a week. I have found it has been giving me a lot more energy throughout my day. With this video, if it’s raining I can still do my walk.
The Dolls love to practice yoga at home! We move the furniture around and find a nice meditative place. XO