I have weight issues! I unfortunately missed the train when it was handing out fast metabolisms. And, after having children, it isn’t much better and with having even less opportunity to work out, I have had to go searching for ways of getting exercise in during the day. And, this isn’t an easy feat!
I think there are very few magazines that don’t have at least one mention or article about the importance of eating well and doing exercise, so we hear it all the time. Often, knowing something doesn’t mean you will actually go ahead and DO IT! And, exercise is NOT exception – I know exercise will help me lose weight, I know exercise will make me have more energy and I know that exercise will give me more energy ….. that doesn’t mean I will do it!
I’ve always been someone that exercises, BUT my major flaw is that I give up when I get bored or tired or demotivated (don’t see results). EXERCISE is my weakness – I will give this up so quickly because I find it really difficult. I have done triathlons, programs and Sports Science Institutes, diet programs, running programs – you name it, I’ve probably done it, but haven’t STUCK to it after completing it or if something makes it a little more challenging!
If you’re a MOM looking to exercise, lose weight, get your heart rate up, get your energy up and start looking great, here are some exercise programs that I know I can recommend AND most importantly – you can do from home! I’ve given you my input on each!
INSANITY (more info here)
I re-started this one this morning actually. I got 4 weeks into it just over a month ago and then got nailed with this awful flu that has been going around. So, I’m back into it again.
Ladies, this is a VERY challenging 8 week DVD program by Shaun T. It’s REALLY TOUGH, but it does have EXCELLENT RESULTS and reviews. You will find yourself cursing and if not, close to it! 🙂 I recommend this one if you love cardio and are prepared to take 40 minutes each day for exercise. There are LOADS of videos on YouTube showing results – take a look: INSANITY RESULTS
TURBOFIRE (more info here)
I did this one for a while and then things went downwards because I was lacking sleep with my new-born and again, I gave it up. I WILL be doing this one again, but I’m sticking to INSANITY for now. This is a 12 week DVD program by Charlene Johnson. She’s amazing! She has the most amazing energy, she’s also a Mom of 2, she’s got an amazing following on Facebook and is just all round a fun, vibrant and inspirational person which is a fantastic combination for exercise.
I LOVED Turbo Fire! It’s VERY different to INSANITY. If you love music, this is the one for you. There’s kickboxing, a bit of yoga moves, boxing and a lot of shaking your booty going on. It’s great fun and I really enjoyed it and as I said above, will definitely do it again! Every day you do a different program – some are longer than others.
There are excellent reviews and results with this program as well – you can see some of them here: TURBOFIRE RESULTS
P90X (more info here)
This is a 12 week DVD weight and cardio training program done with Tony Horton. I started this one and did it for about 2 weeks, but stopped as I really didn’t enjoy it. I love getting my heart rate up and doing things that are fast (which is why I love Insanity and Turbo Fire). P90X is an excellent program and a lot of women do like it, so if weight training (combined with cardio) is your thing – go for it and you will have results! Take a look at some people’s results here: P90X RESULTS
HIP HOP ABS (more info here)
Hip Hop Abs is another Beach Body program like INSANITY, TURBO FIRE AND P90X that has been produced with Shaun T (who also does Insanity). If you want to work on your abs and your stomach WITHOUT having to do crunches on the floor, this is also a great one to do. I have it, but have not done it YET! However, I know a few people who have done it and they loved it AND I saw the results. It’s one of the bestselling programs on the market and it’s also upbeat and fun. Take a look at some people’s results: HIP HOP ABS RESULTS
BODY FOR LIFE (more info here)
This is an old one that has been around forever and a day. I did this for 6 months (BEFORE KIDS). I lost 10kgs and got my body fat down to 18%. My husband, Ryan, did it with me and he lost 20kgs. You will have to buy some weights and have some equipment to use at home, but it does work and you will get results. The only downfall with this particular program for ME is the amount of protein you eat. Unlike the others, this is a book that you follow. I prefer to do the video personally, but if you like your weights, can stick to your routine and schedule, then go for it! BODY FOR LIFE RESULTS
I hope this helps you a bit if you are looking for some inspiration to lose weight or do something in the health department. All the exercise programs above are available from Wantitall.co.za and you can buy the Body For Life at most book shops.
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