{31 Days to Better Health & Wellness Challenge} Our Favorite Weight Loss Tools: Part 1

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Last week we chatted about 5 Healthy Weight Loss Tips that pertained to ‘diets’ and eating. Today we’re going to continue on our weight loss train of thought with some of our favorite tools.

Favorite Workout DVD’s

Workout DVD’s have come a long way from their beginnings. I love working out at home because:

  • It’s easier to sneak in when you have small children. I crawl out of bed in the morning, throw my hair into a ponytail, and workout while the kids are still sleeping. As opposed to finding someone to watch the kids, planning a trip to the local gym, making sure I look presentable before I leave the house, using a machine someone else has sweat on, and either driving home smelly or cleaning up at the gym which just makes you have to pay the babysitter more and opens you up to the joys of a public shower with all sorts of foot fungus ready to invade.
  • It could also be because I’m a self-proclaimed hermit. ;)

Regardless of my many reasons, workout videos get a top spot in my exercise world because they get in on all the action: movement with both weight lifting and aerobics from home. Here’s a list of my favorites in no particular order.

Turbo Jam1. Turbo Jam – This was the first set of DVD’s I bought. I’ve had them for well over six years. Others come and go, but Chalene and her team stay. :) I like that I can pick and choose which video I want based on how much time I have or if I want to focus on cardio or weights.

Pros - She’s motivating and upbeat and her workouts range from 20 minutes of abs in Ab Jam, to 45 minutes of heart beating aerobics in Cardio Party.

Cons – A few of her comments might raise some eyebrows and most of the women wear exercise bras/small tank tops.

P90X2. P90X - Travis loves these workouts. A friend of mine says her husband loves them too. I don’t know if it’s Tony Horton’s goofy personality or the fact that these workouts incorporate a lot of strength training and have a more “manly” feel to them. These aren’t the Jane Fonda and Sweatin’ to the Oldies workouts guys saw their moms do! :)

Pros - This is grunt work - which isn’t to say I don’t enjoy them either! The workouts are on the long side, but it doesn’t seem hard because Tony works at a nice, steady pace. Included is a cardio DVD and a yoga DVD which is harder than it looks! I like that he focuses on stretching and balance rather than the meditation and eastern religion aspect that many others do.

Cons – There are a few times he swears.

10 minute3. Tony also created 10-Minute Trainer and Travis and I sometimes prefer these as we can workout to one or more depending on our schedule. And don’t let the short time fool you – these will make you work!

Pros - Even if we have a busy day planned, it’s not hard at all to fit in 10 minutes.

Cons – The only thing I can think of is that he uses a stretch band in some of the DVD’s. We don’t have a doorway that works in the area we workout in so we just use small dumbbells instead. Not a big deal at all. :)

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3. T-Tapp – T-Tapping is a gentler approach to fitness with that’s done without weights, or equipment. One of the gals in the video is over 75! :) Read this great review by Sarah, one of our contributing writers who uses it on a regular basis.

Pros - T-Tapp is very rehabilitative, especially for the lower back and knees. I used it after a neck injury and I was amazed by how much it helped.

Cons – There’s nothing I consider a big issue. There is no music during the workouts so depending on your preference, you might like that and you might not.

Screen Shot 2013-12-25 at 12.23.22 AM4. Shazzy Fitness – I just tried Shazzy Fitness recently and it has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s a Christian-based dance fitness program featuring easy-to-follow 10-minute dance workouts.

Pros – I really appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to worry about music lyrics or immodest attire. I love the dancing and like that even the kids could join me (no immodest movements). If I could sum up Shazzy Fitness in one word, I’d say: addicting!

Cons – I wasn’t sure if I’d care for the music as I’m just not a hip-hop type of gal, but the music isn’t hard or turn-offish. There is one routine that starts out with the hands/fingers in a meditation-type circle. I don’t really care for the eastern religion aura that implies so I just ignore it and hold my hands in loose fists. Personal preference.

As you can see, we like a lot of variety! Join us next week for more weight loss tools we love and use.

Do you prefer working out in the gym or the comfort of your home? What are your favorite exercise DVD’s?

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I’m Paula - like many of you I wear a lot of hats. Child of God, wife of 18 years, mother of five, reluctant cook, full-time teacher, chocolate-snatcher, and children's author. Various family health issues including Lyme disease and candida has turned me into a 'researcher'. I don't have initials after my name, a degree in anything but motherhood, or a framed certificate on my wall. What I do have is a passion for understanding how our God-created bodies thrive or deteriorate based on what we put in it. Oh, and I also might mention homesteading, homeschooling, fitness, herbs, faith, and anything else I'm thinking about. . . like wow, I need to refill my tea. . .

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