Are you looking to lose weight, and get leaner or stronger? Just recently, I couldn't fall asleep and I ended up coming across the CoreBody Reformer on a passing commercial/infomercial. I asked myself, "Can this really give me a good workout?" or "Is this just another fitness product that's going to end up on Craiglist?"
The last time I actually worked out was 5 years ago, before I had my first child. I know it sounds like a long time ago, but with 2 children and hardly anytime for myself, working out was not at the top of my to-do list (sometimes I feel lucky to even get to the restroom alone).
But this year, I wanted to start getting into the groove of things. I wanted to find something that I could do at home and enjoy doing it. Although I wasn't looking to lose weight because I'm on the thinner side, I wanted to build strength. I always heard that strength training is essential to good health and that it combats osteoporosis.
When I saw the CoreBody Reformer by Nautilus, I felt like it was a match made for me. Since I danced all my life and did gymnastics, the only workouts that I really enjoyed were my Pilates Reformer and Bikram Yoga classes which all have a "core" basis. Plus, my goal was to add lean muscle mass not bulk.
While I thought this was the product for me, I was still hesitant to believe that there was an in-home product that would give me in-studio results. All I could think of were the many fitness products featured on QVC and HSN that ultimately ended up on my local Craigslist (and when the seller says I didn't have time to use it, I assume that it did nothing for them).
I have to say I am proud of myself. I made exercise a priority in all of 2011, not just the first two months. I've read a bunch of articles on how to keep it fun, from trying dance classes to using the latest heart rate monitors. Some of the new stuff works, but ultimately it's just about moving your body.
Have you accomplished all of your 2011 goals? If you did, Congratulations! If you haven't gotten around to it, then you have 2012 to accomplish those goals.
For many people, weightloss and health are high on the list for New Year's resolutions. If you watch the late night infomercials, HSN or QVC specials leading up to New Years Day, it's fitness and weightloss products, one after the other (If you're trying to score a deal on these sort of products, this is the time to do it).
While it's difficult for most people to fight the battle of the bulge, for moms, it almost seems impossible (but it's not, read more to find out how).
With full time jobs, carpooling kids back and forth, extracurricular activities, errands, packing lunches and cooking dinner, it's almost amazing that we do get a few minutes to squeeze in a bathroom break (and that's sometimes).
Honestly speaking, I'd rather sleep the extra hour to get ready for a new day of spit ups, breastfeeding, carpooling, working full-time, driving and everything else in between (and these are things I do on a daily basis and even sometimes on the weekends).
So for moms, I get it--it's a tough road. But, it's a tough road with possibilities and if anyone can do it, I know we can (I mean, who would believe that we didn't sleep for the first 2 to 3 months of our baby's life and I really mean, NO sleep).
So I've come up with "The Mommy Diet" (please note that this has NOT been scientifically proven nor testedby myself).
Steve Rogers was a scrawny, thin sickly man. He joined the military despite that, but was classified as unfit for duty. Steve's courage and resilience caught the eye of a scientist who recruited him to a secret experimental project. Steve entered a body chamber, and emerged as superhero Captain America. He experienced a rebirth into a chiseled, muscular and uber-athletic body. (If only such a chamber existed for the general population.)
Good news, if you want to achieve an athletic, toned body you can try a fitness-training course at home.
For those of you who aren't gym rats, you might want to look into doing these workouts. I know that I dislike going to the gym just because running on a treadmill and lifting weights in a room surrounded by buff guys isn't my thing. But, to each their own. If you enjoy activities with a group of people, these workouts could be right up your alley.
If you're an active person and a smartphone owner, I have two products to recommend. First is the Spibelt, an impossibly comfortable sports belt with a stretchy pouch that can accommodate keys, cash, your phone and other walker/runner/biker essentials.