Mar 02 2010

Trying some cheaper exercise options first

Thank you for your help and encouragement with my last post about exercise! Your ideas were inspiring.

The other day, I was thinking about the time it would take for me to go to a gym. I’d have to get Johnny ready, get myself ready, and drive to and from. The prep time alone would likely take 20-30 minutes each time.

In that time, I could probably get a partial work out completed at home.

I decided to hold off on the gym membership just a bit, so that I could try some cheaper exercise options first.

At Carole’s suggestion, I signed up with SparkPeople. It’s a free social networking-type of site that helps you stay motivated and accountable to your fitness and nutrition goals. Here’s my page. Please add me if you’d like!

A long time ago I bought the Pilates for Dummies DVD*. I did the beginner’s program yesterday and I felt really good. It’s a nice introduction to Pilates and I think it will help as I try out other ones.

Abigail suggested getting workout DVDs at the library. I took a quick look at the available selection for me, and it looks like there’s a bit of a wait for a lot of titles. I might put my name on the list for some titles that I’d like to try but can’t find anywhere else.

At the brilliant suggestion of someone on SparkPeople (and reinforced by commenter Jaye) I restarted our Netflix subscription since there’s a huge variety of workout DVDs available for rental as well as instant streaming to your PC or TV. Can’t wait for it to be available on my Wii! (If you don’t already have Netflix and would like to, go throughEbates* first! You’ll get $13 cash back plus your sign-on bonus)

I’ll be able to try a variety of programs thanks to Netflix and if I find a few that will be long-term favorites I can buy them.

Several of you mentioned you like Jillian’s 30-day shred*. It should be in my mailbox tomorrow. I hope I can handle it!

Lastly, today I picked up a copy of My Fitness Coach 1* for the Wii. It has great reviews and it looks like it will be something I’ll enjoy.

It looks to me like I have enough resources to really get a head-start on my fitness. I like Jaye’s ideas to exercise during Johnny’s nap. She wakes at 5 a.m. and exercises before anyone is up — I don’t think I have that kind of willpower! Maybe once it’s actually light at that time of day. By that point, I just may be motivated to start running outside again — maybe even with a jogging stroller.

If some time has passed and I still think a gym membership would be appropriate, we can consider it again then.

Thanks again for all your suggestions!

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2 Responses to “Trying some cheaper exercise options first”

  1. I didn’t think about all that prep time for the gym, but you’re absolutely right. By the time you get Johnny out the door, you could be half done with your work out! I think you made the right decision. I can’t wait to see how it works out for you.

    Just make sure you STICK WITH IT. And once it warms up, make sure you and Johnny head out for some exercise and sunshine!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Endlessly waiting =-.

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