Exercise Favs

THE SCOOP ON EXERCISE

Just Do It!
Find an exercise you like
And stick with it.

I’m going to let you in on my dirty little secret – I don’t LOVE (or even like sometimes) to exercise. There, I said it! BUT — just like eating right – I feel and look SO much better when I do, so I do it! It’s all about the benefits, my friends. Another reason is that I’m totally into prevention – prevention of osteoporosis, breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes… you name it! So, exercise is “the bomb” when it comes to getting and keeping you in shape, preventing most chronic diseases, and, if that weren’t enough, pumping out those “feel like a rock star” endorphins! Oh – and did I mention that it ramps up your metabolism for up to 24 hours! Tennis anyone?!

Exercise is all about finding the exercise that works for you, and just doing it – wherever and whenever you can work it into your day. There are just four criteria for my exercise plan that must be met in order for it to be successful:

Criteria

  1. Must be fun — it can’t be a drudgery
  2. Must not take too much time (30 – 60 mins max)
  3. Must get results relatively quickly
  4. Must fit into my lifestyle

Rebounding

WOW! This is tons of fun! Tone and detoxify all in one! Plenty of cardiac benefit here too. When I jump on this it feels like every cell in my body is smiling! Just 3 minutes 2x/day detoxifies your whole body. Also, it’s great for revving up your metabolism. Exercise just doesn’t get any better than this! Exercise on your own or follow along with any of the many great rebounding DVDs. When it comes to rebounders, quality is majorly important and there is no better rebounder on the market. Please check out Needak Rebounders.

The Balance Ball Core Workout

There’s no more enjoyable way to strengthen and tone that core! The beginner’s kit includes the balance ball, a pump, and a DVD with a 50 minute full-body workout. If you want to do the full 50 minutes go ahead, but I split the program into two parts and do them on different days. Make sure to get the correct size ball for your height. Also, check out their Balance Ball Chair. I bought one for my office and I am obsessed with it! It naturally helps you to sit up straighter and tighten your abs. LOVE it!

T-Tapp

Teresa Tapp is an exercise physiologist/rehabilitative trainer whose specialty is helping women just like us! Her Healthy Hormones Menopause Management Workout is a must have item girls with it’s combination of comprehensive muscle movements designed to fight hormonal fat issues (ie, belly fat). T-Tapp REALLY works! Most lose inches every week and a clothing size per month. Not a fad! REAL people and REAL results!

Teresa strongly believes that less is more when utilizing the correct TYPE of exercises. This fits right

into my exercise criteria – it must not take too much time and it must get results relatively quickly! Also, I love that she tweaks her exercises to benefit all different body types (long torso/short legs, short torso/long legs, etc.), and I believe this is one of the reasons her workouts are so successful. So if you are ready to experience what has been called “the ideal anti-aging workout”, click on Fit in 15 to get started.

 

 

Interval Walking (with my iPod)

I love to walk in my neighborhood early in the morning while listening to my iPod. I have created pla lists to fit whatever mood I’m in at the time. If I’m in more of a “still sleepy and mellow” kind of mood, I go for the “easy listening” playlist. If I’m all jacked up and raring to go, I hit the “party music” tab and off I go. To get the most out of this workout (increased weight loss and fat burning in a shorter period of time), practice interval walking.

Interval walking (incorporating interval training into your walks) simply means alternating bursts of intense high activity with bursts of lighter activity. The bursts of lighter activity are also called recovery periods because you are allowing your heart rate and breathing to slow down a bit to prepare for the next high intensity interval. An example would be to walk at your normal pace for 2 minutes and then increase the speed and/ or resistance level (walk up a hill) for the next 2 minutes, and then repeat for the length of your workout. No fancy equipment needed – just some good walking sneakers and some great tunes!

Joey Atlas Workout DVDs

Cannot say enough good things about exercise physiologist Joey Atlas and his series of workout DVDs. Whether you want to lose inches, tone up, get rid of cellulite, or build muscle, he has the program for you. I have been doing his ULBHTM (Ultimate Leg, Butt, Hip & Thigh Makeover) for the past six months and have achieved better results with this program than any other similar exercise routine ever, seriously! Please visit www.joeyatlas.com to learn more about Joey and his customized workout programs. Make sure you sign-up for his free emails as well!

Listen to my interview with Joey here:

Zumba Classes or DVDs

If you are ready to party yourself into shape then Zumba is the exercise for you! It’s a Latin-inspired dance fitness class that blends red-hot international music and contagious dance steps, and it’s totally addictive. Look for a class near you or purchase a DVD, and invite your best gal pals over for a calorie burning fitness party and get Zumba-ing – cha cha cha!

Brazilian Butt Lift Workout

Leandro Carvalho’s Brazilian Butt Lift workout is now available to everyone ready to commit to a seriously fun and exciting fitness program that combines dance, cardio, and signature lower-body sculpting moves… Brazilian style! It promises to help you go from droopy to dreamy and from saggy to sexy so you can look divine from behind in just 60 days. The entire program is available on DVD on several different websites. Verrrrrry high energy and verrrrrry FUN!!!