Exercise at home

When I taught Jazzercise I worked out at least six times a week. I taught three or more classes and registrared (worked at the check-in desk)  three classes every week. Those six hours every week were scheduled into my calendar. I couldn’t miss them. Didn’t miss them.

That’s what we all need to do if we want to regularly work out. Make our work outs a commitment. Nothing comes between you and your work out. You don’t miss doctor or dentist appointments! Don’t miss your workouts.

In this economy we need to be careful where we spend money. You may want to join a fitness club or Jazzercise, but you need to honestly look at your schedule and decide if you can use it based on your other time commitments. More importantly, ask yourself if you will use it. Will you enjoy watching television or listening to your ipod while you use an elliptical at this new fitness club or does that sound boring to you? Do the aerobic classes at the fitness club sounds interesting and fun? Have you joined a fitness club many times yet haven’t stuck with it?

Don’t have the money to join a fitness club or simply know you won’t use one? Then think of exercises that can be done at home. You can walk or jog or bike in your neighborhood. Keep in mind that for a walk to be aerobic, you need to walk as far as you can run. Say you can run 3 miles in 30 minutes. You will need to make your walks 3 miles long – even if they take an hour or more. That allows you to get the same benefits from a walk or a run.

Don’t want to leave your house or don’t have much time? Try using a jump-rope for 5 minutes every time you head to the kitchen for a snack. Or run up and down your staircase for 5 minutes. If you do six of these 5 minute mini workouts, your metabolism will increase!

So tell me, how do you workout? Any tips for sticking with it?

[clock photo by Fernando Toucedo]

[jogging photo by mikebaird]

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