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I HATE exercising

I feel ya! I HATED exercise, like dreaded it, and had to think about my pending workout all day in order to get myself in the right mindset.

At that time I was running, outside and on a treadmill, about 3 times a week. I am NOT a runner, my body was not built for running, I loathe running and I’m super slow. Why did I run, you ask? Well, I knew (I thought I knew) at the time that running was the fastest way to burn calories and get lean. So, I dreaded it and hated every single second of my 30 minutes, but sucked it up and got it done.

When I made my New Year’s Resolution in January to focus on ME, this included finding more time to exercise. I was really trying to get to the gym but my full-time job, our active lifestyle with 2 small children in after school activities, and a husband that Coached a separate basketball team at the kids’ school and owns a consulting firm with demanding hours made it difficult. This time I was DETERMINED, at that point I knew I needed a new strategy, I needed to find something I could do in the comfort of my home.

I am now a true believer in finding your soul workout and that you can actually look forward to exercising. Before jumping in and just picking something, I started to really think about what I liked to do in my spare time, and going WAY BACK, what did I like doing when I was a kid and teen? I remembered that years ago I loved a Pilates class I took, I also took a couple of Modern Dance classes in college (I danced most of my life), neither of those actually felt like work or exercise, they were fun! Hmmmm, I wonder if I could find a workout that incorporated either of those instead of something I dreaded, like running and jumping?!?! DING DING DING!

This is when PiYo entered my world, it was a cross between modern dance, pilates and yoga. For the first time in YEARS I was looking forward to my 30 minutes a day, and gladly doing it 6 days a week! WHAT?!?! I mean, who wants to dread working out, how long do you think you’ll last before giving up? NOT COOL!

Here are a couple of questions you can ask yourself to get you going in the right direction:

  • What sport do I enjoy playing the most?

  • What were you doing the last you time you felt young and alive while exercising?

  • What physical activity did I like when I was younger? Biking, running, dancing, etc.

This is something I really love about Beachbody programs, they have something for every fitness level, workout type, workout length, and all totally within budget at just $99 for the entire year (that's under $9/mo). Here are a couple of our programs:

  • 80 Day Obsession, A Little Obsessed – Total Body

  • Core de Force – MMA

  • Yoga Studio - Yoga

  • Kids & Family Collection – Dance and Traditional

  • Shift Shop – Agility and Sports Conditioning

  • CIZE, Country Heat, YOUv2, Hip Hop Abs – Dance (like Zumba and Just Dance, this is for you!)

  • TurboFire – Kickboxing, Dance, Intense Cardio

  • Body Beast, Hammer & Chisel, 21 Day Fix Extreme – Weightlifting, Strength Training (for you Crossfit peeps out there!)

  • 21 Day Fix, T25 – Traditional, Quick, Cardio and Strength Training

  • P90, P90X – Variety of Cardio, MMA, Bootcamp

  • PiYo – Pilates, Yoga, Movement

  • Double Time – Partner workout (great way to get your kids involved)

  • Insanity, Insanity MAX: 30 – Intense Strength and Cardio (for you runners out there from our track star)

  • 22 Minute Hard Corps – Quick Military and Bootcamp style

As for burning the most calories? As I mentioned above, I THOUGHT that running burned the most calories in the shortest amount of time. I was so WRONG! I have burned close to 400 calories in 30 minutes during a couple of my workouts, while maxing out at 250 running for 30 minutes and hated every second of it! I also didn’t realize that your body NEEDS strength training to burn fat into LEAN muscle. Running/cardio is great for your cardio vascular health (aka heart ), but what about the rest of your body? STRONG is the new SKINNY people!

Still not sure what your soul workout would be? Let's chat, email me now.

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