Beauty Essentials for the Work Bag

Beauty Essentials for the Work Bag

My Favourite YouTube Workouts

fav youtube workouts

Its not a secret that I love to workout at home. Getting dressed and going out into the cold just seems to derail me from my workout goals. If I can get a workout in at home I am more likely to do it. While I know I work harder in a group fitness class or with other people, sometimes that just isn’t possible. Any workout is better than no workout.

My love of working out at home has led me to discover many different workouts on the internet. YouTube is an amazing thing. I can have access to a cardio workout, strength, yoga, Pilates workout or try something totally new. Today have I have put together a few of my favorite YouTube workouts. Check them out. You never know, you might discover something new and gain some motivation to get your sweat on!

I actually own this on DVD but I have watched it on YouTube when I am away from home or missing my copy. Jillian Micheals isn’t always my go-to fitness instructor. I am not into the drill Sargent type of motivation. However, she has some killer workouts and this one is a good old simple workout. This workout has three levels of difficulty so you can pick your level. I love the circuit style, it goes by super quick.

Class Fit Sugar is AMAZING!! If you haven’t discovered these yet, you may live under a rock. They are all over Pinterest and the rest of the internet. Even still they are worth saving. Most of the workouts are 10 minutes long, which is all well and good, but if you are looking for something more this one is something to try. I love this workout it kicks my but and works muscles I can sometimes forget.

This is an oldie but a goodie. This burn and firm Pilates workouts will kill you bum. In a good way of course. I discovered this workout at my local library on DVD many years ago. It definitely contributed to my love of Pilates. Years later I was excited to find it on YouTube. I love the cardio and standing portion, it makes for a balanced and challenging workout.

Denise Austin is a staple. You can’t go wrong. I haven’t done many dance inspired workouts in a while but every once in a while I get the desire to dance! I am a sucker for dance aerobics.

Class Fit Sugar for the win again! This workout is broken up into chunks that focus on specific muscle groups. Its great when I want a full body workout with very little equipment.

Thanks for reading my favorite YouTube workouts. I hoped it motivated you to get active. And thanks for the great Linkup Heather!


My Fitness Bucket List

my fitness bucketlist

When I was a kid I was not active. I mean, quite honestly if you told me I would one day run a half marathon when I was 12 I would have laughed. Like, a lot. I hated gym class, running to get somewhere or any type of team sport. The thing is, those were the only physical activities I had been exposed to at that point in my life. Fast forward a few years and I now know that there is a huge world of choices and options for how to be physical and active. As I continue on my journey to lead a fit and healthy life I grow braver and more confident in my ability. I also add more and more things to my fitness bucket list.

1. Complete a Triathlon

I bike, I run, how hard could a tri be right? Well when you hardly swim, the idea of a triathlon gets harder to wrap your head around. I have had tons of swimming lessons in my life but know I would need more in order to get triathlon ready. It is something I really want to accomplish in my life but I have no idea when the opportunity or time will present itself. In the mean time I will make sure to keep up on the running and biking portions 🙂

2. Run a Marathon

Half marathon training is a huge time commitment. I can’t imagine doubling that amount of time. When ever I run a half I look at the people passing the finish line only half way through their race. That would be the hardest thing I could imagine. One day I will do it. I need to be one of the people on earth who has run a marathon. If there is a will there is a way and I will find it!

3. Run Disney

I have never been to Disney Land or World but what better way to discover it then to run! The route is mostly flat and full of entertainment and fun along the way. I loved stopping and taking pictures during our zoo run and that would just multiply at Disney. The races are very popular and expensive but Josh and I both want to make this a goal one day.


4. Kayak in the Ocean

I love kayaking and I especially enjoy it in shallow lakes and rivers. I am not much of a white water paddler but I love touring. I would love to do some adventuring in a tropical place or on the east coat of Canada.

5. Complete a Women’s Only Race

Josh and I have completed all of our big races together as a couple. He has pulled me through both of our half marathons and I don’t know if I could have done it on my own. However, it is a big goal for me to one day complete a woman’t only run either on my own or with a friend. Women only races always look like so much fun and always have such fun swag. I think it would be an awesome gift to give myself for my birthday.

7k flamingos

6. Become a Group Fitness Instructor

I have no idea if I will ever accomplish this goal but it is something that has been tumbling around in my head for a while. I see fitness instruction as another form of teaching. I would love to broaden my horizons learn some new skills and share my love of fitness with others. I have thought a lot about leading a learn to run clinic at the Running Room and this is something I may do in the next couple of years. Who knows, dream big or go home!

7 Learn Ballroom Dancing

I think I have Josh on the hook for this one before our wedding. I think it would be super fun to learn a new skill and prepare something extra special for our wedding dance. The best way to be active and fit is by doing it with your partner. Ballroom dancing would be something new for both of us and help us build some lasting memories together.

What’s on your fitness bucket list?