My Favourite YouTube Workouts

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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!

 

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Friday Favourite Workouts

TGIF!!!!! And Happy Halloween! Oh my goodness I have never been so happy to see a Friday in my life. This week has just drawn on and on forever. It has been a  stressful one and I am happy to see it go. Luckily the weekend is on its way and its going to be a good one. Of course there’s Halloween if your into things like that lol, and I am headed to Kingston on Saturday to visit my brother and maybe do a bit of shopping. I can’t wait I love ktown and my brother of course!

This week I have been thinking a lot about my favorite workouts. I am starting really having a hard time committing myself to more than a run or two a week and am looking for more in my workouts. I also think my body needs different conditioning that running just can’t provide. There is just too much out there to move in only one way.

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Today I am going to share my top 5 favourite workouts. I like all sorts of things and it really does depend on my mood. I am a Gemini and I have that whole multiple personality thing going for me. I have a short attention span and get bored easily. I need to mix things up.

1. Running!

Running is still one of my favourite fitness activities. Even though I seem to be in a running slump right now, I still love running. Nothing else gives me that full body feeling of “I’ve worked hard.” I still love the runner’s high. And I still love the feeling of accomplishment I get when I run. Its so amazing to get outside at any time of year and push my body to its limit.

This month I have signed up for Run, Eat, Repeat’s Pile on the Miles. I have made the goal to run at least 10k a week. I think this is a manageable goal. Especially because I am still playing with the idea of half marathon training. I have pulled out the winter running gear and I am ready to get moving.

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2. Boot Camp Group Classes

This is a somewhat new discovery for me. I have been neglecting strength training for too long. Boot camp reminds me how amazing it is to train to be strong. I have stronger arms, legs and abs since starting a weekly boot camp class. In the next couple of months I plan on taking on 2 boot camp classes a week. I love group fitness classes. It is fun to make new friends and have support while you workout.

3. Piloxing

This is one I haven’t been able to do since we moved. I haven’t been able to find a Piloxing class in my town. This makes me really sad and I am still looking. Piloxing is a mix of Pilates, Cardio Boxing and Dance. It is an amazing, high paced, intense workout. I love it! I used to do it twice a week and I miss it sooo much! I am ordering the DVD and going to try doing it on my own every once in a while. I know it won’t be the same as taking a class with a qualified instructor but it might help me get in my fix.

4. Tabatta’s and Circuit Workouts

Whats better than working out in front of your favourite TV show? Nothing as far as I’m concerned. I love to get out of bed put on my workout gear, roll out my mat, get it done and get in the shower without putting on a coat or shoes. Getting out and working out outside and with other people is great and all but sometimes I just don’t feel too sociable. I want to get it done super fast and with as little interruption as possible. Circuit workouts or tabattas are awesome. I can get sweaty and build strength with little equipment or a gym.

5. Pilates

I love Pilates, it kicks my butt whenever I  go to a class. Pilates makes me feel strong and lean. It is also really easy to do at home with the help of a DVD or YouTube. I find my flexibility slipping farther and farther away these days. Actually, lets me serious, I was never flexible. I failed the flexibility test in high school (but really that shouldn’t even be a test.)

Thanks so much for the link-up Heather!

Housewife Glamour

 

 

 

Pilates and Pumpkin Cookies

Hi friends!

I hope everyone is having a good Friday and excited for the weekend, I know I am. Today was an awesome day full of fun and some awesome pumpkin baking. Today we got some true fall weather. The sun was shining and there was a crispness in the air. Although I am still grieving the very short and cold summer we just had, I love the fall. It is my favourite season and I am very grateful to be able to enjoy it.

Perhaps I should have gotten up and taken advantage of the awesome weather to go for a run outside, but for some reason that didn’t occur to me until right now. I think that’s because I got it in my head that I wanted to hit up a step and Pilates class this morning. I haven’t been to a step class in years. I used to really like step aerobics. It has gone out of style in the fitness world though and I have moved on to other things.

I love Pilates but I haven’t had the chance to go to a class in three years. I don’t have a gym membership so I would have to find a class to sign up for that works in my schedule. I am also VERY picky when it comes to Pilates. I used to take a class a few years ago with an AMAZING instructor. Her classes always killed me and were so much fun. She had every move perfectly matched to the music and made the time go by super fast even when you bum felt like it was on fire. I really miss it, she doesn’t teach anymore and since then no Pilates class has lived up. Maybe I’m a snob? But common, if I’m paying for something I want to enjoy myself.

This morning’s classes kicked my butt. Seriously. I am so sore right now I am seriously considering a bubble bath. I work out, like all the time. I do tons of squats and bur-pees and tons of stuff. I run for an hour at a time and still go on with my day like no big deal. How can Pilates be so hard? Well it can. If you are not a regular Pilates doer, your first class kills. Apparently I am neglecting millions of tiny mean muscles all over my body that are retaliating on me right now. Its pretty awesome, I’m embracing the burn and using this feeling to remind myself to start searching for a new Pilates class. I think this needs to be in my regular routine.

After my workout adventures I got down to some serious business. Baking cookies. I have a wedding shower to attend tomorrow and was asked to bring a desert. Does anyone get super nervous when they have to attend a pot-luck? I do. Probably because it is a joke in my family that I can’t cook. Plus I never know what to make, I hate having to by tons of ingredients, and I usually forget about it until half an hour before the event and end up being the guest who brings something lame and store bought. Ugh. Not this time though! I will have something wonderful, tasty and homemade to contribute. I decided to bake these delicious pumpkin-oat chocolate chip cookies.  I had a pretty cute baking partner today.

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Apparently Finnick loves baking. I swear he got a bit creepy by the end of the day. Every time I turned around he was staring at me. He also seems to love pumpkin. Actually both my cats are little mooches and I have too keep a close eye whenever I a baking. I have caught Marley sitting in the sink licking dirty dishes before. I swear we are not crazy cat people, we just have crazy cats. Finnick’s company did make the cookie adventure more fun. Making cookies is a lot of work. I think its the numerous batches. You end up baby-sitting the cookies all afternoon, setting timers scooping batter and all sorts of stuff. Good thing the cookies were worth it!

pumpkin oat chocolate chip cookies

They might not look like the pictures on Cooking Classy but I can honestly say they might be my new favourite cookie recipe. Or at least Josh’s new favourite cookie recipe. He loves pumpkin and instantly requested these every week for the rest of eternity after trying one. I think they are going to be a crowd pleaser!

They taste like fall and I think the best part was I succeeded in trying two then putting the rest away in their container and have no desire to binge of them at all. That’s awesome for me. I like to bake but know I can’t make goodies without eating them all. And making them to share always back fires because I usually eat too many to share them and then end up eating them all. Wow that sounds terrible. Let’s just say I have been trying to avoid baking in order to stay balanced and on track. not diving into these cookies is a big step and very promising.

Well I am off to that bubble bath, happy weekend!