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What To Do at Home While not Running

Posted Mar 28 2013 7:01am
Let's be philosophical for a moment: Every cloud has a silver lining, that's how the saying goes, right?!

My silver lining in the whole running-injury scenario has been that I've had tons of freed-up workout time, which I've used to explore the far-ranging world of exercise. Other than hitting the gym, doing Nike Training Club and my beloved spinning classes (when I can actually book into one as my rubbish gym's tend to book up months in advance. WTF?!) I've been doing lots of videos in the comfort of my own home.

If you've read my blog more than once, you'll know that I have an almost unhealthy obsession am a big fan of all things Jillian Michaels. She might only be a tiny thing but damn, she's a tough one. Most of her exercise videos (at least the ones I've been doing) are about 30 minutes long. But in those 30 minutes she kicks your bootey to the moon and back. 

On days when I feel strong-ish, I tend to go for her 30 Day Shred videos. But, rather than sticking to the prescribed ten days of each level before moving on, I vary them (I find it helps with the soreness that inevitably results). This week, for example, I did level 1 on Monday, level 2 on Tuesday and level 3 on Wednesday. By the way, you can find all the videos on YouTube so no need to fork out the ££s or $$s. 

I've also grown to love her Yoga Meltdown . I was sceptical at first as it's not 'proper' yoga as you might know it but, as she calls it, a 'hybrid' form of yoga that includes heart-rate-raising moves for you to get your sweat on! I tend to do both videos in a row for an hour-long, sweat-inducing yoga-cardio kick. This is the only link where I've been able to find level 2, enjoy the Asian commercials! ;)

When I feel really motivated, I turn to P90X. Now, this IS a killer workout and will hurt, no matter how fit you are (even G gets his butt kicked by it!). P90X was recommended by a couple of friends a while back who got really into it and the results were clearly visible! The guy who's doing the videos can be beyond annoying with all his talking but once you can look beyond that and concentrate on the workouts, you're sure to get your bootey whopped!

The whole shebang is a gazillion videos and not cheap (I was lucky to get my hands on them for free). I won't pretend to have tried them all (basically it's a 12-week plan to get you beyond ripped where you work out a minimum of six days a week for at least an hour). I pick and choose and do what I feel like. So far I've tried the legs video (after which I couldn't walk for three days), the Yoga X (it starts slow but man, after 1 1/2 hours of that, expect some serious soreness) and the Plyometrics (any workout that gets my heart rate up to 180 and higher is a killer in my book). The Ab Ripper is pretty full on as well but it's nice and short, so really no excuses there! I haven't tried finding links to these yet but I'm sure they must be floating around online somewhere. Give them a try!

I've toyed with the idea of actually doing the whole 12-week plan properly to see whether it does what it says on the box. Then again, I'm really enjoying the variety of all the different things I'm currently trying and love the feeling of not being being tied to a plan (at least for now), which allows me to pick and choose my workouts when and how I feel it. 

And, looking at my Dailymile feed, I've actually been working out a lot more this way than when I was 'just' running. So who knows, maybe this whole 'not running' thang really is doing me a world of good for now, like so many of you have predicted?!

Do you like working out at home? 

Do you have any go-to workout videos that you love?

Have you tried any of the above? If so, how do you like them? 
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