I’ll admit it I am a workout video junkie. I have tried almost every workout video on the stands. I have also tried most of the modern workout-assisting gadgets that have popped up over the last few years. What I have learned from these videos and devices is this: eat healthy, do an even amount of cardio and weight training, and you will see results! So if it is that easy, why the need for a new type of workout every two weeks? Why the need for expensive equipment that takes up space in front of your T.V.? Well, just like every other industry looking to expand and make a profit, the exercise industry is looking for the most advanced, up-to-date ideas knowing people will try anything to drop a few quick pounds.
After reading through magazines and watching videos, after looking under the glossy advertising, I have deduced that there are a few core exercises that all routines incorporate. Here are a few workout staples that require little to no extra equipment:
Walking: Studies show that walking for at least thirty minutes a day is one of the best ways to burn the fat on your lower belly. Walking is free, requires no special equipment and can be done anywhere at any time, in any weather. Walking raises your heart rate and counts as a good method of cardio exercise. You can do it alone, with a group, with your family, with your dogs. You can adjust your speed and level of intensity as you see fit. Overall, walking is one of the best forms of exercise any person can get.
Aerobics: Think Jane Fonda. Her moves have been recycled ever since Jane put out her famous workout tape. All you need to do basic aerobics is a good pair of shoes, a floor and some upbeat music. Then get going with stretching, jumping jacks, lunges, etc. All of these basic aerobic moves and more can be found on the internet, in a magazine or book, even in good ole’ Jane’s video. These moves will help tone your muscles without adding bulk; they will increase your heart rate while burning calories and fat. People are encouraged to get thirty minutes a day of aerobic activity. This is a fun way to get in those recommended minutes without much expense.
Dancing: Dancing is a great way to exercise. You don’t need take classes or buy a dance mat to enjoy the cardiovascular benefits of dancing. Dancing has resurfaced in recent years with the recognition of dance groups like Pussycat Dolls and the popularity of singers incorporating dance moves into their concerts and videos. Dancing provides great cardio exercise, it allows you to exercise all of the muscles in your body, and it has the added bonus of making you look good at the club on Friday night. You can dance at any age, using any form. Just turn on the radio, close your eyes, and start moving. If you need some moves, look to the classics: rent Chicago, Footloose or any musical you prefer, and dance along!
No matter what exercise routine you adopt and no matter how much expensive equipment you purchase, deep down all you need to do is move that body. No matter where you are in life physically; no matter how old you are or how much money you make; no matter how much motivation you can muster up, quality exercises are available and waiting for you. All you have to do is get up and go!