Sunday, June 20, 2010

Health Club Phobia

I am not a fan of health clubs. Actually, I have a phobia of them. Really want to get into shape, don't really want everyone to "watch" me get into shape. So that leaves me trying to be creative on my own with wondering what to do... treadmill? - Been there, done that. Stopped. Did it again. Stopped... etc. Step aerobics? - Did this several years ago and enjoyed it, however, my knees started complaining. Intense work-out videos? - The ones I bought made me feel worse about myself because I was an overachiever and felt like I had to master through 55 to 60 minutes of intense workouts, only to quickly find myself laying on the floor staring at the TV (sorry, glaring at the TV) huffing and puffing, feeling yet another pang of exercise failure. Until now...
I found a great Pilates DVD that helps you achieve your goal and feel more successful, in smaller increments. "The 10-Minute Solution Slim & Sculpt Pilates" is AWESOME! Instead of 60 minutes of nonstop workout, this video is geared to help you achieve your goal, 10 minutes at a time. I can do that! With five separate 10-minute workouts targeting a different area; upper body, lower body, abs, total body, and Pilates for flexibility, you can feel like you really accomplished something even after the first 10-minute segment. It doesn't take long before you start thinking, "I might be able to do 10 MORE minutes" and before you know it, you're working out for 30 minutes or longer!
I'm happy to say that instead of contemplating on going back to using our treadmill, we sold it! Instead of running for an hour on the treadmill, I started going for walks with my husband around our neighborhood. My knees thank me!
I realize that some of you may enjoy going to a health club and I think that's wonderful; but if you do happen to prefer doing something on your own, these "10-Minute Solution" DVDs are a great alternative.  
I have attached a picture of the DVD I purchased for myself. If you'd like a quick way to purchase one of these for yourself, just Click Here!

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