Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Guest Blogger: Amanda Kane, LSW
Want to Get Fit? Watch TV!
Countless Americans resolve every New Year to lose weight and improve their fitness. Many of my past blogs mention the data linking exercise as a catalyst for improving emotional health as well as total well-being. Since it has many well-documented benefits, why are so few people regularly exercising?
After a long work day followed by commuting, wrangling kids, cooking dinner, etc, who has time for exercise? Nobody. But we still need to make it a priority. This is especially challenging during cold winter months when appealing activities are limited to curling up on the sofa with hot chocolate.
Almost two years ago I discovered the ExerciseTV channel and specifically Jillian Michaels workouts. I rave about these workouts to everyone because (if you use them regularly) they honestly do transform your body. Jillian Michaels is one of the trainers from the TV show The Biggest Loser. I have to admit that before Jillian’s workouts came into my life I was stuck in major exercise rut. I’ve been a regular runner for over ten years, but I was bored and needed variation in my regime.
Before I started working out with Jillian, exercise DVDs elicited memories of Jane Fonda from the 80’s complete with leg warmers. I just didn’t want to go back to that dark place. But Jillian Michaels’routines have drastically changed my opinion of working out. It is possible to get a rigorous, total body workout from the comfort of your family room. Jillian uses circuit training—multiple repetitions involving light weights, cardio, and your body’s resistance to obtain results. These kinds of workouts aren’t for everyone, but keep an open mind when it comes to exercise. You can find everything from yoga to dance moves on the tube and online. ExerciseTV is included in many cable packages and has numerous free online workouts. Anything that makes exercise less effort is worth a try.
(I am in no way affiliated with Jillian Michaels or ExerciseTV and have not been paid to promote their products!)
(Photo credit: kevindooley) from http://www.crankyfitness.com