YouTube Workout Challenge, Days 29 and 30

Well, it’s over. For the last 30 days (plus all those days I didn’t actually work out) I’ve made workouts part of my routine. Almost four months ago I left my office job and started to work from home as a freelance writer. Pursing my dream was a monumental decision. As I worked long hours to establishing myself as a writer for hire, I was mostly sedentary. I was no longer walking to meetings or around town on breaks with my colleagues. My longest walk was about 15 steps from my home office to the mailbox. My body started to rebel. I gained weight in places I didn’t know you could gain weight. I lost muscle tone and become pretty out of shape in a very short amount of time. This challenge was to get fitness back into my daily routine and it has helped a lot. I didn’t take any weights or measures before I started, so I don’t have numerical proof, but I do have general, feel good proof. My clothes fit better, I feel better, and most importantly, I look forward to my workouts. They’re a part of my daily routine now.

The final two workouts were: 20 Minute Beginner Workout: Full body Yoga, Tone, & Cardio by Gym Ra and 20 Minute Upper Body Arms and Abs Work Out: Armed and Dangerous by JessicaSmithTV

Verdict: Both felt good. I’ll be sure to keep them on my rotation.

I’m not sure what my next challenge is, or if I’ll even do one. These last two challenges were ways for me to revive my blog and get writing more often. Maybe my next challenge will be a writing challenge. Maybe NanoWriMo?

YouTube Workout Challenge, Days 22 & 23

Such a lazy weekend. I intended to do a lot more reading, writing, and working out than I actually did.

But, back to it during the workweek.

Yesterday I did my take on this Blogilates workout. I’ve posted this before. It’s my go to workout when I dont feel like cuing up something on Youtube,

Verdict: Like I said, it’s my go to. I like that it works abs, butt, legs, and arms. I do 4 sets of 25 reps of each exercise, rather than doing 5 minutes straight of one.

Today I did two Blogilates videos: 5 Best Thigh Slimming Exercises and Quick Ab Workout. The first video was about 11 minutes long and the second was 5-6 minutes.

Verdict: Meh, both were fine. Nothing special. I’m not sure I’d remember them in a few days.

YouTube Workout Challenge, Day 12 (should be 15)

I went on vacation with the  best intentions of working out with videos on my tablet everyday, but didn’t follow through. It rained a fair amount, so I can’t even claim to have done a lot of walking. Instead, I worked, I ate, and I sat on the balcony and watched the rain and the ocean. It was wonderful and I don’t feel a shred of guilt for getting behind on my workout challenge.

Back in the saddle, today, though. I did A Zumba abs video.

Verdict: I loved it! 4 songs, just about 18 minutes of workout. The moves focused on contracting the abs through dance steps. As always, the instructors were good and the music was great. I think getting back into Zumba will be one thing that really sticks with me after this challenge.