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?

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YouTube Workout Challenge, Days 15 & 16

Tomorrow I’m headed off to a staff retreat with one of the great publishing companies I work with. I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone in person, learning more about the people I work with, and talking about fascinating and though-provoking ideas. There’s a 3 hour break built into each day, so I’m really going to try to get short workouts in. I may walk on the beach or swim and report out on that, because it’s still workout and it’s good to get away from the screen to find fitness.

Yesterday, I did another GymRa video. I’m obsessed. This 15 Minute Super Easy Butt Workout was really fun and really effective. It was 15 reps of glute-focused moves, which I love after sitting all day!

Verdict: Yes yes and yes. My butt feels great today. I can tell I worked it yesterday.

Today I did Sexy Arms in 7 Moves, another one by GymRa. I need to start packing and make sure I’m ready for my trip. I wanted to balance out the bottom work yesterday. This was ten minutes and 15-30 reps of 7 moves.

Verdicy: Really great in a pinch. Not the arm moves I usually do, so it mixed it up for my muscles. Loved it.