Get Up, Get Moving, and Get Sexy, Part 1

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First of all, the Hollywood or magazine model body is NOT the definition of a sexy body. A sexy body is one in which you do the best that you can with what God gave you. Of course, that will mean that you may have to work a little, or a lot, to get there. The good news though is that you can do it!

Now, that we’ve got that out of the way, I have a few questions for you regarding your workout status.

  • Are you unsure about how to incorporate exercise into your regular routine?
  • Do you need a little guidance and motivation to get started working out?
  • Are you having trouble finding time, or think that you don’t have the time to get fit?

If you answered yes to these questions, I can help.

Telling you straight, it’s never easy to begin a workout program, whether you are just starting out or whether you are getting back into exercise after being out for awhile. You probably already know that though.

However, I’ve been committed to my workout program for several years now, so I’d like to let you in on the steps I took to get started and some tips on how I stay motivated.

Let’s begin with the basics – what is the point of exercising anyway?

Determining the reason for your desire to begin any exercise program is the first place to start. This will help you decide which type of workout will suit you best. There are many reasons why it is important that we all participate in some form of exercise regularly. Here are just a few:

  1. Weight loss – Of course, usually the first thing that comes to mind with women when they think of exercise is losing weight. This is probably the major reason most women start working out.
  2. Strength – Particularly when working with light weights and other strength building equipment, you can really get toned and build strong muscles. Now, I don’t mean you will end up looking like a body builder. Although, it’s possible if that is what you want.
  3. Energy – This never really made much since to me until I started working out on a regular basis, but you really will have more energy if you exercise. I find that I am much more lazy and tired on days that I don’t workout than on the days that I do. Keep in mind that this may not be the case when you initially begin your workout regimen.
  4. Health – Exercise helps you build strong bones and joints, reduces stress, and helps keep blood pressure down. It also helps you sleep better, as well as many other benefits to your body.
  5. Self-Image – When you know that you are doing something good for yourself, it just makes you feel better about yourself. In addition, as you work hard toward your weight loss and/or toning goals, you will begin to look better and feel better physically.

How do you know where to start?

First of all, you need to determine what type of exercise will best fit into your lifestyle. Since there are so many options available anyone can find something they can do and enjoy.

Think about what you like to do. Then, think about how these things can fit into your life right now.

For me, I find that working out with videos works best for my lifestyle.

What are some advantages to workout videos?

Videos are not dependent upon the weather, and you can workout without worrying about finding someone to keep the kids or trying to take the kids with you.

In addition, many exercise videos are available to choose from, at all workout levels, from beginner to advanced. Whether you are all about plain simple aerobics, dance, yoga, kickboxing or weight training, there is a video out there for you.

A great place to preview exercise videos is at Collage Video. This website provides a short clip of all their videos, which gives you a good idea of whether you might like a particular workout or not. I use this feature regularly and find it extremely helpful.

However, you do not have to purchase the videos from there. I find it cheaper to go through, which usually always has whichever video I am interested in purchasing.

If you don’t go for the at-home workouts, what other options do you have?

Other great workout possibilities include, biking, walking, swimming, working out at the gym, playing sports, or even just running around outside with your kids. It is also a good idea to mix it all up sometimes. Regardless of which activity, or activities, you choose, the key is to be consistent.

Tomorrow, in Get Up, Get Moving, and Get Sexy, Part 2, we’ll be exploring the easiest ways to get started and stay motivated in your exercise routine. Whether you are already in great shape or just getting started, these tips will help you get YOUR sexiest body ever.

If you workout regularly what type of activity do you find fits into your lifestyle best? If not, do you have any ideas of what progam might work best for you?

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Posted on April 14th, 2009 in Health and Fitness | 9 Comments
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  • kirwin says:

    Unfortunately, I fell out of my exercise routine in December, and I’ve had a few false starts at getting back to it.

    When I DO get to it, circuit training with free weights is my thing. Also, I try to get at least 45 min. of cardio in at least 5 times a week. I’ve been experimenting with yoga…I really like how it stretches my entire body and calms my mind.

    My biggest struggle is that I have an “all or nothing” mindset. I’m trying to break this habit, because there’s no reason I can’t take breaks from circuit training and just get cardio in. Or reverse. And what generally happens (like now) is that I do NOTHING.

    Working on it…

    kirwin’s last blog post..Who am I?

    • Amanda says:

      I really like circuit training too. It really gives you a good overall total body workout.

      I’ve had the same problem before with “all or nothing,” but I’ve finally learned to overcome it. I actually talk about this in tomorrow’s post, so be sure to check back in tomorrow. Maybe it will help.

  • Hi Amanda,
    Fitting exercise into your lifestyle is the key point, anything else will be a battle! A walk in the evening for me does it and I love doing Pilates that’s my all time favorite!

    I’m actually starting a yoga class this evening with my sister, I’m pretty excited about it so we’ll see how it goes. Great post!

    Sherri (Serene Journey)’s last blog post..How You Can Become A Catalyst For Change

    • Amanda says:

      I enjoy doing Pilates and yoga when I want to get a good workout, but don’t feel like doing aerobics and weights. Good for you on starting the yoga class. Have fun!!

  • Great post Amanda! I’m partial to yoga and pilates myself, but the Shred dvd sure has been kickin my booty lately. 🙂

    To Think Is To Create’s last blog post..Thinking Thin: Strength

    • Amanda says:

      I haven’t tried the Shred dvd, but I have it on my list to try. I thought it looked like it would be a really good one for when I don’t have a lot of time, but need a really good and effective workout.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • Jendi says:

    I love the 10 Minutes Pilates DVD. I also have a jump rope that’s easy to grab and go.
    I try to do a bit of something each day even I just run up and down the stairs a couple extra times.

    Jendi’s last blog post..My Children Love to Color

  • Rafael Wert says:

    Great post with lots of useful details. My fitness program consists mainly of high intense interval training. I discover that I am most productive I exercise inside the morning.

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