We are all very much aware that exercise is beneficial and a necessity for our long-term health. So why isn’t everyone doing it?! The most common answer given to this question is “I just don’t have time to GO to the gym”. Well in the next few minutes I’m going to give you back that 15-30 minutes of drive time you can’t find to get to the gym and introduce you to the best sweat therapy I’ve found.
My sweat therapy time has become a necessity for me to get my shine on throughout the week! If you’ve been subscribed to this blog for a while then you know that I was 11 months into my vegan journey before I decided to incorporate exercise into my life. If you’re not familiar with that story and the why behind the what be sure to read the post: It’s My Vegan-Versary.
The main thing was I wanted to test out the theory that healthy sustainable weight loss was 70% what you put into your body, 20% physical activity and 10% stress level. Now that it’s over 6 years since I became vegan I have all the personal research of my journey to point out that this is true! You really should check out that post…I included a before and after shot that shows you where I was May 3, 2013 at the start of my journey and the result of focusing on the 70% and 10% for 11 months. I slowly incorporated some light physical activity in the 12th month because I’d decided what my goals were for my 2nd Vegan-Versary May 3, 2015. As I just stated the 70/20/10 theory is golden! With incorporating physical activity in the next 13 months up to May 3, 2015 I only lost another 10 lbs. or so, BUT those inches though! And the shape of my body changed so much that my clothes were sliding off while zipped and button. In the words of an old co-worker “that’s a high-class problem to have!”.
What was I doing to get all that magic? At the time I was working out 6 days a week: 2 days of strength training, 1 day of yoga, 1 day of yoga and abs and 2 days of cardio consisting of walking, jogging or biking. The strength training, yoga and abs I trusted to no other than Les Mils and their family of workouts. This program is amazing and a great start for anyone not use to lifting weights for both cardio and strength training benefits!
When we lived in South Carolina 2006-2008 Les Mills Body Pump was taught at a local gym and I was hooked! Once we moved back to South Alabama in 2009 there wasn’t a class to be found. It wasn’t until October 2014 I learned that Beachbody offered an at home version of the program so I ordered it. And now in 2019 I am still in love with this workout! It has truly stood the test of time for 13 years as one of the best overall body workouts! As of today it is even easier to get this amazing workout because you can have it accessible on up to 3 mobile devices! I’ll admit I’m a little jealous because I was packing all my dvds when I travelled and praying someone…anyone still used a dvd player! Now you can just pack up your mat with your weights/bar and use any device or smart tv and never skip a beat. Everything you need to get started including the weights comes with the program. The workouts range from 20-55 minutes long so when I was working in corporate America if my strength training days fell on a week day I would do the 30 minute full body workout without fail whereas if it fell on the weekend I’d do the 45-55 minute workout. It also comes with a really cool guide that walks you through 90 days to a fitter leaner you taking you from successfully completing the 20 minute workout through conquering the 55 minute workouts. It builds in your rest days and even tells you which workout to do on which days. If you’re like me…a person who doesn’t like to think about what my next workout will entail…this is the best at home workout program ever! Oh, did I mention this blog is not sponsored? (maybe we should do something about that…)
If you’re not interested in following along with a virtual class then purchase a step, dumbbells and mat like I did from Walmart to perform effective full body workouts. There are several fitness experts on instagram that will give you different workouts to get you started or keep you going. My favorites are @tameikag, @imnicb and @britnebabe. They do a great job of making a collage of the moves in an instagram video and then instructing you on sets/repetitions for different skill levels in the comment section. Go check ’em out!
The point I hope you walk away with after reading this post is that the only thing truly getting in the way of the fitter, healthier you that you imagine and want is YOU. Get out of your own way and have your sweat therapy at home. Aside from looking amazing you’re leaving these benefits on the table:
Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.
It reverses the harmful effects of stress.
It lifts depression.
Decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Leaves you feeling euphoric.
Sweat Therapy is the best therapy!
What is your go to sweat therapy? Let me know in the comments below. Also like and share this post with anyone you think will benefit from it…which is everyone.