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If you ask many people why they do not work out, some of the common excuses given are:
1. No time
2. Can’t afford to pay for gym membership
3. Workouts are monotonous
4. Too fat or unfit to exercise
This year I discovered home workouts that beat all those excuses.
One of my favorite workouts is the T25 by Shaun T. This is basically a workout designed for only 25 minutes. However, do not be deceived into thinking that T25 will be so easy. It will definitely push you, challenge you, get you sweating and at the end of it all, it will give you the results that you want.
You do not need to spend hours in the gym, you only need to spare less than half an hour a day and get your workout done. I wake up at 6am, do my T25 workout and get ready for work, have breakfast and leave the house by 7:00am. In the evenings, I get home and do my 30 day shred before anything else.
With home workouts, you only need to invest in the DVDs which are a onetime investment. I also bought hand weights at Kshs.1600 from Tuskys. If you don’t want to buy the weights though, get creative. There people who use water bottles filled with sand to substitute the weights. Look around your home and find something that can take place of the weights.
Shaun T is simply amazing, he will push you to ensure that you get the results that you want
In addition, there is no dress code when you workout at home. You don’t even need to buy workout gear, just find out what you are comfortable in. Nobody is watching so really it doesn’t matter whether or not your workout outfit is cute or not.
You can wear whatever you want when working out at home
Home workouts are far from monotony. You may assume that you have to use the DVD day in and day out to the point of exhaustion by boredom.
T25 has three levels; Alpha, Beta and Gamma. I am currently on Alpha which takes five weeks. Each day of the week has different workouts i.e Cardio, Speed 1.0, Lower Focus, Total Body Circuit, and Abs Interval. As you can tell, each day, you will be working on a different workout complete with its own designed cool down stretch. On the six days, there is a 25 minutes stretch to help you get some rest and prepare your muscles for the next week of workouts.
30 days shred has three levels divided into workouts for 10 days each. This gives you variety and you don’t have to worry about having to do the same workout for 30 whole days.
4. Too fat or too unfit
The great thing about T25 and 30 days shred is that each workout has a modifier to help beginners keep up with the exercises that seem too tough. In T25, there is Tania the modifier. As Shaun T say, if you feel like the workout is too much or that you are too tired, don’t quit, instead stick with Tania.
If you are self-conscious about joining an aerobics, zumba or salsa class with people who move faster, look better while at it and don’t seem to struggle at all, then try out home workouts. You can grunt, huff, puff, make scary war faces and nobody will be there to judge you.
Home workouts are so convenient especially because there is no commute. I have worked out in gyms for a while now and one thing that failed me was inconsistency. There were too many excuses for missing workouts. Sometimes, it was the rain. Since I don’t drive, I couldn’t get to the gym when it was raining. There is also fatigue on those days that I would get home too tired to even consider walking for 15 minutes to get to the gym. Another concern was walking back home at night. Gym sessions mostly run from 6:00pm and end between 7:00pm and 8:00pm, walking back home alone was always a concern for me. Well with home workouts, that is no longer an issue.
I have only used T25 and 30 days shred as examples because that is what I currently have. However, there are numerous other home workouts that you can use so don’t feel limited. See below list for other workouts:
You need to work out because of your health. There are a number of health conditions that you can beat with working out including; high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, Your mental health will also improve as exercising helps in boosting memory, relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety and even lowering the risk of dementia.
Working out is also fun and if you are like me, watching your body transform each day as you get leaner and stronger is awesome.
Stop giving excuses and get that workout done.
You can get more information on T25 from:
30 day shred info: