My Top 3 Youtube Sources for Home Fitness

I don’t know about you but I have always disliked exercise. When I was in elementary school I remember we were forced to run laps around the field for PE and I always hated that. My legs would get really itchy and I didn’t like sweating at all. I didn’t do sports when I was younger or any group things like that, though now that I’m older I wish I had.

As I got older and entered undergrad and then medical school, my weight kept creeping up and before I realized it, I was overweight. Through the years I’ve tried different diets and my exercise phases would come and go but nothing really stuck for me.

My ultimate goal is to have exercise and fitness be a normal part of my life. So far, that’s hasn’t worked out so well. With the new year, I was going to give it another go but I injured myself in February, I popped my calf muscle, and I was forced to stop exercising to heal my leg. Before my injury, I was working on a 5k running app and I would jog outside. I much prefer running outside to running in the gym. By the time my leg felt healed enough to start running again it was too hot outside to run safely.

For those that don’t know, I live in Las Vegas and here it gets hot around March/April. The summers are unbearable without air-conditioning. In fact, for the past few weeks we’ve been having over 100 ℉ heat, it’s even been in the 110’s. It’s hot just standing in the shade.

So, it’s too hot to exercise outside unless you can wake up early in the morning, and I am not an early riser, not yet at least. I don’t have a gym membership and I don’t own any equipment like a treadmill or a stationary bike. What’s a person to do?

Well, now with websites and Youtube where people are putting out a lot of great free content. It’s easy to find great workout videos that you can do from home. Below you will find my top 3 youtube sources for my go-to exercise videos. Check them out for yourself and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.


blogilates

 

Cassy is a pilates instructor who started putting pilates videos online 10 years ago. She puts pilates to pop music which makes it fun and accessible. Most of her videos are short, 10-20 mins or even less. She’s very upbeat and her beginner’s series is a great place to start. On her website she provides a free beginner’s calendar that you can follow for 4 weeks. In fact, this is what I’m using to get back into exercise. The calendar is a great place to start and you’ll be amazed with your progress by the end of 4 weeks.

tiu

 

These girls are really awesome. They started putting up videos several years ago, maybe 10 years ago now and through that they became best friends. When you follow their videos you feel like they could be your friend too. They have great workouts and on their website they put up a daily workout that you can follow.  They have seasonal challenges where exercise and diet are ramped up for 8 weeks. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve tried their challenges in the past and I have never been able to complete one yet. After 2 weeks of the challenge my body can’t take it anymore and I have to rest…then I just can’t get back into the challenge after that. My plan is that I’m going to make exercise a regular part of my day and when I’m stronger I’m going to complete a Tone It Up Challenge all the way through! Their videos encompass the wide range of workouts from  HIIT to yoga routines. Some of their videos can be really tough, though. If it’s too hard that’s ok, do what you can and don’t give up like I did! Before you know it you’ll be able to complete their videos in tip top shape!

JDY

 

Jung Da Yeon is a fitness guru in South Korea. She’s now in her upper 40’s, the mother of two and she looks amazing, at least in the photos and the videos I’ve seen! She gained weight from her pregnancies and one day decided to lose weight to relieve her back pain. She posted her photos online and now she has her own fitness empire. Technically this fitness guru does not have a youtube channel but her videos are available on youtube. None of them are in english but they’re really simple to follow. I created a playlist of one of her DVDs here, this is the first DVD in the series so I assumed that it would be a good one to start with. Her videos always focus on the waist and helping to cinch in the obliques to create that hourglass figure women want. This is my go to when I want a cardio session but I don’t want to go outside and I don’t have room to for hooping.

These were my top three Youtube resources for home workouts. If you have any other Youtubers that you’d like to recommend let me know. If you’ve decided to check out these videos I’d love to hear how things went!

If you have health conditions or have not exercised in a long time be sure to consult your doctor before beginning a workout regimen. If at anytime during a home workout you develop any unusual symptoms like dizziness or nausea stop what you’re doing and seek medical attention. It’s best to get checked out and told that you’re fine than to ignore something serious that could be dangerous if left undiagnosed. Your health is of outmost importance and you know yourself better than anyone else. Good luck, and most of all, HAVE FUN! ^_^

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