Absolutely nobody's asked for this, but I feel like sharing it anyway - the stuff I've been doing to become fitter. Disclaimer: I have zero background in sports or exercising in any way so if this stuff looks "weak" to some, that's because I'm weak. lol
I mainly use Amy's (BodyFit by Amy
) YouTube exercise videos. I KNOW, I KNOW, I used to be one of those people who think it's really weird when people stare at a screen and do stuff by themselves at home all perky and excited. But there are great benefits to it:
1) I don't need to worry about heading out to a gym (in fact I would never work out if it required me to go to a gym; I don't like to leave my place, I don't like being self-conscious, plus I enjoy changing straight into pajamas after the post-workout shower)
2) Amy will just say when it's time to switch or pause and I can focus 100% on what I'm doing, it's great. I've tried just following pictorial/written instructions before, but the thing is, I get a lot more effective (and safe) workout if I'm doing it at the same time as the instructors, and somehow it feels better to do the movement in a tempo that feels good instead of thinking about how many reps I have to do.
3) I know exactly how long the workout is going to be. Sometimes it's getting to 21:11 and I'm like oh shit, is it too late to start exercising now? But then the video is 25-35 min long so even with my poor maths I know I can still start and finish before 10PM (some of the exercises involve jumping and I'm a reasonable person so I don't do jumping after 10PM in an apartment building).
4) Somehow the videos push me forward without actually holding me accountable. I mean, the people on the video don't see you so it's perfectly possible to "cheat" or keep pausing the video, but it's like... why would you do that?
5) The videos have "low impact"/beginner versions of moves as well as more advanced ones, so you can keep doing the same videos and increasingly make the exercises more challenging for yourself instead of having to constantly look for new videos.
So then, as for the exercises that I actually do...25 Minute Weighted Cardio for Fat Burning
I've done this one the most times and it's likely my favourite; it always leaves me super sweaty, but also because I know the routine so well by now, it also feels "easier" to do it even if I'm physically still being challenged. You know?35 Minute Total Body Strength and Conditioning
This one can feel like a step more challenging than the video above, since it involves also holding positions (e.g. lunge, squat) and 'pulsing', which can be absolute kill, but also makes you feel awesome for being able to do it.HIIT Training - High Intensity Interval Training Workout
The bad thing about this one is that it doesn't include a proper warmup and cool down, so you gotta look after yourself. It's an older video so the sound also isn't as good as in the later ones. This workout is the toughest one for me; each circuit feels like it lasts forever, towards the end I have trouble even holding a simple plank because I get so tired, and there's one balancing move that I seem unable to do properly (though of course I keep trying)... But it's good to have one like this around. I keep thinking that if I keep getting stronger, I'll be able to do this just as well as the first video I put up.
Then because I've actually bothered to get a stability ball, I also do this 25 min workout sometimes:
The only thing is, it doesn't feel as 'intense' as the other ones, so I almost feel like I should combine it with something else to feel content at the end, we'll see.
From written/pictorial guides I've also used this Rachael's full body HIIT workout
; it was recommended as one for "skinnyfat" people, and since my biggest issue wasn't being severely overweight, but everything else that comes with not looking after yourself properly, it seemed like something worth looking into. I absolutely freaking loathe Tricep Dips. Because this one isn't a video, I don't do it as often as the others - I used to have a sort of weekly schedule in which this was included, but I'm more flexible with it now.
Other vids/things have come and gone (I started with reaaally easy low impact ones initially), but these are the ones I'm sticking to currently. Good, fun times. Sometimes I can evel feel muscles in my thighs now, how odd.