Can't get to a gym right now? Don't sweat it! (Get it? Ha!)
The good news is: getting fit from the comfort of your own home IS possible. In fact, on my first ever fitness journey back in 2006, I didn't join a gym and did workout videos from the comfort of my own home, losing 25 kg in conjunction with a good diet and movement throughout the day.
This time around, I'm doing the same thing. I'm not using a gym at all - all my workouts are done in the privacy of my own home and, just over two weeks today, I'm already noticing a difference in my fitness levels and body shape.
Admittedly, for the most part I use YouTube these days to source great workouts but there are drawbacks to this platform too. If your internet connection is a little slow, working out online can be a nightmare.
And there's nothing worse than being in the "Zone" only to get interrupted by a random ad break halfway through your workout.
I'm making a sneaky prediction that workout DVDs are TOTALLY going to make a comeback: all you need is a good set of running shoes, a good sports bra, and a DVD player and you are ready to rock!
In that spirit, this afternoon I pulled out my old workout DVD collection and dusted them off (I may have had a slight addiction to workout DVDs lol). In today's post, I thought I'd share my most tried and true titles with you, personally guaranteed to get your heart rate up and burn out your muscles so you can get strong and lean - all without leaving the house.
#1: Tae Bo Cardio - Billy Blanks
Listen, this DVD will get you results - I mean it. The workouts aren't super long, I think they're about 45 minutes each, but trust me, you don't need any more than that.
You will be dripping buckets of sweat by the end (if you make it all the way through, I didn't for weeks). But it's more than that. There's something about kickboxing that helps release pent up rage and feels empowering - by the end of a Tae Bo workout I feel so proud of myself in more ways than one.
Back in the day, I credited this DVD as doing a lot of the heavy lifting in helping me lose 25 kg (at least when it comes to exercise) ... maybe it's time to dust it off and try it again?
#2: Carmen Electra's Fit to Strip Box Set
The ultimate 00s nostalgia series!
In my early fitness days I alternated Carmen Electra's Fit to Strip DVD with Tae Bo (above). This workout series is so cheeky and fun, it doesn't feel like a workout - until the next day. It's another workout that feels empowering and good to do.
Volume 2 was my particular favourite. It's a series of bodyweight exercises designed to strengthen and firm your body in all the right places and create strong curves.
#3: MTV Yoga
Hands down just the best yoga class I've ever done - and I've done a LOT of yoga classes. First you build up a sweat, then you work your balance, posture and strength before winding down with THE most relaxing stretch sequence ever for a complete mind-body experience.
It's led by Kristen McGee with an absolutely KILLER soundtrack to move to. I'll put the link for it here but be quick - it's only sporadically on Amazon.
#4: Envy Girls Workout
If you're new to moderate beginner level in resistance training, this workout is great. It's a two DVD set consisting of 4 workouts, each targeting specific areas: arms, legs, butt and abs. Each workout is about 20 minutes long - or if you're crunched for time, you can do the express versions, which are only 5 minutes each.
All you need is a pair of light dumbbells and you're good to go. Listen, it's not P90X, so advanced exercisers may need to do them twice through to feel the burn but if you're just starting, or even if you're at intermediate level, I guarantee you'll be sweating and sore by the end.
#5: QuickFix Total Body Toning DVD
I love the QuickFix DVDs, so you'll see a fair few of them coming up in this list. The QuickFix Total Body workout has three distinct workouts that can be done altogether for a 30 minute workout, or if you're short on time you can do just one 10 minute segment.
Each segment has a different focus and is led by a different instructor (one of whom I for some reason remember being Denise Austin, and that's where I first heard of her but turns out - no, it's the wonderful Minna Lessig. Tripper.)
It's a great workout, and was one of my favourites for all around body toning and cardio, especially if I wanted a bit of light hearted movement. The great thing about it being in 10 minute segments is you can fully customise your workout - you can do one, two or all three segments in any different sequence you like.
The instructions feel easy to follow and the movements feel accessible even if you're new to exercising, but it still feels challenging enough to give you a good workout. One of my all time faves.
#6: Quickfix Total Cardio Kick
If Tae Bo feels a little too intense for you right now, another great option is the QuickFix Total Cardio Kick DVD. Like the other Quickfix DVDs, this one is broken up into 3 x 10 minute segments, each focusing on different areas: legs, abs, and arms while at the same time working your cardiovascular system.
This is still one of my favourites to put on if I'm after that sweaty kickboxing glow. Another thing I love about the QuickFix series is how easy they are to follow: you don't feel overwhelmed or like you can't keep up with the movements.
But don't let that fool you into thinking this workout is just for beginners: it's great for anyone looking to get their heart rates up and strengthen their entire bodies.
#7: Element AM and PM Yoga for Beginners
This is one of my favourite yoga workouts when I'm chasing a sequence that's restorative and simple. The AM workout is designed to be done in the morning, and stretches and energises your body without vigorous movement, helping you welcome in the day with calm and focus.
The PM workout is designed to stretch and relax your body and quiet your mind so you can prepare for a relaxing night's sleep and boy, does it do the trick. Great to do to before bed with a candle and oil diffuser going.
#8: Kim Kardashian's Fit In Your Jeans by Friday Workout Collection
Okay, so the name is a little off putting, and I'm not entirely sure we can credit these workouts with KKW's glorious derriere but listen: this DVD series will definitely get you working hard.
If you're any kind of a Kardashian fan like me you need these DVDs in your collection. It's vintage Kim at her finest - and the workouts are simple but incredibly effective.
#9: Jane Fonda's Original Workout
Look I have to put this here because the classics never die. I remember doing Jane Fonda workouts with mum in the early 90s when I was little and being obsessed.
I had the leg warmers and these tiny little Reeboks and I just thought it was the best. (Honestly? I still do.)
30+ years later these workouts still stand the test of time. I have been doing 80s aerobics videos like Jane Fonda's almost daily throughout my 90 day journey and they are already making a tremendous difference in my endurance, strength and mobility. You have to try it - I promise you'll be hooked.
#10: Leslie Sansone's Walking Off the Pounds
I know that walking on the spot in your own living room sounds a little ... odd but honestly? This workout REALLY works.
If you're looking for some LISS to pair with your high intensity cardio or strength training, look no further than these workouts - they're incredible.
Through a series of simple moves (it's not just walking on the spot), these workouts get your heart rate in a target aerobic zone and hold it there. She's such a delight to watch too - always complimenting her other dancers and cracking jokes.
If you're new to aerobics, or find a lot of the choreography in aerobics difficult to follow, these workouts are especially great because it is, essentially, an aerobics class, but the movements are super simple, easy to follow, and gradually introduced, so you can follow along with confidence and really "get your eye in".
Plus: it works - if for whatever reason you can't go for a walk outside, all you need to do is put on one of these DVDs to enjoy the same great benefits as a walk in the park ... and then some!
If you can get to a gym, and you love going to the gym - great. If you prefer to work home - that's wonderful too! You can still get in a great workout - and best of all, you don't have to motivate yourself to leave the house, or work out in a mask.
In the privacy of your own home, all you have to do is put a DVD into the machine, hit play, and you're well on your way to the healthy, fit body and life of your dreams.
Now, onto the Captain's Log for yesterday. I'm excited to share a delicious, healthy version of a Mexican takeaway favourite that could be a new staple in the dinner rotation...
Ech, so the insomnia was at an all time peak the night before this day. I got zero sleep. Zero. Well, not technically zero: two hours between 6 am and 8.
Which means, since I was starting work at 8:30, I was a little pressed for time with breakfast. Luckily, I have a range of healthy cereals in my cupboard so I'm never caught out.
A bowl of oat flakes and All Bran did the job! I pre-mixed them together so I literally just had to scoop 3/4 cup into a bowl and splash over 1/2 a cup of milk.
(Oh, and of course I needed coffee. All the coffee.)
Sadly, as I was rushed for time I didn't have time to snap a pic (boo) but the above is one from yesterday, and I'll have a pretty picture for tomorrow's brekky, I promise.
For lunch this day I poached some chicken breast and had one of my delicious chicken and salad sandwiches with hummus and avocado. It was something that I felt like I didn't have time for, but I'm glad I stuck to my guns and did it anyway.
Because when I boiled it down to brass tacks, it wasn't that I didn't have time, it was that I didn't want to cook. I didn't want to cook because I was tired and just couldn't be bothered doing anything.
But I knew that it was the most self loving thing I could do for my exhausted, PMS-riddled body: to prepare it a nutritious, satisfying meal.
In the end, I felt so much better for having made myself a healthy lunch, and it honestly wasn't as bad as I told myself it would be in my head. "Being kind to yourself" doesn't always mean letting things slide when you're tired.
Sometimes it's about parenting yourself to do the hard thing because you know it's in your best interests in the long term.
Meanwhile, looks like I forgot to snap a pic of that one too. I was a little sleep deprived.
Okay, so I'm a little bit proud of dinner. Greg even said it was a "top feed".
You may recall last week I had a Guzman y Gomez burrito bowl for dinner and said I loved it so much I needed to meal prep it.
Well that kind of happened.
It's such a quick, simple meal to prepare, it tastes just as good as Guzman's and it's so nutritious.
To make the salsa, chop up a whole tomato, and half a red onion, mix with some lemon juice and set aside.
Cook a whole chicken breast in a pan over medium heat with some garlic and oil spray. Once cooked, add a can of black beans, some taco seasoning, and a couple of splashes of water until everything smells amazing.
Meanwhile, prepare some brown rice (I went for the simple option and used a microwave rice). Add it to the bowl, top with the chicken and bean mixture, the salsa, and some guacamole.
Perfection! It was honestly just what the doctor ordered.
For dessert tonight I had my usual yoghurt and protein pudding and as always, it was bomb. I promise some more exciting desserts are to come over the weekend.
This isn't really a section today, because yesterday I took a guilt free rest day.
Two reasons: my lady's time was just about to start, and also, I was functioning on a minute amount of sleep.
After a week of not sleeping properly I was so utterly exhausted that I honestly can't remember a lot of yesterday. I was probably micro sleeping the whole time.
I also knew that my period was about to begin, and the cramps were real.
I just - I just couldn't.
I took a much needed rest day and I feel incredible for doing so. One day isn't going to derail my progress, and I don't feel bad about it at all.
If I'd tried to move in that state, I would have put even more adrenal strain on my body, and maybe even injured myself.
The whole purpose of this challenge is to experience greater health and fitness, not to punish my body or push it past the point of health, it would defeat the purpose.
My body needed to heal. It needed gentleness, nourishment, and relaxation.
And if you need a rest day, because life happens, or because you're sick or sore or in pain, you take it and don't feel sorry.
It's not what you do one time that will affect your results, it's what you do consistently.
Give yourself permission and space to be a real human and remember: there's always tomorrow.
Spoiler alert: I slept a full 8 hours last night and was able to do a normal workout today. The rest yesterday was just what I needed to reset my system.
Well, that wraps up another day on this 90 day adventure. Thanks for joining me, glam babies. It means so much to me that you're here.
Now let's huddle in for the motivation message today.
From the moment you start exercising your body starts changing on a cellular level.
It might take other people weeks to notice.
It might take you months to notice.
But believe me - from that first walk in the park, from that first yoga class - on the inside, you are changing and moving closer to the fit, healthy lifestyle you crave for yourself.
So even if you can't see it yet, trust that your workouts are already changing you for the better. Keep going.
You've got this. I believe in you.
Until tomorrow, my glam babies, keep shining bright.
- xo Rhi
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