First Time Mom and Losing It: Have Fun Exercising For Free!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Have Fun Exercising For Free!


I just started incorporating extra activity and exercise into my daily routine. I don't want to commit to a gym yet because I want to make sure I don't have an excuses to not go, and waste my money. I want to slowly prepare my body before I jump on those treadmills and weight machines.

This is how I have fun exercising and do it for free:

YOUTUBE: You can search for any type of exercise class you want to do and they will probably have it. Some of them are actual gym classes like Zumba that you can do at home without having to step outside or pay for a gym. Most of the videos are about 3-5 minutes long so I just make a playlist of about 30 minutes long with a warm up and cool down.


You can also find longer full exercise DVDs like Lisa Sansone's 3 Mile Walk.


MAGAZINES: I follow a lot of freebie and deal blogs and sites so I have a whole bunch of magazines subscriptions for free. Fitness magazine has some awesome workouts with great pictures you can just rip out, save and follow. If you don't have a magazine subscription you can just go on their site and find some of their workouts for free like the The Metabolism-Boosting Superset Workout. The workouts are shown in great slide shows with clear pictures on how to do the moves and sometimes are accompanied by videos.

TV ON DEMAND: I am not sure about other cable tv suscriptions but with ours we get free On Demand. We have a channel called MagRack which will let you watch On Demand videos whenever you want and let you rewind, fast-forward and pause like a regular DVD. They have fun exercise videos like dancing, strength training and yoga that they cycle every few weeks so you never get bored.

MUSIC: I don't know about you, but every time I hear one of my favorite songs I have to get up and dance or just move around. I use Pandora on my iPhone and play it with my favorite 90s music every time I clean. It really makes me clean longer and not even think about what I am doing. Every now and then my daughter will join me and dance. I'll just pick her up and dance the whole song with her. Adding an extra 25 pounds to your dancing will make you burn more calories! Of course taking a nice long walk with some great music works too.

TIMER: To make sure I don't sit for too long and watch TV or Blog I set a timer to go off every hour. When I hear that timer go off I set another timer for 30 minutes and stay standing doing something like organizing or cleaning. There is always something you can clean or organize especially with a toddler around. I will do this all day until around 8 PM.

What are some ways that you have fun exercising for free?

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26 comments:

  1. Thank you for the reminder. I need to get my butt up off the couch. It's been too cold to go outside and I know I would feel better with some exercise.

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  2. Love your timer idea; I definitely need that. The on demand cable videos are great for me when I do something I'm terrible at, like yoga. Then I don't have to be embarrassed in public!

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  3. These are great tips, I never thought to look on Youtube for workout videos. Ill have to look some up. Thank you for the ideas.

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  4. I have wanted to try Zumba but never thought of looking it up on youtube! Thanks for the tips!

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  5. I do Zumba at home, and most of the videos I use came from YouTube, Too. :)

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  6. I never thought to check out Youtube! Great idea! I will do that. I joined a gym but never seems to be able to make it there. This is perfect - I can Zumba in my office at home! Thanks again!

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  7. Great idea! I never even thought to check out YouTube for Zumba videos! I've been doing it on my Wii but this is much better!

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  8. I have Zumba on the X box but I like mixing it up with You-Tube videos too!

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  9. I would love to do more exercise. That's a great idea for Zumba on Youtube. I have friends who do Zumba and love it but there is no where local to do so.

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  10. I love YouTube too. You can find almost anything on there you need. Thanks for sharing! I need to incorporate more exercise into my day!

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  11. On windy cold days I dance inside. I also go up and down the stairs.

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  12. Awesome idea! I don't know why I never thought of this. It is so much more comfortable being able to exercise in the comfort of your own home. Thank you for the great tips!

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  13. AWESOME! Once this baby is born and I get the go from my doctor, I am getting back on my weightloss journey track! :D

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  14. I'm not much on actual exercising lol but I have picked up a few things I do occasionally from magazines over the years. I'm sure youtube is full of useful videos.

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  15. Great exercising tips! I love the timer idea! I have never tried zumba but have heard everyone around me talking about it. I will have to look it up on you tube! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I love me some Leslie Sansone...when I am not yelling at her on the screen :)

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  17. What A Great Idea & All In The Comfort Of Your Own Home!!

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  18. I love the idea of exercising in home with you tube. Great ideas thank you!

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  19. Music really does get you moving. I used to do videos years ago (VHS, haha...Billy Blanks and his Tae Bo was my friend). I love the idea of doing it via YouTube!

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  20. Hpw do you make a playlist on youtube? I might try that so I can exercise away from home.

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  21. I have been using YouTube to exercise for years. I follow Zuzana Light for her workouts.

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  22. I absolutely love Zumba. I used to go twice a week, but lately I have just been really busy. It definitely is a fun way to exercise because you actually have fun doing it!

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  23. I love that walking youtube routine. I definitely subscribed. That is a video that the kids and I can easily do together!

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  24. I need to get my body moving tomorrow. I'm needing some fitness.

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  25. I had no idea about On Demand but after looking, WOW. So many amazing fitness shows--thanks for sharing!

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  26. I never thought about looking for Zumba on Youtube!! I have always want to do Zumba, but with little ones, I can't get to a class. I'll do this! Thank you!

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