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Top 5 Favorites: Walking Workouts

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | August 21st, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Weight Loss | tags: abs, cardio, core, Debbie Rocker, exercise, gaiam tv, GaiamTV.com, hiking, kickboxing, Leslie Sansone, lower body, lunges, nordic walking, sculpting, thighs, Tina Vindum, treadmill, walk, walking, walking poles, walking workouts, weight-loss, workout

Walking Workouts

I love walking — outside, on a treadmill, whatever — but I have a little problem commonly known as lack of motivation. On days when it’s cold outside, or drizzly, or appears to be either of the above, I am easily dissuaded from working out … and easily persuaded to sleep the extra half hour instead. But I hate the “no cookie for you today” feeling of regret that not working out brings.

Lucky for me (and you!), GaiamTV.com has a ton of great walking workout videos. They’re perfect for working out at home — no weather restrictions, no too-loud-for-the-downstairs-neighbors cardio; just fun routines for burning calories.

My favorites combine upper-body strengthening with the lower-body workout. If they have gorgeous scenery, so much the better! These videos eliminate my excuses and, in time, my jeans size. Here are my top five favorites from Gaiam TV. I’m confident you’ll find at least one in here that will tempt you to pick up the pace.

6 Ways to Be Active with the One You Love

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | February 6th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home, Relationships, Weight Loss | tags: active, ballroom dancing, boyfriend, coffee, couples, dance, date activities, date ideas, date night, Fitness, girlfriend, Habitat for Humanity, health, hiking, husband, kick-boxing, kickboxing, lose-weight, love, movies, restaurant, romance, romantic, sex, significant other, The Special Olympics, Valentines Day, volunteer, walking, weight-loss, wife, wine, Yoga

Planning and scheduling time with those you love is obviously crucial to maintaining a healthy and happy relationship. We are all so busy these days that it’s always a good idea to schedule time to reconnect.

If you’re like most people, your dates/special times are based on “calories consumed,” whether that means eating at a new restaurant, getting snacks at a movie, meeting for a fancy coffee or a glass of wine after work. These things can be great ideas for spending time together but once in a while why not try  looking at the opportunity to be with those you love a little differently?

Plan your time with loved ones based on “calories burned.” What I mean is to pick activities to do together that are focused on being active and expending calories.

Exercise Shortcuts that Still Burn Big Calories

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | November 18th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Pilates | tags: burn-calories, cardio, exercise, exercise routine, exercise shortcuts, Fitness, kickboxing, pilates, short exercise, short workouts, time-efficient exercise, workout

freytagfeaturesquare2The most common reason people give for not getting enough exercise is: “I’m too busy.”

But remember that just because you are BUSY doesn’t mean you are ACTIVE! Being busy and being active are not synonymous. You can be busy all day long sitting at a desk or driving in a car without being active.

Cool Off and Stay Fit with Low-Impact Water Workouts

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | July 13th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Pilates, Weight Loss | tags: gentle exercise, kickboxing, low-impact workouts, pilates, running, summer exercise, walking, water aerobics, water equipment, water exercise, water workouts

Woman in water with dumbbels

Water workouts are the answer to beating the summer heat, adding low-impact variety to your workouts, and pumping up your summer fun!

Pools aren’t just for swimming laps. In fact, many of the physical activities we do on land can easily be done in the water — walking, running, aerobics, kickboxing and Pilates.