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Losing Weight Without Equipment
Most of you have probably had a New Years Resolution going for the past month now. I am sure it was probably to lose weight. How has that been working out for you? Did you sign up to the gym? Spend all that money and stop going? Most people associate losing weight with the gym, but some of the greatest success stories of weight loss never even left the house. Here is some real motivation for you: Unless you really find that you are only motivated at the gym, why not stay home and work out?
There must be a mental separation between the comfort of home and turning a certain area of the house into a workout zone. It could be the bedroom, the kitchen, the dining room, the living room, or the basement. You need enough room to move around, but you do not need an entire room for any workout you ever do.
People also tend to be turned off of “home gyms” because they think they have to populate it with a lot of heavy equipment and accessories. While you probably should be inspired to buy a few weights, a 5-pound and a 10-pound weight should suffice, though it is not a requirement for most workouts. Home workouts require you to use more of your own body weight for strength training, resistance, and cardio. You can definitely use your own body weight to lose weight, especially with push-ups, which are a favorite among some of the most fit people, and part of the daily regime in any branch of military.
Staying in the warm comfort of your own home is something to be desired. Never having to leave your house to exercise and lose weight might not be something for everyone, but there are certainly a lot of people who prefer it over going to a gym. Think of it as hibernation for a few months. If you have followed all the advice of the training videos you see, established a healthier diet, there is no way you should not be losing weight, and you might just emerge with a beach body or the body you have always dreamed of when the warmer months come.
I used to be against workout and training videos, thinking they did nothing and that you needed a gym and a personal trainer, but the truth is: The videos are your personal trainers, and you can lose weight and get the body you want by following many videos as your guidance. How do you know the videos work? The answers are always in the comments, especially if you find yourself navigating to YouTube for workout videos, in which there are an unlimited amount to be found, and something for everyone.
Some people might find one video trainer annoying and cannot stand their voice or the way they workout, not finding them inspirational or motivating at all. While I have tried many videos out there, there are definitely some where I find myself muting the video, doing the workout, and blasting some of my own music. Hispanic music is really great to get you going, or you could listen to harder rock or death metal, whichever your genre is.
Before you start muting and listening to music though, you will always want to participate and listen throughout the entire routine, at least once around, in order to understand it and know what is expected of you.
Here are just some training video programs you can find:
- 21-Day Body Fix
- Beach Body Workout
- Body Beast
- Brazilian Butt Lift
- Fitness Blender
- Focus T25
- Hip Hop Abs
- Les Mills Combat
- P90X (P90, P90X2, P90X3)
- Rockin’ Body
- Slim Series
- Tai Cheng
- Total Body Solution
Every one of these Home Fitness Training Programs is top-rated and they do work if you follow them with a healthy diet. They all come with similar routines and workouts, maybe different names, but they are all effective, and tough programs to follow. You will break a sweat and probably cry a little. Keep pushing through! Your discipline is your own and comes from within! I recommend you try all of these in your lifetime to figure out which ones you like best.
There are plenty of other training videos to be found and all of them will help you lose weight in some way. For sure, some are certainly better than others. The idea of every training program: If you are working out for at least a half hour to an hour a day and sweating, you will most likely lose weight. These videos are designed to get you moving, work your muscles, develop your core, and get in a basic workout routine daily. However, you may not find any of the professional training videos to your liking and if they turn you off, you should certainly aim to find something you like. After all, you are going to be spending everyday with the trainer and training video of your choice.
In fact, I find the training videos on YouTube more intense than some of the professional training videos above. YouTube also gives you a variety of trainers and you might just find one you like personally. Every workout routine, every trainer, every video comes with its own personality, so find the one you like, and stick to the routine.
If you find a routine easy or becoming too easy, you will always want to keep going for harder. Once your body becomes used to something, you burn less calories and are not likely to lose as much weight, despite what the video promotes or tells you.
Remember that in order for you to lose weight with any workout routine, you must examine your diet. Eating chocolate cake, drinking soda, stuffing your face with chips after a workout is not going to make you lose weight, no matter which video workout routine you use.
You must get in the mindset to change your diet. Your diet needs to change if nothing else is working and you are not losing weight. Losing weight is a lifestyle change and requires patience and sacrifice. These videos may not help you lose weight immediately, causing you to stay around the same weight for a few weeks, or gain a pound or two, because of the new muscle groups you are working, but with persistence, your body will begin to shed pounds.
Most people get discouraged from working out because they think it requires a lot of time. It requires some time, but not a lot. Can you spare a half hour to an hour a day? Look at your schedule and really figure out some way to fit a half hour in there. This will be your workout time. Most of the videos above as well as the videos on YouTube are as little as 10-minute workout routines, with the average being about 30-minutes, which are the ones you want, and there are plenty more that are more than an hour, for when you can dedicate more time to burning calories and losing weight.
You want to get your heart rate up and work out for no less than a half hour a day. The point of your workout is to sweat, to feel tired, exhausted, and to feel a little pain. Not pain enough that you feel like you are going to pass out, but pain enough to feel that you got your workout in for that day. You will definitely know whether you had a good workout or not after you are done. As almost every trainer tell you: Do not cheat during the workouts. If you cannot do a certain move, find the modified version and do that one. Keep moving.
Stop making excuses for why you cannot lose weight and start losing weight. No gym membership required. No heavy duty gym equipment required. Only a computer, an Internet connection, YouTube, a bottle of water, and a towel is likely all you will need, unless you are doing a certain program that may require more than that. Notice I did not even mention workout clothes in there. If you want to go naked, feel free, it is your home. Get on YouTube, search for workout videos, and get started today!