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I have a year to make a body overhaul - where shall I start?

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LilyLuna Sun 26-Jul-15 09:09:40

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TheImprobableGirl Sun 26-Jul-15 09:13:20

It depends on the results and intensities you want tbh. I find the davina home dvds easy to get into and build up, I have the 15 minute fit and 7 minute fit which you can build together depending on stamina and how much time you have!

The other devotees tend to head towards the 30 day shred with Jillian Michaels, which I found a bit too intense tbh! My fitness pal is a good way to track exercise and food imo and gave me a great boost

chamerion Sun 26-Jul-15 09:23:48

You might be able to try out some fitness DVDs from the library, before you buy?

Popchik9 Sun 26-Jul-15 09:29:26

The 10 minute solutions series of DVDs are very good although I find the Pilates one a bit hard. 30 day shred DVD is fab.

LilyLuna Sun 26-Jul-15 13:25:12

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Muddlewitch Sun 26-Jul-15 13:27:07

A lot of the exercise DVDs are available on you tube if you want to have a look/go before deciding which is best for you.

RhinestoneCowgirl Sun 26-Jul-15 13:27:23

I do yoga at home, it's not an instant fitness thing but I have definitely noticed that I am stronger and bit more 'toned'.

KeyserSophie Mon 27-Jul-15 05:42:12

Whatever you decide, I would advise laying our your exercise stuff the night before and putting it straight on when you get up. Much harder to avoid doing the exercise when you're dressed for it. I know this sounds stupid, but it really works. I am a runner, and sometimes, if I've had a bad night with the DC, I really CBA, but if i just put my kit on, by the time I've had a cuppa and half an hour to wake up, I'm actually fine and head out, whereas if I dont put the kit on, I've half made the decision not to do it, or "do it later" (i.e. never).

If you fancy running, Couch to 5k (NHS app) is a great beginners program.

yumyumpoppycat Tue 28-Jul-15 12:54:51

DVDs can be pretty cheap depending which ones you go for so no need to get bored!

My top tip would be to exercise as early in the morning as possible otherwise life gets in the way.

yumyumpoppycat Tue 28-Jul-15 12:56:08

I would second 10 minute solutions and lots of those are on you tube or cheap on amazon.

GarminGirl Tue 28-Jul-15 13:06:46

Hire a treadmill and run at home?

PiggyBeekman Tue 28-Jul-15 13:08:26

Google Fitness Blender - they have a YouTube channel with hundreds of videos, it's a husband and wife team. They have programs you can download and follow, or just pick your own. You can choose varying times, intensities, focus areas. I also like that there is no background music, so you can put your own on! Plus it's free. Good luck with it.

LilyLuna Fri 31-Jul-15 10:46:19

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CMOTDibbler Fri 31-Jul-15 10:58:21

I work from home, and run/cycle/swim at lunchtime - before I started doing that it was very easy to just be indoors all day, and I feel much better for getting out in the daylight.

I put on my running kit first thing, so I'm then straight out as soon as I'm ready to go, and also run to the pool to minimise extra time.

mildlymiffed Fri 31-Jul-15 11:02:21

If you have enough expendable cash I'd advise getting a personal trainer (one that could come to your home) and ask them to put together 3 different programmes that you could do alone. They'd also ensure that you were doing the exercises correctly which I think is really important if you haven't exercised in a while! Where I live there are quite a few that specialise in post natal women.

Billabong21 Fri 31-Jul-15 14:37:09

I agree with Mildly, a personal trainer is definitely the way to go. You'lI get lots of sensible nutritional advice and they will correct your form as well as motivate you. I know it's not cheap BUT I just say to myself, "I'm WORTH IT!"

LilyLuna Sat 01-Aug-15 08:15:00

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Purplevicki Sun 02-Aug-15 15:20:58

Don't be embarrassed to go (I know you have said that finances won't allow for that at present) because you have to start somewhere. It is their job to show you how and to push you which is something that I need.

Maybe it is something to think about for the future.

Purplevicki Sun 02-Aug-15 15:22:40

Forgot to add that I have have a bit of an obsession with the rebounder - mini trampoline - and YouTube!

paxtecum Sun 02-Aug-15 15:25:23

Go for a brisk 30 minute walk as well.

Blueskies80 Sun 02-Aug-15 15:27:50

30 day shred! You can get it on you tube. You'll need a base level of fitness for it although nothing more than walking a few times a week IMO. Good luck. It's so hard not to prioritise yourself but it is really worth investing the time. I felt so much better when I started to do this.

ZetaPu Sun 02-Aug-15 15:30:23

I know you asked about exercise but are you watching what you eat too?
Im fairly active (cycling once a week, lots of walking, running once a week, spinning class, DVD if I feel I haven't done enough) and most weeks I lose no weight because I can't stick to a diet and give in to toast and cheese sandwiches too often.

MyFriendsCallMeOh Sun 02-Aug-15 15:37:41

I work from home and find it difficult to exercise here because I'm always distracted by work, housework etc so sign up for classes at my local recreation centre. Once the kids go back to school I am doing aqua cross fit 3 times a week on the way back from school drop off. Might be an option to find something like this?

Great idea to lay out clothes the night before. My dh goes to a class at his gym 3 times a week, puts his suit in the car the night before so has to dress in gym gear in the morning, no choice!

Also a word about working from home and losing weight..... Having a fully stocked fridge and cupboards available all day is not helpful! I'm still working on a way round this but try to keep fruit on my desk so I'm not opening kitchen cupboards looking for a snack.....

MyFriendsCallMeOh Sun 02-Aug-15 15:39:07

I've also just seen a fb post about a uni reunion next summer, could also do with overhauling in the next 12 months!

MrsMook Wed 05-Aug-15 23:01:54

If I'm planning on an early exercise session, I put my clean workout clothes on at bedtime! For a run I can then be out of the door 10 minutes after my alarm, not bad for a champion procrastinator.

I learnt to run using C25k podcasts, and still use them when I'm on a short run and pressed for time. I also use the Shred and 10 minute solutions videos for quick strength / flexibility workouts.

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