Prepare to ‘Bare’: Getting Ready to Work Out

Prepare to ‘Bare’: Getting Ready to Work Out

 

Yoga-ss_shot_6-009Dear DTB Challengers,

It’s Wednesday, and we’ve got six days until the Project Blissful & MTM Body ‘Dare to Bare’ 8-Week Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge gets underway. Yesterday, we discussed planning what we’ll be eating for the duration of the challenge. Today, we’re  focusing on preparing mentally and physically for the exercise we’ll be doing during the eight weeks.

Ask Yourself a Few Questions

  •  What kind of exercise will you do, and how often?
  • What will you wear?
  • Do you have everything you need to do it?

Decide in advance how you’ll workout, where you’ll do it, how often and even what you’ll be wearing. If you need equipment, get it now. Special shoes, workout clothes, sports bra? Make sure you’ve got everything you need in time to get started on Tuesday.

Learn more about the Dare to Bare Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge.

You could simply walk or jog in your neighborhood, or you could consider picking up a workout DVD (I love the Insanity series), or check out a bunch of free workout videos I’ve collected here on the site from YouTube. If you’ve got a gym membership, use it now! Whatever you do, just plan to get at least 60 minutes of exercise, five days a week. You can do this in increments of 10 to 30 minutes—or you can do one long workout. It doesn’t matter how you move, just that you do it and do it safely. (And, in my opinion, you should try to enjoy it! This is not punishment—this is you celebrating the awesomeness that is your own body!)

Sign up for the Dare to Bare Challenge for free!

As for me, I’ll be working out in addition to trying to meet my step goal each day during our challenge, and Jamie, our challenge partner and MTM Body founder, tells me she’ll be doing the same. That’s right, Jamie and I are doing this challenge with you! And we won’t ask you to do anything we wouldn’t do!

Are you preparing for the challenge? What kind of workouts do you plan to do? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.

Next up: How will you keep track of your food intake and exercise progress?

 

Love Yourself Fitness Challenge: What is your favorite workout routine?

Love Yourself Fitness Challenge: What is your favorite workout routine?

Click photo to see how I lost 100 pounds. Not a sales tactic or pitch--just my story. I'm telling it to try to help people who are where I was 100 pounds ago!

This is me–in both pics. Click photo to see how I lost 100+ pounds (and counting!). Not a sales tactic or pitch–just my story. I’m telling it because I want to help others who are dealing with what I dealt with as the “before” version. <3

If you’re already involved in the Love Yourself Fitness Challenge, then you’re already doing

some kind of exercise, right? If not, consider this your friendly nudge to get moving!

All we ask is that you do 15 minutes of intentional exercise each day.

If you’ve already been doing your 15 minutes, consider adding a second session to your day–whether consecutive or not.

What’s intentional exercise?

For our purposes, intentional exercise is defined as workout time that is done for the sake of just moving your body.

It doesn’t count if you would have had to do it anyway. (For example, the 15-minute walk from your train to your office doesn’t count unless you used to just drive to the office.)

Ask yourself: What is your favorite workout routine?

It can be something informal, such as dancing or walking. It could be something fun, like playing Just Dance or Wii Tennis with your kids.

Or maybe, it’ll be something a little saucier–say, a spirited romp with your life partner or spouse?

Nearly any physical activity will do, but today, let’s talk about more formal or organized workout programs. Check out some of my favorite free workout videos right here.

Need some help? Here are a few of my favorite workout routines and programs.

While I love me some Leslie Sansone and just about anything that teaches me how to dance, I have recently developed some new favorites–mostly due to the fact that they are giving me extremely noticeable results in a shorter period of time.

Here’s my list, which, to be honest, also includes just about anything from Beachbody.com!

Some of my personal favorites include:

Now it’s your turn! What are your favorite workout routines? Share them with the Project Blissful community in the comments section, below!

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Still looking for the best workout routine for you? Check out my favorites as well as those from the community!

Love Yourself Fitness Challenge: What is your favorite workout routine?

Love Yourself Fitness Challenge: Time to Check In!

love urself

Dear Love Yourself Challengers,

It’s time to check in! How have you done so far with the 60-Day Love Yourself Fitness Challenge?

This stuff matters! Love yourself enough to do it each day.

It’s not too late to get involved! Sign up for the Love Yourself 60-Day Fitness Challenge free, right here.

Today‘s Bliss Mission: Focus on What’s Important

Today’s Fit Tip: Get More Sleep!

Don’t Forget: YouTube is full of free workout videos!

If you’re like me, you sometimes get bored with your workout and you don’t want to go spend money on new workout DVDs or equipment without testing the merchandise first.

So hit YouTube and type in what you’re looking for–and most likely, you’ll find it–maybe even a full version of it. For example, I made this “sexy workouts” playlist awhile back.

Today’s Fit Mission: Try Something New (On YouTube)

Your mission today is to find one workout video on YouTube that you can do–and to do it! It can even be a short one–five to fifteen minutes. Super fun! Try it and let me know which one you did.

Don’t want to waste your time looking? I’ve got you covered. Just try this one instead–it’s fun and just 10 minutes long!

 

About the Video

example wraps before adn after 5th wrapDirty DancingDo You Love Me” Workout is a fat-burning, dance-inspired cardio exercise that uses official dance steps and music from the hit movie, Dirty Dancing. Get ready to sculpt a lean, sexy dancer’s body and melt away the pounds as you learn to move like Baby and Johnny. You will have a blast with this series of effective metabolism-boosting moves set to the sensational song, “Do You Love Me.”

Emulate your favorite characters originally played by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as you tone your body, boost your heart rate, and dance your way to your weight loss goal. This workout features easy to follow moves from Dancer’s, Tracey Mallett and John Byrne that are perfect for any skill level. If you are a fan of this 1980’s classic, this is the workout for you! Click this link for more Dance Workouts: http://bit.ly/yuyL4H

This workout is from John Byrne & Tracey Mallett’s DVD “Dirty Dancing Official Dance workout”.

For full selection of great workouts like this one, visit the BeFit Channel on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/befit

Love Yourself Fitness Challenge: What is your favorite workout routine?

Love Yourself Fitness Challenge: Check Yourself

love urself

Dear Love Yourself Challengers,

It’s time to check in! How have you done so far with the 60-Day Love Yourself Fitness Challenge?

This stuff matters! Love yourself enough to do it each day.

It’s not too late to get involved! Sign up for the Love Yourself 60-Day Fitness Challenge free, right here.

Today’s Bliss Mission: Learn How to Get Along With Almost Anyone

Today’s Fit Tip: YouTube is full of free workout videos!

If you’re like me, you sometimes get bored with your workout and you don’t want to go spend money on new workout DVDs or equipment without testing the merchandise first.

So hit YouTube and type in what you’re looking for–and most likely, you’ll find it–maybe even a full version of it. For example, I made this “sexy workouts” playlist awhile back.

Today’s Fit Mission: Try Something New (On YouTube)

Your mission today is to find one workout video on YouTube that you can do–and to do it! It can even be a short one–five to fifteen minutes. Super fun! Try it and let me know which one you did.

Don’t want to waste your time looking? I’ve got you covered. Just try this one instead–it’s fun and just 10 minutes long!

 About the Video

example wraps before adn after 5th wrapFat-Burning Hip Hop Mix: Hip Hop Workout uses high-energy hip-hop dance steps to blast fat and tone the entire body. Bump off the pounds and sculpt lean muscle while enjoying every second of it with pro trainer and choreographer, Billy Blanks Jr. Billy’s fluid and easy to learn dance routines combined with his energetic, positive demeanor just go to show that weight loss can be fun. Whether you are advanced or just starting out, you are sure to have a great experience with this workout! For more great dance workouts, click here: http://bit.ly/yuyL4H

This workout is from Billy Blanks Jr. DVD “Fat-Burning Hip Hop Mix”.

For full selection of great workouts like this one, visit the BeFit Channel on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/befit

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