Thursday, February 25, 2016

How do you get your workout?

OK, so I was wondering what's the big deal with all these subscription based workouts? I've heard about them but have never been one to pay for videos when I can find them for free on YouTube and they are just as good, but I keep getting a notice of a free 30 day trial so I figured I would do a little looky lou and see what's the difference.
I found this article that gives there advice on the best streaming workouts and I went from there. Jessica Smith also does an article on streaming workouts, which I found interesting because I subscribe to her on YouTube and LOVE her!

DailyBurnThey advertise unbeatable variety. They offer 18 different programs from 8 different trainers. They also offer meal plans and suggestions about vitamins. If you like Bob Harper from Biggest Loser than this would be something you might like (although Bob Harper does have some free videos on YouTube.) Cost: 12.95/month

Beachbody: Just like DailyBurn, Beachbody offers 30 day free trial. Currently they have 11 programs which include the popular P90X and Insanity. There are 7 trainers which include Tony Horton and Shaun T. They also offer meal plans. Cost: 9.95/month

FitFusion: Now this one I didn't even know was out there until I watched an episode of the reality show Jillian Michaels is filming. Since it's a Jillian Michaels company you can get her videos and 39 other trainers have videos on this platform. It doesn't look like they offer the meal plan option, but clearly there is more videos to choose from. I did notice that some of the videos give you an option to rent for 2.99. Cost: 9.99/month

OK so since I touched on the paid options I want to share the free options which I use. I don't really need the meal plans because you can find those on Pinterest.

FitnessBlender: This is a married couple that have a wonderful website with options to create a workout calendar to track what you want to do. They have a wide variety of choices. I do find that sometimes they move to slow for me but it's free and they put a lot of work into it so I use them often.

PopSugar/FitSugar: There are many different trainers and guess trainers on this site. There are also videos for all body parts and experience levels. I don't use them often but I have found a few good videos I go back to.

JessicaSmithTV:  She is so fun to follow along with. She has videos for whatever your interests are and her voice doesn't annoy me (which if you follow me, you know I have a problem with).

Monday, February 22, 2016

Motivation to Move it on a Monday!

Well, after a wonderful weekend hiking.... I can't deny the pain in my foot anymore. I have a bunion. It is not something I ever would've thought that I would end up with, but since I started my fitness journey over a year ago I have had a lot going on with my body that I never thought I'd have to worry about, so why not a bunion! 

What is a bunion you ask? Yea I didn't know either. It was just something I thought really old women got and they always wanted someone to rub it, haha (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation) so I had to look it up.

A bunion is an unnatural, bony hump that forms at the base of the big toe where it attaches to the foot. Yea, not at all what I pictured in my head but it would explain all the pain I have been having. 

How on earth did I get a bunion? 

Bunions develop when the pressures of bearing and shifting your weight fall unevenly on the joints and tendons in your feet. This imbalance in pressure makes your big toe joint unstable, eventually molding the parts of the joint into a hard knob that juts out beyond the normal shape of your foot.

 I guess I can see it with all the working out that I have been doing. I stopped using my treadmill for cardio and have been doing a lot more activities that require a lot of uneven footfalls. 

What am I suppose to do?? I am NOT going to stop working out..again. My Dr. just made me do that for a week a few weeks ago and it was horrible!! So I bought this fun contraption to wear at night.

And came up with this workout that has none of the jumping around I normally do. I will do a 5 minute warm up on my elliptical and try to get my steps in during the day.