So swimming was closed today, so I had to do some other workout. I picked an online video workout.
Now, I have a lot of experience with online video workouts. We used to use them a LOT one semester when C, N and I used to get together and exercise, and we used them in the beginning of this semester too (though we didn’t keep up with it). I have a database of almost a hundred videos of various types so I’m never bored doing the same one over and over again. Workout videos are a good way to exercise when you have a million excuses for yourself – too hot outside, no equipment, no money, no time – no problem.
What I look for in a video
- Approximately 30 minutes (though I’ve done some which are longer)
- Good quality
- Can be done at home
- Available freely (and not illegally)
- Doesn’t require any equipment
Review: Jessica Smith TV
Jessica Smith TV has to be one of my favorite youtube channels. Jessica herself is fun, bubbly and encouraging (and has the most adorable dog). While her entire vibe is laid-back, but her workouts themselves are extremely professional: she’ll almost always have a warm-up and cool-down included, and her workouts always make me sweat and feel like I’ve done some real activity. Though she has “cool down” moves in the middle so you don’t get too tired, she doesn’t stop for even one minute so you keep moving throughout the video. She’s also really easy to follow – the workout I did today had moves I recognized from my aerobics classes, but they were much easier to follow than my actual aerobics class. I’ve done a number of workouts by and her and I always feel TIRED (or stretched, depending on the video) at the end of her workouts (which isn’t always the case with youtube workouts). Her workouts are often low-impact, so you don’t even need shoes. She has loads of videos with zero equipment (or things like towels or chairs) on a variety of topics (flexibility, strength and cardio). Also, her workouts can be done at home – if I can do them in my small cramped hostel room, you can do them anywhere!
Today I did the Dance Party workout. Its a really fun workout and isn’t too difficult (though you can make it as tough as you like by adding more jumping around, I was quite tired after 30 minutes of doing exactly what she did). Like most of Jessica’s videos, I didn’t even think this required shoes (though if you have knee trouble you may want them). No other equipment was needed. Space was a little cramped on this one but it was okay. Plus, the music was really fun 80s and 90s pop music – think Spice Girls and Walk Like an Egyptian, which I really had fun with. I love dance workouts.
Some of my other favorites are the Cardio Ballet workout (this one is TOUGH – I can barely ever do 30 minutes unless I’ve been working out a lot that week, and I was aching all over later) and the Flexibility Stretch – this one just makes me feel so relaxed. I love doing it on lazy sundays.
Review Summary: I was red-faced, smiling and satisfied at the end of the workout and I didn’t have to get out of my room or spend more than 30 minutes. You should do it too!