Have you tried any home workout programs or do you prefer going to the gym?
Which home workout program has worked for you?
Why do you prefer one over the other?
The other option you haven't mentioned is to work out with XBOX360 Kinect games which tracks your body movements. It's fun and you don't even feel like you're working out. Also I like working out at home because of the privacy and I can go at my own pace.
Very interesting question as health and fitness are my subjects of real interest. I am also a proponent of weight training. But I do recommend aerobic and flexibility exercises since all these should be included in a balanced exercise program.
For the last 27 years, I have been doing mainly workouts at home. I have gone to gyms to workout sometimes although I have helped some institutions to set up their own gyms. I have weights of different poundage with which i workout regularly. I don't use machines at homes. I regularly go to a nearby park for walking since I prefer to walk in natural environment.
I find that it is convenient and time saving to perform workout at home since it doesn't affect adversely one's routine. At the same time, one can easily fit home workout in one's daily routine and therefore maintain a consistency of workout, which sometimes is difficult to maintain with workout in the gym unless it is nearby. One can maintain a treadmill or elliptical machine and a some weights at home to do the workout. I personally find that this is sufficient to do a good workout at home provided one has reasonable knowledge to use them effectively.
My home workout includes strength training with weights for five days , walking for 45 minutes for five days and stretching for two days a week. I do weight training and stretching at home and go to a park for walking.
I combined a few home workout programs and used them each day to lose 5 pounds in a month. There was a workout blog basically on youtube where they posted a new video each day for me to workout to. However, I didn't always have the equipment so I would adapt similar actions. The workouts only lasted 15 minutes, I didn't have to go anywhere, and didn't feel awkward around other people. So never again am I going to pay to go to a gym when I can enjoy it better in my home.
I have not really tried using a gym on a regular basis but I exercise at home almost every day. For my home workouts I have used some exercise DVDs and my Wii. The sports games provide me with some exercise and Wii Fit has some good body weight exercises. For the DVDs I have a tai chi, qigong and a tai bo DVD. They are all good.
Mostly I just make up my own exercise routines. There are tons of different exercises you can do at home and if you run out of ideas you can learn new exercises on the internet. Besides working out and playing sports games on the Wii I like to do outdoor activities. Recently I have been doing a lot of body weight exercises and I found a tree branch I can use to do pull ups. I have also been jumping rope a lot lately.
Mike, your discussion of jumping rope toggled my memory about a DVD trailer I saw on youtube when I was doing my research. Fast forward to 2:16 and check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KTJI6549bw I have used the pushup routine myself.
With young children, I prefer working out at home. We go for walks in the park together and I lift weights while they play. Of course, they like to exercise with me or dance while I work out. I figure there's no better way to teach them to have an active lifestyle than to do it with me.
I prefer going to exercise classes as I find it hard to motivate myself at home. I find the Gym boring so group exercise classes are the best way for me.
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I tried p90x its gets you result, but once I'm finish I will start hitting the gym.
I just wrote a hub in regards to my personal use of home workout programs. I don't prefer going to the gym because home workout programs offer a disciplined approach to exercising that I enjoy doing and the results produced.
While I like to go to the gym to use the different machines, I will stay at home to do my yoga and pilates. I used Comcast OnDemand workouts and they provide me the variety I need.
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