This past year I really changed my work-out routine and it's really for the better. I mean, who doesn't want a work-out that takes about half the time of going to the gym, gets better results and doesn't require paying for a gym membership. I'll tell you my secret, it's Kettlebells!
See these 3 guys I have stashed in my garage? These really do the trick. I bought 2 to begin with, the 15# and 10#. I bought a cheap kettle bell DVD (which you really don't need to do) just to get the idea of how to do some exercises. I also checked-out a kettle bell book out at the library and did a youtube search for some exercises. Now I absolutely love it! And the best part, it's takes only 15-20 minutes to get a major workout. I instantly started seeing and feeling results. So now I go in my garage 3 mornings a week and turn on my music on my phone and really push it. It takes half the time that it used to take me to drive to the gym and do a weight work-out there. It's amazing! I won't post any exercises on here because I don't have any pics and I wouldn't want to tell anybody wrong. But there are plenty of resources out there. My husband got a kettlebell app on his phone that he really likes. A trainer talks him through all the exercises.
I also already had some hand weights and an exercise ball. I do sit-ups and push-ups with the ball, plus a few leg exercises. Then I add some upper body training with the weights. So now my total work-out time is 25 minutes which includes some good stretching too.
Now, on the days that I don't do kettle bells, I do pure cardio. Mostly I jog and occasionally bike. But I've found that also I can cut my 60 minutes of power walking down to 30 minutes of more intense jogging and get better results as well. I just thought I would encourage y'all that you really do not need a gym membership and a lot of time to stay in shape or get in shape. I'm living proof! : )