Working out can be a chore, but it’s a necessary one in my opinion. It can also be very rewarding and just make you feel pretty darn good about life. And it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Personally, I don’t bother with gym memberships. I don’t need any extra steps between me and a workout, such as packing a bag, scraping the ice off the truck in winter and driving somewhere. For the cost of one year’s gym membership, you should be able to buy some dumbbells and a couple of good workout dvd’s that will last you forever. Ok, maybe not forever, you might have to buy a new dvd once a year. On the other hand, if you have a gym next to your work and it’s convenient for you to visit every lunch hour, then go for it. Whatever works for you. Just work out. 20 minutes a day can make a big difference. I started with Jillian Michaels 20 minute workouts on her 30 Day Shred dvd. It changed my life. Originally it was hard and challenging (still is!) but as I got stronger and fitter I moved on to longer and harder workouts.
I’m not sure if this is what you would call cross-training, but I combine cardio workouts with cycling, running (when I am able) and strength training. It provides some variety, but it has also helped tone my body, which just feels good. I have also improved my cardiovascular health quite noticeably, although I suspect cycling has had the greatest effect on that. My strength training is mostly high-rep, low weight, so I’m not into bulking up, just toning up.
I try to alternate my workouts… strength every other day with core or cardio in between. My favourites are Bob Harper routines that vary from 45 to 66minutes in length.
I Like Bob : )