All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me or were given to my boys by their indulgent grandparents.
When I made my resolution to lose weight this year, I knew I was going to have to exercise.
I looked into returning to the gym but the class schedule didn’t fit in with my schedule: the classes I would want to take were right smack in the middle of the mornings, leaving me with just a short time before and after class when I would be child-free. Or they were at night, when my boys have homework and sports practices.
Normally, I find excuses not to work out at home, saying “I’ll do it later ” or “oh, I just have to finish this one thing and then I’ll do it” but then never actually getting around to working out.
But since I was really committed to making changes, I knew I’d be able to workout at home. So, I took over my boys’ Xbox One(a very nice Christmas present from their grandparents- do NOT tell their cousins how spoiled my boys were this year).
I started with Zumba Fitness World Party. What is different about doing zumba on the Xbox One is that the Kinect sensor follows your movements and tells you how you are doing: you get stars for how much energy you are expending and a “Zumba” when you perform moves perfectly.
This was a great way for me to start since there are classes as short as 20 minutes and as long as an hour, with varying intensities. Plus, I actually like Zumba, so it didn’t seem like I was torturing myself(at least, not completely).
But after two months(and losing 15 pounds), I hit a plateau (which can’t possibly have anything to do with my baking obsession and eating things like chocolate peanut butter pie), so I wanted to try other workouts.
The awesome thing about xbox one is that there is a fitness channel with tons of free workouts. Or free with xbox live gold until the end of 2014, anyway. If you have an xbox one, check out the fitness channel to see all that is offered.
Beachbody workouts like Rockin’ Body and Insanity. Tracy Anderson Transform, P90x, 10 Minute Solutions, MOSSA workouts, and Jillian Michaels. There’s enough variety to keep you from getting bored.
Plus, the Kinect shows how you are doing on the screen with helpful hints like “kick higher” or “use your arms” or even “awesome job” based on how your workout is going. At various points in the workouts, it will tell you how you are doing compared to others in your age/gender group, and how you are doing compared to your average or best performance in a given workout. I’m thankful that I’m now in the 36-45 age range instead of the 26-35.
I’m a reluctant exerciser and can be a bit of a slacker, only thinking I’m really putting forth the effort when I’m really not, so this is a particularly useful feature for me.
Currently, I’m working on week one of Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30… and I’m sore. For this workout, only week one is free: weeks 2-4 are $9.99 total, which isn’t bad. I want to get through the first week to see if I will want to pay to continue or if I want to try another free workout(Jillian sort of terrifies me, but I’m trying to get past the 15 pound loss mark so I figured I’d give her a shot).
Who knew that when my boys were begging Santa and their grandparents for an xbox that I would end up using it almost every day?