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Welcome to the second part of this series! Part one you can read about here. This was just the introduction to being more active with little steps I practice everyday, even if I am having a hard day physically, I always try to move around in some way.
Having physical limitations can make normal exercise almost impossible at times, and it can get very frustrating. Or perhaps you just haven’t exercised in so long, you can’t find the motivation to start.
That is where easy home workouts come in! I live out of town a little bit, and we don’t have any gyms around or options for classes. When my husband and I lived in California, we lived next to about five gyms, and I had hundreds of class options for anything I could think of. It was really nice and I must say, I miss it!
Texas is very spread out and not as hard core on fitness, so the last few years I have been playing around with different affordable home workout programs to see which I liked best, which ones were actually effective, and which ones I could do even with bad rheumatoid arthritis.
The AWESOME thing about these affordable home workout programs is they work even for healthy people that enjoy working out. They are great for everyone!
If you follow me on snapchat (alexisroch), you have probably seen a few snippets of these here and there. I try to do a few of these a week!
Alright, here is my list of easy, affordable home workout programs!
One. 10 minute Pilates DVD’s
There is nothing better than a 10 minute workout. And Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise since it targets all those tiny muscles all over your body. These are my favorite ones:
If you workout all the time, these DVD’s are fun to just add to your routine anyways. Sometimes I get so busy during the day, I don’t have time to do anything, so I pop in one of these, and in 10 minutes, I have a workout done. I rotate them out to keep them effective, but I am always a little sore the next day!
They work well toning my legs and I love the stretching involved!
I have been following Lauryn’s blog, The Skinny Confidential, since 2011 and I love her workout tips. I have absolutely loved this program so far! It is about 25 minutes per workout, 3 days a week and I am ALWAYS sore afterwards. It has been great at toning my stomach and legs!
You can also buy these as just phase 1 or phase 2 instead of both. Phase 1 is less advanced, but it still difficult. Phase 2, I am a few weeks into and it is a little more intense. They are both awesome workouts that you can keep forever too!
I have really bad RA in my elbows, wrists, and hands, so there are a few of the moves I struggle with. I just swap out another exercise for those moves, but I can do pretty much everything else which is great for me!
Many workout programs like this are too complex for me to do with my bad joints!
Three. Tracy Anderson’s Arm Workout
This video is an awesome, weight free, arm workout! I have been following Tracy Anderson’s workout videos for a few years since I first read about her training celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna.
As I mentioned before, I can’t do normal arm workouts with bad elbows and wrists, so I really love this arm workout. I am always pretty sore afterwards and it doesn’t aggravate my joints!
Even if you have healthy joints, this is still a great workout!
Four. Dancing Videos!
You may not know this about me, but I am OBSESSED with dancing! It was a life changer for me in high school when I wasn’t able to do athletics anymore with RA. My all time favorite movies involve dancing, I love Dancing with the Stars…I just really love dancing and wish I could do more of it.
I love dancing of all kinds, but really love hip hop and Latin for cardio workouts. When I was dancing all the time, my legs were in the best shape they’ve ever been in.
This Hip Hop aerobic video is a fun for beginners.
I also love Zumba, and this is a good home video for that!
Another dance option is on PlayStation or Xbox. There are some really fun programs for either that are a blast and a great workout! That is what we are doing above, my friend is behind me (we have been dancing together for over 20 years 🙂 )
Five. Ab Workout DVD
I am extremely picky about ab workouts because I build muscle so fast. Many ab programs just make my ab muscles expand, which is not something you want! If you want to specifically workout your ab muscles, this Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs DVD has been the best one I have tried.
I really love how it has unique moves and standing movements. Those target and work my stomach way more effectively than sitting crunches.
There are some videos on you tube you can watch as well for crunch less ab workouts, but I like the length and difficulty of this DVD!
So there is my top list of affordable home workout programs that actually work and are fairly easy! Again, these are not only great if you have physical limitations, but also if you just want to get more toned!
If you are a beginner and have physical issues, you can read my top three ways to stay in shape when you are not doing well physically. That is a great place to start!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, but these are my own personal experiences with working out with rheumatoid arthritis and other health issues. Always consult a doctor before you start any program 🙂