Lately I’ve been asked if I have lost weight. I may have lost a few pounds, but really my body is just more toned and therefore I look better. My eating habits haven’t changed that much, but I have been exercising with kettlebells and it shows. It took me a long time to find exercise that I like. I think that is the key to exercising consistently, doing exercise that you like. Over the last 12 months I have tried:
- Hooping (love it)
- Yoga (love it)
- Running (hate it)
- Pilates (love it)
- 30 Day Shred dvd by Jillian Michaels (like it okay, but boring doing the same thing)
- Wii EA Sports Active (love it)
- P90X (like it, but the workouts are so long, it’s like a full time job)
- Spin (hate it–okay, I’ve never even tried it, but it looks like I would hate it)
- Kettlebells (LOVE IT)
Out of all the exercises that I have tried, kettlebells are my absolute favorite. Kettlebells are incredible! In just 45 minutes (including warm-up and cool-down!) I get an intense cardio and strength workout that gets my heart pumping and works every muscle in my body. My workouts are different every time, so I don’t get bored, but yet they are based on a handful of very basic and fundamental kettlebell moves that anyone can learn with instruction.
There are several kettlebell dvds for sell on Amazon, but the actual kettlebells can be quite expensive. I bought one at Target to try at home with a dvd. I did that for a couple of weeks, determined that I liked it, and then found a local kettlebell class. After attending a workshop to learn proper technique and how to swing the kettlebell without hurting myself or anyone nearby, I signed up for a 3 month pass and attended faithfully 3 times a week. I was hooked! I highly recommend exercising with kettlebells if you want to get fit, have fun and do it in a minimal amount of time. I look and feel great.
Here’s a video that I made of a few basic kettlebell moves, just so you can get an idea of what’s involved. I am not an exercise instructor and I suggest that you find a kettlebell class near you to learn proper form and technique.
What’s your favorite form of exercise?