While it’s common knowledge that exercise provides several benefits – such as increased energy and stamina, weight loss and overall optimal health, there are many people who still find it challenging to fit a workout into their lives.
Busy schedules and lack of motivation are two of the most common reasons as to why people don’t get enough exercise in.
Other reasons have to do with:
- Poor weather conditions.
- Insufficient funds for a gym membership, personal trainer or exercise equipment.
- Not wanting to work out in public.
- Not knowing how to get started.
- Dislike for exercise in general.
But while these and other reasons keep people from adding physical activity into their daily routine, they still want to reap the rewards hat a regular health and fitness program has to offer. They just need something to get them started.
Something they would actually enjoy.
Well as it turns out, I have some good news.
There is a way you can get a fantastic workout – right in the comfort of your own home!
Leslie Sansone’s “Walk at Home”
If you haven’t yet heard of Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home programs, then you’ll be happy you found this post.
While she started out with a few aerobics classes in her health club in the 80s, Leslie has, since then, built a legacy that has changed people’s lives for the better thanks to her innovative in-home walking programs.
I first discovered her workout routines while I was browsing through the On Demand options through my cable television company several years ago because I looking for an exercise program to follow along with.
I noticed she had a one-mile jog in place video, so I checked it out.
Now, before I found Leslie’s workouts, I had never considered spending any length of time walking in place in my living room.
It just wasn’t something I had given any thought to because to be quite honest…I would have figured that walking in place would be really…
However, after doing some research into her programs (and trying them out for myself), I was thrilled to discover an abundance of enjoyable ways to engage in a walking program in my environment, on my terms and in the privacy of my own home.
I have used her programs over the years and have never gotten bored.
The time goes by quickly, and whether I use one of her programs alone, or following a strength training session, I know I can count on one of her videos to bring a sense of well-being to my life regardless of the level of intensity I’m in the mood for that day.
The Walk at Home programs range anywhere from one mile walks up to five and include multi-muscle groups while incorporating strength training moves into the routines designed to offer a variety of options for people of any and all fitness levels.
But while I could go on and on about the physical benefits of her programs, I’ll share what I happen to like the most.
I know what it’s like to be out of shape and insecure about it (especially in front of others).
Under these circumstances, even if you are alone in your own home working out to a video, you still feel a level of intimidation because perhaps you can’t keep up with the exercise instructor, nor the well-conditioned people demonstrating the exercises behind him/her.
In Leslie’s videos, she lets you know that whether you can follow along with her or not, you are in a judgment free zone. The only thing that matters is that you’re MOVING.
Eventually, you’ll pick up the pace….
You’ll become co-ordinated…
And you’ll increase your time and stamina in a safe way (which is always the right way).
The people who accompany her in her videos (when she isn’t alone in them) vary in age and size. Everyone is simply happy to have a program that is not only functional but user-friendly.
If you have been looking for a way to incorporate exercise into your life, I think you’ll find her programs realistic and enjoyable.
Walk Your Way Fit
To give you a demonstration of how her program works, I’m sharing one of her basic walk at home videos, separated into two parts. Each video demonstrates a one-mile walk.
In this video, Leslie introduces the basic movements she uses in her programs.
The music tempo is slow enough to allow you to follow along if you’re a beginner, although the pace picks up a bit throughout the program.
She also demonstrates how to get the arms involved to make things more challenging and offer a more advanced workout.
This workout involves all 3 planes of movement (sagittal/frontal/transverse) to offer a well-rounded and functional routine.
Every muscle group gets involved, and you’ll learn to be co-ordinated in your movements in a safe and structured manner.
If you would like to learn more about Leslie Sansone and her programs, check out her website here.
I have included another one of her videos in a post on the Formulated Fitness blog in addition to discussing the advantages incorporating a fitness walking program into your life.
I have also written about the benefits of her programs in my exercise safety book.
Did you watch (and participate in) any of the videos? If so, what did you think?
* Image Courtesy of Walkathome.com