Last year I turned 40. Yes, 40 and proud! And thanks to my Crazy Sexy Diet and lifestyle, I still fit into clothes from high school (however I no longer sport a perm – thank God). At the start of an important decade, I find myself reflecting on the notion of aging gracefully. The word graceful makes it seem easy. Like if I embrace linen, simple makeup and tie my hair neatly, elegance will be mine. Hmmm, not sure I buy that. Aging gracefully takes more dedication than many of us think. Aging gracefully involves a healthy diet, green juice and smoothies, hydration, sleep, stress reduction and a good dose of love and mental health. Forgiveness. Gratitude. Joy. Clearing the unfinished business in our lives. All this important work makes grace deposits into our aging bank account.
But that’s not all it takes, and it’s also not the focus of today’s blog post. Today we’re talking sweat. I don’t know about you, but I really want to look great into my 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. I want to hike steep mountains, take challenging and adventurous expeditions, and dare I say it – look cute in a tiny bikini long after I’m “supposed” to wear a tiny bikini! Therefore, I need to stay deeply connected to fine-tuning my physical body.
Last summer I did just that. After my last book tour I was tired. I mean to-the-bone tired. In addition, we’d bought a farm that was in pre-foreclosure. Renovations-a-go-go! Days turned into weeks, turned into months of very little exercise. I joined a gym and never went. You know the drill. By July, I had snapped and ever since I’ve been totally dedicated to my afternoon workout sessions, especially my beloved yoga practice.
How about you? Have you been diligent or delinquent with your God pod? Excuses are your enemy when it comes to working up a sweat, so let’s get rid of a few more. Don’t have time? Too expensive? Bad weather? Sorry folks, these handy hall passes don’t work when your gym is your living room.You don’t need to leave the house to get a kick-ass workout from head to toe!
Recently I polled my Facebook fan page community to see what kinds of workouts ya’ll are doing. Wow! I love your suggestions and have added a few of my own to the following list so we can all boost our arsenal of digital love.
Behold, the ultimate Crazy Sexy Fitness Guide!
Sometimes I’m all business, which means I want to skip the spiritual talk and get straight to the squats. That’s when I turn to my wonderful friend Tara’s DVD. She’s super friendly, but she also kicks your butt. Lately, it’s my go-to yoga routine, and I’m seeing killer results. Not only has it lengthened and toned my body; Tara’s moves have helped ease injuries that my chiropractor has been working on! Psst, Tara also has a new DVD with Sir Deepak – it’s amazing!
Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis
When mama Marie Forleo mentions anything fitness related, I’m all ears. You could bounce a quarter off that smart ass and she credits Metamorphosis! I’m a big fan of Tracy’s mat workout, but it sounds like this 9-disc package takes things to a new level with a cardio-strength training combo. If you’re a fan of intense programs with fast results like P90x, this series would be the perfect way to switch things up while maintaining a high impact regimen. It’s certainly on my radar. There’s even an online Metamorphosis community!
Jillian keeps her workout fresh and fast, while still managing to help you shed pounds within 30 days. The workout is only 25 minutes, but you better be ready to shake your booty nonstop. Plus, I love that there are three levels on one DVD, so you can keep ramping up the challenge as Jillian whips you into shape. If you’re curious about kettle bells (one of the latest fitness trends), check out Jillian’s Shred It with Weights for a good introduction (level 1) and challenging routine (level 2). Both are only 30 minutes, but you’ll get your heart pumping and your lymph moving!
Mandy keeps things interesting by mixing yoga and strength training. Although I should mention that I’ve heard this workout isn’t a good fit for hardcore yogis, and I don’t totally feel connected to her teaching style. But damn did my thighs burn! For those who need to sneak in a shorter workout on workdays, but have more time on weekends for a lengthier experience, the 35-minute and 55-minute options are a big bonus.
After a week of P90x, I fell in love with Tony! My lovely pal, Lauren Nastasi, did P90x postpartum with her hubby and they’re working on Tony’s newer workout program, Insanity, now. She’s seen fantastic results! Work out with your family and friends, people. Group support supercharges your success.
When I asked my Facebook buds about recommended DVDs, The Firm was mentioned time and time again. Don’t let the hot pink case turn you off! Amazon reviews agree that this cardio/strength training system packs a punch and has changed a lot of lives. The kit includes everything you’ll need for the program, including DVDs, weights and a manual.
Physique 57 is another Facebook favorite, and I’m tempted to take it for a spin. This is another good choice for those in a time pinch, since they provide 30-minute express workout options. Supposedly, you’ll see results after eight sessions. The Physique 57 approach uses your body’s own weight as resistance to achieve a long, lean and fit bod. You’ll need a small exercise ball for the workout, which is included in some of their packaged deals.
This 90-day, 10 DVD program looks intense! If you love to dance and want to sweat off the pounds with lots of cardio, Turbofire might be for you. There are certainly a ton of workouts to choose from, so I can’t imagine getting bored!
For a few bucks a month (free trial!), you’ll have access to unlimited online yoga classes taught by some of the most renowned yoga teachers in the world, including the lovely Elena Brower. Since classes are categorized by teacher, level, style and duration, you can find a class that’s perfect for you at any time! Yogaglo is even accessible on iPads and iPhone 4s.
So how do you keep fit and fab? Share your success stories and most loved workouts in the comments! I’d love to hear them!
Peace & power push-ups,