Maintaining good health means following a healthy diet and incorporating regular exercise into our daily routine. However, for most people, heading to the gym is inconvenient and pricey. To make it more affordable and easier to fit into your schedule, consider these fitness programs you can do in the privacy of your own home.
Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home
Whether you are just getting started or have been maintaining a fitness routine for years, Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home series has a program for you. Each program is geared to a certain aspect of fitness: weight loss, toning or even health-specific issues like diabetes and heart health. Programs range in length from approximately 15 to 90 minutes. Some DVD programs even come with work-out accessories like a firm band, hand weights or fit cuffs. DVDs are available online at Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home or Amazon, as well as in stores like Walmart and Best Buy, for as low as $7.99 each. Downloads and streaming also are available on the Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home site.
The YouTube channel of Daniel and Kelli Segars, FitnessBlender features more than 400 free full-length workouts that users can search by training type, length, calories burned, difficulty and muscles used. These routines are easy to follow and many do not require any specialty equipment. Choose your favorite challenge from such fitness styles as cardio, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Pilates, yoga, jump rope, dumbbells, kettlebells, kickboxing and more.
Zumba Incredible Results System
Zumba fans – and those who have been wanting to try it – will love this at-home zumba set that includes four DVDs, the Zumba Rizer, a Nutrition Book and Program Guide. Each DVD comes with a different routine so you can customize the workout to your schedule and comfort level. Priced at $59.95, this home fitness program is much more affordable than any gym membership.
FitFusion by Jillian Michaels
For just $10 per month, users can stream more than 260 workout videos with more than 20 top instructors at FitFusion.com. Choose from a variety of workout styles, including cardio dance, yoga, Pilates, HIIT, strength training, kickboxing and Tai Chi. Workouts run as short as 10 minutes to as long as 90 minutes, and range from beginners to experts.
Kathryn Budig's Aim True Yoga
Yoga enthusiasts can get their workouts done at home with this $15 DVD from Kathryn Budig that includes three different yoga routines: the 25-minute Beginners Practice, the 45-minute Authentic Flow and the 10-minute Five Favorite Poses. Regardless of which one you select, you will burn calories, tone muscles and improve flexibility.
Exercise at home with a personal trainer without the pricey gym membership through Fitnet. Using the Fitnet app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop, access any Fitnet workout to fit your schedule; many start at just 5 minutes long. The app uses your camera to see how you are working out, and actually shows a video feed of you doing the exercises. When you are in sync, the app shows three dots so you know you're on track. For $19 per month, your personal trainer will see how you're doing, provide tips for improvement and cheer you on.
Lisa Whelchel's Everyday Workout for the Everyday Woman
Geared to moms with a busy schedule, Lisa Whelchel's Everyday Workout for the Everyday Woman contains two total-body workouts designed for all fitness levels. To make the most of each workout, light weights are recommended. The $10 DVD also contains personal training tips to help you boost your health and fitness.
Whether you want a different workout every day or a workout program stretching out over 30 or 90 days, the BeFit channel on YouTube has it all for free. These videos come from such top trainers as Denise Austin, Jillian Michaels, Samantha Clayton, Bryan Tanaka and more. From HIIT and cardio to yoga and Pilates – with everything in between – you're sure to find the workouts you want to keep you fit and motivated.
X-TrainFit at Home Workout
Specifically for women, this eight-disc DVD set contains a 12-week program designed to shed fat and tone muscle. Ideal for beginners just starting out or those well-versed in fitness, this program includes cardio, yoga, and strength and toning exercises. For more intense workouts, dumbbells and/or exercise bands are recommended. This entire workout system is just $19.88, much cheaper than any personal trainer at the gym.
Slim Sexy Strong
Fitness trainer Holly Perkins takes a DIY approach to working out with her Slim Sexy Strong DVD. For $18.95, you become your own personal trainer, using four different workouts to create your own combination. Opt for the 20-minute full-body workout, or spend 10 minutes each on your abs, arms and legs. You can mix and match all four for more than 64 different workouts.