Must Try Workout DVD’s

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So, my mom recently started the T25 workout series, and much to my dismay, she’s actually consistently jumping around and doing her routines every morning. She claims it will be life changing and she’ll have a six-pack by April – I’ll keep you informed on her ab progress. But she claims the short, high energy 25 minutes workouts make it easier for her to workout in the morning and gives her inspiration to eat healthier (or somewhat healthier, she did just buy ice cream.)

With my mom’s excitement over this new form of working out, I thought I’ll put together a list of the best-reviewed workout DVD’s to try. Remember, bikini bodies come in the winter!

1. T-25

Time: 25 minutes
Workout: T25 is broken down into two types of workouts – the alpha cycle and the beta cycle. The alpha cycle focuses on targeted body areas at a time, like cardio, abs, and lower body. After five weeks of the alpha cycle, you move onto the beta cycle – which is basically the alpha cycle on steroids.
Duration: 10 weeks with workouts; five days a week
Equipment Needed: TV, DVD player, tennis shoes, resistance bands, dumbbells, yoga mat

2. Insanity

Time: 30 minutes
Workout: Insanity involves a lot of cardio, jumping and moving around to burn the most fat on your body possible. It’s similar to T25 (same founder) but is just a bit more hardcore.
Duration: 10 weeks with workouts; six days a week
Equipment Needed: TV, DVD player, tennis shoes

3. P90X

Time: 45 to 60 minutes
Workout: P90X focuses on all aspects of the body during the course. You will work your chest, back, shoulders, arms, legs, triceps, biceps, and the core with movements like yoga, stretching, and cardio.
Duration: 90 days with workouts; six days a week
Equipment Needed: TV, DVD player, tennis shoes, resistance bands, dumbbells, pull-up bar

4. Zumba 

Time: 20 to 60 minutes
Workout: The Zumba workout is a combination of Latin dance moves and aerobic type exercises. The workout involves dance and aerobics movements, like hip-hop, salsa, squats, and lunges.
Duration: As often as you like
Equipment Needed: TV, DVD player, tennis shoes

5. PiYo

Time: 20 to 45 minutes
Workout: PiYo combines Pilates, yoga, and cardio for a low-impact but high intensity  total body workout.
Duration: 60 days with workouts; 6 days a week
Equipment Needed: TV, DVD player, tennis shoes, yoga mat

Coming up: look forward to my review and thoughts on T-25. I’ve tried three days already, and my abs are getting a workout just by laughing. 

 

Snowed In: Dogs and All

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I headed up to Breckenridge, Colorado for a weekend of skiing and playing in the snow. We’ve been here less than a full day, and the storm already has us snowed in. Que the Netflix marathons. But good news, my Goldendoodle and Maltese puppies LOVE the snow.

Check out some photos:

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My Favorite Beauty Products

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When it comes to beauty maintenance, I try to make it as minimal as possible. I like to keep my makeup and hair natural, and my skin smooth.

This year is proving to be difficult on our skin, whether you’re drying up because of the lack of moisture in the air or drying up because there’s too much moisture in the air. So I picked 11 of my favorite beauty products that help keep me looking fresh, hydrated, and natural.

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1.Bare Minerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation – $29
2. Bobbi Brown Art Stick Lip Stick – $26
3. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Push Up Liner – $24
4. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eye Shadow Stick – $29
5. Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Waterproof Mascara – $7.19
6 + 7. Moroccanoil Shampoo and Conditioner – $21.80/$22.80
8.Dior Lady Nail Polish – $27
9.Epicuren Milk Cleaner – $36.42
10.Dermalogica Active Moist – $58
11. Bare Minerals Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer -$24