So I missed the last couple of freelance fitness posts. I'd like to say it's because I was just sooooo busy hiking my ass off that there wasn't time. But that would be a lie. A big one. My ass is quite firmly in place I'm afraid. To attempt to make it up to you, we'll have two workout-related posts today. First, let's chat about workout videos and why they're such a great option for those of us who work from home.

Exercise Videos Offer Variety

I have a lot of exercise DVDs sitting around. I like having options. This morning for example I was coming off a couple of really stressful days and I was completely filled with pissed-off-ed-ness. So I pulled out one of my favorite exercise videos -- kickboxing! I adore kickboxing. What can I say? Sometimes hitting things -- even just the heavy air in front of me -- literally burns off the bad mood.

Because of that, I was able to hunker down and have a very productive work morning! (Well, that plus so much coffee that I was randomly blurting out hissing, growling, and related noises like a toddler who just discovered that dogs go "Woof!" -- but that's besides the point).

After my normal work day ended, I had an interview (with the CBC's Ira Basen about content mills, Google, SEO and related such things, but I'll let you know more about that when his piece runs). While it was fun, it's always a little bit stressful preparing for them. So I decided to workout again before starting on a late day of work.

I put in another exercise DVD -- this one for the very first time. It was a salsa workout. Oh. My. God. It was one the funnest 40 minutes or so I've spent on a workout in ages! I probably looked absolutely ridiculous, but I don't care. I hope my neighbors did peer in the big old balcony door windows watching me grin like an idiot while I shimmied and cha-cha'd my way around the living room. Oh, if only my exes could have seen the hip motion goin' on in here today!

Can you tell I'm still coming down from my caffeine high?


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But hold on. I'm not done! I decided to go for a 3-a-day schedule for a little while, and it starts today (it might end today too, but ask me again in a week). So tonight I'm going to do one more workout DVD -- either yoga or belly dancing. And yes. I know no one wants to see my midsection flailing about, but shut up. It's an awesomely fun workout. And while you still get some cardio burn, it's much more suited to evenings than other options.

I'd say those are some pretty diverse workout options when you're home all day. And that's the beauty of workout videos. You can do just about anything -- indoor walking routines, learn some new dance steps, stretch those limbs, or even beat on that imaginary guy who keeps looking at you the wrong way. How can you go wrong?

Workout Videos You Can Try

I'm not going to give you specific videos, but rather some of my favorite series you might want to try:

  • 10 Minute Solutions - These are great options if you need to split up your workouts over the course of a day (they have all kinds -- I love their kickboxing workouts, but all I've tried from them are good).
  • Dance Off the inches -- This is the series today's new Salsa workout was from (Sizzling Salsa I believe). So much fun. You really won't feel like you're "working out," but you'll still work up a nice sweat.
  • Tae Bo II -- When I'm really feeling aggressive, I go with this series. It consistently kicks my ass. Fitting.
  • Bellydance series from twins Neena and Veena -- These are the only bellydance videos I actually find enjoyable for some reason. But they're fantastic.
  • Leslie Sansone's Indoor Walking Workouts -- Because sometimes Mother Nature just has to be a bitch and make outdoor walks feel like you're walking through the gates of hell -- like all friggin' week here.
  • Wai Lana Yoga -- Her voice is kind of strange, but eerily soothing once you get used to it, and that's kind of nice in a yoga workout.
  • Anything from Denise Austin -- She totally annoys the hell out of me, but that makes me want to stick through to the end just to spite her. Hence, it works.

Now leave a comment and tell us all about your favorite workout videos and why they work for you.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She runs numerous websites & blogs including All Indie Writers, NakedPR.com, and BizAmmo.com.

Jenn has over 17 years experience writing for others, around 12 years experience in blogging, and about a decade of experience in indie e-book publishing. She is also an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.

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