I have recently started a new exercise regiment which involves walking indoors. The weather continues to remain wintery here, so taking walks outside is an unpleasant, unwelcoming thought. While I do not get to experience nature in this walking program, I am experiencing the benefits of exercise and I've walked a total of just over 19 km (12 miles) in the past 5 days. I have already seen results.
The program is free and easy. I found it on You Tube, of all places. There are two "videos" by Leslie Sansone, which allow you to do a total of 2 miles of walking. I've been doing both videos everyday for the past five days so that I get in my 2 miles per day. It takes just under 30 minutes of my time to "walk", and I've looked forward to this part of my day since I began. I use 1.5 leg weights which I purchased at Wal-Mart for about $4.00 each, but you don't have to use leg weights if you'd rather start out with less intensity.
I plan to purchase some of Leslie Sansone's other DVD's in the near future, so that I can increase the distance in my walks. I hope to eventually get up to 5 miles (approx. 8 km) a day, three times a week. From what I have discovered, the two videos I have mentioned here are the only full-length Leslie Sansone videos that are currently available on You Tube. There may be more out there, but I haven't taken the time to do a whole lot of searching.
If you are looking to add physical activity to your life, but you're not into jumpy, bouncy-type exercise programs, I highly recommend Leslie Sansone. She incorporates working on your core muscles and upper body as well. You don't need a lot of physical space to participate. I have an area in my office that is about 2 feet. by 5 feet and that's all the space I use.
One other thing I've done over the past week is to drink more water and intake less calories after supper. I must admit I'm not much of a water-drinker (bad, I know), so for now I have decided to replace 2 drinks (iced tea, juice, Diet Coke, etc.) that I normally would have consumed in a day, with water. So far I'm enjoying it, especially with the addition of a slice of lemon or lime.
Let me know if you try the walking program, and what results you've noticed. I've provided the links below. If they appear to be just a black screen, click on the screen and the video should come into view.