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Seasonal Workout Inspiration
The holiday season is in full swing. Pumpkin spice floats through the air and sweet temptations lurk around every corner. Many are preparing for a feast of thanks with family and friends while others are charging full steam ahead toward all things Christmas. The weather has also taken this cue, trees are performing their vibrant display of color and the temperature is dipping. It's time to pull out sweaters and boots, maybe even cozy up on the couch with a hot beverage.
This is the time of year when motivation goes out the window. Cold weather makes us want to hunker down and savor delicious food. Let's not even mention the time change, which comes with its own host of issues.
Getting to the gym or waking up early becomes just a little more challenging in these cooler months. But this is no time to start slacking, especially if you have a goal in mind. In fact, it's even more important to keep moving during the holiday season. Not only will it help you stave off unwanted pounds, but it also helps you deal with the stress that ultimately comes with the holiday season.
While I'm all about consistency, sometimes what's needed is a little variety and fun. During a recent yoga class, I was reminded of a workout I used to do years ago. Once my class was over, I looked it up online and found a few videos on YouTube. I instantly completed one and it was a blast! Inspired, I decided to revisit some of my favorite workouts from years past and it was an instant mood boost.
Below I'm sharing those workout methods so you can spice up your routine as well. These are workouts from the '90s and 2000s that will give you a little trip down memory lane and work up a sweat!
5 Blast From the Past Indoor Workout Routines
- Yoga Booty Ballet
- Sweatin' to the Oldies With Richard Simmons
- Tae Bo
- Buns of Steel With Tamilee Webb
- Country Line Dance Aerobics
1. Yoga Booty Ballet
First on the list is the workout program that inspired this idea. Yoga Booty Ballet is everything all in one! A little cardio, a little strength training, a little yoga, and a ton of fun. I remember years ago first trying this exercise program on DVD from the library, back before I began practicing yoga daily.
The workout is pretty straightforward. You follow along with Gillian and Teigh as they take you through the moves set to a live drum beat. It's heart-pumping and relaxing all at the same time.
Coming back to it after all these years, it was a welcome change from my normal routine. I enjoyed the moment of quiet at the beginning, setting an intention and preparing my mind. The exercises are simple and easy to do, but oh do they burn! It's a great total body workout that will leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle your day.
2. Sweatin' to the Oldies With Richard Simmons
One of my first experiences with exercise came in the form of a VHS tape featuring Richard Simmons. He was full of energy and dancing with him was always a joy. I couldn't have a list like this one without including the iconic Sweatin' To The Oldies. What better way to get in low-impact cardio than by moving and grooving?
Richard has the best attitude and his workout is great for everyone! You can't help but smile and sing along as you follow Richard and his friends. It's an instant mood boost! Check out his YouTube channel. He has a variety of workouts and motivational videos.
3. Tae Bo
My first memory of Billy Blanks comes in the form of a typical '90s infomercial. I used to love watching these advertisements early in the morning as I got ready for school. This was a workout I was able to do as a kid via VHS. It always left me feeling strong and confident.
Fast forward a few decades and that feeling hasn't changed. I recently started incorporating Tae Bo into my fitness routine and it has made a difference in how I move and feel. Billy Blanks has a wonderful collection of workouts available on his YouTube channel.
During the pandemic, he was conducting inspirational workouts with his wife and daughter. This is a great program to include in for extra cardio and strength. Billy pushes you to work hard and give it your all.
4. Buns of Steel With Tamilee Webb
When I was in high school, I would get up early in the morning to work out with Tamilee Webb. Popping the Buns of Steel VHS tape into my VCR, I would move along in the hopes that I, too, would look like her. The workouts were intense and I always felt amazing afterward.
To this day, I still remember her tip to contract the glutes while sitting in the car at a red light. Isn't it funny how certain things stick with us through the years? Tamilee is a delight and an inspiration. Her series targets the entire body to help you reach your fitness goals. This is a classic program worth revisiting!
5. Country Line Dance Aerobics
I had to throw this one in just for fun. I remember learning the choreography and having a dance party in my room as a girl. Diane breaks down all the steps and makes it easy to follow along. If you enjoy country music and want to dance, give this program a try! (Cowboy boots are optional.)
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 08, 2021:
Thank you Pamela! I hope you have a lovely weekend!
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 07, 2021:
This is an excellent article, Alyssa. Like Brenda, I liked the country music one. I can't physically do any of them right now. I have too many health problems. Thanks for sharing this information.
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 07, 2021:
I think the Country Line Dance would be perfect for you Brenda! It's a lot of fun!
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 07, 2021:
I agree, Bill, Richard is definitely funny and entertaining. A few more weeks and hopefully you will be feeling better! Good luck and best wishes for a speedy recovery!
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 06, 2021:
Great timing for this one gal.
We all need to keep on top of this so we don't get too stressed out & ultimately bored when this weather sets in for a spell.
I remember Richard Simmons and his workouts.
I think I'd like to try the country music one.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 06, 2021:
Good points, thanks.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 06, 2021:
I used to watch Richard Simmons, not because I believed in his workout, but because he was so damned funny and entertaining. :) My hip operation is October 28th. There won't be many "workouts" for this boy for six weeks after that, but thanks for the suggestions.