Let’s get physical

I don’t know about you, but I have packed on the pounds this winter.

My morning walks went out the window when it became too dark and cold and even with a heated pool five minutes away, I just haven’t been in the mood.

All I’ve been in the mood for is hot chips, potato bake, pasta, and bagels with cream cheese.

I’ve been telling myself there’s nothing wrong with a little extra padding in the cooler months, but with spring on the way and me not feeling comfortable in my own skin, I know it’s time to put down the fork and get moving.

Now, let me tell it to you straight.

I despise exercise.

Well, most forms of exercise anyway.

The other issue is Dave gets home late four out of five nights a week leaving me very little opportunity to exercise kid-free.

I was struggling to work out what I could do to shift this extra padding, considering my circumstances, when out of the blue the perfect idea struck me.

When my sister and I were growing up, we went through a phase where we were into exercise BIG time.

I won’t go into the story about our competition to see who could do the most sit ups before the Take That concert, which left us virtually unable to stand up straight for days, I’ll tell you about Aerobics Oz Style instead.

We used to live for that show waking up at the crack of dawn to work out with June, Effie and the gang.

Back then exercise was fun and something we could do in our lounge room in front of the TV. With this in mind, I decided to hop onto You Tube and search for exercise videos similar to Aerobics Oz Style. I was after something that combined aerobics, dance and some awesome tunes.

And let me tell you I have found some doozies. I’ve been experimenting with everything from Zumba to Hip Hop to Bollywood.

All this dancing has taken me back to the days where exercising was fun and not a chore.

Just quietly, I’m a bit of a killer dancer.

People call me the white Beyonce, I bring it like Sasha Fierce.

Ahh, if only. While I love dancing, I almost certainly look like this.

 

You know what? It doesn’t matter what I look like because I’m by myself in my own lounge room and am exercising again. Yay!

If you’re keen to get your dance on and get back on the exercise bandwagon before bikini season, then check out these videos I’ve struck gold with.

  1. Latin dance fitness class
    This is an approximately 30 minute Zumba-like routine of a medium level intensity. The moves are fairly basic and it’s nothing too strenuous. It has a good chill down, but no warm up. The instructor is easy to watch, plus the people in the video aren’t perfectly styled and toned. It’s a mixture of shapes, sizes and ages and each and every one of them is bringing it.
  2. Pump it up – the ultimate dance workout
    This workout is over one hour long, is intense, high impact, full of pelvic thrusting and awesome dance music. What I like about this video is that it includes a warm up and chill down. The instructor, Deanne Berry of Call on me fame, is easy to follow and she explains everything very well. Everyone in the video is super buff which may or may not put some off. The guy in the green shorts definitely brings an element of creepiness into the routine. If you like dancing, then this one would be good for you.
  3. Popsugar fitness
    Popsugar is a You Tube channel loaded with exercise routines. As I scanned through the list of exercise videos titled Victoria’s Secret model workout, the Look good naked barre workout and Bikini belly boot camp, I knew I’d found my home. I’ve been slowly working my way through these videos with the Burn calories with this dance party workout, the 2Fly Hip Hop workout and the Bombay Jam Bollywood dance workout being my favourites. Be warned there is no warm up or chill down with most of these routines. They can start very high impact, so you need to do your own stretches before and after. Part of the appeal for me with Popsugar is an onscreen clock which counts down as you work through your routine. I also like that there are taster videos around 10 minutes each. If you like a particular routine, you are guided to a specific channel for more.

So, what do you think? Are you going to give any of them a crack? Please don’t let my selfie after I did the Pump it up workout put you off …

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61 comments on Let’s get physical

  1. Jess - Peachy Keen Mumma
    August 26, 2014 at 7:01 am (3 years ago)

    I got pumped just reading this. Stupid me. I always forget how much I suck at anything with choreography. I laughed when you said you get called the White Beyonce. My black friend in year 12 told me all the time that I should have been born black. I loved it. Don’t you. A compliment of the highest order when it comes to dancing I reckon. I reunited with that friend 10 years later at a club when I was visiting Canada, and she very bluntly told me I didn’t have the same moves. ACK!!! Too funny. 32 and dancing like a mom. Sh*t!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. I think I very much dance like a mum too!! What happened to us? πŸ™‚

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  2. Zanni Louise
    August 26, 2014 at 7:05 am (3 years ago)

    You make me laugh! I went through a period of doing belly dance arobics to YouTube. So funny. Elka would join too x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm (3 years ago)

      That sounds like fun! I haven’t tried any belly dancing. I’ll have to look out for some videos x

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  3. Kathy
    August 26, 2014 at 8:39 am (3 years ago)

    You know it is yoga for me, but I used to be an aerobics nut (and just a nut). Would do back to back classes and had a part-time job at a gym during uni. The creepy guy in the green shorts not-withstanding I might have to try that pump it up!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Wow! Back to back classes at the gym. That is hardcore, Kathy. I can see why you much prefer the yoga now πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh they are goooood, Bec. So, so good!

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  4. Carla from My Yellow Heart
    August 26, 2014 at 9:59 am (3 years ago)

    I love my lounge room for exercise, I’d be embarrassed to try and do what I do at the gym in front of other people!!! Glad you’re getting into something xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Carla. Yeah I love how you can really let loose in the lounge room lol! x

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  5. Jodi Gibson (JF Gibson Writer)
    August 26, 2014 at 11:20 am (3 years ago)

    OMG! I used to looooove Aerobics Oz Style!!! I used to get up at 6am every weekday and do it during my late teens and early twenties. I have about four VHS and a DVD of it too! Haven’t done it for ages though. I do love a dance based work out too and often find it the best way to get moving if I don’t feel like heading out or jumping on the spin bike. It’s moving, it’s fun, it gets the heart racing so yep it’s great exercise!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay! Good on you, Jodi. How cool that you have VHS copies of Aerobics Oz Style. I’m so jealous πŸ™‚ x

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  6. Bec @ The Plumbette
    August 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve put on a few pounds this winter too. πŸ˜‰
    For me, I’m going to do some exercise via the Xbox with Jacob because I don’t have time to exercise during the day either. The lounge room can make an excellent gym. Plus it’s free.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Hey yeah, I forgot about the whole free part. Very good point!

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  7. Erin
    August 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Encouraging you to just do some form of exercise, though apparently its about 80% food and 20% exercise. I can attest to that, in the past month I have lost 5kgs just with regards to food, no exercise (no grains, sugar or white potato- well okay occasionally I did) but.. just started doing stomach crunches and walking this week and lost 11cm around the middle! So encouraging you{}

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Wow!!! Erin. Seriously wow! Losing 11 cm is massive. Well done you! I know I really need to cut back on that food. Looking forward to plenty of salads in summer.

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  8. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    August 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Good on you Renee! I love that you’re known as the white Beyonce!! Hilarious, but I’m sure you’re very worthy πŸ™‚ I reckon dancing at home is a great workout when stuck with kids and having to be inside!

    I am with you with the few extra winter pounds. To be sure, I just have never lost my baby weight so I probably actually can’t blame winter….. our recent trip away however pointed out the need to get moving!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s so easy to get off track when you’re on holidays. I feel I really never got back on track after Xmas!!

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  9. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    August 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your enthusiasm! I’m waaay too uncoordinated to even attempt an aerobics class, I’m barely able to survive a body pump class without knocking myself out!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Classic, Lauren. So no workouts in our room before the conference starts then? πŸ˜‰

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  10. EssentiallyJess
    August 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Um I saw that pic of you and your block tower the other day, and if that is ‘packing on the pounds’ I want to too!!! πŸ™‚
    I have put on a kilo or two I think (more like three or four.) I was wondering the other day what happened to aerobics oz style. That was awesome. I’m definitely going to check these out.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes definitely do. I hope you like them. BTW, I was sucking in my stomach.

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  11. Toni
    August 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh Renee I love you!! This is exactly what I need to do.I love dancing and I have those pesky 4kg of baby weight left to lose.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Be gone pesky 4kg. Super cool that you love dancing. You are going to love these workouts πŸ™‚

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  12. Michelle@myslowlivingadventure
    August 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s fantastic! I do online yoga…which can get a bit hot and sweaty. When I was first in my Bikram phase I would crank the heater up while I did it!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Oooh. Is that what they call hot yoga? I’ve always been curious about that …

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  13. Lisa
    August 26, 2014 at 7:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I am in the same boat as you, I swear I am 5kg no make that 10 kgs (I am in denial) heavier in winter. Will have to take a look at those videos xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm (3 years ago)

      So easy to get off track in winter. Sigh. Hope you like the videos x

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  14. Carly
    August 26, 2014 at 8:25 pm (3 years ago)

    I definitely prefer the idea of working out in the comfort of my own living room, especially if it’s dance related…It’s summer here (supposedly in the UK..although its in disguise right now!) and I do eat more comfort style foods, the stodgier the better πŸ™‚ #IBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm (3 years ago)

      When I lived in the UK I was addicted to that stodgy food. Beer and pasties were my staple πŸ™‚

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  15. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    August 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve slowly been gaining weight since about Christmas. I can’t seem to stop eating and my exercise has gone out the window completely since getting so sick this winter. I just got a new pair of running shoes though, and now that the weather is starting to get warmer, I’ll have zero excuses. x Aroha

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay for new running shoes. Definitely no excuses now. I really hope you’re feeling better. You’ve had it bad x

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  16. Tegan
    August 26, 2014 at 8:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I used to do a dance aerobics dvd when I was a teen that was done by the guy who ‘got Kylie her but’ fame and it was great. I loved it because while it was dance orientated it wasn’t full of really complicated steps!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds awesome, Tegan. I love those dance dvds. They are so much fun.

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  17. Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions
    August 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh this is exactly what I need! I have been wanting to do some dancey-type workouts coz I know they would be something that I could do with Punky while Zee slept. She loves to dance and is often trying to copy me when I’m doing Yoga but mostly gets in the way, so I’ve been looking for more dancy stuff and this sounds like just the ticket. I am bookmarking this post for later!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh great! Yes, my little one likes to join in too or just watch me. It’s all a bit of fun πŸ™‚

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  18. Emma Fahy Davis
    August 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Mmmm, bagels with cream cheese… Hang on, what’s that, exercise? Sorry, you lost me at bagels… πŸ˜‰

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  19. Rachel
    August 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Lol Renee, I admire your committment to shedding the winter padding. i am yet to start my quest but will have to get to it soon *sigh*. I also want to see you go Sasha Fierce at the Friday networking event at PB!!

    PS. In case you are wondering who I am, I also blog at The Very Inappropriate Blog, but I’ll be at #pbevent with my new blog Our Town Brisbane xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Rachel, I can’t wait to meet you. I’m loving your new blog. It will be great to meet another Brissie blogger πŸ™‚ x

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  20. Twitchy Sharon
    August 26, 2014 at 11:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Well done, not just for doing something, but for your ingenuity- and I do like that selfie!
    I would probably pass out after ten straight minutes of anything, my fitness is so bad but if anything were to be in danger of my trying it, it would be this WELL before gym or aerobics!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Trust me I nearly passed out a few times in the beginning. Sooo unfit. We all have to start somewhere though I guess πŸ™‚

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  21. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    August 26, 2014 at 11:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m off to check these out Renee, especially the simple one with easy moves. I’m not the most coordinated person in the universe, unlike you Sasha Fierce!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. I’m really more Elaine, but I do love a good dance. Hope you enjoy the workouts πŸ™‚

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  22. WifeSylv
    August 27, 2014 at 6:35 am (3 years ago)

    I fell into dance exercise by accident. I was on the cross trainer, every morning, WATCHING to the music channel on TV, and then the next thing I knew I’d be shimmying around the room. Probably go longer than I do on the cross trainer aNYWAY,

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm (3 years ago)

      I love that it doesn’t really feel like exercise! Go you πŸ™‚

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  23. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    August 27, 2014 at 9:36 am (3 years ago)

    I’m proud and JEALOUS of your motivation! I can’t imagine you stacking on weight you’re very slim BUT I do know that it’s great to be fit and exercise! Keep it up – I’d laugh at myself the whole time if I exercised in my lounge xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Yes, I have spent a little bit of time laughing at myself, or at least my family has πŸ™‚ x

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  24. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    August 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Go Sasha!!
    I used to do Oz Aerobics in the early hours too, Renee. I think I may have to follow your lead hun, winter saw way too much potato here too xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Why does it taste so good? xx

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  25. Grace
    August 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm (3 years ago)

    LOL! I saw that selfie on FB and had to giggle! Too funny! I wish I could get into those dance classes but I hate being told how to move. Maybe I should just pay more attention in these classes πŸ™‚
    I did love spin and pump classes though. Now it’s just running and weights. Get’s me all fired up for the day!
    Good on you for getting out there! Won’t be long till it’s spring and you can show off your wonderful results πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:29 pm (3 years ago)

      You are so dedicated to your running, Grace. I wish I could do that, but I’m just not a runner :/ x

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  26. Annaleis
    August 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the links – I’m always looking for new fun ways to workout. I find team sports make me turn up. And can I just say you took me right back with the mention of June and Aerobics Oz Style – I wanted a body like hers

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:29 pm (3 years ago)

      She was great wasn’t she, Annaleis? πŸ™‚

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  27. Pinky Poinker
    August 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m a big walker but it’s very slow at removing lard so I may have to up the ante. Yoga is probably my speed. You look better in that selfie than I do before a workout!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. I doubt that, Pinky!

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  28. Lizzy - Muddle-Headed Mamma
    August 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I was just thinking this week that I’d probably better start moving myself to get rid of my winter padding! I remember Aerobic Oz Style – fun times πŸ™‚ I like the sound of the Latin Dance Class and I’ll definitely have to check out that Look Good Naked one (I’ll just have to make sure I close the curtains first!)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha yes, good idea πŸ™‚

      Reply
  29. Deb @ Home life simplified
    August 31, 2014 at 11:21 pm (3 years ago)

    awesome work. i am terrible about home exercise – i need classes and other people usually. now that i have less time i am trying running as it is so efficient (45 minutes includes my shower!!)

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  30. The Exercise Hitlist
    September 5, 2014 at 12:10 am (3 years ago)

    Aaaggghhh the Winter kilos….Boooooo! I have just moved from Townsville where winters are just superb and the best time to be active. I am now in Perth and it was my first winter in forever….cue a good book, ugg boots, chocolate of course, all in front of a nice warm fire!! Working on shifting those extra kilos, lol. Yes I love a bit of you tube for a lovely exercise hit at home!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s so much fun isn’t it!! Hope the weather starts picking up in Perth. It’s starting to get warmer here now πŸ™‚

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