Pictured here is my fabulous home gym.  It consists of a bottom-of-the-line treadmill from Sears that I got on sale (about $200), two 10 lb kettle bells (from Target), one 35 lb dumbell, and an adjustable exercise bench that I got at Play it Again Sports (now that I think about it, the 35 lb weight was from there too—what a great place, I got this stuff very cheap, can’t remember the exact cost because it was over a year ago, but I remember it was a fraction of what it would cost new).  I also have a chin up bar that attaches over a doorway that I got from eBay (that I got for the P90-X program, but never use–but should start), and I have an exercise ball from Target that I use to do crunches when I’m in the TV studio, waiting for editing.  That’s it.  Other than that, I also use a dining room chair and stairs in my home for some home workouts too.  All told, if you tallied up the entire cost of all of my home workout equipment (not including DVDs), it comes to less than $400! When you consider that I didn’t buy all this stuff in one day, instead I picked up here and there over a year or more, the expense was barely even noticeable.  The treadmill was the biggest expense, but I put it on the Sears charge card and got to defer the interest for 6 months and paid it off slowly over that six months.  Really, the expense was barely noticeable.  And, if you look at my last post, you will see that it comes in handy for home workouts!  I’m saying all this to let you know—just because you’re low on cash (and who isn’t these days?) and just because you’re busy and just because you can’t leave the house (because of kids or work or don’t have a car or whatever)—I’m not letting you off the hook about exercising!  Nope!  Especially if you’re vegan!  We need to show the world that vegans are very fit individuals!  You’re already eating a great diet!  You’re more than halfway there– just do a few exercises at home while you’re on the phone or watching TV or cooking or whatever, and you will feel and look SO much better!  You will have more energy and be less likely to injure yourself when doing daily tasks (many of which require strength in the back—no wonder so many people have back injuries, like I did when I was out of shape).  I hope this home workout I did last night gives you some ideas.

Speaking of getting ideas for workouts and last night’s workout— investing in a few DVDs is always worth it!  You can get high-quality workout DVDs like P90-X or Insanity on eBay for far less than buying them direct.  But if you do buy them direct, it is still worth every penny.  When you consider the cost of a gym membership—-or hiring a trainer—this is a MUCH less expensive way to go and way more convenient.  It’s also a good way to learn proper form and get things going so that if you do go to the gym you will be more confident and capable in your workout there.  I have always believed that it IS possible to get just as good of a workout at home, as in the gym—-IF you know what you’re doing, and these DVDs can certainly help in that regard.  Having said all that, you may have noticed that I am more comfortable working out in the gym for most of my workouts.  This is because I know how to use the equipment there and I am seeing results.  But I am gradually seeking more knowledge on how to get great workouts outside of the gym (at home or even in the park).  After all, the gym can get really boring after a while if you spend as many days a week working out as I do!  The one DVD that I use most every day is my Rodney Yee yoga DVD for the A.M. This is such a gentle, easy, comforting way to start the day and release stiffness from working out and get the back in proper alignment!  I highly recommend it!  If you have any tips on working out at home or want to share info about a great DVD or book—please comment and I will post it!

Anyway, here’s my home workout from last night, that I did while watching my favorite TV shows:

  • Crunches with a 10 lb weight in each hand, raised to the deltoids, with a 1-2 minute rest in between sets (I did them on a bench set at a slight decline, but they can be done on an exercise ball, the floor, the edge of the couch, or a cushion):  100 reps, 25 reps, 25 reps, 50 reps, 25 reps, 25 reps, 50 reps, 50 reps (total of 450)
  • Leg raises while sitting on bench: 50 reps X 2
  • Face down leg raises on bench (for back and glutes): 20 reps
  • Pushups: 20 reps
  • P90-X Ab Ripper DVD (15 minutes of pure agony for the abs!  It’s gotta be doing something good!)

And, here’s what I ate yesterday (Note: I drink water all day long, I always have it with me, I think I drink about a gallon a day.  Also, all the food is always organic.  If it’s not organic in the grocery store, I won’t buy it.):

  • Breakfast (40 g protein): smoothie with bananas, frozen peaches, blueberries, strawberries 2+ oz wheat grass (3 g protein), 1 packet frozen acai with added protein (7 g protein), 1.5 cups soy milk (10 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein).
  • Lunch (35 g protein): At Green Leaves Vegan Restaurant: High protein pancakes made with soy flour (20 g protein) with bananas and blueberries with crispy soy chik’n (15 g protein)
  • Dinner (76 g protein): 2 slices of field roast (40 g protein) with 1.5 cups quinoa (24 g protein) and 2 cups cooked spinach (12 g protein)
  • During Workout: 1 liter of plain water (I’m only telling you this to show that I skipped the creatine and nitric oxide)
  • After Workout/Before Bed (36 g protein): smoothie with bananas, strawberries, 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 2 cups soy milk (14 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • Before Bed: 1 large mug of chamomile and lavender tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (4 g protein)
  • Total 191 grams of protein for the day!

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