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When I was in middle school, my mother started going to the gym. Religiously. Three nights a week. I got to be home by myself, just me and homework. It never really bothered me, but I picked something up from that. Since she’s become a fitness fanatic, she started buying workout VHS tapes (yes, I grew up before DVDs), and I started watching them. And ever since then I’ve been working out at home. Yes, at our last place there was a gym (read: treadmill, bike and unknown equipment in a tiny 1920’s apartment building basement) that I occasionally used and even liked, but it still wasn’t my thing.

Since Sam and I are one of those couples who chose not to subscribe to cable, we invested into a smart TV. Top that with a subscription to Hulu Plus and Netflix. As a result you get – “Who needs cable?” kind of attitude from us ๐Ÿ™‚ In a good way!

What I am trying to say is – there are hundreds of workout videos available through these devices/subscriptions. YouTube is my other favorite source. But I have recently been able to give Gaiam TV a shot. And of course I fell in love. Not only do they have all insane Jillian Michaels workouts, they also have a wide variety of Yoga and Pilates, as well as other fitness routines that you can do. The filter system is extremely useful. You can pick the type of the workout, as well as the trainer, and duration (which sold me right there and then!)

On top of all that Gaiam TV offers Spiritual Growth, Nature and Culture, Seeking Truth videos and episodes, that can help guide you both physically and spiritually! I just wish it wasn’t $9.95/mo (compare to Hulu Plus and Netflix $8 each).

Do you work out? What types of workouts do you prefer? How do you stay fit?


Disclosure: I have been provided a free month of subscription to Gaiam TV, as well as free products, in exchange for this post, but that didn’t influence my opinion, shared in this post!


  1. You are looking very good in the outfit.
    I like this outfit so much.


  2. I love yoga too! it’s even not a “workout” for me, it’s a part of my beliefs (I consider myself as a Buddhist). When I do yoga I practice mindfulness. I have 3 classes per week, plus in our Buddhist center on weekend we have a mix hour of yoga+meditation. Unfortunately I do not have time for yoga at home, always very busy (kid, house, etsy, etc).
    Like you mat ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh I love your house, you have so much natural light! My house is so dark, it’s really like living in a cave. I don’t work out anymore because of a couple of ongoing issues with my spine and arms but I’d love to get back into yoga!

  4. i run in the summers and we have an elliptical that i use when it’s too cold (i.e., now). there’s also a gym at my work that i use every day. i will have to check out some more videos on netflix!

  5. Feel calm just looking at these photos! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love most types of exercise! ๐Ÿ™‚ x


  6. Running! It was definitely an exercise that I had to grow to love, and the first (hundred) kilometers definitely did nothing to endear itself to me. But once you hit that groove… Nothing like it!

    • I agree! I love to run as well! Just wish it wasn’t below freezing to run here in Minneapolis ๐Ÿ™

  7. You’re such a pretty young lady. Ohhhh how old I feel today. You make me want to get back into exercise! I really want to try yoga. Thanks for the —–PUSH!

    • I am so glad I inspired you! Yoga is amazing! Try Namaste Yoga by Kate Potter – it’s my favorite!

  8. Jill says:

    What a beautiful mat! Mine’s just ugly orange; I bought it @ a garage sale for like $2. I do home workouts thanks to DVDs (most of which I bought @ another Garage sale!) Amazon has been another source of updating my collection. I like Leslie Sansone’s walking videos, Pilates, Gunnar Peterson’s Core Ball workouts, kick boxing, & (recently) Jilian Michaels. Sometimes I borrow DVDs from our public library. With 5 kids, it’s nearly impossible to go to a gym. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. You go!! I love yoga…it’s always just mustering up the energy to get moving!!

    • I agree! I have never been a pilates person! I usually do fitness, and then yoga! Love how all the stretches and balancing exercises make me feel!

  10. Yoga seems to be a great way to center your body and mind. I love to walk, running hurts my knees, so that is how I stay in shape. Plus it’s a good way to de-stress and get some fresh air. Although I have to admit on these below zero days we’ve been having I haven’t been walking much at all.

    • It’s been so cold here to run too! So I’ve been staying indoors. Running sometimes hurts my knees too, but not too bad, I can usually fix it by taking some calcium and magnesium!
      ~ Z

  11. Rachel says:

    That’s so cool, sounds like a very interesting concept. I am always up for new ways to work out!

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