The Best '80s Workout Videos: Sweatin' to the Oldies

Richard Simmons first started making a name for himself when he released his ever famous Sweatin’ to the Oldies workout in the late 1980’s. To this day, Sweatin’ to the Oldies is still a favorite workout of many because it’s not only fun but will really have you sweating in the end.

Richard Simmons is known for his upbeat and motivating workouts that usually involve some sort of dancing. With Sweatin’ to the Oldies Richard turns back the clock to the 1950’s with some classic songs like “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Peggy Sue,” and “Dancing in the Streets.” He uses simple dance moves that just about anybody can catch on to that are not hard on the body but will get you a total body workout.

There are some people who think that Richard Simmons’s workout videos are only for beginners and that they are not that effective of a workout, but it’s all what you put into the workout. In Sweatin’ to the Oldies, Richard has all kinds of different people at different fitness levels and weights exercising with him. Some of the people simply try to keep up with Richard while others put in everything they have to make it a more effective workout. Sweatin’ to the Oldies may not be a workout that you do every day if you are past the beginner stage, but it is a good change of pace that can give you a stress-free and fun workout.

Richard recently released the 20th edition of Sweatin’ to the Oldies on DVD. It is the actual original workout but it is now on DVD and has extra features like new interviews with Richard and the members of the workout video. You can get all the Sweatin’ to the Oldies videos now on DVD (there are 4 of them) so there is no excuse for not doing this 80’s workout that people love.

If you want a fun workout that may not even feel like exercise to you but will still get your heart rate up, go get your workout shorts on and check out Richard Simmons’s Sweatin’ to the Oldies.

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Weekly Tips on Preparing for a Triathlon: Vary Your Workouts

People get bored very easily. That is a fact that is about as certain as death and taxes. Think about the high school kid who falls asleep during a forty-minute lecture on the Italian Renaissance or the security guard who drifts off during the graveyard shift. When a person experiences something that spans a long period of time and offers no alterations or adjustments , there exists no possible way for a legitimate focus to occur. As a result, body and mind change course, looking to either rest from exhaustion or re-stimulate itself with something else.

Training for triathlon is no different. While following a detailed, structured workout schedule will give you the format to stay consistent, doing the same routine day after day will result in two situations: a serious loss of mental motivation and a seemingly unbreakable physical plateau.

Mentally, when you continually change your patterns, the brain stays sharp, as it constantly has a new goal to reach. You provide the stimulus your brain requires to keep your body moving in a manner that permits progress. For example, using a swim workout based on stroke count one day, always working to lengthen the body’s reach to reduce the number of strokes it takes to cover a given distance, and the next day swimming against the clock, a place where strokes are less important and time rules, provides you with a different set of challenges. Your brain avoids the patternization that generates boredom and fatigue.

Likewise, physically, if you can repeatedly alter your goals, you can keep your body from reaching those plateaus that stunt growth. Confusing the muscles, making them work similar groups in a variety of ways, dodges the monotony of identical workouts. For example, running an endless string of treadmill workouts will never produce the long-range results you need. Instead, get outside and hit the trails or do a track workout. Try plyometrics or Kenpo. Mix in multiple variations that will strengthen the muscles while keeping them fresh and stimulated.

Overall, you will be a happier triathlete if you mix it up. Failing to do so will not only hurt your performance, but also it will take away the pure joy associated with the sport. Keep yourself mentally and physically excited and vary those workouts as much as possible.

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Workout Tip of the Week: Exercising Outdoors During the Late Summer

The late summer and early fall months are a great time to head outdoors for your fitness routine. But how do you make sure you’re really getting in a great workout without the help of resistance equipment and mile-counters on the machines? Whether you choose to go swimming or head outside for a long jog, the heat may get to you faster than it would at the gym—which means you don’t always know if you’re pushing yourself hard enough. Here are ways to make the most of your workouts during late summer:

1. Wear the right clothing. Make sure your workout gear is well-suited for the weather or you risk dehydration and discomfort from the heat and humidity. You’ll need lightweight, light-colored clothing made with moisture-wicking fabric so that your skin can breathe.

2. Throw on a visor. Pull your hair back in a ponytail if you have longer hair, and brush it back neatly if you have shorter hair so that you can wear a visor comfortably. A visor will help to block out the powerful sun rays of the late summer months and help you stay focused.

3. Wear sunglasses. Your eyes need to be protected from damaging UV rays, so make sure you’re wearing a pair of well-fitting sunglasses that cover the entire eye area. Wraparound sunglasses and oversized sunglasses that reach your eyebrows are your best bets for an outdoor workout.

4. Carry a pedometer . Keep track of the miles you’ve covered so you’re not pushing yourself beyond your limit. Set a goal and monitor your heart rate at regular intervals throughout the session so you don’t injure yourself in the heat.

5. Don’t forget the water bottle! Nothing will make you tired more quickly than being dehydrated. When you’re working out under the hot sun, you need to prevent dehydration, so take along a large water bottle and keep it topped off from a water fountain whenever possible.

Working out outdoors is a great way to make the most of the nice weather during the late summer months and enjoy a change of scenery. Make sure you’re well-prepared for the climate and protect yourself with these essential tips…and don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Maternity Style: Workout Clothing Essentials for Mom-to-Be

Exercising regularly is important for your health and well-being during pregnancy, and you need to wear clothes that are both comfortable and functional. While skin-tight clothing will help you move easily through that step aerobics class or yoga routine, it might not be the best choice for when you are having a baby. Here are some essential pieces of workout clothing that every mom-to-be needs throughout her term:

Moisture-Wicking Tee: A slightly fitted workout shirt is a great way to cover up the baby bump without adding too many heavy materials to your workout. Look for shirts made with a stretch fabric so that they can accommodate for your baby bump.

Well-Fitting Shoes: A pair of soft-soled shoes that fit you well are essential for working out in during pregnancy, and you may be surprised to learn that you need a half size or full size larger during your second or third trimester. Get your feet fitted for a new pair of workout shoes so that you’re not compromising the health of your ankles and knees when working out.

Wide-leg Yoga Pants:
Wide-leg yoga pants will help you move freely and also allow your skin to breathe. Look for styles with a slightly flared cut to elongate your figure. These stylish pants are also great for lounging in on those days when bloating and tenderness rule the day!

Maternity Windbreaker Jacket: If you plan on exercising outdoors, or need to walk or drive to the gym during the cooler months of the year, you’ll need to cover up with a lightweight windbreaker. Make sure it’s designed for the pregnant mom so you’re not adding unnecessary pressure to the baby bump.

Stretch Crop Pants: If you’re heading to a fitness class in town, a pair of stretch crop pants made for the mom-to-be can be a flattering addition to your maternity workout wardrobe. Look for crop pants made with a stretch material so that they can accommodate for your baby bump and create the most flattering silhouette. Drawstring pants will last you for several months of pregnancy because they’re completely adjustable.

From well-fitting shoes to stretch crop pants, you can put together a great wardrobe that not only suits your style, but also helps you move freely throughout your workout session.

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Workout Tip of the Week: The No-Hassle Workout

When the day is full of to-do lists and high stress levels, squeezing in a workout may be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, skimping on the workouts can quickly turn into a lifestyle that leads to weight gain, poor muscle tone and low energy levels. One of the easiest ways to combat the inevitable is to add just 20 to 30 minutes of focused exercises into your day. Still not convinced you can do it? Pick up some resistance bands and you’ll be well on your way!

Resistance bands are easy to pack and stow away in your desk at the office, and you can use them virtually anywhere. They’re a convenient alternative to dumbbells and you can still get a great workout from a few reps using major muscle groups. These bands look like giant rubber bands and come in an array of colors. You can tie them to a doorknob to turn your door into an instant weight-training machine, step down on them and lift them over your head to imitate the movements of an overhead press, or use them to perform more challenging squats and lunges.

Resistance bands are lightweight and portable, so plan to tote these along in your tote bag or work bag with ease. You can use the simple variety that are just basic bands, or go for the premium type that include safety straps (so you don’t have to worry about slipping).

A few things to remember when strength training with resistance bands:

Always make sure the bands are tied securely around the object, or you risk hurting yourself
Stretch briefly before and after (sans resistance bands) so you don’t shock your muscles into action
Watch your breathing, just as you would if you were lifting weights at the gym
Make sure your hands aren’t wet or sweaty, or you risk losing your grip on the bands
Look for different ways to perform your usual gym workouts such as squats, lunges, overhead presses, bicep curls and tricep curls.

There are dozens of exercises you can do with resistance bands, and they’re among the best workout tools to pack and take along on any busy day. Squeeze a resistance band workout into your busy day so you don’t have to worry about piling on the pounds when there’s no time for the gym!