24 May 2017

Leslie Sanson Walk at Home Review

I'd like to introduce you to my favorite exercise program, one that I've been using off an on for about 10 years now.  When I started using it, it was Walk Away the Pounds, but it's been changed to Walk at Home or Just Walk, depending on which DVD you buy.  I've been using it so long that my original Walk Away the Pounds set is on VHS.  Although I really love my old set, I did buy some new DVDs to use, mostly because the only VHS player we have is in the boys' bedroom, and I don't like stepping on LEGO bricks while I'm exercising.  This isn't sponsored by Leslie Sansone at all; I just really love her workouts!  Pssst....Leslie, I'd love to work with you though!

Leslie Sanson Walk at Home Review

Leslie Sanson Walk at Home Review

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Why Walk at Home?

When I started using Leslie Sansone videos, they came highly recommended by my weight loss buddies.  I picked up a three movie set for about $15, so the price was definitely right.  I only had one child then, and I didn't have anyone to watch him while I went to a gym.  Besides, it was a 45 minute drive to a gym, so that wouldn't work anyway.  So I went with the DVD route because I could do them during naptime or even while he was awake.  When I had two more kids, it became even more important for me to work out at home instead of leaving the house.

I love the Leslie Sansone series because you can adjust it to your level so easily.  You can slow it down if you need to, or you can work harder if you can.  She gives you tips along the way on how to modify the workout as needed.

The workouts are easy.  I am about the most uncoordinated person that you'll ever meet.  Seriously.  And I can do them.  In some of her newer DVDs there are some steps that take me a second to catch on to.  That's fine.  I can watch her do it and then jump in when I'm ready.  

You don't need a lot of room to work out or any special equipment.  Well, one video uses a stretchy band that I got with the movies, and some use small hand weights.  You can either skip them or use a soup can or buy weights.  Either way, it's inexpensive and doesn't take up storage room.  

The final reason that I love Leslie Sansone workouts is because I see results.  Each time I go back to them, I see results in about two weeks.  They are little results but results nonetheless.  I slim down in my hips and thighs.  I would like to see my tummy slim down a little more, but I think the newer DVDs will help with that.  Regardless, I notice my pants are looser before I notice much of a weight loss.  I also notice that I have more energy and have more stamina.  

Walk Away The Pounds Review

When I bought this, it was a three movie set with the 1, 2, and 3 mile walks and a stretchy band.  It looks like Amazon has a set with the same movies plus a 4 mile walk and a stretchy band.  

I like this set because each mile is 15 minutes.  If you're really out of shape or pressed for time, do the 1 mile.  I've even done the 1 mile in the morning and again in the afternoon if I could only squeeze in 15 minutes at a time.  It's not as good as doing 30 minutes at once, but it's better than nothing.  

The 2 mile is a good 30 minute workout.  The 3 mile is a tough one though.  You will sweat.  It's a great Saturday workout when you have more time.

Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds 5-Day Fit Walk

As much as I love the original set, I wanted a little variety.  I found myself doing the 2 mile almost all the time and needed more DVDs, so I picked up the 5-Day Fit Walk.  

It has 5 different workouts: some are 1 mile and some are 2 miles.  This isn't my absolute favorite of her DVDs, but it is a good one to keep in the rotation.

Just Walk: Walk Off Fat Fast

This is one of my newer DVDs.  Walk Off Fat Fast has three different workouts.  Twenty minutes, 30 minutes and 40 minutes.  The workouts are similar to the original 1, 2, and 3 mile workouts, but it has some new moves and uses more arm movements.  Although simple, the arm movements really help get your core involved for more toning and boost your heart rate.  I usually do the 30 minute walk, but sometimes I do the 40 minute if I haven't done tai chi in a few days.  The 40 minute really gives you a good leg workout!

Just Walk: Walk to the Hits

This is one of my newest DVDs.  Walk to the Hits uses HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training.  HIIT, according to a study in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, has been shown that women lose more weight in 12 weeks compared to those who do moderate cardio for longer sessions.  As if that's not enough, they also lost more belly fat!  

This DVD is a little different than the other videos with new moves along with the old ones.  This is a three mile walk, but it's divided into three sections at the start of the DVD.  If you start at the beginning, it's a seamless three mile, but she does tell you when you've hit each mile.  

For HIIT training, Leslie has you doing two minutes of moderate cardio followed by 30 seconds of high intensity.  The first time I tried it, I was only going to do one mile because it is faster paced than her other videos.  I made it through all three miles!  It is a longer workout, so I don't do it daily because I don't always have time.  I do try to do this one twice a week though.

I take tai chi on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I try to do my Leslie workouts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  That doesn't always work because of our autism therapy sessions and homeschooling.  In a typical week, I try to do the HIIT video once or twice and the 30 minute workout from Just Walk the rest of the time.  Sometimes I mix that up with some of the workouts from the 5-Day Fit Walk.  I've been averaging 3-4 days of cardio per week plus two sessions of tai chi.  Over the weekend, I watch tai chi videos on YouTube to practice if I have time.

Have you ever tried the Leslie Sansone Walk at Home videos?

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