Well, I don't know what you would consider to be hard work, but the working out I'm doing now is more intense for me than what I was doing before and it feels like it's working.
I'm doing what I can with what I have it's not much. I have 5 pound weights and videos on Youtube of workouts that seem to be working for me. I'm sore in the abdominal area and I haven't felt that in a while - since gym class in high school. I'm sore in the arms and thighs and just under the butt. lol
But I want to get a jump rope and a resistance band for the arms and one of those bands for the legs - a workout that works the butt and hips. lol
I hope I can get to where I want to be. I just workout till I'm too tired to do anymore but I try not to overdo it.
I consider anything that challenges you to be hard work. Everyone has to start somewhere - for some people, that start point can be as simple as getting out and walking, if they don't do much of it. No one can start out and expect to instantly become a gym rat/bunny who is squatting over their body weight and throwing iron around like a pro. Totally unrealistic! Doing what keeps your heart pumping, your body getting fatigued and sore [at first] and challenging you to get stronger is hard work! And that level of challenge will continue to grow with you.
You mentioned youtube workouts - is it by chance Zuzana Light's Bodyrock.tv workouts? They're so popular, and they definitely are a challenge. I both like and dislike her approach for different reasons, but the workouts themselves definitely have merit, especially for busy people who work out at home, and dont hit the gym. If you're sore, its working!
Sounds like you have the right idea, and the right attitude. I wish you the best of luck, and know you will continue to succeed!
Good to know! I was worried that I wasn't doing it hard enough but I noticed...if I tried any harder right now, I'd hurt myself. I'm doing what my body can right now - it's been only two days of working out more intensely than what I was doing before.
I tried to follow her videos but they are too much for me right now where I am fitness wise. I just follow videos of people recording themselves doing some workouts from P90X like the Ab Ripper for example. That gets my stomach muscles working and sore the next day! Intense for sure. I've also found some great lower body workouts and upper body from P90X. May not be the whole program, but it's better than waiting to afford it and then working out.
P90X is AMAZING! If you can get your hands on it, do it! There might be some online copies floating around too, if you're not in the financial position to buy. Its the program I started with, and I saw incredible results with it. Highly recommended!
I'm sure you hear this comment enough for it to just get put with all the other comments, but I just want you to know that you are truly beautiful; not just because I live in the United States, where a toned body is extremal rare to come across :-D, but because your motivated to help others become fit and healthy, that is what makes you beautiful.
Thank you, I really appreciate that! Motivating others is the most rewarding part of doing what I do, and it means a lot to me every time I hear that I've made even the slightest difference. I value you taking the time to leave this in depth compliment, and I hold it in high esteem. Thanks again