Working Out & Around Injury

Tone It Up DVD image from here & Daily Yoga DVD image from here

Tone It Up DVD image from here & Daily Yoga DVD image from here

I am frequently asked what some of my favorite non-running workouts are that I do at home.  I thought I’d share two that I’ve been alternating between every day for this past week since I’ve been home from Utah and haven’t been able to run (see my Boo-Boos Are Bad News post for more about that if you missed it).  I basically can’t wear any shoe that isn’t lined in sherpa or extreme fuzziness due to an injury, so going to my favorite dance cardio classes, Zumba & WERQ, are out of the question.  I also can’t do any cross-training on the elliptical or DVDS that require the support & stability of a shoe.  Swimming is also a no-go, since I have an open wound and swimming in a public pool would be a bad idea.  This basically rules everything out except for low or no impact exercise that I can do in my bare feet at home.  That’s where these DVDs come to the rescue!

I have been a Tone It Up member and HUGE fan since the spring of 2010.  Not only do the two lovely founders, Karena & Katrina, inspire & motivate with their draw-dropping bodies, but their upbeat & optimistic attitudes always leave me feeling energized & happy.  I used the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan with great success in 2010 after a long struggle trying to find the right balance in nutrition to help with my IBS diagnosis.  I find that their workouts are fun, quick, and easy to follow, but really kick your butt!  I purchased the Beach Babe DVD as soon as it was released in the spring of 2012.  This two-disc set contains seven workouts in total, all of which are based on a circuit training model.  The first disc has three total-body high-energy workouts ranging from 20 to 40 minutes long.  These workouts I prefer to do with shoes on for support.  The second disc has three targeted area strength training workouts and one stretching routine ranging from 10 to 15 minutes long.  This second disc is perfect for someone like me who cannot wear shoes right now, as they are low-impact and do not necessarily require the stability a shoe would provide.  Lately, my favorite 30 minute strength training session is to couple the Summer Arms with the Bikini Abs routine.  These are great areas to focus on pre-race without stressing out my legs too much just a week before the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  They’re challenging enough for me to work up a little sweat and get a nice heat going, but not so challenging that I’m overworking my body before the race.

On alternate days I’ve been turning to my all-time favorite at home yoga DVD practice, Jane Fonda’s Workout: Daily Yoga with Tara Stiles.  This is a well-rounded 60 minute practice suitable for everyone from beginners with some knowledge of basic yoga postures to advanced practitioners who are looking for a nice, low-key flow that will get your blood moving without overdoing it.  I love Tara’s yoga style, which is very open, easy to follow, and fluid.  She covers all of the main muscles with an emphasis on twisting and low impact strength building.  What she says in the DVD describes this style in a nutshell – It won’t “stress out your body or your brain” while still getting a nice practice in.  I always finish feeling refreshed and revitalized.  I could follow this DVD every day and not get bored of it.  I hope that Tara Stiles releases more DVDs in the future to add to this wonderful practice.

I’m going into this race feeling strong despite having to stay out of shoes for the two weeks leading up to it, which I think really attests to the quality of these DVDs and the ladies behind them.  Thank goodness for at home barefoot exercise!

*I am not affiliated with any of the brands or companies mentioned in this post, just a big fan of these awesome women!  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.*


29 thoughts on “Working Out & Around Injury”

  1. Thanks for sharing Jen. With so many videos on the market it is hard to know which one to choose that ‘real’ people like and enjoy. Many people buy them and never do the exercises. It is good to know that you not only buy them but you use them and find them beneficial.

    1. I was so excited that watching you vlogg has inspired me to start running again and work towards racing. Unfortunately I hit a bump in the road just as I was getting back on track. I broke my foot and won’t be running any time soon. I’ve been really upset with myself and then I read this post. It was like you knew what I needed…lol. I have the TIU plan but haven’t been motivated to try it so I’m going to start in the morning with the diet plan and ordering the DVD. Thank you so much for your inspiration and motivation! Good luck in the race!!

  2. You’ll do great Jen! Proud of you for sticking to a routine when it would have been very easy to give up! I find myself giving up way too easily sometimes. You are a wonderful example for me. Can’t wait to hear how the race went. 🙂

  3. It’s definitely hard to deal with an injury and try to work out. I was just diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in my right foot so I have to take the rest of the month off from the gym. In the past I have rushed back to working out after an injury and this resulted in a stress fracture in my leg years ago. Now I learn to pace myself – I think you even spoke about that in a video once.

    I am going to look into the yoga video. I’d love to take a class, but I work full-time and am not sure I can find one that will accomodate my schedule. Thanks for the review and recommendation! Hope your foot feels better soon!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing Jennifer! I have been wanting to start Yoga for so long, but have been overwhelmed by everything out there. Now I know what to look for, and hopefully I’ll be starting in the next couple of months!

  5. I totally did at at home workout today seeing as I couldn’t make my yoga class and NEEDED to get off the couch. I just used youtube but I was thinking it would be nice to have a great dvd for a longer workout. Thanks for the recommendations!

  6. Ive been on the TIU nutrition plan since Jan. 2011 and am a huge fan as well and I ordered the Tara Styles yoga DVD last week and can not wait to try it out. I hope your foot is healing and can not wait to hear how your race goes.

  7. I’m so excited about your new website & blog posts. I just discovered you 2 weeks ago on Instagram & have been watching all of your videos in a marathon fashion. I find you so relatable & you are great company :). Thank you for all that you share with us. Words can not express how helpful & wonderful you are. I’m a new subscriber & Jen & Winnie fan. Thanks for this post. I’ve been looking for a great yoga DVD & if you like it, I’m sold. You will do great at the Marathon. Take care of yourself & your boo boo & I hope it heals up extra quick. Hello Kitty & Lisa Frank Band-Aids always make my boo boos feel much better :). I think they may even sell Minnie & Micky bandages too. Well I tend to be long winded too so thanks again for just being you & putting yourself out there :). ((Hugs)) – Justina

    1. Wow, I didn’t even know people could find me through Instagram! I learn something new about social media every single day. 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words. One of the upsides of this boo-boo is that I’ve been able to go through my stash of Muppets & Disney Princess bandaids. 😉

  8. I don’t have the Tara Stiles DVD, but when I first started taking a Yoga Basics class here at work (the company is big on wellness and employee happiness), I found several short (2-5 minutes) videos for free online that I downloaded to my iPhone. So even when I’m traveling I have some short clips for stretching, relaxing, etc.

  9. Hi Jen!
    Glad you could find some work out to do with out your boo boo hurting! it inspires me to know that even though you are injured, you still do things you would normally do. Do you think you will be able to post while you are Disney Land and LA? Hope you reply and have a WONDERFUL time tomorrow! I have never been to Disney Land but go to Disney World every year.
    Bella 🙂 ((HUGS))

  10. Thanks for sharing your workout video picks. I watch MHWL and I’ve heard you mention it. Injuries are a pain to work through. Sometimes, such as your case, they completely interrupt your running routine. I deal with Achilles Tendon pains all the time. It’s so hard to think of icing up during the winter. This is a great alternative!!! BTW- I get your full article feed in my email so I often do not have to go to your blog. If you are interested in building more traffic you might someday consider a “read more” link as you share just a snippet through emails so that all traffic is diverted to your blog. Just a suggestion…totally don’t have to do it! Have a great run!!!

  11. you will do fantastic at the race I’m sure. how amazing are you for keeping up with working out even with an injury! that’s fantastic motivation! I hope it all goes well and no matter what, I’m sure you’ll still have fun!! 🙂

  12. I really enjoy the Tara Stiles one very much and I also enjoy the ones she has with Deepak Chopra as well! It looks like you’ve done all that you can Jen. Your determination and true grit is remarkable! Can’t wait to hear how you did your best at the race. What an inspiration you are, not to mention fun to boot! 🙂 I’ll check out those TIU products too!

  13. Jen wishing you the best of luck in your race this weekend. You’ve been very sensible about listening to your body and giving yourself time to heal. You really are an inspiration with everything you do. When you’re ready please check out jillian michaels body revolution. It’s progressive and allows you to build up strength slowly which is unusual for jm

  14. Tara has several other DVDs! Some are available on the Strala website (where you can also download videos of the strong and relax classes)! She also has a youtube channel! I’m so glad you like her – I’ve been practicing at Strala for a while and she is really an awesome person and an awesome teacher …. Heidi Kristoffer is amazing as well! Hope you feel better!

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