30 Days, 30 Workouts

by Emilie Dingfeld in


In my inaugural blog post (yesterday's) I wrote that I'm not making New Year's resolutions this year. Instead, I'll acknowledge the things I did right over the past 365 days. I have, however, put myself up to a 30 for 30 challenge (I'd do this at any time of the year): Work out for 30 minutes a day, for 30 days. The reason: I feel good when I exercise, and who really has time for more? Cooking healthy meals, working and socializing take up a lot of time. (Kudos to those of you who make it happen!) By the end of the month, I hope to have developed a regular exercise habit.

Today, Day 3, was a throwback: Dance Workout with Richard Simmons (Sweat and Shout). You'll laugh your butt off if you try it (so old school!), but I worked up a sweat and danced like I had two left feet. The choreography is, dare I say, more difficult than a Zumba class, since the rainbow hands, finger snapping and twisting start right away. Throw this one into your routine when you need a light workout and don't feel like heading to the gym. It's also ideal to do with someone else so you can look, um, hilarious together. (By the way, I did a quick Google search and found out that Richie and I share the same birthday, July 12—his birth year 1948, mine 1984. Kindred spirits, indeed.)

Side note: My Day 1 workout was 10 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the elliptical and 10 on the stationary bike; Day 2's was a ready-made session from my Nike Training Club App: Sweat + Shape (I have a sore butt and thighs from that one).