Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Let's Get Physical!

This post is sponsored by Gaiam TV. I also received a free trial of Gaiam TV to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

You may remember me briefly mentioning my return to the gym a few weeks back. But given this latest string of events, I'm more or less a shut-in within a shut-in, wherein I try not to leave my house, but also am terrified to be in it.

You know how it is.

But HEY, you say! Exercise is a great stress relief! Get back out there, tiger! Except that when I took the garbage out this morning? I encountered a roach being devoured by roughly 25,000 red ants, and then suddenly a butterfly landed on my arm and I was all SCREEEEEEAAAAAAAMMMMMM, and I'm not sure but I think I dropped the garbage in my front yard.

Naturally, you can understand my excitement when I was contacted by the people at GaiamTV. GaiamTV is a streaming video subscription for everything health. And because it's a STREAMING SUBSCRIPTION, I don't have to leave my house to use it!

(On the other hand, well-balanced, non-agoraphobic people will be happy to learn that it can be accessed on any computer, television, and mobile device, so you can also use it on the go!)

At first, I figured it was basically like a NetFlix for workout-types. But the content is much fuller than you might think. There's a variety of work-out videos, naturally, but there are also world documentaries, videos on the environment, Feng Shui stuff, parenting, kids' videos, and a section on physical and emotional/spiritual wellness. (Think Malcolm Gladwell mixed with Deepak Chopra, with maybe a side of Madonna-esque pilates and very little of that Gwyneth Paltrow water-cleansing nonsense.)

The first video I tried was an exercise routine that only required walking. (It's been a while, okay? LAY OFF ME.) I stood there, in my living room, marching like a champ when my son walked in and started marching with me.

"What are we doing, mom?"

"Exercising, son! Isn't it great?"

"No, this is marching. It's like walking, mom. That's not exercise."


(You guys, it was some seriously badass walking, I'll tell you what.)

For about a week, I tried out a few more videos (some of them seriously badass, but most are customizable!) read up on the orphans of Tibet, and watched some dinosaur videos with the kids. Not gonna lie: it was pretty cool. And I can only imagine how convenient it can be for other busy moms, dads, know...those other types of people. Plus, it's $9.95/month, which I think is pretty reasonable. It's certainly less expensive than my YMCA membership. WHICH I AM TOTALLY USING IF MY HUSBAND IS READING THIS.