Les Mills On Demand Workouts

You might already know that one of my greatest passions is group fitness. I started out doing leg lifts in my living room as a fourth-grader (thanks Charlene Prickett!), got my group fitness instructor certification when I was 21, and have since taught everything from kickboxing and bootcamp to Zumba and good old-fashioned hi-lo aerobics. And no matter how long I've been teaching, there's nothing I love more than being a participant in a great class with a master instructor.

One of my biggest challenges while traveling is finding the joy of group fitness. Working out by myself on a hotel gym treadmill is just not as much fun. The best thing I've done for my sanity and well-being on the road this year is I got a subscription to Les Mill On Demand.

If you don't know Les Mills, they train group fitness instructors to deliver high-intensity workouts that "create memories, not just burn calories." Until recently, if you wanted to work out with their master trainers on DVD or online (instead of in person at a licensed gym), you had to be a certified Les Mills teacher.

But now you can get online streaming access to 30-minute versions of their most popular programs, including my favorites: Body Combat, a mixed martial arts workout and Sh'Bam, a dance fitness workout. What I love is that their workouts are much more challenging than the typical home fitness DVD -- they really mimic the intensity and joy of a live class.

I've been doing these workouts on the road for the last six months--yes, if you move a little furniture, there's enough room in most hotel rooms to kick, jump, and bootyshake.

I don't get any cut or affiliate link from Les Mills if you subscribe--I'm not even a certified Les Mills instructor! I'm just a fan and wanted to share this with you because it's something I love, and something that's brought me a lot of joy!



Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

One of my favorite organizations in the world is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary & Animal Rescue Network.

I volunteer as a cat adoption counselor for Best Friends New York, where I specialize in matchmaking potential adopters to their perfect purring pet. My husband and I also got married at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Our honeymoon was spent volunteering, and the Zen priest who married us adopted a chihuahua with a heart condition from the sanctuary!

Read on to learn more!

The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at Angel Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in southern Utah, is home on any given day to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around the country for special care they can only receive at Best Friends.

Most of the animals who find their way to Best Friends have special physical or behavioral needs, and our expert staff of veterinarians, trainers and caregivers offer them all the help they require. Most of them are ready to go to good new homes after just a few weeks of special care. A few, who are too old or too sick, or who have suffered extra trauma, find a home and haven at the sanctuary, and are given loving care for the rest of their lives.

Around the Country

Best Friends works with our members -- and with humane groups, individuals and entire communities -- to set up spay/neuter, shelter, foster and adoption programs in neighborhoods, cities, and states throughout the country. Through this work, Best Friends is helping to save and rehabilitate tens of thousands of animals each year.

Through the online Best Friends Network, the society reaches across the nation and around the world, helping local communities to rescue animals in distress and to create their own No More Homeless Pets communities.

Animal Rescue

At home and abroad, Best Friends has led some of the largest animal rescue efforts in recent history. These rescues include natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, wartime situations, and animal hoarding or failed shelter situations where hundreds of dogs and cats need urgent and continuing care for many months before they can be placed in good new homes. With its sanctuary and rescue experience, Best Friends is the only organization in the country capable of mounting such major rescue efforts.

Public Education

Best Friends offers workshops, internships, training programs and conferences to help individuals, groups and communities to set up and manage their own shelter, rescue, adoption and spay/neuter programs. Best Friends magazine also has the largest readership of any general-interest animal publication in the U.S.

Find out more by visiting bestfriends.org: