I'm very glad that I still have my VCR and I intend to keep it (plus the backup I got at a yard sale) because it allows me to use great and inexpensive videos I can buy on Amazon! Now that most everything is transitioning over to DVDs and digital, you can pick up videos on Amazon for pennies.
Now that's great for kids videos but it is also great for getting some of the classic workout videos from The Firm as well as other exercise greats. I can also get a lot of two, three or more over on eBay and sort through the ones I want and donate, resell or pitch the rest! It's really one of the most economical ways to workout at home.
That all said, I've worked out ever since I've had kids and especially since I started homeschooling. For years and years, I drove at night to a Jazzercise Center with babysitting. That worked well for me when the kids were little and when I had babies who were nursing, and it was a nice way to get some exercise in at the end of the day. In retrospect I think that arrangement worked particularly well while I was nursing. I could nurse the baby and then have Mr. Pete watch him/her while I worked out and then come back and get one more nursing session before the baby went down for the night. That worked very well for me through six babies and probably 10 years.
But as my kids have gotten older and more involved in their own activities AND as their school work has gotten to be more challenging, I've found it more difficult to work out at night. One popular blogger (some of you know who I mean) likes to workout in the middle of the day. That would never work for me when I'm juggling everything from high school to kindergarten, and particularly when trying to tackle the more advanced subjects like science, history, and algebra! Those subjects take a lot of concentration and focus. Plus the kids want to get done by 2 or 3, so to take an hour and a half (exercise plus shower and change) just wouldn't be practical.
So I find myself getting up early and just getting it done. It gets me invigorated to start the day and I don't have to worry about distractions or interruptions so I can get the full workout in (providing I get up in time! - if I don't I do one of the shorter workouts).
Works for Me!
Some of my favorite workouts cheap on Amazon!
The Firm - Firm Parts: Tough Tape (Classic Workout Series) [VHS]
The Firm Total Body Aerobic Workout with Weights
Fitness Formula: Step Aerobic and Abdominal Workout [VHS]
Bench Works: Advanced Step Workout [VHS]