Exercise: My Routine, Top Tips
If I could add three to four hours each day, exercise would 100% happen daily. Or at least a five days a week (everything in moderation, right?). As much as I want to get it in each day, unless I wake up even earlier, there are days, lots of them, that it’s just not going to happen.
Surprisingly, not weighing in for Feel Fit February has surprisingly invigorated me to workout, more than I have in a long time. And, the truth? I feel so, so good! Keeping off the scale has reminded me it’s not about the number, it’s about the feeling. It’s about how clothes fit. I saw muscles in my arms and it pushed me to get back to the gym the next day. My amped up heart rate on the treadmill has me antsy to get that feeling again. And because of it, I’m eating better. I always thought I needed the scale to tell me these things. But maybe now that I just want to be stronger — and not necessarily weigh less — perhaps this is the best route after all?
My favorite ways to sweat it out:
1. Gym time: I’d much prefer being outside in Florida (hello, 75-80 degrees) for a run/walk, however I have a few pesky health issues that make me more comfortable indoors. That said, I’ve been all about the treadmill lately, and I love starting to run again. It’s been years, but pre-pregnancy I was up to 6 miles and had planned to run a half-marathon. My legs (and particularly ankles, hello clumsy factor!) have become weak and the treadmill gives me instant impact. Not a runner? Try an incline or do intervals and push yourself a few more seconds each time. I like to put the speed up to 6.0-6.5 for 1/10 or 1/15 of a mile, bring it back to about 5.4 and then walk when I need to catch my breath. I know it’s not that fast, but I’m really proud. In just a few weeks I’m already seeing improved stamina.
My other favorite activity (seen above)? Keep reading…
2. Ballet Barre: I’ve been dying to check out Centered (everyone says its amazing) but wound up trying Pop Physique when a friend invited me (first time free). It’s intense strength training using light weights (1-5 lbs, like this set), balls (to squeeze those inner thighs), and your own body weight for resistance during this hour-long class. We use the barre, though more or less depending on the instructor, and you’re in a small workout studio with high-intensity music. What’s nice is that I’m not typically dripping sweat so it is the type of work out where you could go out after for brunch, errands or even work (use dry shampoo!) without feeling gross all day. I’m never really able to do that (kinda gross how sweaty I get!), so kind of a win for me! For reals. Classes at pop are pricey at $20/class but they are constantly running promos so I recently bought a five class pack for $50.
To really motivate you, they have a few pictures of women like this, with tushes like those, on the wall/web site.
So what has this 32 (nearly 33!)-year old learned over the years when it comes to fitness??
I’m excited to hear what Erika and Vahni have to share today, however a few words of wisdom included below that I’ve collected as a Weight Watcher lifetime member, and just your average girl trying to stay fit (and fit into my jeans!). Rationale for below: Lift weights for two seconds (this set is perfect), even during commercials (you always wind up doing more than you think once you get started!); if dancing like a crazy lady around your room for 30 minutes rocks your world, go for it; and, if a long walk outside (or in the mall) is all you can do, it’s better than sitting on your tush all day. Just feel good that you got moving… it’s infectious!
This post is part of Feel Fit February, a month dedicated to ditching the scale while keeping the focus on feeling fit, fabulous, healthy and strong. A collaboration of The Average Girl’s Guide, Style Activist and Grit & Glamour, take a few minutes to get inspired by reading the rest of this month’s TAGG posts here.