on Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:23 am|
I recently received my bridesmaid dress for my friend's wedding this summer. When I tried it on, I was horrified to notice that it is quite snug in the hips! Not badly. Or at least nothing a little exercise won't fix (hopefully). I already knew I put on about 5 pounds in the last month since I wasn't working out as much. 5 pounds is nothing really but I do feel I want to get it taken care of before it turns into 10 and then 20 pounds.
|Zumba on Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:35 am|
I go to a Zumba class at my local YMCA several times a week and love it! I like that they incorporate moves that you don't use in a typical hi/lo aerobics. I have also tried a TurboKick class (like kickboxing, but not focused on developing skills - more just great cardio).
I think the key is to switch things up regularly so your body doesn't get used to certain movements or challenges. It certainly makes exercising less boring!
I've been working out since January (yes, I'll cop to the ol' New Year's Resolution thing), and unfortunately have only lost 1 pound BUT my strength and stamina have greatly increased, my cholesterol is down 30 whopping points (I have genetically high cholesterol), and I'm getting much more toned. In truth, the toning is in my abs, arms, and legs, but my caboose has yet to cooperate.
I know, I know - muscle weighs more than fat. That's fab. I still want a smaller butt :D
|some ideas... on Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:38 am|
Totally hear ya girl, treadmills are super boring. To fight the boredom I put on a good movie or TV show (that I know takes at least 1hr), turn off the light (so I don't see the clock ticking by) and go go go on the treadmill. I get so engaged in the movie / series that I don't notice the time flying by and before you know it, my treadmill is beeping, slowing down and lowering itself; workout over.
I also like doing workout dvds but, surprise surprise, I get bored following those too. The thing is, if I get bored I tend to get tired and am less motivated to go on and give it my all. So here I do the same thing. I have my workout dvd muted, running on my laptop. I have the TV on to my CSI or Criminal Minds or House. I glance at the laptop every few mins to know which movement I'm supposed to do next, and I keep my concentration on the TV to keep my mind off the workout.
I also love classes at gyms. I'm thinking of joining Goodlife very soon, so will post back on any good classes I discover there.
|What keeps me motivated on Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:39 am|
1) I stay away from the treadmill - I skip rope, use the elliptical or rowing machine and incorporate cardio into my weight training like 1 minute jumping jacks, mountain climbers, or bench step ups. This way it doesn't become to monotonous
2) Keep your ipod up to date. My dirty little secret.. I listen to angry music like Eminem or old school Dr Dre.
3) Write everything down. Take 10 minutes to plan and write down your work out in a booklet and stick to it. I've heard (and tried with success) that if you ask yourself "Will I complete this work out?" rather than directing yourself "You must complete this work out" you'll be more likely to complete all of what you want to that day.
Good Luck.. I'm just like you its those stupid 5 pounds that you work to get rid of and then when you get comfortable with yourself slowly creep back up. I respect that you want to take care of it before it gets "out of control"
|Why is Butt Region Always the Hardest to Shrink?! on Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:40 am|
lol That's what I want too. My abs, legs, arms are all pretty good from weight training that I've done. My butt and hips are always the worst!
I unfortunately have hardly any coordination. But I have heard great things about Zumba! Thanks for the suggestion.
|Great Ideas on Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:47 am|
Thanks ladies, all great ideas. I'm starting to like the idea of gym classes. Incorporating cardio into weights sounds good too. I set a goal to lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks (started my action plan last week). Hopefully, I'll have good news by April 26th!
|Such a good week to start fresh on Mar 30, 2011 @ 12:19 pm|
It's so beautiful out and yesterday I took advantage of it and went on my first run of the year. My mom and I are going to do a half-marathon in the fall. Do you guys have any tips for training or great products for taking water on your run with you?
@becky - I hope you love Goodlife as much as I do :)
|good tips here! on Mar 30, 2011 @ 04:33 pm|
I find it hard to motivate myself, so I prefer to take classes where a teacher is there to push you harder than you might want to.
I like to do a blend of hot yoga, spinning, and boot camp classes. Usually 3x a week is what I stick with. I'm super excited to start bike riding and playing tennis now that the weather is warming up!
|Fitness classes on Mar 30, 2011 @ 08:22 pm|
I'm the exact same way! I find it so tough to stay motivated, however, that being said I have been working out a minimum of 4 days a week for a year and a half. The only way I have been able to acheive this is by going to the classes offered at the gym.
|Join a class! on May 02, 2011 @ 11:15 am|
It is really hard to motivate myself to work out by myself so I like to go to the gym where there are other peers working out. At goodlife fitness, you can just go in to work out or you can join a class whenever you like. I recommend the yoga/pilates/taichi class. It's a combination of all 3 and I find it to be effective and fun.