Can I tell you a secret? Promise you won’t tell? I ate my little heart out this holiday season. So much so that none of my jeans are comfortable anymore. They barely get up over my thighs. Wait, there’s more; I gave up on my workouts. I don’t know if I even remember how to turn on the treadmill and my Wii Fit guy groans when I step on the board. Am I the only one? Please say it isn’t so!
Last year my new year’s resolution was to lose weight. Here I am a year later and still can’t fit into my jeans. This year I’m making a slightly different resolution, to get fit. Here is the difference; instead of obsessing over the scale, I’m going to focus on my clothes fitting better. It seems that we women focus more on the scale instead of the changes our body is making. So, when we don’t see that number getting smaller we give up, pull out the sweats and bon bons and feel sorry for ourselves.
A personal trainer (my cousin) told me that we shouldn’t even look at a scale for the first month, maybe even the first two months. Muscle weighs more than fat. (see Amanda’s comment below) So our bodies may be gaining weight in muscle while burning the fat away. The scale may not change, but our clothes should be fitting better.
If you are anything like me, it’s really hard to get back into that workout routine! With that in mind, my cousin has come up with a treadmill workout that only takes 15 minutes! 15 minutes, I have faith that we all can do that. He also said that once the 15 minutes becomes easy, change it into a 30 minute workout.
No treadmill? No problem! Grab a stop watch and head out to the nearest park or walking path.
- Minute 1-2 – Warm up walk. This will warm your muscles up getting them ready to work.
- Minute 2-7 – Vigorous uphill climb. This will work your butt, hamstrings, and shins, while increasing your heart rate.
- Minute 7-9 – Back to a normal walk. This allows your heart rate to slow and for you to recoup.
- Minutes 9-14 – Pick up those feet and RUN! This not only works your legs, but your arms and stomach as well. You are contracting your muscles giving them a good workout.
- Minute 14 -15 – Cool down walk.
And you’re done!
A note on speed: since everyone will probably be a different levels of fitness, find a speed that works for you. Then try to increase it slightly every week.
Don’t forget to stretch before and after to avoid DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). Also, try to do this every other day so you don’t burn yourself out. It’s ok to start off slow. You’re moving, that’s what’s important! Once you get into the routine you can increase the time and days if you so desire.
Have some motivation tips? Share in the comments! And join me next month for more steps for a healthier you!
Tip for the month:
Eat too much and have a bad tummy cramp? Do a seated half twist. “Winding motions sooth indigestion and cramps.” says Ashley Turner, creator of the Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility DVD.
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