I’ve been back on the exercise wagon for a little while now and I’m finally past the ‘I’m in complete agony’ stage, which always seems to accompany any new type of moving. In fact, I’m so far past it, that when I saw the quote* below doing the rounds on Twitter, I had to agree. Exercise is making me feel good and I can’t wait to do my next workout.
I’m finally doing exercise that I love and I’m certainly feeling, and seeing, the benefit. My wobbly bits are a little less wobbly and I can complete a workout without wanting to die halfway through. That’s not to say I’m in peak physical shape – I’m still working on it and my knee/back pain flares up a bit from time to time too. And sometimes getting myself into my kit and moving about is the last thing I want to do, but because I’m working out regularly, I can remember how good it feels once the workout is done. So I pull on my kit and my trainers and get to it. This is what I’m doing at the moment:
- Monday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute abs Pilates workout in the morning, Davina Fit in 15 cardio & arms workout in the evening.
- Tuesday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute buns and thighs Pilates workout in the morning, Davina Fit in 15 cardio & legs workout in the evening.
- Wednesday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute sculpting arms Pilates workout in the morning, Davina Fit in 15 cardio & core workout in the evening.
- Thursday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute Pilates burn workout in the morning, Body Combat workout at the gym.
- Friday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute Pilates for Flexibility workout in the morning, 20 minutes on the bike using the turbo trainer.
Weekends are generally my rest days, where we’ll go for a nice long walk with Poppy and have a treat or two, unless I need to catch up on a workout from during the week. What workout sessions are you doing at the moment? Anything working well for you?
*I found this version via Pinterest. The original version can be found here.
Or how I learnt to punch using my elbow!
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with exercise. Running has always been my favourite, but getting started really sucks. Once you’re past the initial stages and you’re pretty good at it, it’s really ace. I like it because it’s free, it’s just you and the pavement, you just pop your trainers (and your sports bra) on and go. No muss, no fuss. Unfortunately I’m carrying a knee injury, which means I need to be lighter to go running without damaging my knee further. I’ve dabbled in the 30 Day Shred, which has its place, but I’m bored of it now. I’m also doing Davina’s Fit in 15, which is pretty good, but I tend to do the cardio section plus one of the others Monday – Wednesday and want something else to make me stronger and help strengthen my core. This is where Body Combat comes in.
I love Body Combat because:
- The teachers are always excellent, even though I can never understand them over the music. I like working out at home, but I never push myself as hard as I do in Combat. My current teacher comes round during a track where we have to sprint and lift our knees high. She makes me lift them higher than I think I can.
- I’ve never been particularly strong or coordinated. I’m always the one at the back of the class, struggling with doing all the moves at once, poking my tongue out in concentration. It might take me a while to get the move down, but once I’ve got it, I can pretty much do it.
- You don’t stop moving for an hour. Track after track, you just keep going. There’s no pausing the DVD to get your breath back. There’s only enough time for me to clean my glasses!
- You can unleash your rage. I’ve imagined punching colleagues, friends, family, the works. Most of all, I’m just fighting myself, trying to make myself work harder and not think about how tough it is, how unfit I am, how red I am, how much I want to lie down!
- While I resemble nothing like the woman in the video below (and probably never will!) I like to think that I do and that I could hold my own in a fight.
I detest going to the gym. The music sucks, it smells and there’s always someone grunting and dripping sweat everywhere. But in Combat, you’re too exhausted for any of that. So once a week, I get in my car, drive over to the leisure centre for combat and I love it!
What’s your favourite form of exercise? The one thing that gets you moving off the sofa?
‘A little bit of what you fancy does you good.’
This is something that my Nana used to say & I couldn’t agree more. I am more of the ‘life is too short not to eat chocolate’ school of thought. So I don’t give things up for Lent, especially as I went without a few things during January in a bid to kick-start a healthier lifestyle. Instead, I try to put a positive spin on things, as denying myself chocolate will only end in tears! So I try to adopt a new positive habit for Lent. It’s a good way to enhance any January resolutions & continue the good intentions made at the start of the year all the way until Easter. So, as I’ve given up running & seeing some real results from doing the 30 Day Shred, I thought I should bring in some strength training in the form of Pilates. But, I’ve discovered that I like my exercise to be quick & easy to slot in at the start or the end of the day so went for the 10 Minute Solution – Pilates DVD.
My new positive habit for lent is to complete one of the 10 minute workouts from this DVD every morning until Easter, & if it works, keep doing it! I always do some stretches in the morning anyway, for my back & my knee, so I’ve just added these on. I’ve only completed the Abs workout & did the Thighs & Bun workout this morning. One word: Ouch! The workout is fast & furious so I’m just working on learning the moves this week and will worry about improving them next week. I’m hoping it’ll help strengthen everything so when I start running again, whenever that is, I’ll be leaner & stronger. Fingers crossed!
What’s your view on Lent? Will you be giving anything up? Or adopting new good habits?
A little while ago, I blogged about the fitness resolutions that I was making & hoping to stick to. As it’s the end of the month, I wanted to report back!
I have successfully exercised everyday throughout January! How? By completing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. Well I say complete, I haven’t finished it yet! You’re supposed to spend 10 days on each of the three levels. But I wasn’t ready to move on after the first 10 days, as my Twitter followers will know – there were tears! So I decided that I needed to double the amount of time I spent on each level, so that I spent 20 days on each level. I realise this means I’ll end up completing the 60 Day Shred, but if this means I’m fitter & stronger by the end of it, then I don’t mind that at all. While it’s not the easiest fitness DVD, it doesn’t take long before you can see physical results. So all the pain, the sweat and the tears are definitely worth it! I’m already looking at the rest of her range to see what I should move on to next, so if you’ve got any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
Sadly, I haven’t been running. Initially, the snow & ice stopped me going out. But I’ve realised that running isn’t for me, well, my joints have let me know this. While not running, but doing the shred, I haven’t been in any pain at all, whereas I am when I run. So I’m going to stick with shredding for the moment, and then turn my attention to cycling when the weather is better. I hope that one day I can return to running, when my body is stronger & lighter, but for now I’ll be taking to the tarmac on little Rusty!