Saturday, January 19, 2013

WLJ: Variety is key

As I mentioned last week, I'm doing this 30-Day Cardio Challenge.  Every day, he sends out an e-mail and video with the day's workout.  There's a little cardio, and a heavy emphasis on strength/resistance exercises -- variations of squats, lunges, push-ups, etc. They aren't easy exercises -- not by any stretch -- but I'm able to do them at home and on my own time.  It's been a great addition to my fitness routine. 

Some days, I follow his workout to the T.  Other days, I change it up a little to fit my preferences. I often prefer more cardio than he prescribes. I like breaking a good sweat and getting my heart going.  So sometimes, I'll add extra cardio by walking another mile or so on the treadmill or breaking out my Zumba Core Wii game (which I love, by the way).  And sometimes I'll substitute my kettlebell workout for his suggested exercises.  But I really do enjoy what he's sent out -- the squats and lunges are definitely having an impact on my lower body.  And I'm actually getting better at push-ups.  (I still hate them though. I don't think that'll change.)

Even if I don't follow the trainer's suggestions, it's nice to have some different workout ideas.  As much as I love my Zumba game and kettlebell workout, I can easily get bored and unmotivated.  I like having something different to do each day.  I think it's good for my body too.  If you do the same thing everyday, your body gets used to it.  Changing it up keeps my muscles guessing what's coming.

Do you have a set fitness routine?
Or do you change it up?
What's your favorite workout activity?

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Total weight-loss goal: 45 lbs.
This week's progress: -1.8 lbs.
Progress to date: -33.2 lbs.
Non-scale victory: I am working really hard to give up soda.  I'm proud to announce I haven't had any since Jan. 1.  And I really don't miss it. 

3 comments:

  1. I get bored easily too, especially with cardio, so I find different workouts on Pinterest. My strength training is currently based on the LiveFit plan. It is 12 weeks and you hit each body part 1x a week. I guess it changes a little each week. Congrats on cutting out the soda! If you need a carbonation fix, try some of the flavored waters out there.

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  2. I had real soda for the first time in months last night and I felt disgusting afterward (we were out for pizza and I needed caffeine). I have a diet something or other once a week or so (usually at work because I need something to pass the time), but drinking soda is so overrated.
    I completely slacked this week, but I love a good strength training workout.

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  3. I don't always get to comment BUT I do always love reading your WLJ posts! It's very encouraging and inspiring to me!

    I'm giving up soda-again- starting tomorrow! It's tough but I need it out of my life!

    Here's to another successful week!

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