Day 5: Identify a feasible workout routine. Commit.
The Blurb: Just in case you didn’t jump on the bandwagon with other New Year’s resolution-ers, today is the day. Don’t worry, you don’t have to join a gym or work out every single day to be successful. Take a few minutes to figure out something that is feasible with your work and home life. That being said, give it your best shot! And remember, anything active can be counted as working out.
Suggestions: Run. Pilates. Cross-fit. Yoga. Weight Training. Walk. Classes at your gym. Cardio. DVD workouts. Zumba.
Keeping it Real: Working out is one of those things it feels like will be impossible to shove into your day somewhere. But it’s also one of those things that pays generous dividends when you make it a priority. In case you aren’t sure how this works, let me break it down for you.
Is good for your heart. Promotes weight-loss. Prevents osteoporosis. Lowers bloodpressure. Is an excellent de-stressor. Prevents colds. Reduces severity of asthma. Promotes healthy pregnancies. Reduces diabetic complications. Plays a role in cancer prevention. Has anti-aging effects. Promotes brain health. Improves sex life. Improves sleep patterns. Helps prevent strokes. Good for mental health. Improves oxygen and nutrient supply. Improves muscle strength and joint function. Helps to manage arthritis (You can read an article detailing these further here).
I’ve done workouts at gyms, my house and outside. Right now I’ve found the most success doing it from home because then I don’t have to worry about travel time and getting a sitter. I have several favorite’s to help me stay motivated and to change it up that I thought I’d share with you:
P90X Website – Super intense 90 workout program based on muscle confusion. One of the toughest and most rewarding programs I’ve done.
Lara Hudson 10 Minute Solutions- Pilates – I’ve done these older ones for year which you can find on amazon or here’s her website for her new stuff called The Murcury Method. I love her Pilates DVDs because she explains everything so well and they are all broken down into 10 minute focused segments so you can pick what you want based on how much time you have to devote that day. These are some of my favs!
Slim in 6 Website – This is a great workout that touches on a little of everything. The idea is to do it for 6 weeks, but I have to change it up or I lose my momentum. It’s a great workout though.
My other favorite method of working out is walking/running with my little boy in a jogging stroller and listening to an audio-book! That’s partly how I read 50 books in 2013! I also participated in my first 5K last summer in Napa!
For today’s challenge, I’m committing to working out 3-4 times a week. I try to do Mon/Wed/Fri and then one day on the weekend. That’s my goal, but I leave some flexibility so that I don’t feel guilty enough to prevent my progress if I miss a day. Just figure out what works for you and be consistent!
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What are your favorite ways to get in a good workout? I hope that this post has helped you get a motivated to commit to your health.
See you tomorrow!