We are all searching-perhaps desperately–for the next big thing; especially when it comes to battling the bulge.
From personal experience, I can relay what has worked for me. However, I’m also interested in what has worked for my readers.
What has worked for me? Primarily, changing my mind about what being fit really means; but more on that under a different entry.
Changing my exercise routine throughout the week
I’ve always enjoyed running. After the birth of my son, I was looking for a way to lose the “baby weight,” and then some. My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas that year. He was certain I would ask for jewelry, or a memento commemorating our son’s birth. I did just that–the memento I wanted was a treadmill.
Running became my obsession. It was the only exercise I took seriously. Working a busy day shift in PACU (recovery room day surgery), I would get up and run 4-6 miles prior to heading to work. However, I quickly found unless I was upping my mileage weekly, the weight loss slowed. Eventually it stopped. I started to GAIN weight, even though I was running consistently. I became discouraged. I soon realized a change in attitude, as well as routine was required.
For me, change came in the form of DVDs. It also came in the form of beginning hot yoga classes.
So what do I do now? I incorporate yoga, running, and my favorite DVD into my week. Running may mean the treadmill or trail. I realize to running purists the treadmill is anathema. However, the treadmill is what started me on the road to relieving stress, initiating weight loss, and quieting my nerves after a hectic day. Running–treadmill or trail–remains to this day, my preferred method of exercise.
DVDs can be a great way to change-up your routine. I recommend to clients to select one form of a home workout; one that can be performed in under an hour. This means excuses become void about having time for the gym. My preference for my clients (after a thorough assessment and MD visit) is to select a DVD one to two levels above their current fitness level. It may mean taking breaks during the routine; and I encourage them to do so. Then, get right back at it. Eventually, you will find you are working into it, instead of growing out of it. Yet you should expect to grow out of it–if you are faithful to that part of your exercise routine.
Yoga appears to be the new darling of the fitness world. However, HOT yoga definitely kicks things up a notch. Room temperature can vary anywhere between 98-105F. In a crowded room, expect it to be even hotter. Hydration before, during, and after is key to this workout. Know this is not for everyone. Those with heat intolerance, the elderly, certain cardiac issues, or those with problems staying hydrated because of medications, may find this is not for them. As with any workout, this is a discussion to have with your MD first.
What has not worked for me? What wouldn’t I recommend? Check out my next entry under FITNESS. In the meantime, WHAT HAS WORKED FOR YOU? Let me know.
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