I have always been athletic and participating in some sport as a youth. In my 20s, I found myself working out in the gym. I started working out because, at the time, I was working in manufacturing and one of the suggestions made to keep your body from "breaking down'" (from the repetitious laborious work) was building and strengthening your muscles. And OH BOI, did I! I also hate being thin and thought that the muscle I would gain from working out would make me look thicker.
Thick, well, I have never been able to achieve that look. But, now that I am a more seasoned woman, I am more interested in remaining toned and fit. So, since I am a busy mom, peace advocate and volunteer in my community, I really have no time to hit the gym. Honestly, I can not even afford a membership (one that I really prefer) or a personal trainer but if I could, I might just have one as long as he looks like The Rock (teehee)!
Because I am an avid fitness junkie, and I absolutely, undeniably, dislike repetitious workouts, I had a lightbulb moment a few weeks ago! I was browsing through my Pinterest "Work that Body" board and witnessed all these incredible seven-, 14- and 30-day workout regimes. I was in fitness heaven! Because I am a big DIY kind of person, I thought to myself (there goes that lightbulb moment!), why don't I just save some of these workouts to my camera roll and develop a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly workout regime? Ta dah!!! Yes, DIY made simple!
For the whole year of 2013 until March of 2014, I was a Crossfit junkie! I absolutely loved it. It was challenging, and the routines were never ever the same. And...my body! I loved the physical results of Crossfit training. But after re-injuring myself a few times and a trip out of town, I never saw the "box" (aka Crossfit speak for "gym) again. For a whole year, I did not workout. However, this April I started back, and I am going to go hard until my birthday in August.
I have planned my first 30 days! A total body workout plan for 30 whole days. My workout routine will consist of some of the following exercises (1 minute each):
- Mountain Climbers
- Jumping Jacks
- Walk-out Pushups
- Plank Jacks
- Bicycle Crunches
- Left-Side Hip Raises
- Right-Side Hip Raises
- Wall Sit
- Russian Twist
- Boat Pose Hold
- Triceps Dips
- Left-Side Lunge
- Right-Side Lunge
- 12-Mile Bike Rides
- Jumping Rope
That is just some of what I will put my body through. The cool part is that I can increase the time from 1 to 2 minutes and really mix up the routines! I have already lost considerable weight riding my bike. I ride between 15-20 miles a week. Since starting my workout regime March 29, I've rode 157.9 miles and burned a total of 6,834 calories per MapMyWalk, which is a great app to record and chart your progress. I am excited to see the transformation!
If you are looking for a buddy or challenge, sign up for MapMyWalk, look me up, and we can support one another!
"Nothing Will Work Unless You Do"