I would get on a little jag for a few weeks at a time but then get sidelined… because I have always loved cardio more than lifting weights or doing body weight exercises. Running and aerobics come much easier to me. And I think I was talked into believing that cardio work was better for me, somehow. And let’s be honest… when I am running regularly I just don’t feel like doing strength training on top of it. Running makes me tired. There, I said it. As much as I love it, it makes me tired. Strength work gets pushed to the back burner most of the time, and forgotten, or neglected.
But over the last couple of years I have had little tastes of how good strength training feels… and I have read a lot and learned how good it is for me, so I have been doing more but on kind of a willy-nilly basis… no regularity, no particular routines. And of course, no visible results.
I knew that had to change. I wanted it to change. And it has changed. During the past 8 weeks I have been doing strength/resistance workouts 3 times every week.
I took part in round 5 of Tina Reale’s Best Body Boot Camp and really immersed myself in the workouts.
And I learned a lot of things… about working out and about myself.
- I really enjoy variety. I don’t like to do the same workout over and over again. I get bored and I find it difficult to maintain focus and keep at it
- I like to workout first thing in the morning, before breakfast
- Working out makes me hungry
- I have worked out in the evening, but I find it stimulates me too much and I don’t sleep well
- Working hard and finishing a session exhausted and shaky gives me a sense of accomplishment and confidence
- Watching myself in the mirror helps me focus on the muscles each exercise is working
- When my muscles are sore and tired after a workout I am convinced I can feel them growing and getting stronger
- I like to know ahead of time what I will be doing in a given workout so planning is important for me
- I like to work out at home by myself
- I love seeing results; I love feeling results
I don’t want to get out of the routine of working out 3 times a week. I don’t want to backslide on the great results I am seeing in my upper body especially. So I am spending some time today, planning the week’s workouts. I will fit in my cardio where I can, and if the weather cooperates I would love to get out sailing for a day or two… but I am going to plan 3 strength workouts.
- a workout I designed for myself some time ago that takes 20 – 25 minutes
- a 10- minute core workout from fitknitchick’s #FatblasterFriday video library
- run or walk, if raining
- 30 minute yoga flow
- 25 minute Reebok kettlebell workout DVD, levels beginner and intermediate
- 30 minute walk before work
- afternoon run , walk, or swim
- 20 minute full body tabata workout
- run, walk, or swim
- 30 minute Pilates for Dummies session on either day
I will keep ya posted as to how it all pans out.
What is your favorite non-cardio workout? Any at-home workouts to recommend?