Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Getting Back to Fitness

I have been making slow but good progress is getting back to my fitness. Looking back at my old post about sports wear I can really see how fit I was and toned (sigh)! I find it to be disheartening when I keep looking back on photos of my previous physique, so from here on out I'm putting a stop to that. Or at least for this week. 

I've started back with my old eating patterns such as; not eating late at night, having a portion of carbs once a day, high intensity interval training (way to go for weight loss), more fruit and veggies etc. I'm not as impressive as I use to be in the fitness area but I'm getting there. The key is to start of with small goals. For example when I first started back using the treadmill, I was only running for a minute and a half (9 km/hr) and briskly walking for five (6km/hr). Then I started running for two minutes at 9km and walking for five minutes at 6km, then two minutes running and three minutes walking till I reached where I am currently at two minutes at 9.5 km and walking for three at 6.5 km. It may not sound like much but for two weeks it's still progress. I was going to start shortening the gap between the running and the walking but since I'm not looking to increase my endurance it's not too much of a big deal if I don't. I read a study actually that said running for two minutes and walking/jogging for three burns more calories!   Of course I do my cardio and then move on to weight training, I don't over rely on cardio.

Example of some of the exercises I do after cardio come from +FitnessBlender
I did my abs yesterday using this work out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yk_z7CK6Ig

Workout Structure: (45 seconds on and 10 seconds off for each exercise.  Do each group twice through without a break before moving on to the next group)

Group One:
Jackknife Crunch
Knee Tuck Crunch
Standing Dumbbell Oblique Crunch
Back Bow Cross Over
Group Two:
Criss Cross Crunch
Russian Twist
Side Hip Raise
Back Bow Pull
Group Three:
Toe Touch Drops
Reverse Crunch
Ab Rocker

I have to say it was hard, because my abs are weaaaak. It's important to take your time though to do each rep right. Don't forget to stretch before and after as well! 
I started wearing some new gym gear by the way and I love them. I've opted for three quarter length work out pants instead of my usual straight leg yoga pants. They're still high waisted (just the way I like it) like the yoga pants. I also wear loose fitted X back tanks. I got them in +Old Navy, they don't seem to have the patterns I bought anymore but this is the style anyways: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1049018&vid=1&pid=487010182 From time to time I use my full length leggings from Penneys as well. I wear my +Nike roshe flyknits to the gym, they don't seem to sell this pattern anymore but they have plenty of others. http://store.nike.com/ie/en_gb/pw/n/1j7?sl=women%20roshe%20.  As for the sports bra, I use the same brand always: http://www.panache-lingerie.com/en/products/details/panache-sport/sports-bra/sports-bra/geo-print 

Happy gym-ing! 

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