Friday, August 26, 2011

Mixing it up to improve your results

                                       ( this is how my 5 year old son Tim is mixing it up these days)

So when I first started out on this journey I chose walking as my form of exercise. I would start out with small walks at the mall, as the weather got nicer I took my walks outside and often had my husband or my friend with me. Now this combined with the healthier eating was giving me some good results on the scale but I still had a way to go and knew I had to kick it up a notch.

Being up late one night I saw an informerical for one of those beach body series Turbo Jam.

I really liked the instructor and decided to order the series. When my dvd's arrived I started doing those on the days I didnt walk and even somedays I would walk a little in the morning and maybe put one of these in at night.

As I added this new form of exercise to my walking routine I saw that the scale started to move more. I also started toning up areas on my body that I was not seeing improvement in through walking alone like my arms which I always tried to cover because they looked bigger and out of shape.

It was then that the light bulb sort of went on for me that when I was just walking I was neglecting other parts of my body. So even though I was losing poundage I wasnt seeing the results I wanted in overall appearance.

As my body got used to walking and the TurboJam dvd's I knew that I had to start incorporating other things in to continue to challenge my body. From a cardio perspective I actually started to run some at first on my own although it was more like a walk/run combo and then as I got a little faster I started going for runs with my sister.From a strength perspective I started looking at other dvd's I could incorporate and tried some of the Biggest Loser series and some from Jari Love.I found by training different parts of my body during the week, it allowed the parts I worked the day prior to recooperate and it also helped me to improve my overall fitness level.

To this day I still am trying different things to always keep my body guessing. I am focused on running currently because I have a couple longer races coming up over the next two months, but on the days that I don't run I have started to incorporate other forms of cardio when I'm at the gym such as biking and rowing.

From a strength perspective I do some freeweights at the gym, but because I like I make my morning workout more cardio focused and am sometimes pressed for time I tend to do my strength at home.
For those with an ondemand option on cable I have found a lot of good 20-30 minute workouts that really make you work and dont require a ton of equipment just a set of handweights. A few I currently have in my rotation are:

The Butt Bible:
This series incorporates both lower strength as well as upper body options too.

and there are a couple done by this trainer Marco Reed that are pretty good too. I especially like his 10 minute ab routine and his rock hard arm 20 minute session.

As my body adjusts to these I will still be investigating other ways to mix it up. So as you start or continue on your fitness journey keep in mind that by trying new things, this may just help you to stick with it, as you won't get bored, you will see better results , and will be working at increasing your overall fitness level.

So readers what have you been doing to mix things up?


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