(If you’re wondering what I did for “Week 1,” it looked almost identical to this week).
Although it might not seem like a fitness instructor would need much motivation to exercise, there are definitely moments (read: days at a time) when exercising seems like more of a chore than a treat (which is how I usually view it…I’m weird, I know).
And I’ll be honest—between the last month + of holiday indulgence and the inevitable pound (or four) that creeps up on me whenever I reach that point in nursing my babies where it’s more about comfort than sustenance, my pants and my hips have gotten into a bit of a tussle that I’d like to end with a decisive win for The Pants!
So, here are my fitness goals for January 9-15 (a.k.a the SECOND WEEK OF 2012…can you believe it??):
Monday, January 9nd: Teach BODYCOMBAT and BODYPUMP (subbing for another instructor so she can go to the memorial service for little Haven Grace).
Tuesday, January 10th: 45 minutes on the elliptical while I do my Bible reading (at 6 AM, hopefully), 100 push-ups (5 sets of 20).
Wednesday, January 11th: Teach BODYCOMBAT and BODYPUMP (back-to-back)
Thursday, January 12th: 45 minutes on the elliptical while I do Bible reading + practice new BODYCOMBAT release.
Friday, January 13th: Teach BODYCOMBAT + 100 push-ups (5 sets of 20).
Saturday, January 14th: Practice the new BODYPUMP.
Sunday, January 15th: REST (!!!)
Now, if this list seems a bit frenetic, please know that for the past 2 months, I’ve been averaging closer to 3 days of exercise a week, which was appropriate given the busy season, but it’s a little low for me.
So…even though I know this is not a normal list for most folks, it’s very doable for me at this point in my fitness journey, and it’s the kind of kick in the pants I need to feel energized, healthy, and strong as the new year begins.
I know that fitness/weight loss/get healthy goals are on most people’s minds each January…
So, starting next Monday, I’ll be introducing one simple fitness move at a time that packs a wallop in terms of results.
I’ll also give you a suggestion of how many times to do it per/week and pledge to follow my suggestions for the week (i.e., if I show you how to do burpees and tell you to do 20 per day, 3 days a week, then I will do them as well).
That way, we can all
be in pain get fitter together!
I don’t have a move for you this week, but I do have a fitness tip:
Wear the right stuff. (And no, the brand doesn’t matter).
This is classic BODYCOMBAT garb for me: 1) fitted, breathable sleeveless top so I don’t overheat or get tangled up in sleeves while I’m punching and 2) loose, longish shorts to make kicking easier (and more modest…these are actually rolled up in the pic because I was doing stuff around the house, and they’re long enough to actually get in the way of kneeling to scrub bathtubs and such).
But I’m not wearing perhaps the most important elements of my “uniform”: MY GLOVES.
Boxing gloves not only make me feel much cooler—exposed girly wrists do not look tough when you’re punching—but they also add just a smidge of resistance (they probably weigh half a pound each), which helps with toning and makes me punch harder.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.
So, what about you? Got any plans to sweat this week?
What about tricks or gear that help you work harder?
I’m all ears!