Mar
31

Getting Back In Shape

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It’s our second week on the 30 day challenge and we’re sticking with it, especially the part about aerobic exercise.  As I let you in my previous post “The First Week” aerobic exercise is something that I’ve neglected for the past few years. In my early 30′s, when I was a personal trainer and a fitness instructor, I burnt myself out teaching aerobic class, so over the years I have drastically curtailed, if not elimated any form of aerobic exercise from my regimen.

In my early years as a personal trainer I used to tell my clients that they needed to do aerobic exercise for a minimum of 3 time a week for 30 minutes at a time, and that the type of exercise had to such that it was repetitive and boring. You had to use the major muscles of your body – like the muscles in your legs or in your back, and in the same repetitive pattern. This was usually what most people would consider a boring exercise like, biking, swimming, running, or rowing.

But later in my fitness career I changed my approach. I realized a few things, most people didn’t have the motivation or the will power to get on a piece of stationary equipment, at home or in gym for 30 minutes at a time 3-5 days a week and they lost interest and stopped trying. Also for people that were trying to loose weight, once their body adapted to their exercise regimen they hit a plateau and found it hard to loose any more weight. Also I had stopped doing aerobic exercise myself because I was in the gym so much training anaerobically.

I started to tell people to find something they enjoy and someone to do it with, this way they were more likely to stick with it. And for those that were having trouble loosing weight, I’d advise them to breakup their exercise sessions. If they were exercising 3o minutes each morning for instance, I’d tell them to workout for 15 minutes in the morning (preferable before breakfast) and 15 minutes in the evening (before diner). This would do more to raise their metabolism throughout the day and help to burn more calories.

One thing that I so remember from the years that I spent in the fitness industry is that the best way to loose inches around your midsection is to do aerobic exercise. You can workout with weights to firm up the rest of your body, but in order to loose those inches around your waist you must do aerobic exercise and of course it also helps if your taking in a few less calories than your burning up each day. So this is one area of the 30 day challenge that I have been keeping up on. I’m continuing to walk every other day and I’ve increased my rebounding to 10 minutes each morning. I sometimes mis an ab workout, which I do on the days that I don’t walk, but I am back to my weightlifting workouts at least 3 times a week.

In my next post, I’ll tell you more about my ab workouts and how they’ve evolved over the years.

To your health,

Joanne

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