Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Workouts I Recommend

When it comes to losing weight and inches, diet isn't the only thing that is important. The workout aspect is really important as well.

(In case you missed it, I posted my weight loss update with some great healthy recipes here.)

I mentioned to a few people in the comments section that I like to pin my favorite workouts. You can find my full collection of workout pins on my Get Fit board. Why do I pin them? When I decide that I'm going to workout, I want to get it over with as quickly as possible (ha!). By keeping everything in one place, it just makes my life easier. When I do workouts like the ones below, that are pinned, all I have to do it look at one page to see many different things that I can do. I HATE repetition - I want to do all sorts of things, not just the same old boring planks or whatever over and over.

Here are a few of my favorite workout pins:

Pop Pilates

This one targets your abs:

Another favorite is a video I pinned called Six Weeks To Sleeveless. It's a great arm workout. The instructor is a little hard to listen to but if you can get past that, it's a intense arm workout!

Also, I promised to answer the question of "what workout equipment do you use?" I have a recumbent bike and two sets of hand weights (3lb and 5lb). I used to have a treadmill, home gym and elliptical but we got rid of all of that, since I rarely used it.

As far as videos, I have used Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred off and on for the last year. My issue with videos is the repetition. I get bored so easily!

My next challenge is the 300 Ab Workout (it's pinned). I've seen some people post great results!

A couple of people wanted to know what I did to get started. I'd say that depends on your level of fitness. I was pretty unfit, after 2 c-sections, 2 consecutive pregnancies and years of infertility treatments where I wasn't allowed to do anything strenuous. I started by walking my neighborhood and pushing the stroller. Then I incorporated the recumbent bike - I love it because I can read on my iPad or watch tv while doing it. Pretty soon, you've biked 5 miles and didn't even notice it. After I got good at that, I incorporated arm exercises while I was on the bike, using my hand weights. I'll throw in Pinterest workouts and workout DVD's here and there just to spice things up.

Also, I only allow myself one glass of sweet tea a day, and I start my day out with lemon water. Lemons are supposed to speed up the metabolism. I usually end up drinking iced lemon water all day - it burns more calories to drink cold beverages because your body has to bring them up to your temperature. Or at least that's what Pinterest said. ;-)

I hope this answers all of the workout related questions that were asked. If I missed something, let me know!
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