Lately I’ve been really pushing myself more than ever when it comes to working out and eating right. I realize that there is a joy in working out. Once you finish your challenge of the day, your mind becomes clearer, your body becomes stronger and regenerated, and you have added energy to conquer your day that follows.
I have increased the number of days that I work out during the week by one, so now I am working out 3 days a week as opposed to 2. I find that this has made a huge difference in the results that I am seeing. Someone once told me that if I want to lose weight, I should follow the 80% diet and 20% exercise plan. Although I may not stick to this 100% or all of the time, I try to use this theory as a guideline.
Over the past two months, I have been going at it hard, in a good way! Just last week, on Tuesday, I did a 2 and a half hour workout without weights. It was mostly cardio focused and walking up the stairs around 20 times and then coming down. Also, along with the walking, we challenged ourselves by skipping some steps along the way. That really burned! When we reached level 5, we stopped and did 3 sets of 10 burpees. My fitness mentor really likes to challenge us.
I’m really looking forward to the summer because we’ll be taking longer power walks with weights up and down hills. I like working out outdoors because it forces you to be creative and come up with new and wicked workouts. Sometimes just being in a gym can get a little bit boring and repetitive. In terms of my fitness journey, I want to keep going because working out brings me so much joy and confidence in my life. I may not be Arnold Schwarzenegger now or in the next 5 years, but as long as I strive to be healthy and fit, I will make it to my own standards.
Here are some exercises that I enjoy doing even though most of the time they kill me, but I still enjoy it:
- Burpees – the worst/best but most effective. This exercises engages your abs, your legs, your arms, pretty much your entire body. Great full body workout that my Fitness Mentor has introduced me to. I hate it, but I love it.
- Squat and Side Lift with Weights
- Around the World with Weights – great for your arms
- Tricep Dips, The Fly, and Bicep Curls
- Jackhammer Exercise
- Planks – different variations to target different areas of the body
- Mountain Climbs
While you are working out, it’s all about mind over matter. When you can push yourself beyond your capacity and limits, you are truly growing and your muscles will thank you in the long run. My fitness mentor always says you gotta push, you gotta make your muscles cry in order to get results. If you don’t believe me, come with me one day and you will see what I’m talking about. It’s all about the transformation of the mind, the heart, spirit, the soul, to transform an unhealthy body into a healthy body. At the end of every workout, we often say “Healthy body, healthy mind”. Peace and blessings, happy Easter everyone!