Earlier this week my wife and I decided that we needed to finally start exercising again, and actually watching what we eat. We had slipped into a bit of a malaise where we didn’t care much what we were eating, or where we were eating.
So this weekend we made a pact with each other that we’re going to get back to exercising 5-6 days a week, and eating healthy.
Monday evening I re-started my fitness routine by doing the high-intensity cardio from a DVD put out by the TV show “The Biggest Loser”. Normally I can’t stand doing workout routines via DVD – but this one is actually not too bad. It features the trainer Bob from the hit TV show, along with contestants from season 2 or 3 of the show.
What does the workout consist of? It starts out with some back and forth skating motions followed by some tire runs (lifting your knees high running in place) and football runs (moving your feet as fast as you can). Then you do some shadow boxing and finish up with 1 knee lift and leg kicks.
Every time I do this workout I go in thinking its not going to be that bad, but every time I am finished I am drenched with sweat, and panting for breath. And it feels great!
Yesterday I re-started my weight lifting routine. I started with a lower body routine with some squats, followed by some hamstring dead lifts. I finished up with some calf exercises and some ab exercises. Once again the workout left me tired.
I’ve learned that if I haven’t lifted weights for a while I tend to get really sore the first 2 or 3 times I lift weights, and then the soreness isn’t as bad. As expected, I’m pretty sore this morning.
So I’m off to a good start this week, now I just have to stay motivated in the face of all the other stuff life is throwing at me this week. Transmission problems on my car, teaching a class, just being fatigued in general. Just another week!
What kind of workouts are you doing right now? Are they working? Do you feel like you need to try something different? Tell me about it in the comments!