When I first began my new fitness regime, I was a little nervous about whether I would be able to keep up with my ‘lofty’ goals. To some, my exercise plan probably looked like more of a rest week than a fresh initiative to work out. However, after nothing except walking for many months, I was more than ready to get moving again. This time though it would be to an extent that was best for me and my health, not by what is deemed expected in the health and fitness world.
If you are a regular reader, than you know I have been loosely following Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Program for almost eight weeks now; hard to believe it’s been that long! I have to say that I was a little doubtful about whether I would be able to stick to a strength training program, but I have to say that in the last couple months I have learned a lot about myself, what type of exercises I enjoy, and how to keep my body healthy and strong.
- I really do enjoy weight training! I am not going to lie, I was always afraid of going into the weight area of the gym, but now I always seem to look forward to that part of my work out the most. I had read for years how important weight lifting is, but it took for me to actually try it myself instead of just reading about it to understand. I can tell I am getting stronger by the weight I am lifting now compared to eight weeks ago, and I also realized yesterday morning just how much more confident I have become around weights. I know the machines better, I know how to adjust them to fit my height, and I no longer feel as clumsy or as confused when following the Live Fit work out of the day.
- I love running! Seems funny that I have learned this from lifting, right? The truth is though I now run more just for the fun of it as opposed to simply completing a work out. I find myself craving runs so much more when it is not forced, and I absolutely can’t wait for the weather to keep warming up so I can take Tebow on more outdoor runs this spring. I have been running twice a week on the treadmill for twenty minutes at a time, and have been incorporating one or two runs on the weekends and a bunch of walks throughout the week. I am still watching my mileage as I transition back into more exercise, but so far I have been happy with 2-3 mile runs at a time.
- I don’t feel as tired as I usual. When running was my main form of exercise, I felt exhausted almost constantly. The running was taking a toll on my body and while one person may be able to handle 25+ miles a week, the 7+ miles I was doing a week before I took a break from exercise was just too much for my body to handle, especially without any strength training and without enough food. Now I feel a lot more energized than I used to and I don’t feel as groggy on a regular basis. I was a bit nervous in the beginning that I would get tired and sick easily with the increase in exercise. I had mono in college and since then I have battled immune deficiency and too much exercise can make me exhausted and susceptible to sickness. However, the constant cardio seemed to have been what truly exhausted me and fatigued my body, not so much with strength training.
- My blood sugar is more level. When I was running as my main form of exercise, I constantly felt hungry and my blood sugar would drop rapidly. By 2:30 pm my headaches would begin, I would need a nap, and I would rely on snacking to get me through the afternoon without falling over. Now I feel as if I can control my appetite a lot easier and my snacks are more for fuel than to keep me awake. I do realize I am eating quite a bit more now than I was before to keep up with my exercise burn and to make sure my body stays happy and healthy, but I definitely don’t seem to have those rapid blood sugar level changes like I used to, which is a definitely a positive effect.
- I feel happier and more accomplished! Exercise truly does get your endorphins going and I love the fulfillment I have after a hard work out. I started my work out plan hoping for three days a week of exercise, but lately I have been getting in exercise almost every day whether it’s through strength training, running, or simply taking a nice long walk. One way or another, I have been finding a way to move each and every day not because I have to, but because I sincerely want to. Exercise provides me with an extra boost of confidence I need, an increased appreciation for myself and my body, and a sense of accomplishment at the end of a long day.
Talk to me!
- Have you ever experienced any of my findings that I listed above? Tell me about them!
- Now that spring is almost here, what type of outdoor exercise are you looking forward to most?
- What is your work out schedule like right now? Do you find your exercise plan changes season by season?
- If you had to pick one type of exercise to do for the rest of your life, what would it be: Strength Training, Running, Yoga, Biking, Pilates, Barre Method, Zumba, Etc.?