I spend a lot of time talking about fitness because I love exercise. I love to move my body and challenge it to see what I'm capable of.
However, overall health is more than just being physically fit.
If you're looking to lose weight, you're going to have to change how you eat. It is really difficult to burn off excess calories through exercise if you're consistently overeating. It takes a lot of time to "burn off a binge" through exercise. And a lot of effort and willpower. And it puts a lot of excess wear and tear on your body. It's not fun. Trust me, I've been there, done that way too many times. Guilty exercise is not fun. Exercising to get more fit and release endorphins is A LOT more fun and soul satisfying.
So, to increase your overall health and fitness, you need to do 2 things:
1. Eat Smart:
Focus on filling your body with NUTRIENTS, not just calories. The most nutrient dense foods come from plants. They are the rainbow-colored fruits and veggies.
2. Exercise Smart
Focus on quality over quantity. You can walk on the treadmill like a zombie for an hour and burn relatively few calories. Or you can mix up your workouts and incorporate weights, cardio and dynamic moves that will burn quite a few calories both during the workout and after, throughout the rest of the day. This is the model I use in all of my workouts. I use it because it works. It is scientifically proven, and myself and many others can testify that it works. You don't have to spend a lot of time in the gym to increase your fitness and look good!
I'll address these more in depth over the next few weeks because there is A LOT to cover.
But for this week, here's our schedule. These workouts will take anywhere from 20-60 minutes. It all depends on how many sets and reps you decide to do. If you're a beginner, start with the Beginner option or try the Trim in 20 Series. Ease into exercise. As you get stronger, you'll be able to (and will probably want to) do more.
Monday: Power of 10 #2
Tuesday: Cardi Party #2
Wednesday: Upper Body Sculpt #1
Thursday: Torch-er #2
Friday: Full Body Burnout #2
Saturday: Get outside for 30-60 minutes today! Walk, run, bike, hike, swim, etc. Grab a buddy and have some fun! Or try the 12-Minute Jump Rope Workout if you need some quick cardio!
Sunday: REST DAY! Take a walk or do some Yoga or Pilates to stretch out tight muscles again.