Can you believe it's time for another Work It Out Wednesday already? It seems like only 5 minutes since I wrote the last one, but you know what they say, time flies when you're having fun... or something!
As I mentioned in my first post, exercising has become a massive part of my life in the last year, and despite my struggles to lose weight, I've still had some success in building my strength and stamina, using a range of methods.
When I first started working out in a gym I really had no idea what I was doing, so working with a personal trainer seemed like a good place to start. My initial thought was that I'd just use a PT for a month or two, enough time to learn the right form in exercises and how to structure a workout for myself. As time went on however, working with a PT became much more, it motivated me when I otherwise might not have exercised, helped me to identify and set myself goals, and more importantly made me want to keep up with my new regime in the long term. I know it's a pricey option, but if you can afford to see a personal trainer I think it's definitely worth it.
Not too long ago I would have counted myself amongst the scores of women who think that lifting weights makes you bulky or overly muscular, but oh how wrong I was! I've found that performing strengh training, either with weights or just with my body weight, is great at keeping my heart rate going whilst improving my strength and it definitely hasn't made me bulk up, but rather tone up. My favourite way of exercising with weights is to superset certain exercises. As an example I might do a set of 12-15 squats, followed immediately by a set of walking lunges (15 on each leg), rest for a minute or 2 then do the same again for another 2 or 3 sets. For a complete training session I'll do a range of supersets encompassing as many large muscle groups as possible, it definitely gets me working!
HIIT (or high intensity interval training) is the most recent addition to my exercise routine, it's without a doubt the hardest form of exercise I do, but it's over pretty quickly, and the rewards certainly make it worthwhile. I started my HIIT training just over 2 weeks ago, I use the treadmill for the most part, running as fast as I can for 30-45 seconds (admittedly not very fast right now) before having a rest interval of a minute to catch my breath. I'll repeat this process around 12 times, and let me tell you, by the end of it I'm absolutely knackered. Why do I do HIIT training? Well, it's a brilliant fat burner, and already in two weeks I'm able to run faster and for far longer. I can't wait to see what I can do as my training progresses.
I do feel like my training schedule is pretty full, but I love it and would still like to include more variety, potentially to include some classes like boxercise or circuits and maybe some yoga to improve my flexibility.
I'd love to hear about any training that you do, leave me a comment below.