This was it, my first week back at the gym! My theme for the week was cardio, cardio, and more cardio. This was a rather radical choice for me because I traditionally am NOT big on cardio nor much of a believer in its results, but I chose to focus on it for three main reasons. One, I’ve spent the last month and half building this little store of fat over my stomach and wanted to feel like I was burning some of it off before I start to sculpt again. Two, my immune system is the worst, so I wanted to take advantage of my healthy, well rested body before I pick up some more germs from my lovely 3rd graders and am knocked off the cardio machines for weeks anyway. Three, if I can make it through a week of cardio workouts, I figure I can make it through the long haul. Like I said, I am NOT a cardio lover.
I made it my main priority to do 45 minutes of cardio each day. (The only exception to this was Friday when I was snowed in all morning, so I did a 20 minute on-demand workout, which I will admit made me more sore than any of the cardio.) I switched between the elliptical, treadmill, and stairclimber, sometimes using a combination of machines in the same day. Even though I was only focused on getting my heart pumping, I did go through a short lift circuit most days. I only did 2 sets and used really light weights, basically to get my muscles used to working out again. I don’t want to push too hard to fast and hurt myself the first week back, so I purposely took it pretty easy.
I feel confident that I’m off to a great start in getting my body back in shape for Summer 2014. (Yea, I know it’s January, but it’s never too early to start ;)) Are you motivated to do the same? Commit to your own cardio blast and let me know your results! Let’s do this together!
WEEK ONE RULES IN A NUTSHELL
45 minutes of cardio per day.
Light dumbells - 2 sets of 12.
Start to activate your core.
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Up next: Cardio, plus STRENGTH!