I’m working out again.
It’s a situation met with joy and fear. I LOVE working out, so my brain tells me to get so excited! However my body knows it’s out of shape, and honestly I was enjoying the relaxation and extra time I’ve had the past two months.
I asked my friend Julie, a personal trainer at Julie Gannon Personal Training, to write me a workout plan to ease back into things. I felt totally clueless as to how to start working out in an appropriate way. I’m so used to going to the gym and going all out most days of the week, but that can’t happen right now. I need to start small and make sure my body still reacts well.
I told Julie my goals:
- Gain fitness, both strength and cardiovascular
- Slightly tone up my body and feel strong again
- NOT lose much weight, if any, since I need to be where I am to have periods!
- Keep it short since I’m busy. Only about 30 minutes per workout.
What she gave me was AWESOME! And way more thorough that I had expected — links for each workout, simple instructions, lots of flexibility.
At this point I have two days of circuit work outs – one focusing on “push” exercises and one focusing on “pull” exercises. I am doing 2 sets of twelve reps with a 30 second cardio burst in between. This takes about 20-25 minutes which is perfect.
Then I have a day for one of my favorite Reflexion Yoga videos, as well as an optional VERY easy cardio day. I knew that intense cardio would be out of the question right now, especially because of its negative affects on metabolism. That’s exactly what I just worked so hard to fix, and I definitely don’t want to undo my hard work.
I did my first circuit workout yesterday morning, and BOY was it humbling. I have lost a LOT of my strength and endurance! I used lighter weights than normal and still had to take breaks in my sets. I used to be able to bang out push ups, but no longer!!
Regardless, it felt SO GOOD to move my body and sweat a little. I was back at my apartment in under 45 minutes so I still had plenty of morning left to eat breakfast and get ready for class.
I am frustrated that I lost so much of my fitness, but it’s motivation to work hard and was totally worth it to be healthy. I’ll get my fitness back eventually, I just need to remember that I’m EASING INTO THIS. I’m taking it slow.
- Do you remember what it was like when you first started working out?
- What are your current fitness goals?