Hi everyone and welcome to a slightly different blog post from me, although I feel as though I have been saying that a lot recently – describing posts as ‘different’. I guess this one is different in the sense that I’ve never spoken before about fitness and that’s really as a result of never really being into fitness un till the start of this year.
So at the beginning of 2017, I made the decision to get fit. I promised myself that I wasn’t going to just ‘try’ and work out ‘when I got time’, instead I was going to go for it and nothing was going to stop me. I made a decision that every second day I would do an ‘ab’ work out and so far this year that’s exactly what I’ve done.On the alternative days, I take it easier but I still make sure to factor in at least a 1/2 hour walk. With the work out here’s what I do:
1. 3-minute plank.
2. 60 Push-ups.
3.60 sit ups.
That’s it! I mean, when I say ‘that’s it’, it kills me nearly every time but it is deliciously simple, doesn’t take long and research has shown that lots of smaller and more intense workouts are relatively more beneficial to better health and a better-looking body. When I started working out I would only plank for about a minute and do a lot less ‘push-ups’ and ‘sit ups’ but as time has gone on I’ve been adding more but only after listening to my body and when I have felt my body is ready. This particular workout takes me about 5 minutes and at the end, I feel pretty like close to death but when that feeling passes, as it does quite quickly, I then feel much better and have loved seeing my body tone up appreciably as time has gone on.
If I had promised myself at the start of the year to do say 30-minute workouts, I think it would have been a bit out of reach and I know it’s something I wouldn’t have stuck to. However, the converse is true, with the 5-minute version it feels mentally like something I can do. If you aren’t used to working out my advice would be never jump straight in at the deep end – you’ll get disheartened – just work your way up slowly but surely and enjoy the achievements as you do. Achieving the ‘ideal body’ isn’t just only about working out, choosing what to eat has a huge part to play as well. A massive factor that helped me stay motived as I got into working out was the fact that I took on a 2-week detox that ran alongside the exercising. You can read about my detox experience in more detail here.
*Disclaimer* I am not trained in fitness- this is only my personal experience on what worked for me.