Plyometrics, or “plyo,” helps you burn twice as many calories and adds spice to your workout. It encourages muscle development, speed agility, endurance and quickness. It stimulates many different muscle groups, which helps transform fat into lean muscle. It’s great for the larger muscle groups like legs, butts, thighs, and arms.
If you’re like me, cold weather can turn you into a hermit, which means you’re less likely to go to the gym, workout regularly, and stick to your regularly scheduled routine.
“Weather is such a socially acceptable excuse, we grab it and run—or rather, sit on the couch,” says life coach Laurie Gerber, president of Handel Group Life Coaching.
The problem with this is that it doesn’t make you feel better. In fact, you’ll feel worse when springtime comes around and you’ve gained excess pounds. Then, you will be stressed about losing weight in time to fit into your bathing suit or swim trunks by June. Sound familiar?!
Make yourself accountable or ask your spouse/partner/BFF to hold you accountable if you don’t workout so many times per week. Even if the weather is bad, you can workout at home – NO EXCUSES
Take up a winter sport that will get you up and moving, and even out of the house – i.e. join a bowling team, take swimming lessons or ice skating, go roller-skating once a week with friends or family, or get Wii-Fit or XboxKinect. There are many indoor options to choose from.
Skype is becoming very popular. Link up with a friend and workout together via Skype.
Lastly, use your TV commercial breaks to break out some dumbbells and get busy. Squats, lunges, jumping jacks, push ups, crunches, etc. can be performed quickly during those 90 second spots.
Work out like crazy… Slack off… Work out like crazy… Slack off… Sound familiar?
An irregular exercise pattern can raise your body’s natural set point (the weight your biological system naturally tries to maintain) and make it harder to dip below that number. When you don’t exercise regularly, bursts of intense activity require your heart and lungs to work much harder than they are used to and can be damaging physically and emotionally.
You are not equipped with a gym membership, healthy food, water, exercise gear, etc., but are you really MENTALLY ready for this? Cheryl Davis, IFBB Figure Pro, shares her insight on getting your mind right when it comes to getting fit.
1. ASK YOURSELF WHY YOU ARE EXERCISING 2. SET GOALS 3. KEEP AN EXERCISE JOURNAL 4. TAKE PROGRESS PHOTOS 5. TARGET HEART RATE 6. CREATE A MOTIVATION COLLAGE/BOARD 7. FIND SOMEONE TO PARTNER UP AND WORKOUT WITH 8. DOWNLOAD GOOD WORKOUT MUSIC 9. PLAN YOUR WORKOUT & NUTRITION PROGRAM AHEAD 10. REWARD YOURSELF, ONCE IN A WHILE, FOR STICKING TO THE PLAN
I know I’ve been a little quiet lately. I’m 57 days away from my next competition and have been working out in the mornings, going to work and working out in the evenings, which includes weight training and cardio on the “Beast”, almost daily. So, I’ve been too exhausted to blog very much. I’ve taken progress photos and thought I’d share with you. I’m still holding a lot of water and am working to increase my cardio training to get rid of it. So, I still have a ways to go. I’ll have more photos soon!