My workouts are key to feeling my best. I’ve felt like this since a teenager. Working out is my adrenalin, it’s what I do to feel confident and to feel the VERY BEST I can! I’ve written many blogs about this, but thought it was time for a bit of an update since we are NOW in the season of fewer clothes! There is always an extra motivation to WORKOUT this time of year.
I remember as a young mother, in tip-top shape after having three baby boys, thinking that I would never let my body go. I would always stay vigilant in exercising and eating right, and my body would never sag or look out of shape. Well…………….. then midlife happened. At forty I noticed some cellulite and tiredness. At fifty I noticed more cellulite and started to feel the looseness of my skin. Now at sixty I definitely am feeling it all. No matter how good of shape I’m in, I’m still going to get the loose skin. It just happens.
I’m here for the fight though. My outlook on working out is a bit different. I work out more for my head now. I’m still going to have the same body and the same issues. Unless I wanted to get completely crazy with my diet, and I mean that I would eat NO FAT, NO CARBS, NO SUGAR….. blah blah blah, I’m not going to be a completely mean machine. I COULD IF I WANTED, if I wanted to be THAT disciplined.
For me though, that isn’t a very fun lifestyle. I would rather eat healthy 90% of the time and be able to have that splurge every now and then. When I want a treat, I want a treat. Like ice cream. I don’t want to eat low-fat, low sugar varieties. I want the real stuff. If I’m eating right MOST of the time, I can afford to have REAL ICE CREAM. I’ve said before that I eat dark chocolate almost every day. To me, it’s a treat and if I didn’t have it I would probably feel deprived and then who knows what could happen.
ABOUT MY WORKOUT ROUTINE~
So this is my workout routine….. I exercise for 60 minutes on my Elliptical trainer six days a week. If I’m traveling, there have been sometimes four days without a good workout. I used to be afraid of missing, but now I don’t stress about it, and will allow my body to rest and get back on track when I get home. I have yet to gain weight during those times, because I usually lose weight when I travel…. not gain.
After my cardio I’ll work for 20-30 minutes lifting free weights, squats, lunges, push-ups, and ab work. I work opposing muscle groups (biceps, triceps, quads, hamstrings, back, chest, and shoulders. I change this up every couple of weeks or so. I ALWAYS STRETCH after every workout for at least 10 minutes. That part should be more I know, but I’m always anxious to be done.
So there you have it. It’s not complicated at all. It’s easy, it’s doable, it’s invigorating, and it’s what I do to stay in shape. I did give yoga another good try at the beginning of this year. IT DOES NOT WORK FOR ME. This time around I became convinced that it’s not for me. So done with Yoga!
Anyway…. however this helps you or inspires you or makes you feel good about your routine, I hope it helps some way. My workouts are KEY to feeling MY BEST! I get so many questions about this, so updates every now and then I feel like helps!
TAKE CARE FRIENDS!