Tuesday, February 21, 2012

THE HEALTHY LIFE

If you read my last post (which feels like a LONG time ago, particularly in blogger time), you'll know that I decided to make a more serious commitment to my health and fitness. Well, I've been doing just that and I absolutely love how it makes me feel. Here's a little illustration of my lifestyle this past week...

My gym: It has all I need. I love the elliptical trainer because it loves my knees! I had to stop exercise completely at the end of last year after hurting my knee quite badly while on a brisk walk (what am I, 70?)... I've got pretty weak knees and they don't like much impact so the cross trainer is my cardio soulmate. I choose the "total body" workout setting, a really effective interval-style workout that fulfils all my cardio needs :-)

I'm in here for 45 minutes to an hour most days... You don't need to spend a lot of time in the gym but you need to make sure you're pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. I personally love setting up little circuit routines that I repeat until I'm literally shaking. It's awesome for your metabolism, particularly when you combine with weights. 

Handy tips on circuits:

Choose at least 4 different exercises of which you can complete 6-10 repetitions (reps). Once you have completed the circuit, take a short rest before beginning the circuit again. 

A useful tip from Men's Fitness: 'If this is your first time doing a circuit, be conservative and stay closer to six reps. As you improve, you can increase your reps. Rest about 60 seconds, or only as long as it takes before you think you can repeat the exercises with good form— that’s one “round.” Perform one fewer rep each round until you’re down to just one rep (so if you started with eight reps, you’d do seven the second round, six the third, and so on)'

I recommended you work different body parts too, so if you go nuts doing dips, it feels like quite a relief if you do squats or sit-ups as your next exercise.

Workout attire... I have a steady diet of capris and singlets! This picture captures my post-workout hair... It would look a lot worse but I am constantly having to re-tie it during my gym sessions... You shouldn't walk out of the gym looking or feeling the same as when you walked in.

Pouring the whites for my egg white, spinach and avocado omelette. I swear I eat these every night!

On the weekends, I like to eat out. Last weekend, instead my usual  burrito or hamburger, I had this glorious vegan, gluten-free lasagne with cabbage salad at Iku Wholefoods. I don't miss junk food when I am eating seriously tasty, healthy food like this. 



This is my "health and fitness" board on Pinterest.  I'm always updating and consulting my little board for inspiration, and it's handy to have it all in one place.

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