|I’m one of the colourful sprinting blurs|
If you feel like I feel – me being a fairly active person – read super active person who does 8-9 workouts a week on average (yes yes mental I know) – I feel like shooting my self when we’re doing the 1 k test once a month in bootcamp.
I hate it. I hate the monotony of running. I feel upset. Every workout I do makes me feel uplifted and happy. Except for running.
I was a lazy chubby girl till 2 years ago. I could not wake up without an alarm till 10 am or sometimes 11. up until the age of 28, I was not some 18 year old lethargic teen mind you. So I’m not a natural to working out, nor was I ever athletic.
I think the key to fitness is to really enjoy exercise and in order to enjoy it, you need to find things that take up less time and are therefore less monotonous.
Here are some ideas…
1) Stop running if you hate it : Sprint instead. Do one or two all out sprints a week. Whats that you ask? Why, only the best thing you can do to activate your metabolism into over drive and build that lean muscle and burn that fat quickly.
So a HIIT session could look like this. As many body weight squats you can do in 40 seconds, 10 seconds break. As many pushups that you can do in 40 seconds, 10 seconds break. As many burpees that you can do in 40 seconds, 10 seconds break. And so on. Or 10 sets of 5 pull ups , 10 pushups and 15 squats. There are a whole list of body weight workouts you can play with but I’l save that for a subsequent post. Of course weights, light and heavy, can also be done in a HIIT session so there is no need to give up your weight training. This will help you put on lean muscle mass and get a strong core.
3) Lift sensibly – I don’t enjoy going to the gym and spending an hour and a half doing monotonous repetitive exercises. So I barely go. The only thing that keeps me going back is that I know its going to be a short half an hour or 40 minutes. How? I don’t workout small muscles in isolation. I do the big stuff. Heavy weighted squats, lunges, step ups, over head press, chest press, bent over dumbbell rows and deadlifts, are the only workouts I ever do and from this list I pick 3 for the day, do them and walk out. These are functional work outs or compound movements that employ more than one muscle group and are also real life movements that will help me when I want to pick up my heavy suitcase from the conveyer belt at the airport (during my many travels) and put it on the trolley.
From sheer experience I can tell you that taking baby steps, cutting out stuff I hated, spending less time working out but making every moment count, slowly made me start enjoying the process.
Now I must confess that I do spend a reasonable amount (try embarrassing) of time working out but only because its no longer a drag.