can you believe two months have flown by since i hit the gym? and i’m happy to report i feel great! my stamina has increased, muscle tone improved, and my energy level is high throughout the day. if you remember, at the end of august i joined orange theory. this is a strength, endurance, and power workout that rotates through weight training, rowing machine, and treadmill. four times a week i hit my base pace then push pace, empty my tank, and squat, lift and burn my way between 400 – 500 calories. while i still have a long way to go to reach my fitness goals. i know that with two months to my credit i am well on my way.
according to the mayo clinic here are 7 benefits of exercise:
- Exercise controls weight
- Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
- Exercise improves mood
- Exercise boosts energy
- Exercise promotes better sleep
- Exercise puts the spark back in your sex life
- Exercise can be fun…and social
is it easy to get up at 5:00am to start my day with a sweaty workout? no. it. is. not. and i’d be lying if i didn’t admit i’m tempted to hit that snooze button so i can catch a few more zzzz’s. but once i struggle out of bed, slip into my workout gear, and traverse the dark and winding roads of athens i find myself on the treadmill getting it in gear. before i know it, class is over, i’m energized, and ready to tackle my day with a sense of accomplishment. and what’s better than that?
now that i more or less have built up my strength and endurance it’s time to add a weekly yoga class to my regime. did you know yoga improves flexibility and perfects posture? i am soooo looking forward to practicing yoga. i’m excited to once again touch my toes with ease.
at some point, i aim to add a weekly spin class and pilates reformer to my workout regime. my goal is to incorporate a six-day workout – 4x strength, endurance, power and 2x strength and flexibility. but i’m taking a slow and steady approach to fitness. because it takes time to get this body back into shape. and that’s okay. anything worthwhile in life takes time and effort. but for now, i’m happy to make the jump from 4x a week to 5x ’cause i’m ready!
and guess what? there’s some cute workout duds available so i’m stylin’ while i’m sweating. today, i’ve not only included what i wear to yoga, but a few cute outfits to lounge around in when i return home.
labels: black capri Calvin Klein; psycho red top Calvin Klein; tank top Ideology; sports bra Calvin Klein; jacquard pants Talbots; grey top Talbots; blue striped top Talbots; black pants Talbots; shoes Nike; shoes New Balance
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