I don't always love to workout.
It's hard, it's uncomfortable, it's awkward (especially in a gym), it's sticky, and smelly. But it works.
The hardest part is getting the motivation to actually go to the gym.
But to be honest, I love it when I'm there (98% of the time). I love the sweat, the soreness, and the endorphins it produces. I also love to eat without feeling like it's just going strait to my love handles.
I think it's hard for women to get started because they don't really know where to begin. To be honest, this is one of the toughest things for me to. For example I love doing weight training and I HATE cardio. But for the ladies, this is proven to be the most beneficial for fat burn.
So here's a typical routine for me at the gym. And yes…I have to go to the gym..or it won't get done.
20-30 min cardio.
This is usually jogging or spinning on a bike.
I was shocked to learn how many calories an intense 20 min workout on a spinning bike could burn! You can tell through the amount of sweat too : ) Here's a link to where you can download a plan you can listen to when you're at the gym.
I will also do some high intensity interval training for a great and quick cardio workout.
I sprint the straights of the track and walk the turns for a mile, it takes about 10 min and it produces results so quickly. But it's exhausting…I won't lie.
You can learn more about that here.
Then I move into some strength and muscle toning exercises.
Check out all those muscles it works! I try to hold this as long as I can. I'm usually getting a little shaky when it's done (about 60 seconds at least 3 reps)
This one is fast working. You'll feel it the next day for sure!
Find this entire booty workout here. It's my favorite butt exercises!
I have abdominal separation after having children, so I have a lower pooch problem. The fat under my belly button is impossible to get rid of. So this is why cardio and working on my lower abs is so important.
This is a great site for working those lower abs.
I tend to build muscle easily and my arms get bulky in no time. I have found that it is crucial that I use light weights (I'm talking 3-5lbs max) with lots and lots of reps.
Here's a great site for lean arms.
All Over Body Routine
When I'm at home I also love Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. (That's the link to the actual video you can watch)
20 min of an intense workout and your done. She does an awesome job at mixing cardio with strength and toning. I love a quick and effective workout!
So there ya have it! These are my favs, and the most effective (for my body at least).
What are some of your favorites?