I began a new fitness journey on April 11. Let me preface this post by stating that I have never stuck with a regular exercise routine for very long. I have done Yoga and Pilates off and on over the years. This new journey all started as I became more and more of an Instagram addict. (Please follow me there @jennipop1313). My friend and ParaGoddess Author Jolynne Valerie (@paragoddess1) also joined me. You can visit her website here: http://jolynnevalerie.com/, where you can also order her books. I started by doing the April Blogilates from Cassy Ho at http://www.blogilates.com/. She also posts her videos on YouTube. I learned quite a bit from Instagram #fitfam peeps. I also joined a #squatchallenge called Squategeddon. You can find both by using those hashtags. I would suggest starting with one of the ones that starts with say, 50 squats. I began to see and feel results within one week!
I have since also discovered an app (available for both Android and iPhone) from Skimble called Workout Trainer. I mix up my workouts easily on there, usually some combo of Yoga, Pilates, and/or the Brazil Booty Program. I still do a Blogilates workout every now and then, and I have also discovered http://www.youtube.com/user/ZacharyFiorido. I combine elements from the app or Blogilates or Zachary in my daily workouts. I usually do a combined total of 35-40 minutes a day.
One of the most crucial elements in this journey has been knowing when to rest. Sunday is always a rest day for me. If I am really sore from the day before, or generally feeling ill mentally and physically, I will rest. Then I just jump back in on the next day! I now also alternate target areas. For example, today was Legs & Booty Day. Tomorrow will be Abs, Core, & Arms. For the April and May Squategeddon Challenges, I did the squats every day except for rest days. For June Squategeddon, I am only doing squats on Legs & Booty Day. I have found that this works best for me and for my body. Remember when doing squats, keep your Core engaged, and when you are coming up, squeeze your glutes and shift your pelvis forward a bit. I also alternate between plie squats and standard squats.
Remember to eat clean! Use lots of herbs and veggies and fruits. Have 1-2 cheat days per week so that you are not too hard on yourself. Drink lots and lots of lemon water.
Will you join me on my fitness journey? Let me know your progress here and on Instagram. You can do it!!!