‘We are what we repeatedly do; excellence therefore is a habit and not an act.’ –Anon
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I am listening to Zigo remix right now…this song hasn’t grown old on me. It really validates my inner ratchet,if you know what I mean.When I first started working out I went hard on myself. I started small but put it in my head that I would do 200 sit ups and another 200 leg raises. I wanted results fast. After each workout, I would go to any of my siblings, lift my shirt up and ask, “zimeenda?” referring to my love handles.
I got disappointed each time a brutally honest sibling told me no. With time however,I realized that the small daily efforts would amount to the final result.I drew up a routine that allows me to do other things during the day without being overwhelmed. I would like to share that with you.
My typical routine runs for six days a week. I wake up at 5.30 am during the weekdays and at 6.00 am during the weekend. At 6 .00 am on every weekday, I have a fitness class that I coach using my routine and you will get to meet very soon. The fitness class has regulars which makes me so happy that the ladies have held it together.
Abs , arms and Waistline Workout (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)
There are exercises that target the abdominal muscles and waistline. They include crunches, bicycle crunches, v-ups, leg raises, reverse crunches, side leg raise, woodchopper, and the plank. I use a tummy trimmer to strengthen my arms (Unfortunately, my mum took it. I really hope she is putting it to good use)
Glutes and leg workout (Tuesday and Thursday)
These exercises target the lower body. On a serious leg day, I promise you may find walking problematic (If you get to walk at all). Leg days start with a couple of hip raises, donkey kicks, squats, lunges and finally pile squats. All workouts end with a plank.
Cardio (Monday –Saturday)
People workout for many reasons, if losing weight is all you want to do then cardio is your best friend. It ranges from rope skipping, jogging and running to swimming. I run every day and it is the best feeling ever because my pace is slow so I can listen to Shaffie Weru and Adelle on The Big Breakfast as I burn some calories. Most workouts just help in toning the body, cardio is the real deal unless you boost metabolism using diet fads.
Can I say that this is my favorite thing to do? I need not explain. I am learning to be a better swimmer. At least I’m past the stage where people are scared of the deep end. So many options, whether you want to free style (Front Crawl), breast stroke or just butterfly up. You get to wear a body suit and all, one of the reasons I’m working out (probably the main) is to just get that bikini body on fleek (You feel me?).
Just a few poses between 8-9pm .I am yet to get the names. At least I know yoga is from India. Being flexible is part of the plan. I am taking serious baby steps with this one and may have lagged a bit over the past few days…
Clean eating and drinking water
I take 5% carbs (carbohydrates) every week. You will know why later but I try to keep off wheat products. Processed food is history to me. Proteins love me, I love them back .I’m all about egg whites (I get to eat the yolk only once a week).I drink 1.5 liters of water daily. I must admit though that as much as I am consistent with workouts, healthy eating is a bit of a challenge. I’m taking this one slow too.
This is basically my blog in a nutshell.Can you try some of these yoga poses then tell me how it goes?
Love and love,