If you follow my blog regularly you're probably aware I've been struggling to motivate myself to do workouts other than cardio. If I wasn't doing an hour of high-impact dance aerobic, I found it difficult to influence myself to dedicate even 15 or 20 minutes to toning. I've even added this to my Wednesday Wow Factor dream focus for the last two weeks.
Last night I came across two blog posts that really changed my outlook. The posts, written by fitness and nutrition expert JJ Virgin, are 15 Common Culprits that Sabotage Your Fast Fat Loss & Create Weight Loss Resistance (Part 1) and (Part 2). She describes several weight loss resistance issues people face. The best thing is that they're easy to fix!
In the post, JJ talks about cardio as a potential weight loss resistor saying "Endurance training, which involves working out consistently at a heart rate of 70% or more of your maximum heart rate for at least 30 minutes, can raise stress hormones that break down muscle and depress your immune system. This constant adrenal stress slows down your metabolism to conserve energy. Stop wasting hours and your health on the elliptical machine and incorporate burst training. A study in Exercise and Sport Science Reviews, for instance, showed that just 15 minutes of burst training over two weeks improved your fat-burning muscle metabolism. You couldn’t get those benefits with hours of aerobics classes."
It's almost like I've been given permission to do workouts other than cardio! I know I could've made this decision on my own prior to reading this article, but sometimes we just need it click in our heads. Now, instead of putting off workouts because they aren't an hour long, I can mix it up with workouts I can fit in my schedule! Some nights I can do an hour of dance... other nights I'll fit in 15 minutes of toning to prepare for tank top season!
I really believe we should make exercise fun so we can enjoy it, not dread it. I LOVE Zumba and most any kind of dancing. It's so exciting and feels more like a party than working out! But I've found that a playlist of upbeat, motivating music can really make toning and exercise go by faster and seem more enjoyable. If I'm on a treadmill, I envision myself in stilettos on a runway in an 'America's Next Top Model' competition! I crank up my best runway song, create the "wind in the hair" effect, turn the sass to 20, and just work it out!
Now push it. PUSH IT REAL GOOD!