Or, how I learned to love working out…
For most of my life, “fitness” was one of those words that made me bristle. It evoked memories of barking gym teachers and chin-ups and the slightly bitter aftertaste of sanctimony. I’ve been pretty active at various points in my life, but I could never get interested in going to a gym or doing goal-driven workouts.
But…things change. After several decades of working desk jobs, I knew I’d lost strength and mobility. I was worried about losing lean body mass after menopause, as well as osteoporosis and posture problems. Plus, I want to maintain the kind of strength and stamina that come in handy for traveling.
Two years ago I began a weekly private Pilates session, and over time could see subtle improvements in my posture and muscle tone.
But I knew I needed to do more. Last year I began taking Iyengar yoga classes at a local studio and loved it. But then the studio had to close in March due to Covid. I did some online Pilates classes, but missed the regularity of a schedule.
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Stepping up my at-home fitness routine…
A few weeks ago, I wrote that I’d started the Faster Way To Fat Loss program. I decided that rather than just being swept along in the current uncertainty, I’d use this time to focus on something positive, and felt ready to start an at-home fitness routine.
I’ve been doing really well on the program, and by “really well,” I don’t mean I’ve lost weight per the scale. Maybe I have, but I haven’t stepped on the scale in three weeks. (Despite the name of the program, this isn’t a quick weight loss diet.)
I have been following the eating guidelines (which incorporate intermittent fasting and allow a lot of flexibility) and doing the daily 30-minute workouts. I’ve already increased the weights I’m using in the workouts, and have more stamina. Below, my little “family” has grown!
The workouts vary from HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to strength training to “recovery” (Pilates or yoga). It all sounds a bit intimidating, but they demonstrate each of the moves beforehand and offer a low-impact or gentle movement alternative. I’ve really come to enjoy the workouts, and love how energized I feel afterward!
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“I eat healthy and walk 10,000 steps a day and I STILL can’t get rid of this menopausal belly!” 🌸I hear this complaint from my girlfriends and peers all the time! and I get it because I WAS there. I know that frustration of STRIVING without the reward. I did all the workouts, bar classes, long walks and hikes for years! And I was ACTIVE just like you! 🌺Turns out, I was basically playing Whack-A-Mole with my own strategies for managing midlife menobelly. And that was no way to enjoy life.Striving sucks! 🌈 If you are still struggling to feel good in your skin these days, get your health under control, or just button your shorts comfortably, 🩳I am WITH YOU. This has been a tough year but it’s also an OPPORTUNITY 💪🏻. I invite you to join my upcoming six week community round of The FASTer Way to Fat Loss. We start on Monday, August 24th And THIS is how you’ll get your mojo back, sister. 🌸There’s a link in my bio to register for the six weeks new client experience. You can read more about the program through that link, or dm me to schedule a 15 minute call so I can encourage you on your journey. 🌈Registration is closing soon. I so want to support you on your midlife health journey! ❤️
My friend Karen has been my biggest cheerleader in getting started and sticking with the program. She’s completed the training and passed the (rigorous) exam to become a FWFL coach. And here’s your chance to have her coach you too…there’s a session starting up Monday, August 24th, and by using the link below, you’ll be enrolled in her group!
I may never be a “gym rat” but I feel like this is something I can stick with that will have long-term benefits. I love being able to workout right at home, and 30 minutes is a workable chunk of time.
My diet was pretty healthy to start, but now I feel lighter and more energetic, and am not perpetually hungry! That’s a first for me. So I’m going to stick with this, and encourage you to give it a try.
What’s your favorite at-home fitness routine?