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Sister, can you spare 20 minutes?

I love the new training program I am doing -- and I have to thank C, the awesome personal trainer, for coming up with such a torture.

Yes, it makes me scream. But it feels sooo good!

(Okay, people, it's just exercise. Get your mind out of the gutter!)

At any rate, this morning, I didn't hear the alarm or at least I grunted and went back to sleep. Therefore, it was too late to drive to the gym and do my cardio there.

I was spazzing over it, when I realized that the weather was fabulous outside, and that there was even sunlight! Hmmmm . . . I went ahead, had my breakfast, changed into my gym clothes, and went out for a nice interval training.

Yay me!

I love doing cardio outdoors.

Okay, let me rephrase it. I hate doing cardio, but if I am going to do it, I like to do it under the sunlight and with the chance to breathe fresh air.

(Unless it's pollen season, in which case I will sneeze, but that's what gyms or home stairs are for.)

I love interval training. Even if it involves running, which I think it's nasty.

You see, when it comes to making a decision, and decisions regarding fitness are no exception, the right one is usually the hardest one. In my case, I despise running. Ergo, I run.

But not any running/jogging, mind you. One of the most efficient ways to do cardio and burn fat, is interval training.

And what is interval training, may you ask? Interval training means that you start by walking at a steady pace for a couple of minutes, pick up the pace, and after a couple more minutes, sprint. You will run as fast as you can for as long as you can (usually 30 seconds to one minute, maybe more), and go back to walking. Rinse, repeat. After 20 minutes of this, you will be sweating like a maniac, but you will also be done.

You can read a bit more about interval training in this article.

"But," you say. "I am out of shape and I cannot run in any way, shape or form."

Out of shape? Bad knees? No problem! You can still walk briskly, or you can choose to do this in some other form such as an elliptical machine, a bike, or whatever you like.

Now, if you are 20 pounds overweight or more, and you have not been exercising, the best way to go is to start by walking off 200 yards. The next day, you will go 250 or 300, and so on and so forth. After a couple of weeks, you will be able to pick up the pace. At least enough to change your pace within your alloted 20 minutes. No need to run yet. If you keep doing this, pretty soon you will surprise yourself.

So shake up those winter blues and get yourselves moving! Not only will you feel better, but your brain will be grateful when those endorphines start kicking in!

Mine are currently doing a Mexican sombrero dance.

And I like it!

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isenglass
Feb. 10th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine having to drive somewhere to do cardio. Having to run inside, with no wind, never getting anywhere would kill me. Good for you for going out and getting your interval training in for the day. Whoo hoo!
belfebe
Feb. 10th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I know. The thing is, in our neck of the woods, when the temperatures are freezing and there's ice on the ground, jogging outside is quite a challenge. Especially in the morning, when it's dark. But when the weather gets better, then it's sunshine all the way baby!

And I feel so much better now that I got my interval for the day! Yay!
jaine_parr
Feb. 10th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
I think we had a gym brain wave between the two of us. Interval training and Zone training have a lot in common.
belfebe
Feb. 10th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. And they are both extremely efficient. I am all for efficiency :-D

Edited at 2009-02-10 07:38 pm (UTC)
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