My baby-belly-blaster plan is simple:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: run 5 miles and do one of the two strength and conditioning workouts I've pieced together. Each workout has three Exercise TV workouts: one is upper body focused, one is lower body focused, and the third is a total body workout. Cumulatively, it's 30-40 minutes of weights and plyometrics in my living room before anyone else wakes up (hopefully).
Tuesday/Thursday: run 5 miles and do a yoga/stretching/core workout DVD that I love. It's by Karen Voight, who is pretty old school but I love her. It's a good workout and I can get it done in 45 minutes. I feel amazing afterwards! There are two workouts, and I'll usually alternate them.
|This is the one I do; it's great!|
Saturday: long run, preferably 7 or 8 miles, which is long for me, to prepare for the Mardi Gras Half Marathon.
Sunday: rest. Usually. :) I'm getting much better at this!
The best part of this plan is that it is sustainable, and sustainability is one of the fundamentals of a successful exercise program. The best exercise for you is the one you will do every day, consistently, and completely. By varying my workouts I don't get bored, by cross-training I reduce injury from muscle over-use, and by reminding myself how much better I feel after a workout, I get out there and get it done!
People ask me all the time how I find time for so much exercise. My answer is simple: I make it. It's a priority. The time is there, it is always there, and it is waiting for you to show up. Make the time today to get out there and get healthy!