Following along with my organization kick, I have created for myself a Weekly Workout Schedule. I actually really like exercise, as long as I have time and energy for it. I think with my new daily routine I can really make it work and make sure I get my workouts in every day. I created this workout schedule based around what I think I realistically can/will do. I’m used to running at night since that is when I was running when training for the half marathon I did back in November. I don’t have a gym membership so I use workout dvd’s and equipment I have at home to do my workouts. I have LOTS of dvds (you can find them at Ross for like $3 or $4 or Walmart for $10 or so), but my favorites are the Jillian Michaels series. You can see on my schedule below that I workout my lower body often but I don’t focus any days solely to my upper body. This is because I am already a “boy-shape”, broader shoulders than hips, virtually no waist definition, etc. I build muscle easily on the top half of my body so I don’t really need to work on that area as much. But my hips, butt, and thighs are skinny so my goal is to virtually “build-a-butt” by adding muscle to those areas. I call this my Build-a-Butt plan! Haha!! My hopes are that this will balance me out a bit. It is super frustrating to be this shape because most women are the opposite so there aren’t many workouts design to help us flat-bottomed girls. Anyway, if you are wanting to create a workout plan, assess your body type first and focus on the areas that need extra attention.
Back to my workout DVD’s. Here are the ones I use/like if you are interested:
I also like the Best of Tamilee: Buns, Abs, Arms
As well as Slim in 6 which also has an abs and stretching dvd
My favorites are the Jillian Michaels dvds though because I feel like you get lots of bang for your buck. They are short 20-30 minute circuit style workouts that not only build muscle but keep your heart rate up as well. Even the early levels are TOUGH on the Jillian Michaels dvds. And since I know that realistically I’m not going to have more than 20-30 minutes in the morning to workout, I want every minute to count.
If you don’t have a gym membership and you don’t want to go out and buy dvds, there are also great websites with free workouts. I REALLY like BodyRockTv. There are tons of great, intense, short workouts you can do at home with little or NO equipment. There is also a photo gallery of people who are using the BodyRock workouts and the results will really motivate you to start sweating.
I personally have no desire to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated anytime soon, I just want to look less like a mushy mom and more like a fit woman. There are really no downsides to exercise if you are realistic about your lifestyle and time constraints as well as your body shape. Basically for me, I just want to be able to eat a big bowl of ice cream every night before bed and still be able to fit into my pants. 🙂 So heres my plan:
By the way, I made this and my Weekly Chore Chart with Picnik (which I’m aware is sadly closing in April 😦 so use it up while its still here!) in case you want to create your own.
Wish me luck on my Build-a-Butt plan!! 🙂