Monday, January 21, 2013

An exercise plan I HATED!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Today, I wanted to tell everyone about something I've been doing for the past two weeks: an exercise routine.

I've come across this 2-week plan several times on Pinterest -- I mean, really, did you expect anything less from me?? As the near year came around, of course everyone has the same idea in mind: they want to be in shape this year. Well, of course not only do I want to be healthy and in shape, but I wanted to try something different. And, dare I say it, I hated doing this 2-week routine. Yep, I said it.

Normally, I go to the gym with an idea in mind of what I'm going to do, i.e. which cardio equipment I'll get on, which free weight exercises I might do, which machines I might use, etc. (Each day, I alternated between 2 different cardio plans, and 2 different resistance training plans.) That's one of the reasons I hated this plan--it told me exactly what to do for cardio and exactly which resistance exercises to do each week. Now, yes, I do know that that is what I got myself into.  I fully understood from the beginning that I was "being told" how to exercise each day.  I just came to realize that I hated that!!  Secondly, there were two rest days built into the routine: the Sunday of the first week, and the Thursday of the second week. The problem isn't that I didn't like having the rest days, because of course I did.  I just didn't like being told which days to rest.  There were even several occasions I know I told Matt & Mom, "I can't wait for Sunday so I don't have to stick to this plan anymore!!" haha

Regardless of me not liking being told "how to exercise," I stuck with it.  I wanted to be able to say I completed it, I didn't give up, and I didn't slack off!  I really hope this doesn't discourage anyone who might be thinking about doing this exercise routine just wasn't for me.  I'd much rather go into the gym with the mindset that I normally did and have more variety in the exercises I do. On that note, I hope that if any of you are looking for a good plan to start with to get yourself back into going to the gym, start getting into better shape, tone up, or whatever it may be, give this a try! The link above will take you the site and lists out each cardio plan in great detail, as well as the resistance exercises with instructions & ways to make them harder during the second week.  Good luck!

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