• Cara-Lee Compton

Sweat it, you won't regret it!

That title sounded better in my head, to be honest.

Anyway, let's talk FITNESS.

First and foremost I want to put it out there that I am currently not in the best shape, and I have goals of losing a bit of weight and toning in these upcoming months (did you hear, MONTHS, not days), BUT nonetheless I am content with how I look at this moment. If you have a negative vibe towards your body, I promise you it's not going to get better anytime soon.

I have had my fair shares of ups and downs with my weight and fitness. Here I just want to share what I do for exercise and what works well for me. I will in due time elaborate on all other workout related topics.

I have recently started with Kayla Itsines' BBG for the 720th time, just to confirm that although it is about 30 minutes of hell, it's also 30 minutes of pure fitness and always a great workout. I have personally never come across a program so effective. The times I was in the best shape of my life, was when I stuck to her #BBG program (1 and 2). Now I know some of you reading this, having tried her program yourself, might think that it was too tough and you'll never try it again. I want to encourage you to just do it. It takes more than one workout, or one week, or even 12 weeks to do the exercises well. I always say you have to exercise the exercises, to exercise well. At the start of the program, if you can only manage three push-ups and one where you lift your hips up and down (yes, we see you), TRUST, at the end of BBG you'll be doing elevated push-ups. Don't quit just because it's too hard - IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE HARD.

There are however other ways of achieving new #fitness levels. I would recommend working on a program. Some people have the knowledge to put together their own workouts, they understand how the different machines work, how heavy or fast they can go, how many reps and sets they are capable of doing and how to do each exercise properly without hurting themselves or their muscles. If you're not that person, it's totally okay. Get a program that you feel comfortable starting with, depending on whether you're a beginner or a bit more advanced. If you're unsure about the names of exercises or how to do it, #Google it, you can find everything on Google and YouTube! Also - this is one of the best things you can invest in. Those Apps you download for free are usually poppycock (our Criminal Law Professor uses this word and it kills me every time he says it in class, excuse the pun) - this means, they are basically useless.

If gym or workout-plans aren't your thing, you can get great #running programs on the internet for free, check out especially Runner's World, or try the Couch To 5k App if you're a beginner. It eases you into running 5k's, and then you can set your sights on those 21's! I try doing about two or three runs a week, from 30 to 40 minutes, enough to get those #Discovery Vitality points!

Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of other ways of getting exercise, like walking, one of the best ways to shed some winter-warmers. Walking is effective because of what is called LISS, Low Intensity Steady State cardio. Although HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) burns more calories by requiring more energy, LISS can actually burn more fat by walking for a longer period of time, about 45 minutes or more, at a steady and constant pace.

More to follow on this, just know for now that by moving that body today, you can burn some winter pancakes and hot choc's, without it being the worst hour of your day.

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this!