How many of you right now are reading this and thinking to yourself how many pounds you want to lose before bikini season hits? I’m sure almost every one of you! That’s what I’m here to help with. I want to get you active and maybe even motivated enough to register for your first 5K, 10K, Half, or Full Marathon.
The first thing that you need to do to be successful at weight loss is to look at your schedule. Some of you may find it easier to get up an hour early and workout before work. Others may find it easier to do it after they get off of work. I find it easier with working midnights to workout after my shift. Once you have figured out what time works best for you, take a look at how many days you want to workout. I know, no one “wants” to workout, but you actually do. Your brain gives you about a thousand reasons to not do it, but once you do it, you will have more energy and think clearer. You have to tell those negative voices to shut up! I would say that if you are new to working out that you should probably start with 3 days per week. Since most of you probably have a traditional weekend (Saturday and Sunday off work), I would try to incorporate 1 of those days to working out as well.
How long should you workout? I would say for beginners, 30 minutes would be sufficient, but if you are feeling great, 45 minutes isn’t a bad thing either. Remember that the more you move and the harder you work, the more calories you burn!
What type of workout should you do? I recommend that if you wanting to start running that you need to start with a run/walk. By this I mean, that you run at an easy jogging pace and walk as needed. Running can be fun, it can be motivating, and it can absolutely be life changing. As you all know, it was life changing for me (50 lbs later and now a size 5 pants down from a size 16 pants). You can do this. Take this 1 day at a time. Remember if you fall off of your schedule that tomorrow is another chance to get back on schedule. I’m here to motivate you and get those pounds off!