Weight Loss Wednesday: October Challenge!
Hey Mamas (and Papas),
Happy October! Have you begun to experience cooler weather where you live? Have you gotten to truly enjoy an outdoor workout with the absence of sweltering heat? I absolutely love this time of year, and the opportunity to spend asa much time as possible outdoors.
It’s October 1st, and I though we’d have a little fun with an October challenge. Below you’ll find a video link with a 5 minute challenge. I’ll post a new video each day. Each one will be a combination of full body strength and cardio exercises. The object is go go as hard as you can, since it’s “only” a five minute challenge. High intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.), with small breaks in between intense exercises, has been proven to keep your heart rate at a higher rate for longer after your workout is over, which means you’re still burning calories long after you’ve toweled off.
I’m not saying the five minutes (at any intensity level) is going to be enough to budge the scale, but added to your typical routine of a brisk walk after dinner, or a bike ride with the kids, or even 30 minutes on the elliptical machine watching your favorite show, this 5 minute power play will kick your regular routine into high gear, and get your muscles working in a way that they’re not used to, resulting in changes, both on the scale, and, more importantly, in how toned your body is and how well your clothes fit.
Please forgive my amateur videos, this is a new medium for me, but I know how good it feels to work out alongside someone, so I’m here for you.
We’re all in this together.
Mamas taking care of mamas.
Listen for modifications offered throughout the videos, your intensity level is different from anyone else’s, and as long as you’re giving it your very best, then you will be making positive changes in your body and health.
As always, be surety consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine, especially if you are at a higher risk for complications due to pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disorders, or any other medical condition that can be affected by sudden changes in heart rate. I am not in your home with you, so you need to be aware of your own intensity level, and stop if you are feeling faint, nauseous, lightheaded, or otherwise ill. Injured mamas can’t work out, so pushing yourself to the point of injury is not smart or effective. Be smart!
Leave a comment below once you’ve completed the workout. Share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or wherever you know other Mamas might be looking for a five minute power play to kick their own routine into high gear. If you have any requests or suggestions, please feel free to share. If it’s within my area of expertise, I’ll be glad to help. If it’s not, I’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
Find an open space where you can move your body without coming in contact with furniture (or legos… or toddlers.)