Monday, 6 June 2011

'Get Trimmer...' Week Two: Fitness Tips

Just read this comment from Waffarian, "But I would love to jog more often cos the only time I lost a lot of weight (do you remember? it was also on a challenge with you! ah, it was wonderful!"

It took me back to  me of my other blog from years ago... it was one of my 2 main blogs when I blogged as LondonBuki. And I called it, "I Will Be F-I-T".

Anyway, enough about me... this challenge is all about you ;)

I'll try to include at least one running or cycling session to each week's fitness post.

This week... TRY your hardest to exercise at least 2ce this week. 3-4 times a week if you can...
Some options include:
  • A 30 minute run (or power walk) at a steady pace. If you have light dumbells, hold them in your arms while power walking to challenge yourself. Run/Walk on the treadmill or outdoors (make sure you're wearing good running trainers).
    Intensity: On a scale of 1-10 (10 is the hardest possible), you should be running/walking at 7.
    Alternatives: Cross Trainer or Bike.
    At the end of your run, finish up your session with planks. 4 sets of 30s planks.


    - Start by lying face down on a mat (preferably) or grass, resting on your forearms with your palms flat on the floor.
    - Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows (make sure they are bekow your chest).
    - Keep flat and straight like a plank of wood. Flat back, straight line from head to heels
    - Tilt your pelvis and focus on squeezing (contracting) your abdominals - this will help prevent your bum from sticking up in the air or the opposite - your hips dropping low towards the floor.
    - Also squeeze your bum and your whole body.
    - Hold for 30s, rest. Repeat 4 times.

  • Workout detailed in week one... Read HERE.
  • If you have access to gym classes: 1-2 spin classes
  • If you have access to gym classes: 1-2 body conditioning classes
  • A dance class (eg Zumba, I read on Bella Naija that they are now running in Lagos)
  • A yoga or pilates class... again if you have access to them
As for any workout session, make sure you warm up & mobilise your joints before *and* cool down & stretch after.

Strength Training sessions coming up next week :)

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