Be Your Own Personal Trainer
After a summer of eating authentic Mexican cuisine, I returned to the states with a couple of extra pounds. I have never been a fan of working out, but if you can’t fit your beloved clothes, what are your other options? To get myself in gear, I handed over $235 dollars to a personal trainer. For five weeks this former Marine waited around for me every morning and forced me to do the exercises I dread (read: squats and lunges), but needed the most.
Then my time ran out. After five weeks with the personal trainer, I spent the next few weeks convincing myself that I could create a plan of my own. I wandered from machine to machine, asked questions, and spied on other people’s workouts. I don’t know how, but my body is definitely toner than when I began. My arms and abs are getting to where they need to be, but I’m still working really hard on my thighs. Most importantly, I started a new workout plan today as suggested by Muscle & Fitness Hers: 101 Workouts and I look forward to seeing what the next six weeks will bring.
As you guessed, I couldn’t convince myself to pay for more training sessions, so instead I went to the bookstore and bought a few workout books. I even researched workout plans online. The problem with gathering this research is that everybody offers different advice on when you should stretch, how many days a week you should do cardio, and the best exercises for various muscle groups. Confusing.
So, in the midst of rolling my eyes at Barnes & Noble’s cashiers for tripping about my returning/exchanging books, I found something that worked. 101 Workouts doesn’t offer diet information or wordy details about much, but it features great workout plans and pictures. What I especially like is that a few of the models are even women from diverse cultures (if you know what I mean). And they even make an alternative version for men.
There’s nothing like a morning workout to fix my gloomy mood and to kick start my day. Did I just say that? Wow. Now go get fit.
Happy reading, ya’ll.